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  • Syrian Christians Wed in Bombed-Out Church

    08/01/2015 2:09:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | July 31, 2015
    More than 2,000 locals who were driven out of their hometown of Homs, Syria, returned on July 12 to witness a moment of sweet triumph as a young couple married inside the wreckage of their beloved church.The Daily Mail is reporting on the bitter sweet story of Fadi and Rana, 28, two refugees of the years-long Syrian civil war, who met in a refugee camp. Fadi, a university graduate who was working at a pharmaceutical factory in the city before he was forced to flee, fell in love with Rana while they were both working for the U.N. Refugee Agency.When...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

    08/01/2015 11:40:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three “Feasts of the Savior” in August) Commemorated on August 1 Troparion & KontakionThe Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: “Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it...
  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 5:03:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 62 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 07-30-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The most difficult part of my Orthodox experience to discuss with the non-Orthodox is the place and role of the Mother of God in the Church and in my life. It is, on the one hand, deeply theological and even essential to a right understanding of the Orthodox faith, while, on the other hand, being intensely personal beyond the bounds of conversation. I am convinced, as well, that the Orthodox approach to Mary is part of the apostolic deposit, and not a later accretion. When I was doing graduate studies some decades back, I decided to concentrate my historical research on...
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • German Protestants Apologise for Reformation Iconoclasm

    07/31/2015 6:22:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 51 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The German Protestant Church (EKD) has apologised for the widespread destruction of religious images during the Reformation. “The Protestant Church rejects the destruction of images. Images have long since become an expression of Protestant piety,” Protestant Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber underlined at a meeting of delegations from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the EKD. The clerics met in Hamburg to discuss the word “image” from the Orthodox and Protestant points of view. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and EKD chairman Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm sent greetings and blessings to the Hamburg meeting. Destroying image was most common in the immediate aftermath of the...
  • Dormition Fast Begins (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:52:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | August 2015 | Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
    Standing at your deathbed, the Apostles cried aloud in wonder: The Palace of the King withdraws: the Ark of holiness is raised on high. Let the gates be opened wide that the Gate of God may enter into abundant joy, She who asks without ceasing for great mercy on the world. Several years ago, I was sharing with an Orthodox pilgrim the thought that the Dormition fast, though short, was very intense spiritually and that hardships seemed to befall people more in those two weeks than in the long Apostles’ fast. Without hesitation he responded, “Of course! Lent is...
  • Pray for the Reposed! (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:35:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1992 | Hieromartyr John of Riga
    The death of people who are close and dear to us is one of the most difficult trials sent to us by the Lord God during this temporary life. There are no tears more bitter than the tears of a mother for the beloved child of her heart who goes to the grave before his time. What sorrow can we compare to the sorrow of widows and orphans? Nonetheless, our Lord and Saviour turns to these people, the most unfortunate ones in the eyes of the world, saying respectfully, "Do not weep!" The Apostle Paul commands these sorrowing ones, saying,...
  • Where does humanistic culture lead?

    07/30/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28-2015 | St. Justin Popovic
    St. Justin Popovic (April 6, 1894-April 7, 1979) survived two world wars in Serbia, and in this treatise on European culture he discerns the problems with the European worldview that led to such a human disaster, and touches upon the probable future. Theanthropic culture transfigures man from within, and thereby likewise influences his external condition. It transfigures the soul, and by way of the soul, it transfigures the body. According to this culture, the body is the temple of the soul, and it lives, moves and has its being through the soul. Take away the soul from the body and...
  • What Makes a Priest Rejoice at Confession

    07/29/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-27-2014 | Igumen Nektary (Morozov)
    What gives you joy when one person after another lines up to take confession? Not when you hear the confession that many call, “on duty”, but when you become a witness to change that’s happened (perhaps even before your very eyes) in a person; when you have become the witness of his struggle, the result of his work on himself and the action of God’s grace that goes with it. This is always experienced as a marvelous miracle—the most important and most necessary of all miracles, the most unbelievable and most saving. However, it’s not only the miracle that makes...
  • The Christian Life is Monastic Life

