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Orthodox Study Links

Internet Resources for the Study and Practice of Orthodoxy

There are many resources on the world wide web describing the faith and practice of Orthodoxy. These are links assembled by the parish web administrators, and supplemented or approved by the clergy at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church as useful or helpful. Frequent additions and revisions are expected.

Interested inquirers, as well as parishioners, are invited to contact the church office to raise any questions on the study and practice of Orthodoxy or to attend classes periodically offered through the church.

Diocese and Archdiocese Materials
Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
The Archdiocese of our parish.

Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America
The Diocese of our parish.

The Orthodox Church in America
Originally the overseas American diocese in the Russian Orthodox Church, now the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America. Generous and well-developed web site with much Pan-Orthodox information.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Also a rich source of historical and contemporary information about Orthodoxy.

The Church Fathers and Primary Materials
Theology of the Early Church Fathers

The Fathers of the Church
Although not an Orthodox site, this contains a rich collection of links to excerpts in translation of primary sources of the Fathers and great theologians of the Church, including St. Athanasius, St. Basil the Great, St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. John Chrysostom, and many more.

St. Pachomius Library 
Known as A First Draft for a Living Encyclopædia of Orthodox Christianity, this work is encyclopedic, part of the fruit of a fine collection of links from St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and other Orthodox Liturgical Texts

Books and Essays
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
Wondering how an Orthodox service differs from what you may be familiar with?  This article is sure to help!

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, provides in the four-volume The Orthodox Faith an in-depth summary of the foundational doctrines and practices of Orthodoxy: DoctrineWorship, the Bible and Church History, and Spirituality. Available in hard copy and online. The Pastor of St. Elias frequently recommends that serious inquirers investigate this series, offered on the OCA web site.

The Doctrine of Christ: A Layman's Handbook 
by Archbishop Dmitri, Orthodox Church in America
This modern, relatively short treatise on the central teaching of Orthodoxy, the doctrine of Christ, is offered on the web site of St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas, Texas. 

Various articles collected on the web site of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Tulsa, OK. Church History, Patristics, Music, Architecture and more. Weeks of good reading.

A library of basic theological and liturgical Orthodox textbooks from Holy Trinity Theological School on the Internet, a project of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY (click Textbooks).

Some earnest articles and essays by Nikolai Berdyaev (1874 - 1948) containing idiosyncratic and stimulating ideas about Orthodoxy in a modern and post-modern era. Readers pursuing this line of thought may be interested also in Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon, Fr. Georges FlorovskyProtopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, and Christos Yannaras.

Interview with a Russian priest working with English-speaking converts.
Iconography
To view some of the Iconography of master iconographer Tatiana Romanova Grant, click here.

Lectures and Music
Ancient Faith Radio 
A 24-hour internet Orthodox Radio Station, a publicly-supported ministry of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago. Reliable, beautiful Orthodox music, along with a variety of lectures from the "Great Tapes" series scheduled year-round. Also offering podcasts of the Our Life in Christ series of Orthodox topics. See their web site for more information, and be sure to click "Listen Now."

Five talks from Our Life in Christ on the Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian: IIIIIIIVV

Retreat lecture links from Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linithicum, MD., including His Grace Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokletia on the subject of The Cross. A treasury of lectures (for purchase) by Bishop Kallistos is here.

Lectures by Fr. Thomas (Hopko) from the Diocesan Assembly of the South, 2006.

Extensive notes that were taken from lectures, Lessons on Christian Dogmatics, by Professor I. Zizioulas (current Metropolitan John of Pergamon and Chairman of the Athens Academy) at the Poemantic Division of the Thessaloniki University’s School of Theology, during the academic year 1984-1985. 

A web site with many MIDI files of Orthodox liturgical music in English and Slavonic.

Publishers and Others
Conciliar Press

Orthodoxy in America (see About Orthodoxy) is a good site for beginning to explore Orthodoxy on-line, with parish locators.

Orthodox Family Life resources.

Orthodox Wiki
A pan-Orthodox "knowledge landscape" in the popular wiki form, a website editable by the public, no substitute for authoritative Orthodox sources, still it offers a stimulating and delightful Orthodox potpourri which strives to be encyclopedic and yields, for instance, a beautiful and moving icon of the Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion.

The "Orthodox Fragrance," an unofficial term derived to express the genius of Orthodox practice, at its best, in bringing together the rigor of truth with the kindness, simplicity, practicality, and clarity of vision that spring from humility and hope. Various informal and miscellaneous illustrative excerpts will be linked here from time to time.