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  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 4:49 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fasting   

    Can Orthodox Eat Insects During Great Lent? You bet! 

    While I must admit few have ever asked, yes, you can eat roaches insects during Great Lent. I know of no recipes. However, insects fall, like crustaceans and other lower sea creatures, into the category of passionless animals. Thus honey is always permitted, as are bees. While one could look at it Patristically, as above, one really needs to ask if there’s a real physiological difference between a crab and a big delicious Goliath beetle. On the other hand, it appears the idea of beetle soup is in fact an urban legend; your mileage may vary.

    Bon appetit!

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 3:21 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Is Beer Allowed During the Fast? 

    There’s a lot of people who like to debate this, but the simple answer is yes. With a few exceptions, most Orthodox around the world are ok with drinking beer during the fast. The “why” may surprise you. (More …)

     
    • Micah Mysiuk 9:27 pm on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen a kvass with 4%.

  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 2:45 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Why do Orthodox Christians do the Sign of the Cross backwards? 

    They don’t. The Sign of the Cross traditionally goes from head to just above the navel, and then from right to left with the right hand. This was done in the Roman Catholic Church as well until the 12th century when service participation was on the decline, illiteracy was on the rise, and people simply began following the blessing hand of the priest (which inverts the movements, as the hand is blessing the object, whose perspective is reversed.) (More …)

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 2:35 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , weird   

    My friend goes to a Western Rite Orthodox Church and it’s strange. 

    Certain aspects of Western Rite Orthodoxy are bound to look odd to an Easterner. However, many things in what calls itself “Western Rite Orthodoxy” are simply late Anglican or late Roman Catholic holdovers that, while sometimes comforting to a convert priest or parish, have nothing to do with Orthodoxy. Here’s a list of red flags that should make you go running: (More …)

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 1:54 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: antichrist   

    Is Antichrist real? 

    The Consensus of the Holy Fathers (in other words, the consensus of centuries of Orthodox teaching) sure says he is.

    Contrary from being symbolic, et cetera, Orthodox Christians understand Antichrist as a real person who will show up and basically make our lives pretty awful for three and a half years until Judgment day.

    St John of Damascus, writing in the 8th century in his excellent Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, pretty much lays out how it will happen. (More …)

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 1:45 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What should Orthodox Christians do when there’s no Church around? 

    There are two answers to this question, depending on what (a) is available and (b) what your spiritual father tells you.

    The first is (and everyone should know how to do this anyway) is to say typica on Sundays and feastdays. (More …)

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 1:25 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What is an Orthodox Christian? (Also “are you Jewish?”) 

    Here’s an easy way to put it. An Orthodox Christian is someone who is part of the original Church that Jesus Christ established. (More …)

     
  • Dcn Joseph Suaiden 1:07 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We are open for questions and answers! 

    I’m putting this up for real questions and answers on Orthodoxy, from everything to the basics to weird details you always wondered about.

    I don’t have all the answers, but I usually do know where to find them! So hopefully this will be a helpful experiment. Read on and enjoy!

     
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