    07/29/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-18-2013 | Fr. Natham Duffy
         To a culture whose core values are self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and self-sovereignty, Orthodox monastic life appears as an affront and a scandal. What could be more contrary to our individualistic society which prizes comfort, ease, and “freedom” above all other concerns than a life of utter self-abasement, strict obedience, and striving after Holy suffering for Christ’s sake? The monastic life is a call to prophetic, apostolic, martyric, Christian witness, but is it a completely distinct call from the general Christian calling? Do the commandments to pray unceasingly (1 Thess. 5:17) or to sell all we have, give to the...
  • Encyclical of Greek Archbishop Stylianos of Australia Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

    07/29/2015 9:02:59 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Archbishop Stylianos
    To the Reverend Clergy and the honourable Administrative Committees of the Parish-Communities of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Dearly Beloved, Further to our Encyclical of 28th May 2013, in relation to a law which the State proposes to vote upon with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of Marriage. You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of...
  • ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: A BRIEF STUDY FOR THE LAYMAN

    07/28/2015 1:23:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | 1983 | Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
    We are living at a time in which the monastic life is not only considered abnormal, but is even ridiculed and condemned. Even they who profess to teach the word of God, especially within Protestant Christianity, cynically condemn the monastic life as useless, isolationist, abnormal, and not in conformity with the teachings of Christ. They teach that they who enter monasteries and convents certainly are not the ideal Christians. The Early HistoryYet, history witnesses to us that the ascetic life, the life of monasticism has existed within the Church from the very beginning. Even before the Church had been established on...
  • THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE PAROUSIA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

    07/27/2015 9:54:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | uncertain | Prof. Stylianos Papadopoulos
    Distinction and Relationship in the Divine HypostasesIn Antioch and in its spiritual sphere of influence, all the familiar solutions had been tried and even proposed synodically to bridge the chasm separating the teaching of the First Ecumenical Council from the Arian heresy. These solutions were, of course, being offered to Arius, but were more or less diminishing the doctrine of Nicaea. Chrysostom who certainly knew these solutions, accepted the Homoousion of Nicaea, but was also familiar with the theology of the Cappadocians, at least in general. He particularly knew the distinction of the three divine Hypostases and the one nature...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • Russian Orthodox Ch Urges Authorities Against Leaving People Without Ideological "Wheel and Sails"

    07/24/2015 6:18:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/24/15
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The authorities should not exclude themselves "from the ideological sphere, from the spirit sphere," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. "If it lacks this, this means that people find themselves without wheel and without sails," the priest said. "Many today would want the authorities not to have faith, an ideological component and were just managers but I want to hope that this is not so in our history, in our future," he said. It is necessary to overcome "the...
  • [16 Year Old] Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

    07/22/2015 6:23:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    At sundown each day during Ramadan, which ended on 17 July with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, observant Muslims customarily broke their fast at their evening iftar meal by eating dates. A week prior, on the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama was on the street in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, handing out dates to those hurrying home before sundown. In a country that is 90 per cent Muslim, nearly every passer-by was, almost by definition, Muslim. Osama, however, is a Coptic Christian, and in each small plastic bag of dates he also had included a slip of paper...
  • Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on Gay Marriage

    07/20/2015 9:39:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    ROCOR ^ | July 2015 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
    ...While we reaffirm today, as we have always done, the unchanging reality of repentance as a path open to all, without qualification, and abhor those who would react to any sin, or any sinner, other than in love and with the promise of new life that true repentance may bring, we nonetheless shall not succumb to the prevalent social trend of our day, which equates recognition and acceptance of sin with love. For the legalisation of sin is precisely what this judicial act accomplishes, whatever may otherwise be its aims or intentions. Marriage has been from creation, is now and...
  • India tolerant? Its Christians beg to differ

