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  • Vigil in Honour of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers of Russia Murdered 100 Years Ago This Night

    07/16/2018 6:34:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-16-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Full service of Vespers and Vigil for the Holy Royal Passion Bearers Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and the Tsarevitch Alexei who, along with their faithful retainers, were butchered this night 100 years ago by the Communists. (English & Slavonic appx 2.5 hrs)
  • The Russian Orthodox Believers Who Treat the Tsar Like a God

    07/16/2018 6:22:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/16/18 | Konstantin von Eggert
    The 'god-tsarists' form the most vocal and best organised minority in the Russian Orthodox ChurchHis secular name is Georgy Alexandrovich Shevkunov. Chances are you have never heard of him. However, he is regularly listed as one of the most influential people in Russia – at least as far as the opaque world of what passes for politics in the country is concerned. On July 17, 2018, it will be 100 years since the last Emperor, Nicholas II, his wife, children and servants, were brutally murdered by Bolshevik thugs in the cellar of a house in Yekaterinburg, an industrial city in...
  • An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs

    07/15/2018 11:02:29 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 07-13-2018 | Andrew Gould
    It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary of the tragic murder of Czar Nicholas II and his entire family, which falls on July 17th, 2018.The donor and monastery requested a shrine that would reflect the very best of American furniture design and craftsmanship – to unite this cultural heritage with the...
  • Patriarch Kirill to Lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II's Family

    07/15/2018 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/18
    Moscow, July 12, Interfax - The centenary of the execution of the last Russian emperor and his family will be marked by a 21-kilometer nighttime religious procession led by Patriarch Kirill from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, the patriarch's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov told reporters. In this way, the patriarch will pay tribute to the memory of the canonized royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks early on July 17, 1918 at the Ipatyev House, where the Church on the Blood was later built. After...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christ’s side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the church’s leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.
  • Baptist claiming trademark on name/image of Elder Arsenie wields law against Orthodox Church

    07/13/2018 3:05:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 07-13-2018 | Staff
    A bizarre legal battle is playing out in Romania right now, as the Romanian Orthodox Church is fighting for the right to use the name and image of Elder Arsenie (Boca), a faithful son of the Church, against a private individual who owns the right to use the elderÂ’s name and image that were trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Elder Arsenie, who reposed in 1989, was one of the great Romanian spiritual fathers of Communist times, and is revered today as a saint, although he has yet to be canonized. Thousands go on pilgrimage annually to his...
  • Full Vigil for the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul

    07/11/2018 6:16:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-11-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    The full service of the Vigil for the Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul. (appx 2:40 hrs in English and Slavonic)
  • Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican Team Up to Rebuild Christian Sites in Syria

    07/11/2018 6:07:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    TASS ^ | 7/8/11
    BARI /Italy/, July 8. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have begun implementing a plan aimed at reconstruction of Christian churches and monasteries destroyed during the years of Syrian war, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, told TASS on Saturday. "We have taken on reconstruction, and some churches and monasteries are being rebuilt now. In particular, restoration work is nearing an end in Maaloula. It is one of the major holy sites in the Antioch Orthodox Church, a nunnery built in the location where the Aramaic language...
  • Orthodox Church Reopens After a Century on Ship Used to Signal October Revolution [Russia]

    07/08/2018 7:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/18
    An Orthodox church has reopened on the Aurora cruiser, one of the symbols of the October Revolution, which was used to signal the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917 by firing an empty shot, reports the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The Church of St. Nicholas, located in the center of the ship, was restored from archival photographs and drawings. It was originally closed in 1917. The cruiser will host regular Divine services on weekends and Church feast days. The first Divine Liturgy in 100 years was celebrated in the church on April 15 by Archpriest...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Francis Bows His Knees - Because Orthodox Patriarchs Were Present?

    07/07/2018 7:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 7, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Francis Bows His Knees - Because Orthodox Patriarchs Were Present? During his July 7 visit to Bari, Italy, after meeting with heads of Christian Churches in the Middle East, Pope Francis surprised the public when he knelt down in order to venerate the relics of Saint Nicholas. Commentators believe that Francis did this because of the presence of orthodox and oriental patriarchs who would have been shocked if Francis had not shown any visible sign of veneration standing like a tourist in front of the relics of the saint who enjoys an enormous popularity in the East. Francis knelt down...
  • Serbian Population is Against a Papal Visit—Serbian Patriarch

