• John Fotopoulos

    John Fotopoulos

    Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame

    John Fotopoulos is an Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  

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Magi visiting the Christ child
Biblical Studies

Christmas’s Great Conjunction

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски There has been a lot of excitement this December regarding an astronomical phenomenon known as a great conjunction. This great conjunction, also known as a planetary conjunction, is an alignment of Jupiter and Saturn with Earth that is visible in our night sky. A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last came...

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Biblical Studies

Was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the First Person to See the Risen Lord Outside the Empty Tomb?

In Orthodox icons of Jesus’s empty tomb and resurrection, it is common to see Mary the mother of Jesus depicted as one of the myrrhbearing women. A related theme, although perhaps depicted less frequently in icons, is that the Virgin Mary saw the risen Jesus outside the tomb. Indeed, some Orthodox... Read more.
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Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

This essay was originally published in 2017. It was updated for 2021. A common misperception among Orthodox Christians is that Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha iss... Read more.
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Liturgical Life, Women in the Church

Women and the Creed: “For Us Humans and for Our Salvation”

For a little more than a decade, a new translation of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed recited in the Divine Liturgy has been implemented in the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). The desire to use a uniform translation of the Creed is commendable and long overdue. The n... Read more.
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

by John Fotopoulos There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical C... Read more.
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Church History, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

New Testament Codex 1424 Returned to the Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 was a momentous occasion for inter-Christian relations and for the history of the New Testament (NT). An important 9th century AD Greek NT codex that had been stolen in 1917 from the Monastery of Panagia Eikosiphoinissa near Drama, Greece was officially returned to the c... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

  There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Ni... Read more.