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Sacred Responsibilities of Sponsors and Godparents in The Orthodox Church By Fr Mark Hodges
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SACRED RESPONSIBILITIES OF SPONSORS AND GODPARENTS IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH -- The importance of the Sponsor's role in the sacrament of holy Baptism cannot be overstated. How did the early Church... More > sponsor candidates for Baptism? Who should be a Sponsor? What are the requirements for prospective Godparents? How should parent choose their children's sponsors? What are the duties of sponsors before Baptism? What are the duties of sponsors after Baptism? How can Godparents help raise small children in the Lord? What are the responsibilites of Godchildren toward their Godparents? What about adult converts? What if a sponsor leaves the Orthodox Church? What principles should guide parents in choosing a name for their child? A small book filled with practical help for Godparents, Godchildren, Sponsors, Parents, and candidates for baptism. 56 pages.< Less
An Orthodox Response To Terrorism By Fr Mark Hodges
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On September 11th, +2001, Americans awakened to a global threat which hit home all too tragically. That day was selected by terrorists to begin a new phase of the millenium-old jihad against... More > infidels which was halted at the gates of Vienna on September 11th, 1683. What is a Christian response to such ruthless mass murder in the name of Allah? Who is Allah, and how does he relate to the Christian God? Aren't all religions just about equal? What is it about our culture that offends Muslims? Why do so many of the world's followers of Islam hate the United States? Are terrorists practicing a “fringe form” of Islamic “extremism,” as President Bush told the nation, or are they simply taking the commandments of the Quran seriously? What did Mohammed teach about holy war? What does Jesus say about similar tragedies? Is this great national tragedy a call to retaliation, or to patriotism, or to repentance? These and other timely, important questions are explored in AN ORTHODOX RESPONSE TO TERRORISM.< Less
The Sacrament of Reconciliation By Fr Mark Hodges
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A Guide to General and Personal Confession for individual and parish use, explains the practicalities and the purpose of confession. This book includes both the rites of "General... More > Confession," and private confession. Also included are meditations in preparation for confession, and prayers in preparation for holy Communion. Appendixes offer Fr. Alexander Schmemann's report to the Holy Synod of The Orthodox Church in America on the need for the renewal of confession, the case for frequent Communion, and the Holy Synod's direction for the faithful.< Less
Infant Baptism By Fr Mark Hodges
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"INFANT BAPTISM: BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL, AND SPIRITUAL" explores the practice and purpose of baptizing the youngest of children. Differences with "believers baptism" are explained,... More > focusing on what saving faith is according to Scripture, the 2,000 year old practice of the Christian Church, and the witness of ancient teachers of the Faith. But perhaps the greatest contribution this little book offers to the dialogue about baptism is a vision of its spiritual value as the sign of the New Covenant in Christ. What happens in baptism? Why is it important? Is it essential, or optional? How can babies believe, and what is saving faith? What about original sin, the Augustinian reason for baptizing infants --is original sin an Orthodox concept? What about "limbo," where unbaptized babies go, according to Roman doctrine? What benefits do infants receive upon baptism? These and many other questions are addressed in "Infant Baptism: Biblical, Historical, and Spiritual."< Less