My goal with this blog is to expose the reader to the truth, beauty, and inner unity of the Orthodox Christian Faith, as practiced by churches of the Byzantine Rite (that is, “Eastern Orthodox.”)
I hope to, over time, present you with not only the theology and history of the Orthodox Church, but to reveal some of the depth and magnificent beauty of this faith, this way of life, in practice–particularly through the liturgical texts. I also intend to provide clear explanations of the what, why, and how of our beliefs and practices, including some history and possibly patristics. Hopefully someone finds this interesting, edifying, or otherwise useful. I may even include personal anecdotes from time to time.
The Greek word “Paradosis” (παραδοσισ) means tradition. It is used in the scriptural tagline for this site from St. Paul’s second epistle to the Thessalonians. He tells the church there to stand fast and hold on to the traditions they were taught, by both word and letter. He’s speaking of Holy Tradition preserved in the Church, which encompasses both Scripture and the living Faith. I chose this name because it is my hope that through this site I will help give Orthodox Christians a better knowledge and understanding of that Tradition, and to also share that Tradition with non-Orthodox so that they too can find the True Faith.
About the author
I am a tonsured and ordained reader in the Orthodox Church in America, currently serving in the Serbian Orthodox Church. I currently live
outside Tampa, FL (where I was born and raised) in Phoenix, AZ in Kansas City, MO with my wife, dog, two cats, and a horse. I am a software engineer in my professional life, and formerly was also an advertising agent and political consultant. I tend to read too much on too many different topics and retain information many others find useless or uninteresting.
I was baptized and mostly raised in the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, a sui juris church of the Eastern (Byzantine) Rite that is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Like many of the Eastern Catholic Churches, it was originally Orthodox, before joining with the Pope of Rome for largely political reasons centuries ago, and mostly retains the same liturgical practices as the Orthodox Church. In 2004, I, along with my immediate family, returned to our spiritual roots by coming into full communion with Holy Orthodoxy via the Orthodox Church in America.