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Orthodox Christian (Religion)

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  • Ukraine wants to cut ties with the Russian Orthodox Church — here's why

    05/20/2018 1:25:06 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | May 14, 2018 | David Stern
    Ukrainian officials have petitioned Orthodox Christian leaders to allow them to create a national church independent from Russia — in a bid to end more than 300 years of Moscow’s influence over religious affairs in their country. To the plan’s supporters, this creation of an “autocephalous” church would be a major step in Kyiv’s campaign to break free from Russian hegemony. “We see the restoration of neo-imperial ideas in Moscow,” said Archbishop Yevstraty Zoria, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, to Euronews. But critics warn that such a move would risk greater division in Ukraine and...
  • An Impossible Right: Why 'Same-Sex Marriage' is Wrongheaded

    05/20/2018 11:44:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-12-2013 | PatristicNectarFilms
    A Conversation on Same Sex "Marriage" with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco
  • Gay Iconoclasm: Holding the Line against the Radical LGBT Agenda (Must Watch)

    05/19/2018 4:41:27 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-22-2016 | Father Josiah Trenham
    Father Josiah Trenham speaks at the World Congress of Families X on May 15th 2016 (appx 20 minutes)
  • Egypt: Families of Beheaded Copts Finally Reunited with Remains of Loved Ones

    05/18/2018 4:23:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    After a three-year wait and a number of broken promises, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by IS in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains. The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the 20 coffins at the Cairo airport on Monday evening, 14 May, with prayers and Coptic chants. From there the coffins were transported to the village of Al-Our in Minya province, where the Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland, dedicated to the victims, had been inaugurated in February in anticipation...
  • Bulgarian Church Advises LGBT Community to Go to Church Instead of Pride Parade

    05/16/2018 5:53:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/15/18
    The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has expressed its attitude towards the upcoming LGBT parade in Sofia, calling on the members of the LGBT community to renounce their sins. The parade is scheduled for June 9. In its statement, posted on the Bulgarian Church’s official site, the Synod declares that its position towards sin remains unchanged. Rather than engaging in pride parades, the hierarchs have called for piety and a renunciation of sin and its demonstrations. “Taking into account free will, the Holy Orthodox Church again appeals to its children, brothers, and sisters, and lovingly reminds them that...
  • Georgian Orthodox Church Will Wed 400 Straight Couples On International Day Against Homophobia

    05/15/2018 7:24:50 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    NewKnowNext ^ | 05-14-2018 | Jeff Taylor
    The Georgian Orthodox Church is protesting International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) by holding a mass wedding of 400 heterosexual couples. The church, a vehemently ant-gay denomination with 3.5 million members worldwide, previously declared May 17 “Family Purity Day.” Organized by the reactionary group Patriarchate’s Chokhosnebi, the mass wedding is just the latest assault on the annual remembrance: In 2012, Orthodox priests led an attack against the first IDAHOT demonstration in Tbilisi. A small group of pro-LGBT activists, several of whom were injured, had to be led away by police in a bus. An IDAHOT rally the following year...
  • On Communing the Blood Only (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    05/14/2018 11:55:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver ^ | 05-01-2018 | Metroplitan Isaiah of Denver
    May 1, 2018 Teleturgical Encyclical 29 The Pious Priests The Faithful Parish Members Holy Metropolis of Denver Beloved in the Lord, It has come to my attention that there are an increasing number of parishioners in some of our parishes who come forth to receive Holy Communion, but insist that the priest not give to them of the Body of Christ but only of His Blood. Those parishioners explain to their priests that their doctors -- obviously not Orthodox Christians — tell them not to eat any kind of bread because it will harm them. If there are Orthodox Christians...
  • With Fear of God and Faith and Love Draw Near

    05/08/2018 5:45:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdioces ^ | 8 May A. D. 2018 | Bishop THOMAS (Joseph)
    With Fear of God and Faith and Love Draw Near By Bishop THOMAS (Joseph), Peter Schweitzer, and Marshall Goodge These are the words proclaimed by the priest as he translates the holy Gifts from the altar table to the faithful. They are instructive for each us, for they both are a command and reveal the disposition with which we commune the holy Gifts. I will address the command first - “Draw Near.” Many holy fathers encourage frequent communion as it is the path to repentance, illumination, and deification par excellence. Saint John Chrysostom writes, I entreat you: a royal table...
  • Forty-eight Foster Children and Nine of Their Own

    05/07/2018 7:16:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 04-27-2018 | Lolita Naranovich
    Archpriest Vitaly Tkachev on not being afraid of having a lot of children, trusting in God, and raising children in love In our previous article we introduced our readers to the Pokrov (“Protection”) Orthodox Children’s Home. It is a delightful, cozy little house (a converted village hall) in the village of Yakovlevo near Moscow. It provides shelter and education to children from the most difficult backgrounds, from all corners of Russia. Once they had nothing: neither hope for the future, nor trust in people, to say nothing of faith in God. At Pokrov they have all of this. It is...
  • Nicholas II's Murdered Family Is the Key to Russia's Revival (Fr Artemy Vladimirov)

    05/05/2018 6:45:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 4/23/18 | Fr. Artemy Vladimirov
    "For those who do not respect the history of their country, and consign the labors and accomplishments of their fathers and grandfathers to oblivion, are deprived of human dignity and, in all fairness, cannot even be called a people, which God calls us to become with faith, love for our land, and willingness to sacrifice at least something small in service of others"Ekaterinburg Golgotha. Who among us is not aware of this sorrowful but high collocation? It is not just a collocation, but the main tragedy of the twentieth century, which determined the shift in the world-historical process. Thanks be...
  • Patriarch Kirill: True Faith Defeats Terrorism. Hilarion: Unity with Catholics Impossible

