Since the early Church, the Office of Oblation (Proskomide) has been a service of offering gifts to God in preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion in the Divine Liturgy. The Office of Oblation is thus a prerequisite for the Divine Liturgy.
Fr. Steven Tsichlis addresses the history, teaching, and present popularity of National Geographic's article on the so-called 'Gospel of Judas' and offers an Orthodox response to it.
Rev. Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos offers an Orthodox response to the 'Gospel of Judas.' He explains the absurdity surrounding the suggestion of a secret knowledge (gnosis) and the complexities of Gnosticism. He makes it clear that there can be no compromise between parts of the traditional Gospels and parts from the Gospel of Judas with great detail and exploration.
The ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarchate may be aptly termed a ministry of reconciliation with three areas of focus: a) the ecumenical dialogue among Christians, b) the inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and c) the universal call to all human beings for reconciliation with our natural environment. I am concentrating particularly on the reconciliatory ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarchate because I have plenty of relevant data available. In several cases, I presuppose, of course, the concomitant involvement to dialogue of the late Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.
Links to other websites that contain information about Monasticism and various Monasteries
The concept 'people of God' is based primarily on biblical presuppositions and a patristic understanding of ecclesiology. The people of God is the pleroma of the church; quahal, the congregation of God's people. The laos(people) is distinct from the ethne, or gentiles, who were engrafted into the body of Christ.