    07/19/2015 3:36:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/19/15 | John Allen
    At the level of sweeping stereotypes, most Westerners tend to think of India and its dominant religion, Hinduism, as bastions of tolerance. Ever since the Beatles traveled to an ashram to study meditation, there’s been a chic about Indian spirituality as the ultimate in “all paths lead to the same place.”One might profitably ask Christians in today’s India, however, whether those stereotypes have anything to do with their reality. The answer you’re likely to get is, “Are you kidding?”In truth, India’s small Christian minority has felt under the gun for a long time, and they say things have become considerably...
  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:19:19 PM PDT · by bad company · 23 replies
    http://myocn.net/am-i-a-good-person/ ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Fr. Ernesto Obregon
    A question was asked in a recent comic strip as one character spoke to another, “Okay, Marcus, you don’t drink or smoke or cuss, but is it the absence of bad behavior that makes someone good, or is it the presence of good behavior?” I was surprised at the depth of the comment, particularly since both characters on that day’s strip are teenagers. Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God....
  • On the Sacramental Nature of Marriage

    07/18/2015 6:55:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-18-2015 | Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
       Fr. Sergei SveshnikovOne of the obvious differences between the Orthodox and Western understanding of marriage is that in the West, marriage is what two people do, while in the East, it is something that is done to them. This difference is expressed in the wedding service. In the West, the two people give a set of vows, thus entering into a contract with each other. In the Orthodox service, no vows are exchanged; after the initial inquiry as to whether they want to be married to each other (more on that later), they say absolutely nothing. They also do...
  • 60,000 March in Memory of Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/18/2015 2:22:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Paul Gilbert
    On the evening of July 16/17, to honor the memory of the murdered Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, more than 60.000 Orthodox faithful took part in the 20 km royal procession pilgrimage from the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama.      On the evening of 16/17 July, to honour the memory of the murdered Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, more than 60,000 Orthodox faithful took part in the 20-km royal procession pilgrimage from the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the...
  • Video of the Vigil of the Feast of St. Sergius (Ecumenical)

    07/18/2015 2:07:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-18-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Video from the All Night Vigil for the Feast of St. Sergius at the Trinity - Sergius Lavra (Monastery)
  • Southernmost Church in the World: Where Father Kirilov Celebrates Mass at 25 Degrees Below Zero

    07/18/2015 8:38:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 7/16/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    "The Russian workers at the South Pole expect, like every other believer, spiritual support and a Church very devoted to God." With these words Russian Orthodox priest Sophrony Kirilov describes his task. He's a "special envoy" of the Moscow Patriarch on King George Island, as the British call them, or Isla 25 de Mayo, as the Argentines say. The island belongs to the sub-Antarctic archipelago of the South Shetlands. Here Father Kirilov cares for the southernmost church in the world. The Russian priest is one of a hundred people who spend even the winter in this latitude, although the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Rejects Draft Document of Pan-Orthodox Council

    07/17/2015 6:17:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church has rejected a draft document that is scheduled to be discussed at the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council. The document, entitled “The Orthodox Church’s Contribution to the Triumph of Peace, Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood and Love among Nations and to the Elimination of Racial and Other Forms of Discrimination,” was deemed “unacceptable in its current form” by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. The governing body recommended the approval of another draft conciliar document, entitled “The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today,” and also recommended the adoption of changes to the document...
  • Video from the first Feast of St. Paisios at Souroti Monastery (Ecumenical)

    07/16/2015 11:12:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-15-2015 | GREEKTV4E
    Here is a video of the Greek Orthodox Divine Liturgy from the recent vigil (7/11/15) in celebration of the first feast day since the canonization of St. Paisios. The video is of the service from the Monastery of Souroti outside of Thessaloniki, which treasures the holy and wonderworking grave of St. Paisios. At the feast was present the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, along with many other bishops, clergy, monks and nuns, and thousands of the faithful. In the video one can see beautiful shots of the church, excellent chanting from the nuns at Souroti, and video of the long line of...
  • ROC Outside of Russia Predicts Degradation to the USA in Result of Legalizing Same-Sex 'Marriages'

    07/14/2015 6:09:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/14/15
    Moscow, July 14, Interfax - The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia criticizes the decision of the USA Supreme Court to legalize the homosexual 'marriages.' "We deeply regret that the United States Supreme Court has taken a decision which, in so definitively spurning the revealed will of God, opens the peoples of this land to an increase of suffering and sorrow, and a further decrease of moral stability," the ROCOR Synod says in its message posted in its official website. It is stressed that "marriage has been from creation, is now and will always be...
  • Carol Saba on the Rupture of Communion between Antioch and Jerusalem (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/12/2015 11:02:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 07-12-2015 | Carol Saba
    "When the wise man points at the moon, the idiot looks at his finger"! What is the Affair of Canonical Jurisdiction over Qatar about? "When the wise man points at the moon, the idiot looks at his finger"! The famous Chinese proverb was completely right. This teaching attributed to Confucius is very appropriate in this case. Especially when we read, here and there, commentaries on the affair of canonical jurisdiction over Qatar. In the same sense as the Chinese lesson, as they say in my country France, "the tree must not hide the forest". Everyone is looking at this affair...
  • The Cross is my Life

