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Frederica Mathewes-Green

Introduction to the Orthodox Church Video series by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green  is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a regular columnist for the multi-faith web magazine, and she writes movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies.

Click here to read more on Frederica Mathewes-Green biography.


Below are Frederica's “Welcome to the Orthodox Church” video series:

This series of brief videos supplement the book “Welcome to the Orthodox Church” by Frederica Mathewes-Green, which takes an original approach by bringing you into a typical Orthodox parish church for a series of visits, touching upon topics of history, theology and practice along the way. Designed primarily for newcomers, this inviting rather than argumentative guide is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already “in the pews.”   Also, click here for the whole playlist of videos in Frederica's Theoria series.

An Introduction to the Orthodox Worship Space

A Little More About the Orthodox Worship Space

The Sign of the Cross, Icons, and Tradition in the Orthodox Church

One of the Things That Surprised Me About the Orthodox Church

The Liturgical Calendar and the Twelve Great Feasts

The Vespers Service in the Orthodox Church

The Choir and the Chanters in the Orthodox Church

Why Orthodox Use Incense in Worship

Why Do Orthodox Christians Repeat 'Lord Have Mercy'?

Using Candles and Icons in Prayer: Is It Idolatry?

An Overview of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

Why Orthodox Christians Practice Closed Communion

Eastern Orthodox Fasting and Coffee Hour

Frederica's Story: Experiencing More of God

We can find Frederica's books below on

Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, 2015.

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God, 2009.

Mary as the Early Christians Knew Her: the Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts, 2007.

First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew, 2005. Devotional book for the Orthodox Great Lent.

Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, 1997. Recounts her experience as a convert to Orthodoxy.

At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy, 1999. A sequel to Facing East.

The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation, 2001. A spiritual book.

The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer (Pocket Faith Series, 4), 2003. A devotional book focusing on icons.

Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism, 2002.

Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, 1994.


Frederica Mathewes-Green other writing works in the Ancient Faith Archives link. In addition to Frederica's videos and listed books above, there are numerous of her works on a wide range of topics. In recent years, she concentrated on ancient Christian spirituality and the Eastern Orthodox faith.


Also, don't forget to visit St. George's Bookstore for additional Orthodox readings and icons.

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