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  • During the Nativity Fast [Devotional]

    11/28/2015 3:53:39 PM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | December 2013 | Archpriest Victor Potapov
    Photo: A.Pospelov / Pravoslavie.ru The Nativity Fast continues... The Fast is a time of cleansing the soul and body. It is considered, and quite rightly so, that for a Christian cleansing is necessary not only for its own sake, in general, but also so that one might worthily commune of the Holy Gifts of Christ. Therefore, people are right in saying that the Fast exists so that during the Fast one may become “worthy” to receive Communion. That is true because fasting, abstinence, and asceticism are good means toward repentance. This is something that should be emphasized: fasting...
  • 4th Forum on “The Sanctity of Motherhood” opens in Kazan

    11/28/2015 3:43:27 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-27-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    On 26 November 2015, the 4th Forum held within the framework of the All-Russian Programme “The Sanctity of Motherhood” began its work in the capital of Tatarstan. This year the meeting, organized by St Andrew the First-Called Foundation and the Centre of National Glory, focuses on the Centuries-Old Family Traditions as the Foundation of Russia’s Future.” The meeting has brought together over seven hundred delegates from Russia and other countries, representing the governmental authorities, research centres, higher education institutions, public and religious organizations, and youth groups. Among those who took part in the meeting were Metropolitan Feofan of Kazan and...
  • St. Cyril of Alexandria on Luke 9:37-43. Healing of the Demon-Possessed Boy

    11/28/2015 7:03:26 AM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-28-2015 | St. Cyril of Alexandria
    But it came to pass, the day after, as they came down from the mountain, a great crowd met Him. And, behold, a man cried out from the crowd, saying, Teacher, I beseech Thee to regard my Son, for he is my only one. And lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out, and it convulseth and teareth him, and he foameth; and having bruised him scarcely departeth from him. And I besought Thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not. And Jesus answered, and said: O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I...
  • Stump the Priest: The Sin of Sodom

    11/27/2015 3:56:05 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Stump the Priest: The Sin of Sodom Lot and his family fleeing Sodom Question: "Doesn'tEzekiel 16:49 make it clear that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality rather than homosexuality?" Actually, no, it doesn't. Here is what Ezekiel 16:49 says: "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Which if that was all that the Bible had to say on the subject, would provide some basis for the assumption behind this question. However, let's...
  • St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) on Fasting

    11/27/2015 2:36:11 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-27-2015 | St. Paisius (Velichkovsky)
    St. Paisius (Velichkovsky)St. Paisius (1722-1794) was born Peter Velichkovsky in Poltava, Ukraine, to a priestly family. At age thirteen he enter the Kiev Theological School with the intention of following in his father’s footsteps, but felt there something missing—the monastic tradition of mental prayer and the patristic approach. He soon departed to find a monastery, and his search for true monastic instruction took him to Mount Athos where he labored for seventeen years, becoming the spiritual father to many monks. These years on Mount Athos were filled with labors in asceticism and study of the true monastic life. Greece...
  • St. Damaskinos the Studite, Bishop of Liti and Rendini (+1577)

    11/27/2015 10:25:07 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-27-2015 | John Sanidopoulos
    St. Damaskinos the Studite (Feast Day - November 27) Damaskinos, the Bishop of Liti and Rendini, was a prominent figure and holy hierarch not only of the 16th century, but throughout all the years of bondage under the Turks, and therefore is a spiritual lighthouse that illumined then the spiritual darkness of Orthodox Christians, glorifying as well the renowned Diocese of Liti and Rendini, which because of him became famous throughout the world. He was born around the year 1520 in Thessaloniki where he received an excellent education. Damaskinos, known as Demetrios at this time, went to Constantinople as...
  • Church in Syria faces ‘suicidal choice’, says archbishop

    11/27/2015 8:25:10 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 27, 2015
    Damascus, 2015. Syria approaches its fifth Christmas at war (Kyodo) ==Kyodo Christians face exile or 'living under the shadow of Islam', says Damascus clericThe Church in Syria faces a “suicidal choice” of either exile or “living under the shadow of Islam”, one of Syria’s leading clerics has said.In his pre-Christmas letter Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus spoke of the exodus of Christians from the country, much of which is under the control of Islamist groups like ISIS and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. He also spoke about the sense of hopelessness that pervades the country as it approaches its fifth...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Breaks Travel Ban, Visits Israel