    07/11/2015 1:07:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-11-2015 | Fr. Silouan Benedict
       There are many experiences in this life that all of us will have, but along with all those experiences we will also know suffering, and sometimes significant suffering. It is necessary for us to know that we will last for eternity with Christ, and that this life is just a preparation for life in eternity with Christ. I personally grew up in a family that always knew suffering. We lived for about 5 years in Iraq during my early school days and my sister Clementina Zineb and my brother are both buried there. Later I had another brother...
  • Liturgy & Veneration of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (Devotional Thread)

    07/10/2015 6:22:53 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-09-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the Russian Orthodox Hierarchical Liturgy (Pontifical High Mass for Roman Catholics) commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Tikhvin Monastery and the veneration of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos on its feast day.
  • Greeks are voting No to the Church, too

    07/07/2015 10:02:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 7, 2015 | Fr Mark Drew
    In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment When Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greek prime minister in January this year, the ceremony was marked by a symbolically important change in the protocol. Previous governments had sworn on the Gospels, and received a solemn blessing by an impressively vested Archbishop of Athens with attending deacons and chanters. This time Tsipras and most of his incoming ministers chose to dispense with the time-honoured religious oath and affirm on their honour. Syriza, the coalition of the radical Left, has long argued...
  • Orthodox cleric: Marriage ruling an 'earthquake'

    07/07/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    WND ^ | 07-06-2015 | Leo Hohmann
    A prominent American cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia called the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage an “earthquake” that turns God’s established order on its head. Archpriest Victor Potapov of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C., spoke frankly with Pravmir, an online Orthodox Christian website. He blamed “homosexual propaganda” for the ruling but also heterosexual Christian couples who have not had the proper respect for the marriage covenant that God intended. The Orthodox Church is among the most conservative Christian denominations and has defended Russia against cultural attacks by liberal elements...
  • 'Islamic State in Palestine' Threatens Christians in Jerusalem

    07/06/2015 6:23:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 7/3/15 | Oliver Maksan
    "We must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community."JERUSALEM—A group calling itself "Islamic State in Palestine" last week distributed leaflets ordering Christians to leave the city by the end of Ramadan, July 18. Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate, urging the faithful to be vigilant, said that “we must take these threats seriously. It would be enough that three young fundamentalists, armed with knives, attack a Christian home to cause panic in the Christian community.” The message on the...
  • Lessons From the Christian East

    07/05/2015 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/2/15 | Dr. Adam J. DeVille
    The twentieth anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II apostolic letter "Orientale Lumen" is an occasion to reflect on what can be learned from Eastern CatholicsTwenty years ago, in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen (May 2, 1995), the late St. Pope John Paul II called on Roman Catholics to deepen their knowledge of and love for the Christian East. I was thinking of his exhortation as I recently returned from a colloquium in Canada on the future of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) in North America. Many, perhaps most, Catholics in North America are unaware of the UGCC and the...
  • Antioch breaks communion with Jerusalem over Qatar (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/03/2015 9:23:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 07-02-2015 | Holy Synod of Antioch
    This has building for a while. See the full text from the Holy Synod at the sourced link.
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Impiety Has Reached a High Point

    07/02/2015 3:34:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 07-02-2015 | Elder Philotheos Zervakos
    The impiety, corruption, senselessness and lack of conscience of people, both lay people and clergy, men and women, rich and poor, generals and soldiers, rulers and the ruled over has reached a high point and is speedily progressing in leaps and bounds til it reaches the greatest precipice. What is countering this pitiful progression of spiritual impiety? It is: the infinite compassion of God; His immeasurable mercy and unimaginable long suffering; the intercessions of His all immaculate Mother and all the Saints; the little virtue faith, hope and love of the few people; their prayers and petitions to the Lord...
  • Quote of the day...

