15 Most Popular Posts from the Catalog Of Good Deeds in 2017

1. Church Etiquette or Some Things You Should Know while in Church

In the Orthodox Church, there are a lot of customs and traditions that are important parts of our worship. Some are cultural; some are pious customs. Some are essential; some are not…read more

2. A List of Prohibited Marriages in the Orthodox Church

The relationships stated in the following list are among those prohibited by the canonical tradition of the Orthodox Church from entering into marriage…read more

3. Why More African Americans Are Turning to the Orthodox Church

The African-American community is being drawn to Orthodox Christianity, inspired by its roots in Africa, claims to authenticity, and reverence to black saints…read more

4. The Fruit of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit and Healing

To understand the meaning of Pentecost and healing we have to go back to St. Luke’s recording of the Last Supper, and the Priestly prayer of Jesus at that supperread more 

5. The Reason Orthodox Christians Cross Themselves from Right to Left

Orthodox cross themselves from right to left. first we will describe the mechanics of making the cross, then explain why it is indeed important that we make the sign of the cross correctly…read more

6. Why Orthodox Christians Stand During Divine Services

In performing divine services will it matter like the saints, Whom the God-inspired prophets Isaiah, Micah and Daniel saw "standing in the heavens next to the throne of God"read more

7. Reasons Why You Should Not Convert to Orthodox Christianity

After five years or so in the Orthodox Church, I’ve seen a lot of friends and acquaintances come home to the apostolic faith. And yet, not all of these journeys have worked out…read more

8. Why do Orthodox Christians kiss the hand of a bishop or priest?

For people outside of the Orthodox Tradition (and even for some of the Faithful), this is one of those foreign, counter-cultural and awkward practices that can be difficult to grasp…read more

9. The First 40 Days after Death explained by St.John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Limitless and without consolation would have been our sorrow for close ones who are dying, if the Lord had not given us eternal life. Our life would be pointless if it ended with death…read more

10. Why do Orthodox Christians pray facing East?

Facing East is a tradition, grounded in sure knowledge about the Second Coming, told us by the Lord, and repeated when the disciples had just seen the Lord ascend into heaven…read more 

11. A List of Saints Known to Have Destroyed Idols

Below, is a roughly chronological list of Saints known to have destroyed idols: the religious images and statues venerated by non-Christians, and considered holy by them…read more

12. On the Modesty of Women in the Orthodox Church

It seems that more and more often we see young women standing in church who, contrary to the teachings of the Church, are wearing immodest clothing, lipstick and no head coverings…read more

13. A List of Responsibilities of a Godparent in the Orthodox Church

As with any relationship, this spiritual one needs to be fostered and cared for in order for it to develop. The best way for this relationship to grow is through prayer…read more

14. The Proper Understanding and Use of Antidoron

How should one receive it and handle it? If one takes it home during the week for daily "communion" is this wrong? Is there a proper way of doing it—before a prayer, before a meal?...read more

15. Clergy Etiquette in the Orthodox Church

The following is a guide for properly addressing Orthodox clergy. Most of the titles do not exactly correspond to the terms used in Greek, Russian, or the other native languages of the national Orthodox Churches, but they have been widely accepted as standard English usages…read more