    11/27/2015 6:23:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/15 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's state MENA news agency says the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has traveled to Israel in the first visit of its kind in decades. Pope Tawadros II's Thursday trip to Jerusalem came despite a ban on pilgrimages to Israel issued by his predecessor, the late Shenouda III, who opposed the normalization of ties between the two countries.
  • On the Knowability of God in the Cappadocians and St. John Chrysostom

    11/25/2015 8:13:27 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-26-2015 | Jesse Dominick
    St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Gregory the Theologian The fourth century was one of great Christological and Trinitarian controversy for the holy Orthodox Church. The Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325 proclaimed the condemnation of the theology and person of the Alexandrian presbyter Arius who taught that the Son and Word of God was but an exalted creature, created ex nihilo by the will of God, and that, therefore, there was a time when He was not. The Synod declared that the Logos is indeed of the same essence (ομοούσιος, homoousios), or consubstantial with...
  • Europe Must Return to Religious Roots to Oppose Terrorism, says Russian Orthodox Official

    11/25/2015 2:43:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Addressing both houses of the Russian parliament, a leading Russian Orthodox official said that "the whole world community must unite in the struggle against terrorism." Stating that the war on terrorism "is not a war of one religious confession against another," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, recalled that "citizens of the Soviet Union, America, Great Britain and France fought side by side" against Adolf Hitler in World War II. "Multiculturalism, so popular in Europe, presupposing not only the equality of all religions but also their absence from the public space, has...
  • Valaam Monastery: Step to the Skies

    11/25/2015 7:21:13 AM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 08-19-2014 | Documentary
    A documentary film about the famous Valaam Monastery in Norther Russia.
  • Individuals Picketed in Moscow on the 95th Anniversary of Legalization of Abortions in Russia

    11/24/2015 7:30:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/19/15
    On November 18, 2015, the 95th anniversary of legalization of abortions in the Soviet Union, individuals picketed in defense of life of pre-born children at the entrances to the Council of Federation and the State Duma in Moscow. The Pro-Life Movement activists silently witnessed the fact of legality of infanticide for past 95 years before the elected representatives of the people and representatives of the regions who were arriving to the plenary meetings. Commenting on the action, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation of the Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said: "I am very glad that Orthodox...
  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • When Scripture Becomes Scripture

    11/23/2015 7:29:51 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 11-07-2013 | Fr. Aidan (Al) Kimel
    When Scripture BecomesScripturePosted on 7 November 2013 by Fr Aidan Kimel The writings of the Bible exist as historical artifacts and may therefore be read as historical artifacts. To properly interpret a text we must seek to understand it within its historical context. We need to know all sorts of things: we need to know who wrote it and why; we need to know its intended audience; we need to know the literary genre to which it belongs; we need to know about the society in which the author and audience lived; we need to know the cultural and literary...
  • Terrorism is Satanism

    11/23/2015 7:22:54 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-23-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    On November 20, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), addressed the united session of the Federation Council and the State Duma devoted to problems involved in the struggle against terrorism. Please find below the full text of the address. Esteemed Participants in the Session, Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and on behalf of the whole Russian Orthodox Church I would like once again to expressed deep, heartfelt and sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in...
  • The Tonsuring of New Monks at Optina Monastery

    11/22/2015 5:44:45 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-22-2015 | Optina Monastery
    Scenes from the tonsuring and final vows of new monks at Optina Monastery.
  • The Silence of the Panagia [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    11/21/2015 2:28:13 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-21-2015 | Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece
    A homily delivered at the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos in Levadia during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, presided over by His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, on November 21, 2010. By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Every feast of the Mother of God is a cause of joy for the entire Church, and we celebrate it brilliantly, with hymns and doxologies, with a Divine Liturgy and litany, with words and silence, with pure thoughts and prayer of the heart. And this is because...
  • To See God Crucified: The Theopaschism of St Gregory Nazianzen