    07/07/2018 3:48:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/4/18
    His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has expressed the view that now is not the right time for a Papal visit to Serbia. His comment comes in an interview with Blic, reflecting on his recent meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. During the meeting, Pat. Irinej expressed gratitude for the official position of the Vatican, which has not recognized the independence of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. Pat. Irinej notes in the interview that he did not speak about the possibility of a Papal visit with the Cardinal during their meeting, but that he...
  • "Oremus" For Peace in the Middle East. But For Ukraine, Among the Orthodox the War Is On

    07/05/2018 6:35:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | July 5, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Pope Francis has invited to Bari, on Saturday July 7, the heads of the Churches of the Middle East - Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant - for a day of prayer in common for peace in that region. But there is another conflict in the East that is looming over this assembly. It is the conflict that has Ukraine as its epicenter and is dramatically dividing the Orthodox world, with ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew on one side and on the other the patriarch of Moscow “and all Rus,” Kirill.Bartholomew will be there in Bari. But not Kirill, who will instead...
  • Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/04/2018 5:51:36 AM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 4 July A.d. 2018 | Staff
    July 4 Reading Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness. Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the...
  • Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Independence Day

    07/03/2018 6:09:09 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 29 June A.D. 2018 | Archbishop DEMETRIOS
    July 4, 2018 Independence Day To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we commemorate Independence Day, we are gathered in Boston for our 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress. We are meeting in a city that has deep historical connections to the struggle for independence, a...
  • The Supreme Court and the Healing of the Demoniacs

    07/03/2018 12:42:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Out of Egypt ^ | 07-01-2018 | Fr. James Guirguis
    The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:28-9:1)We have become quite familiar with this story of the two demon possessed men and the way that the Lord Jesus Christ chooses to heal them of their terrible infirmity.  In modern times many people believe that these gospel stories about demons have nothing at all to do with demons. In our times we are much more likely to see the work of nutrition or mental health or any other possible materialistic explanation for the phenomenon of demons that is observed and recorded in the gospels.  Our problem with such...
  • Russian Orthodox Chant: Agni Parthene in Church Slavonic (Devotional)

    07/03/2018 11:47:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Long Ago | St. Nectarios
    O Virgin Pure by St. Nectarios Refrain: O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded. O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels. Much brighten than the firmament/ and pure than the sun’s light More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav’nly armies. O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded. O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia O Mary bride and queen of all/ our...
  • Plans Underway to Build 4th Orthodox Church in Chechnya

    06/30/2018 4:29:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/29/18
    Plans are underway to build a new Orthodox church in Grozny, the capital city of the Chechen Republic, republic head Ramzan Kadyrov said in a recent interview with Izvestia. Upon completion, there will be just four Orthodox parishes in the entire republic, and two active parishes in Grozny. “There is now a proposal to build a new church in Grozny, a large, beautiful church on a 2-hectare territory. I gave instructions to the government and the mayor of Grozny to work on this issue. We treat all religions equally, we create the same conditions,” Kadyrov said. There is one active...
  • Orthodox Church Leaders Duel Over Ukraine, Meet With Pope Francis

    06/28/2018 5:51:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/27/18 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    The Bishop of Rome’s support is being called upon by two sides of Eastern Orthodoxy over the creation of a new independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.VATICAN CITY — Within the span of a week, Pope Francis met with the spiritual head of Eastern Orthodoxy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, and the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow. Both Constantinople and Moscow are locked in a battle over the creation of a new and independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which could shift the balance of power in Eastern Orthodoxy and impact the course of Orthodox-Catholic ecumenical dialogue. Pope Francis’ May...
  • Women Deacons- The Book of Concord- The Filioque- Unam Sanctam etc...

    06/27/2018 8:05:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | ongoing | Pastor Peters (LCMS)
    Not going to excerpt this as most of the good stuff (and the fireworks) are in the comments. This is very definitely an open thread. I think almost everybody is mentioned.
  • The U.S. Is Not a Serious Ally, Say Middle Eastern Christians

    06/26/2018 8:46:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/11/2018 | Benedicy Kiely
    Those in Iraq who struggle to restore their ancient homes now that ISIS has been expelled express bitterness about an administration that promised them much.Mosul, Iraq — It’s not the crushed buildings, open bomb craters, or even the bloodstained floors where the bodies of ISIS fighters have been rotting since the liberation of the Old City of Mosul that shock especially. It is the clumps of beard hair in the ruined churches. ISIS fighters used most of the 45 churches in the old city for shelter, target practice, and torture and, in the case of the Dominican church, as a...