"Orthodox" literally means right teaching or right worship. It is derived from two Greek words: orthos (right) and doxa (teaching or worship). As the early Church fought false teachings and division and struggled to remain true to the faith, it naturally came to be known as Orthodox. This category describes the Orthodox Church, her beliefs, worship, practices, jurisdictions and parishes, organization, schools, seminaries, monasteries, and history. Sites appear in this category, and all subcategories, regardless of their status with the canonical Orthodox Church in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
This category contains information about the life of the Orthodox Church as shown through the liturgical cycle of feasts and fasts and the calendar. It contains sites that provide daily scripture readings, prayers, and information about the saints remembered on each day.
This category contains information about chat rooms, channels, discussion groups, forums, message boards, and mailing lists that discuss Orthodox christianity.
The Orthodox Church is comprised of various self-governing jurisdictions. Although one might be tempted to think of this in terms of multiple churches, the Orthodox Church is one, for she has one head, Jesus Christ. These jurisdictions are not a hierarchy as with the Roman Catholic church nor are they completely separate groups, but instead are unified in council and communion. They share beliefs and teachings although some forms and ceremonies may differ. The various jurisdictions of the Church are identified by location, frequently the original founding location by the Apostles and early missionaries of the Church.
Please only submit sites related Church jurisdiction that associate themselves with Eastern Orthodox spirituality or otherwise use "Orthodox" in their name, but which are not in Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch.
This category contains Orthodox educational institutions, seminaries, and online schools.
Icons (or ikons) are symbolic pictures, usually depicting Christ, the Virgin Mary, or the saints. They are an important part of Orthodox worship and liturgical life. Icons help us encounter the grandeur of the mysteries of God through our bodily senses. Icons provide beauty in worship, teach theology, present those of the faith to imitate, and are helpful in transforming us. Most important of all, icons help us experience the Heavenly Kingdom on earth. Although the use of icons is misunderstood by some as idolatry, icons are not worshipped. Icons are venerated or paid honorable reverence, as are other objects of the faith, such as the cross. Worship is reserved to God alone. This category provides links to icons and to articles related to icons.
Christian monastic life got its start in the Orthodox Church. Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world. In the early centuries after Christ, Christians struggled to remain true to the faith and developed ascetic practices. Some Christians drew away from the world to the desert to live alone with God. Others fled from Roman persecution. Surprisingly, it was not persecution, but freedom that caused monasticism to flourish. Monasticism thrived after Constantine the Great declared Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire in 313. Fearing that their ethical life would decline as Christianity became a popular religion, some Christians left to the desert to remain humble and continue the ascetic life. These early monks were mostly lay people seeking Christian perfection. They lived alone or formed small communities. This category contains information about Orthodox monastic life and Orthodox Monasteries.
Music plays an important role in Orthodox worship. Chant, a special form of liturgical music, is frequently used. This category describes Orthodox music and chant and provides samples so you can listen to it.
This category contains news and informational sites related to the Orthodox Church that are updated daily or frequently.
This category contains organizations and fellowships related to the Orthodox Church. These groups may be directly related to one Orthodox Church jurisdiction or they may operate across many jurisdictions. This category does not generally include groups that would more appropriately fit elsewhere, such as monastic or educational groups.
This category contains magazines and e-zines related to the Orthodox Church and to living the Orthodox Chrisitian life. These are generally updated monthly. For information that is updated on an almost daily basis, see the news category.
The life of an Orthodox Christian is a life of prayer. It is extremely hard to categorize prayer as separate from the other parts of Orthodox life and therefore there is likely to be some overlap in this category. Icons are frequently used in Orthodox prayers, but they have a category of their own.
The Orthodox church holds up and honors those Christian men and women who most clearly show God's work in their lives: the saints and martyrs. Saints and martyrs are frequently mentioned in the liturgy and are the subject of many icons. This category includes descriptions of and reflections on the lives of the saints and the martyrs. Writings by the saints and martyrs are in the Writings category.
This category contains liturgies, theological materials, the writings of the church fathers, writings by the saints, reference material, and information on history and culture.