    11/21/2015 8:11:15 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 11-21-2015 | Fr. Aidan (Al) Kimel
    by Fr Aidan Kimel “We need an incarnate God, a God put to death, so that we might live, and we were put to death with him.” (Or. 45.28)Before there was Jurgen Moltmann, there was St Gregory the Theologian. Of the early Church Fathers none spoke more directly of the death of the eternal Son. The gospel is nothing less than the proclamation of “God crucified” (Or. 45:29).Unlike some of the other early Church Fathers, such as even the great Athanasius, Gregory does not shrink from asserting the suffering and death of the Creator: God passible for our sake over...
  • On Names and Angles. The Day of Archangel Michael

    11/21/2015 8:03:54 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-21-2015 | Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
    “There is no one like God”—in this is expressed all of the great Archangel’s knowledge of his God. He doesn’t describe Him, nor does he explain—he stands and witnesses. In this is his inclusion in the radiance of the Divinity, and in this is the measure by which he manifests this radiance and opens for us the way to the Lord’s mystery by his word, and by those names that express all his unfathomable experience of the unfathomable God. Archangel MichaelThere is a place in the book of Revelations where the seer of mysteries, St. John, tells us that when...
  • The Difference Between a Spiritual Father and an Elder [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    11/20/2015 5:07:02 PM PST · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-20-2015 | Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos
    By Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos Many times while talking about Christ we lose Christ, while we talk about the Cross we avoid our own personal cross, refusing to lift it and walk behind Christ. While we go to a spiritual father to reconcile with God through the Mystery of Confession we rather connect with the person of our spiritual father and we put the person of Christ on the margins of this relationship. This is wrong. The work of the spiritual father is to lead the penitent to Christ, to the restoration of their relationship and not to make them...
  • Demolition Has Begun on Soviet-Era Building Built on Site of Kremlin Monasteries

    11/20/2015 4:54:50 PM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Imperial Russian blog Royal Russia ^ | 11-19-2015 | Paul Gilbert
    Demolition Has Begun on Soviet-Era Building Built on Site of Kremlin Monasteries Topic: Kremlin The long awaited demolition of the Kremlin Presidium or "Building 14" began this week. The building was constructed in the 1930s, and up until 2011 the Soviet era building formerly housed the offices of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the highest legislative body of the Soviet Union. The Presidium stands on the site of the destroyed Chudov and Voznesensky monasteries and the Lesser Nicholas Palace. The two monasteres were among the historic buildings within the grounds of the Kremlin ordered to be destroyed by Joseph...
  • Patriarch Kirill Blesses - Gives Communion to Russian Troops

    11/20/2015 7:26:24 AM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-24-2014 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy for the Armed Forces at Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • US Cardinal Says Forces in Middle East are Intent on Eradicating Christians

    11/20/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cardinal O'Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests US public is 'very blase' about ISISWhen Cardinal Edwin O'Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. "The forces that are at work now are intent on eradicating the Christian civilisation, nothing less," said the 76-year-old US cardinal, who was in Sydney in October to reach out to the order's 600 Australian members. Christians in the Holy Land face "daily...
  • Church Official Suggests Expanding Religious Education in Schools to Prevent Terrorism [Russia]

    11/20/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/20/15
    *** Metropolitan Hilarion urges 'to refuse liberal cliches'Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The role of religion in Russian society should be strengthened, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, believes. "It's time to finally give up this idea of the separation of the church from the state and school from the church, which envisages that religion should not have a direct presence in the secular educational space," the metropolitan said on Friday at a joint meeting of the Federation Council and the State Duma on counterterrorism. He supposes that "lectures on foundations of religious...
  • The Missionary Vision of the Martyred Fr. Daniel Sysoev

    11/19/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-20-2015 | Edward Hunter
    The following paper was written by a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY for a course focusing on Orthodox missionary activity throughout the world in the Fall 2014 semester. Fr. Daniel SysoevBy all accounts, Fr. Daniel Sysoev was a powerful and effective missionary priest. According to his missionary companion and close friend, Prof. Yuri Maximov (now Priest Giorgy Maximov.—O.C.), Fr. Daniel turned “around 500 Protestants” to Orthodoxy and personally “baptized more than 80 Muslims” in his fourteen years of ordained ministry.1 He built a church community and mission center in an immigrant district in Moscow and had great...
  • 'We're in awe': New Orthodox church in Halifax opens at former Saint Matthias Anglican Church

