Icon of the Elevation of the Cross

Rejoice, O Life-Giving Cross!

"This notion of a feast of the cross may seem paradoxical to our mind: the cross in the ancient world was an instrument and symbol of inhumane torture and death ... Yet we, Christians, celebrate the Cross of the Lord in a festival and we praise it as the 'preserver of the whole universe … the glory of angels, and the wound of demons.'"
Cover of Acts of the Apostles, Commentary by Archbishop Averky (Taushev)

Apostle Peter Before the Sanhedrin

In this excerpt, the editorial staff of Orthodox Life Online offers you a glimpse into a newly published volume in the series Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament by Archbishop Averky (Taushev). This work stands apart in an intellectual climate that prizes innovation over tradition, headlines over the Truth, and intellectualism over divine revelation.
Monastic tonsure service

Learn from the Lord: An Exhortation to Newly-tonsured Monks

On the eve of June 28th, 2016 (o.s.), the feast of the Holy Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman of Valaam, the abbot of Hoy Trinity Monastery Archimandrite Luke tonsured a monk into the lesser schema and a novice into the rank of rassaphore monk. Following the tonsures, Fr Luke greeted the new monks with this short exhortation.
Mark Driscoll preaching on the Ten Commandments at Mars Hill Church

An Ancient Future Church?

This first installment of an ongoing series gives a broad overview of the Emergent Church Movement (ECM) and describes this loose coalition within a wider Protestant context.