On September 21 each year the Orthodox Church celebrates the prophet Jonah. His story is not the usual one when it comes to prophets. We normally have this image of an Old Testament prophet as being someone who had brought themselves close to God, and as a consequence they were able through the Holy Spirit to reveal certain future events in order to guide the people of Israel.
Psalm 102 (103 in Western Bibles) is a favourite of the Orthodox Church and is often chanted in the Divine Liturgy. It is a Psalm of David containing much that is of benefit for the spiritual life. In this article, we examine two of the better-known verses from this Psalm.
We had a question from a reader on the previous week’s article about the warfare and the violence in the Old Testament. If you have any questions about any of the articles or any questions about Orthodoxy in general, go to the “Contact” section of the website and we’ll do our best to provide you with an answer from the author of the article. This can also be done anonymously, and the response will be in an article like this one. Personal questions should, first and foremost, be put before a spiritual father and not a university Orthodox fellowship.
“In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Thus history as we know it today started with the Father, the co-eternal Son and the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father. One might ask what Christian theology has to do with a history of the time before the Incarnation. However, in order to understand why Christ came and why the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church was created, it is necessary to first examine the events which led to and underpin its creation.
This article is the first in a series which will examine the creation of the necessary preconditions, both historical and philosophical, which led up to the Incarnation of Christ.