    11/18/2015 9:22:50 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Halifax Metro ^ | 11-15-2015 | Stephanie Taylor
    Fifteen years ago, Affaf El-Jakl remembers there was talk of building a new church to accommodate the growing congregation of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church. And on Sunday, that hope finally became reality. “We’re in awe,” El-Jakl, president of the parish council said Sunday morning, as hundreds of parishioners filed into the sanctuary, filling it to capacity until there was only standing room and the upper balcony left to sit. "It's not everyday a new church is built and opened." The crowd gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the new church with the first of what would be many Sunday masses...
  • Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains Her Current World Role

    11/16/2015 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 11/16/15 | Frank Gashumba
    Russia is a bulwark for good, resisting an evil which has worked its way deep into the fabric of western societyWinston Churchill, in describing Russia, suggested it was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. As the world is increasingly forced to pay closer attention to Russia, many may look on with a mixture of curiosity, admiration and mystification, wondering what makes Russia tick. In trying to explain Russian culture, Russians may direct the enquiring foreigner to their literature. And in this literature one will soon be met with the recurring theme of the Russian soul, an idea...
  • All Christians Are Called To Pray Without Ceasing

    11/16/2015 2:53:00 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-16-2015 | St. Nikolai Velimirovich
    All Christians Are Called To Pray Without Ceasing By St. Nikolai Velimirovich "Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart" (Luke 18:1). Does the Lord's command about ceaseless prayer that men ought always to pray (Luke 18:1), apply only to monks or to all Christians in general? If it applied only to monks, the Apostle Paul would not have written to the Christians in Thessalonica to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17). The Apostle repeats the Lord's command, word for word, and issues it to...
  • On the nativity fast - the preparation of the soul

    11/16/2015 8:03:00 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Monacos ^ | M.C. Steenberg
    On the nativity fast - the preparation of the soul Written by M.C. Steenberg. A reflection on the role of the Nativity Fast, which might seem the opposite of Christmas joy, in preparing the human heart for the true joy of encountering Christ's incarnation. 'Make ready, O Bethlehem: let the manger be prepared, let the cave show its welcome. The truth has come, the shadow has passed away...' {footnote}Sticheron at the Royal Hours, by St Sophronius of Jerusalem.{/footnote} The herald of the pending miracle begins. It is the Eve of the Nativity as these words are sung. The...
  • Why We Fast Before Nativity (Christmas)

    11/16/2015 7:58:10 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-28-2012 | Vincent Martini
    The time of preparation before the great feast of the Nativity of Christ (i.e. “Christmas”) is, through the wisdom of our holy fathers, intended to be a time of purposeful asceticism, almsgiving, and learning to say “yes” to God while saying “no” to one’s own desires. Christmas (especially in the present day) has become a time of great anxiety and materialism for many, despite the fact that most every song one hears, most every retail ad that one reads, and most every film with “Christmas” as a theme that one watches will try to convince them that Christmas is a...
  • Patriarch Kirill: Today's Terrorism is Diagnosis of Entire Human Civilization

    11/16/2015 6:18:08 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11-16-2015 | Staff
    Kaliningrad, November 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called terrorism a new form of obsession and called for it to be fought not only using military methods, but also through education and culture. "The world is now faced with a different obsession, a different madness, which we call terrorism," the patriarch said after a liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Kaliningrad on Sunday. He said the tragedy that has occurred in Paris indicates "people's obsession to achieve political goals using any methods, even by destroying innocent people." "The fight against terrorism should not...
  • Terrorism Attacks in Paris are Lesson to Europe and Russia - Russian Church

    11/16/2015 6:02:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/15
    Sergiyev Posad, November 16, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has called on people to learn the right lessons from the terrorist attacks in Paris and mobilize to fight terrorism. "I am deeply grieved for people, and those are right who sympathize and pray for victims killed in the French capital. Eternal memory to these people. May the Lord be merciful to them in His judgement. What has happened is not only a reason for grief, it's also a reason to ask yourself: is it not a lesson to us all, can Europe continue living like it lived before? And...
  • The Peacemakers

    11/15/2015 4:51:18 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-15-2015 | Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh
    The Peacemakers Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9). Can a person make peace!? And what do you think peace is...?! The Lord says, " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). No one makes peace-- that is, no one gives peace-- apart from those who have peace, Christ's peace. One who has Christ's peace is not troubled and...
  • Russian Orthodox Prayers for the Victims of Terrorism (Ecumenical)