    07/02/2015 3:07:00 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 06-29-2015 | Patriarch Kyril
    "The general political direction of the [Western political] elite bears, without doubt, an anti-Christian and anti-religious character. We have been through an epoch of atheism, and we know what it is to live without God. We want to shout to the whole world, ‘Stop!'" -Kyril Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
  • Russia: Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/02/2015 12:37:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    NRTLN ^ | 07-01-2015 | National Right to Life News
    The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care . The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.”
  • Response of Assembly of (Orthodox) Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges

    07/02/2015 12:22:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    AOCOB ^ | 07-02-2015 | Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the US
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such “marriages.” The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government...
  • “I Only Ask the West One Thing: Stop Arming Our Assassins”

    06/30/2015 4:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the...
  • See The Star Of Bethlehem: Christ’s Second Coming Is Around The Corner

    06/29/2015 8:11:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 60 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    When it comes to tomorrow, Christians need to think while watching the Star of Bethlehem which will appear after an absence of roughly 2000 years. Tomorrow (June 30th, 2015) the Star of Bethlehem will be making a return. Will this mean that the signs of the end is beginning to unfold? And what did this sign mean? Is it a time of joy or suffering or both? How could King Herod's own advisors have been unaware of a star so bright that it could have led the wise men to Jerusalem? According to Professor David Weintraub, this may be because...
  • “I only ask the West one thing: Stop arming our assassins” [Syrian Orthodox Patriarch]

    06/29/2015 4:57:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    “When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the Creed and which always accompanies those who follow in Christ’s footsteps, whatever life throws at them, acting as his disciples. This is a distinctive trait which can be clearly seen now in many...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Spokesman Lashes Out Over U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:16:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-28-2015 | ennifer Monaghan
    A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, Interfax reported Sunday. The United States' highest court ruled Saturday that same-sex marriage should be legalized across the entire country, meaning that the 14 states with bans on gay marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. But Vsevolod Chaplin, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, decried the decision to legalize such a "godless and sinful thing" and warned his compatriots to be wary of...
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    06/28/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    June 28, 2015 Feast of Ss. Cyrus and John Beloved in Christ, May God bless you always. On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that effectively defines “marriage” as legal between any two consenting adults throughout our country, regardless of their biological sex, a decision that will no doubt have sweeping effects in our society, not just for these couples but for children, families, churches, other religious organizations and all people of faith. This action by the Court attempting to redefine marriage is deeply wrong, but it gives us an opportunity to reiterate...
  • Letter from Bishop Paul of Chicago Responding to the Supreme Court Decision

    06/28/2015 8:56:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Diocese of the Midwest ^ | 06-26-2015 | Bishop Paul
    ...“As your bishop — and from the perspective of the Church — nothing has changed. Even though same-sex marriage is ‘legal,’ no blessings will be given to any priests to conduct same sex-marriages in our parishes. Those who are in same-sex marriages conducted by their respective states, who are unrepentant, will not be communed.
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • Dostoevsky and the Sins of the Nation

    06/27/2015 11:07:35 AM PDT · by bad company · 7 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/glory2godforallthings ^ | June 27, 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    For many, the idea that we are somehow responsible for the sins of others, or can repent on their behalf is counter-intuitive and deeply troubling. It is distinctly non individualistic. However, it is a cornerstone of Orthodox devotion. Dostoevsky presented a very popular version of this teaching in the words of the fictitious character, the Elder Zosima, in his The Brothers Karamozov. The elder was modeled, many say, on the elders of Optina Pustyn. His teaching and story, contained in the novel, have the authentic sound of Holy Orthodoxy, and could be found nowhere else. I offer an excerpt here...
  • Statement by the Chancery...on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

    06/27/2015 6:38:31 AM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Russian Orthodox Churchj ^ | 26 June AD 2015 | ROCOR Chancery
    Statement by the Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese March 16/29, 2013 Martyrs Sabinus and Papas Updated November 8/21, 2014 Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers Updated June 13/26, 2015 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media...