St Anthony of the Desert

Orthodox Christian Mission

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Sources of Tradition in the Orthodox Church

Tradition is the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Through the assistance of the forms of the Tradition the Orthodox Church retains and celebrates its living continuity with the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Tradition’s sources include:


Covenant: An Introduction

Biblical concepts like “covenant” attempt to express a relationship with God that is, strictly speaking, a mystery. We call this move condescension when viewed, so to speak, from God’s side; from our side, it is usually called anthropomorphism, i.e. the […]


The Joy of Hebrew

Ancient Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language. The written script was derived from Phoenician around the tenth century BCE. By the time of Ezra (480-440 BCE), the written script began to look as it does today, a square form called originally ketav Ashurit, or Aramaic writing.


Ten Theses on the Gospels

1. The Centrality of the Resurrection is demonstrated by the fact that each of the gospels gives the lion’s share of its contents to the last week of Christ’s life, and focuses on the death and resurrection as the key notes. This is the kerygmatic proclamation that forms the basis around which the gospels will eventually be constructed, with the addition of parabolic and ethical teaching.