Recommended Reading List – Fr. Michael Shanbour

RECOMMENDED READING LIST (Alphabetical According to Title) Fr. Michael Shanbour (Updated November 2017)   A Christian Ending: Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition J. Mark & Elizabeth J. Barna Divine Ascent Press, Manton, CA To my knowledge, the only guide in English relating the Orthodox Christian traditions surrounding death and burial, along with […]

Who Will Be Saved? What About non-Orthodox Christians or Others?

Who Will Be Saved? What About Those Outside the Orthodox Church? Posted by Father Michael Shanbour   Below are excepts on this question from various Orthodox Christian sources on this question.  I would only like to add that the information below should not be taken as minimizing or excusing the seriousness of doctrinal error and […]

“With My Own Eyes”: Stories of Faith From Communist Prison in Romania

With My Own Eyes A Lutheran Pastor’s Firsthand Account of Prison Life by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand   I am a Christian from an Orthodox country—the country of Romania. Having been in prison for fourteen years for my faith, it is now my missionary work to help persecuted Christians in Communist countries. I would like to […]

What is the Meaning and Promise of Repentance (YouTube Audio)

The following talk was given by Jodi Haley of the Orthodox Reading Room in Beaverton, Oregon during Great Lent 2015.  Using the story of the life of St. Mary of Egypt, Jodi provides an excellent description of the meaning of repentance in the Orthodox Christian tradition juxtaposed with what has become the western Christian understanding.

A Summary of the Services of Holy Week in the Orthodox Church

Summary of Holy Week Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday: Great Lent technically ends this evening with the Small Compline and Canon of St. Lazarus and, while keeping the Fast, we moving into a little different mode.  The Saturday Divine Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday is a very festal occasion as it commemorates our Lord’s raising of […]

Is the Form of Worship Important?

The following is a response to an assertion that is often heard in our day. Statement: “Form of worship is not important, just our desire for God’s presence.”  Response: Forgive me my friend, but I am concerned that this statement is misleading.  No question that love and desire for the Lord’s presence is paramount.  No […]

Is It Important to Attend Weekday Services?

From: http://www.stvladimiraami.org/faqs.shtml#w-services With some additions and edits by Fr. Michael Shanbour   Q:  Is it necessary to attend weekday services, or is Sunday morning sufficient? A:  This is a difficult subject. Our society and media often present Christianity as a Sunday morning only exploit. It is unclear, based on this popular understanding of Christianity, what […]

Blessing (and swimming) the Columbia River – Video!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii0oYc0l2Fs&feature=youtu.be Each year, on January 5th & 6th, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of Theophany (“Manifestation of God), also called Epiphany (Manifestation).  The Feast, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ, comes after the celebration of His birth and can be understood as the beginning of Christ’s manifestation to the world as God’s Only-begotten Son, […]

Marriage: The Great Sacrament by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos

Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person’s life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity […]

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov  A Wonderful Revelation to the World From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/wonderful.aspx This revelation is undoubtedly of world-wide significance. True, there is nothing essentially new in it, for the full revelation was given to the Apostles from the very day of Pentecost. But now that people have forgotten the fundamental truths […]