    11/15/2015 10:24:29 AM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 11-15-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Prayers offered at Christ the Savior Cathedral for the victims of terrorism
  • St. Paisius Velichkovsky: A Great Hesychast Father [Devotional]

    11/15/2015 8:14:30 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-15-2015 | unatributed
    Saint Paisius Velichkovsky: A Great Hesychast Father (1 of 8) St.Paisius Velichkovsky (Feast Day - November 15) By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Saint Paisius Velichkovsky (1722-1794) was a great figure of monasticism who lived a few years on Mount Athos and communicated in Slavic lands, especially in Ukraine, Moldova and Wallachia, but he spread throughout the Balkan and Russian lands and other areas. He was a great prophetic figure in the field of monasticism in the 18th century, having reintroduced to monasticism in the Balkans and Russia its ancient patristic sources, since monasticism had...
  • Little love for Muslim refugees among Latvia's Christians

    11/14/2015 4:08:10 PM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Public Broadcasting of Latvia ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Diana Hodulina
    From the world wide web and the government, the refugee matter has moved to the spiritual plane as well. The pope has asked believers to help refugees and to give them sanctuary. The Russian-language program of Latvian Television 7, Segodnya Vecherom, reavealed on Wednesday that not all Latvian Christians are ready to help people with a religion different from their own. The Pontifex Maximus was heard around here, but not everyone is keen on opening their doors and hearts. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church admit that even though asylum seekers shouldn't be sorted by their religious affiliation, it's not...
  • Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

    11/14/2015 11:55:15 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11-12-2015
    The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports. The news was spread via Facebook by one of his colleagues, Ivan Okhlobystin, an actor and prominent Russian religious figure. He shared a photo of Tagawa taken with...
  • ISIS Forces Attack Christians Who Speak Aramaic, Language of Jesus Christ

    11/14/2015 6:36:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/13/15 | Ray Nothstine
    The Islamic State continues its march into Syria with its sights set on the town of Sadad, which consists of a large population of Syriac Christians who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. According to Newsweek,500 Christian fighters, with the help of some Muslims, have so far prevented IS radicals from overrunning the majority Christian town. IS has already captured the town of Mahin, only 5 miles away from Sadad, which has provided the terror group a base of operations for renewed attacks against Sadad. The head of the Syriac Orthodox Christian Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, who is...

    11/14/2015 4:39:48 AM PST · by Kolokotronis · 21 replies
    Paroslavie.ru ^ | November 14, 2007 | Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
    In 1227 Sultan Jalal al-Din of Khwarazm and his army of Turkmen attacked Georgia. On the first day of the battle the Georgian army valorously warded off the invaders as they were approaching Tbilisi. That night, however, a group of Persians who were living in Tbilisi secretly opened the gates and summoned the enemy army into the city. According to one manuscript in which this most terrible day in Georgian history was described: “Words are powerless to convey the destruction that the enemy wrought: tearing infants from their mothers’ breasts, they beat their heads against the bridge, watching as their...

    11/13/2015 5:11:39 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on March 28, 2009 | geraldrim private You Tube account
    In light of ongoing events I thought this might be appropriate.
  • On the Worthy and Unworthy Participation of the Divine Eucharist

    11/13/2015 10:28:35 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-13-2015 | St. John Chrysostom
    By St. John Chrysostom How many now say, I would wish to see His form, the mark, His clothes, His shoes. Lo! You see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. And you indeed desire to see His clothes, but He gives Himself to you not to see only, but also to touch and eat and receive within you. Let then no one approach It with indifference, no one faint-hearted, but all with burning hearts, all fervent, all desiring. For if Jews standing, and having on their shoes and their staves in their hands, ate with haste, much more...
  • Feast of St. John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople

    Synaxarion: This greatest and most beloved of all Christian orators was born in Antioch the Great in the year 344 or 347; his pious parents were called Secundus and Anthusa. After his mother was widowed at the age of twenty, she devoted herself to bringing up John and his elder sister in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. John received his literary training under Anthragathius the philosopher, and Libanius the sophist, who was the greatest Greek scholar and rhetorician of his day. Libanius was a pagan, and when asked before his death whom he wished to have for his...
  • Meyendorff on Roman Catholic Marriage

