Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which often differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. For centuries, doomsdayers and self-styled prophets have claimed to know about the end of the world, emphasizing that their version of the apocalypse will come true.
Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.
We need to better equip teens to make good choices concerning sex and to be able to see through the multitude of sexual messages they receive on a daily basis.
We want teens to see themselves as important, valuable and sacred, despite the messages they receive to the contrary, which tend to debase both males and females.
The secular meaning for the word orthodox is what people consider as generally accepted to be true by most people and what most people believe to be true.
So how does this definition tie into what is called Orthodox Christianity?
In Russia, home to 39 per cent of the world’s Orthodox Christians, people enjoy more days off over Christmas than any other country in Europe, starting on New Year’s Day and carrying through to Orthodox Christmas day.
The rest of Christianity uses the Gregorian calendar.
The word orthodox was first used in the first century because of the many heretical teachings that branched off from Christianity.
In the beginning of the church, anyone that was not teaching or believing in Orthodox Christianity was said to teach or believe heresy and were said to be in apostasy.
The majority of the Orthodox churches worldwide use the Julian calendar, created under the reign of Julius Caesar in 45 BC, and have not adopted the Gregorian calendar, proposed by Latin Pope Gregory of Rome in 1582.
The Epiphany, for instance, is celebrated on January 19, rather than January 6.