    05/04/2018 5:34:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/2/18 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    On his visit to Albania, the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow invoked the unity of the Christian Churches to disarm religious radicalism. On the same day, his closest collaborator, Hilarion, pulled the breaks on ecumenical leaps. Between Catholics and Orthodox there is a common faith, but too many "contradictions and misunderstandings", such as the work of Card. Stepinac and that of the Greek-Catholics (uniates).Moscow (AsiaNews) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev), went on an official visit to Albania from April 28 to 30, where he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Tirana Anastas (Janullatos), leader of...
  • Relic claimed to be bone from St Clement rescued from the bin

    05/03/2018 3:32:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05-01-2018 | Maev Kennedy
    A small leather case containing a fragment of bone claimed to be a relic of St Clement, a pope who was martyred almost 2,000 years ago, has been found in rubbish collected from central London. The waste disposal firm is now appealing for suggestions from the public for a more suitable final resting place for a saint than a bin. The box, originally sealed with red wax and tied with crimson cords, contained a scrap of bone under a glass dome, with a faded strip of paper labelling it “Oss. S Clementis” – bone of St Clement. St Clement is...
  • Christians in Jerusalem's Old City 'under threat' from settlers

    05/01/2018 6:57:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05-01-2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    Christians in Jerusalem’s Old City say their presence at the geographical heart of their faith is under threat from intimidation and aggressive property acquisition by hardline Jewish settlers. According to church leaders, priests are being verbally abused and spat at, and property vandalised. Tensions have risen this year in the Christian and Armenian quarters of the 1 sq km ancient walled city, which includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest place in Christianity where Jesus was believed to be crucified and resurrected. The Old City is also home to places of critical religious importance to Jews and Muslims....
  • Lost in Time - Old Believer Russian Orthodox Communities Migrate Back to Motherland

    04/27/2018 6:02:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 4/20/18 | Staff
    Old Believers, the strictest adherents of ancient Christian traditions, are finally returning from 100-year exile in the West to RussiaThis fascinating news story offers an update about the Old Believer communities that have been steadily returning to Russia from an almost 100-year exile in Alaska, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina and setting up communities in Russia's Far East. Old Believers are Russian Christians who did not accept the reforms of the Official Russian Church in the 1600s. Since then, they have retained strict staunch loyalty to old traditions. They live in communities, farming the land, have traditional large families, don't...
  • Restoration of St. John the Baptist Monastery by Jordan River completed

    04/25/2018 4:32:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    An official ceremony was held on Tuesday to commemorate the completion of the restoration of the St. John the Baptist Monastery by the west bank of the Jordan River, the Jerusalem Patriarchate reports. This latest round of reconstruction, which was undertaken by the Jerusalem Patriarchate over the past several years, has been to fix the damage that the monastery suffered during the Six Day War of 1967. The monastery also fell victim to acts of vandalism during the restoration process, when assailants broke into the church, broke a computer, and left graffiti. The restoration of the church and its...
  • If Your Church Accepts Homosexuality, It’s Time to Look For a New One – Russian Bishop

    04/20/2018 5:06:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 4/18/18 | Staff
    As is well known, the position of the Russian church on homosexuality is unwaveringly traditional (read here for a detailed account of the Russian Church's answers to typical pro-gay arguments). In this video, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev, an incredibly influential and intelligent Russian bishop, speaks of the widening gap between traditional morality, as preached by the Russian church, and the modern Protestant churches that are experiencing extreme liberalization. Some Protestant churches, where it is now common to have pastors that identify as gay or rewrite prayers to insert 'gender-neutral pronouns' are gradually losing all semblance of traditional Christianity. Meanwhile, Russian church...
  • Christ is risen! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/08/2018 10:45:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    Vanity | 04-08-2018 | NRx
    Happy Ester everyone. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
  • Scenes From The Foot Washing Service for Great and Holy Thursday (Russian Orthodox)

    04/05/2018 2:21:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-05-2018 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Short video of scenes from the service of the washing of the feet in Christ the Savior Cathedral for Great & Holy Thursday. Orthodox Easter is this Sunday.
  • Pat. Bartholomew to Roman Clergy, “Even if Slow, Walk Towards Unity of Our Churches is Unstoppable”

    04/04/2018 9:11:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    “Since the XVI century, the distance the Julian and Gregorian calendars have taken from each other has led to having a different Easter date. We are sure that, as soon as the time is right, our Churches will be able to humbly and willingly implement a joint and to listen to St Paul’s invitation as a cry that sounds more urgent than ever nowadays, in a globalised, media-dependent world: ‘Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed’ (1 Cor. 5, 7-8)”. This was said earlier today by His Holiness, Bartholomew, archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, as he received at Fanar...
  • Iraq's Christians: Eighty Percent Have "Disappeared"

    04/03/2018 7:13:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 4/1/18 | Giulio Meotti
    *Tragically, Christians living in lands formerly under the control of the "Caliphate" have been betrayed by many in the West. Governments ignored their tragic fate. Bishops were often too aloof to denounce their persecution. The media acted as if they considered these Christians to be agents of colonialism who deserved to be purged from the Middle East. And the so-called "human rights" organizations abandoned them.*The West was not willing to give sanctuary to these Christians when ISIS murdered 1,131 of them and destroyed or damaged 125 of their churches.*We must now help Christians rebuild in the lands where their people...