    11/12/2015 8:00:17 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 11-09-2015 | Gabriel Sanchez
    A Facebook friend of mine posted a controversialpassage from Fr. John Meyendorff’sMarriage: An Orthodox Perspective.Here is the quote, along with some prefatory sentences he omitted. Many confusions and misunderstandings concerning marriage in our contemporary Orthodox practice would be easily eliminated if the original connection between marriage and the Eucharist were restored. Theoretically, Orthodox sacramental theology, even in its scholastic, textbook form, has preserved this connection in affirming, in opposition to Roman Catholicism, that the priest is the ‘minister’ of marriage. Western medieval theology, on the contrary, has created a series of confusions by adopting, as in so many other points...
  • Profound examples of holiness: The Royal Martyrs [Ecumenical]

    11/07/2015 7:30:21 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-07-2015 | Ryan Hunter
    In 1905, twelve years before Emperor Nicholas II’s abdication and three years from his own repose, St. John of Kronstadt, who had served as confessor to Nicholas II’s father Emperor Alexander III (r. 1881-94, d. 1894), spoke these prophetic words: We have a Tsar of righteous and pious life. God has sent a heavy cross of sufferings to him as to His chosen one and beloved child, as the seer of the destinies of God said: ‘Whom I love, those I reproach and punish’ (Rev. 3.19). If there is no repentance in the Russian people, the end of the world...
  • Akathist to the Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow [Devotional]

    11/07/2015 8:28:13 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-06-2015
    Kontakion 1 To Thee, the champion leader, do we Thy servants dedicate a hymn of victory and thanksgiving, as ones who have been delivered from eternal death by the Grace of Christ our God Who was born of Thee and by Thy maternal mediation before Him. As Thou dost have invincible might, free us from all misfortunes and sorrowful circumstances who cry aloud: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow! Ikos 1 An archangel was sent from Heaven to declare unto the Theotokos: Rejoice, announcing the divine Incarnation of Christ, Who desired to...
  • Instagram Deletes Account for Revealing Destroyed Serb Churches in Kosovo

    11/07/2015 8:12:37 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-07-2015 | unatributed
    An Instagram account run by Serbian activists who were posting pictures of Christian places of worship in Kosovo which had been demolished by the region's Albanian Muslim majority population has been removed; the site's administration explained that the group had been posting "disturbing images." Hoping to foil Kosovo's attempt to become a member of UNESCO, ethnically Serbian student activists in the self-proclaimed state created a page on Instagram called “No to Kosovo's Membership in UNESCO.” There they posted photos of numerous Orthodox Christian places of worship and significance, including monasteries, churches and cemeteries, which were demolished in the years after...
  • A Centennial Celebration for Brooklyn’s Only Saint (Ecumenical)

    11/06/2015 9:44:28 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-05-2015 | ANDY NEWMAN
    Brooklyn has just one saint, and his name is Raphael Hawaweeny. Stories from Our Advertisers He was not Catholic. Or of European descent. He was Syrian, and at the turn of the 20th century he helped build the Eastern Orthodox Church in this country. He founded a cathedral in Brooklyn’s Little Syria and crisscrossed the country tending his scattered flock. To the Orthodox, he is St. Raphael of Brooklyn (not to be confused with St. Raphael of Lesbos, martyred by the Turks in 1463). And on Friday night, the saint’s icon will be adorned with red and white flowers and...
  • The Oldest Hymn to Mary (early christian worship)

    11/06/2015 11:30:07 AM PST · by NYer · 531 replies
    Patheos Standing on my head ^ | November 6, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Papyrus in the Rylands Library, Manchester UK One of the things that maddens and amuses me about Protestants is something called “primitivism”. I’ve written about it here. “Primitivism” is the ambition to return the church to the simplest form as it was in the “early church”. The little fundamentalist church in which I grew up worked on this assumption. They were going back to basics and getting rid of all those “man made traditions”. They were cutting out the denominations and prayers read out of books and all that fancy stuff and it would be just the Bible. Their idea...
  • The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    11/06/2015 4:31:36 AM PST · by rwa265 · 8 replies
    Orthodox Church of America (OCA) ^ | Undated | Unattributed
    The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped...