Topics in Holy Scripture

The Holy Eucharist

Holy Confession

Holy Baptism

The Liturgy

The Church

Holy Matrimony



The Passions

Fasts & Feasts

Holy Traditions

Holy Scripture

The Theotokos

The Hours

The Anathemas

In our culture, it is with a certain ease that Protestantism claims a kind of hegemony over the Scriptures, so that a fundamentally fundamentalist understanding of them is sort of the status quo and we are expected to quote proof texts on particularly Protestant ground in an ongoing cultural debate. But the Holy Scriptures were never the property of Protestantism but are rather the special possession and blessing of those who wrote them the Church, which had to exist first in order to write out of its understanding and experience.

It is necessary then to cast off the Protestant hermeneutic to see the truly Orthodox mind that the Scriptures express. This cannot be reduced to arguments over proof texts, nor need the Church which wrote the Scriptures need to make such argument. Our tradition is richer and more full than that. But it is helpful, in this cultural milieu, to reconsider the depth of our heritage in the Holy Texts. While that is a monumental and ultimately lifelong undertaking for each of us, a topical survey may perhaps inspire in the beginner some of the necessary confidence to turn to the work of our Fathers, be it clothed with a Protestant binding, red-letters, Hebrew numbers, and Anglican translation, and find in it the instruction concerning our Faith that is necessary to life. This brief survey is a small encouragement to that end.

Holy Eucharist


  1. [28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.


  1. [20] Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.


  1. [53] Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
  2. [54] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
  3. [55] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
  4. [56] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.


  1. [16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?


  1. [7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;


  1. [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.


  1. [19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,


  1. [4] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,


  1. [17] For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.


  1. [21] Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Holy Confession as a Baptism


  1. [3] And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

Holy Baptism (saving us as both figure and reality at once)


  1. [21] The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:


  1. [19] Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.


  1. [5] One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


  1. [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


  1. [38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  2. [41] Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.


  1. [12] But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
  2. [13] Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.


  1. [16] And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.


  1. [3] Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?


  1. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.


  1. [27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

The Liturgy (and the singing of psalms)


  1. [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


  1. [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;


  1. [12] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.


  1. [13] Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.


  1. [19] Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.


  1. [5] Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.


  1. [2] While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

The Church


  1. [38] This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:


  1. [22] Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
  2. [26] And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.


  1. [16] Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.


  1. [10] To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
  2. [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


  1. [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.


  1. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
  2. [24] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:


  1. [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.


  1. [12] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.


  1. [23] To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,


  1. [14] Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:


  1. [20] The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Holy Matrimony


  1. [31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.



  1. [4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


  1. [14] For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;


  1. [6] Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:



  1. [10] That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Passions


  1. [15] And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:


  1. [17] Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.



  1. [2] Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
  2. [17] Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?


  1. [13] But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:


  1. [2] Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
  2. [8] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
  3. [10] But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
  4. [11] Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
  5. [14] Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
  6. [37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.


  1. [21] But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.


  1. [8] Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


  1. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.


  1. [16] Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
  2. [17] But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
  3. [18] That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.


  1. [14] Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
  2. [15] And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.


  1. [21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.


  1. [2] As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
  2. [3] And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.


  1. [23] And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.


  1. [9] Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
  2. [33] And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing


  1. [5] Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.


  1. [5] In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;


  1. [27] In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

Holy Tradition


  1. [15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.


  1. [6] Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Holy Scripture


  1. [39] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.


  1. [4] For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.


  1. [15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  2. [16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:


  1. [20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.


  1. [16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.


  1. [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.


  1. [17] And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

The Theotokos


  1. [28] And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
  2. [42] And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.


  1. [46] And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
  2. [47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  3. [48] For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
  4. [49] For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

The Hours


  1. [25] And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
  2. [33] And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
  3. [34] And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?


  1. [6] Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.


  1. [14] And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
  2. [27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.


  1. [15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.


  1. [3] He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
  2. [9] On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
  3. [30] And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

The Anathemas


  1. [22] If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.