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  • The Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (old calendar)

    09/27/2016 2:50:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-27-2016 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the service for the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (Russian Orthodox)
  • Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Signs Appeal to Ban Abortion in Russia

    09/27/2016 12:31:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 09-27-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church signed on Tuesday an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia, Patriarch Kirill's spokesman said. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected. The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as "the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects." According to Russian pro-life activists, about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.
  • Feast of the Holy Martyr Callistratus

    09/26/2016 10:15:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 27 | OCA
    Martyr Callistratus Commemorated on September 27 Troparion & KontakionSaint Callistratus was a native of Carthage. An ancestor of St Callistratus, Neochorus, has served under the emperor Tiberius in Palestine, under the command of Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea, and was a witness to the suffering on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His voluntary death and glorious Resurrection. The saint’s father was a Christian, and he raised his son in faith and piety. Also like his father, St Callistratus became a soldier and excelled among his pagan military comrades by his good conduct and gentle disposition. At night...
  • The New Orthodox-Catholic Agreement is a Landmark – but There’s a Long Way to Go

    09/26/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/26/16 | Fr. Mark Drew
    The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of workAs of last Thursday, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church announced that it had reached substantial agreement on the questions of primacy and synodality in the Church. It was described as a “landmark agreement”, and one source asked excitedly whether Orthodox Churches might soon “recognise the Pope”. Has there really been a historic breakthrough in the process towards healing the thousand-year-old schism between East and West? That the issue is a thorny one...
  • The Consent to Reality

    09/26/2016 9:58:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-27-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Catholic philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue), has presented perhaps the most cogent account of our modern cultural landscape. It is not an account of how one set of ideas gave way to another set of ideas, but how a once-upon-a-time consensus gave way to our current collection of competing truth-claims and world-views. Indeed, he demonstrates (Whose Justice, Which Rationality) that our present confusion is not primarily represented by competing groups and sub-groups, but within most individuals. A person, in the course of a single argument, will likely cite any number of disparate and mutually-contradicting propositions. This is not simply the...
  • The Cross shows us the life of God

    09/26/2016 9:44:21 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer),
    On Sunday, September 25, 2016, Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Waymart, PA, visited and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the St. Nicholas chapel at Moscow's St. Catherine's church. He offered the following homily on the place of the Cross in our lives: Photo: http://wesharepics.info/imagebgkl-bear-your-cross.asp     Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14:22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not...
  • 315,000 people venerate relics of Venerable Silouan the Athonite [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    09/26/2016 9:38:15 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Moscow, September 24, 2016      On September 24 the relics of St. Silouan accompanied by representatives of the St. Basil the Great Foundation and clergy left Moscow's Danilov Monastery – their final destination – and departed for the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos where they have been kept permanently for many years, reports the St. Basil the Great Foundation’s website. It should be noted that one more great Orthodox relic was brought together with the saint’s venerable head from Mt. Athos – the wonderworking icon of our Lord Jesus Christ before which Venerable Silouan had experienced a vision...
  • Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church to appear before court for sharp remarks concerning sodomy

    09/26/2016 9:25:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | agionoros.ru
    Source: agionoros.ruSeptember 25, 2016      Metropolitan Alexandros of Mantineia and Kynouria has reported that he received an official summons and will soon appear in court for his statements regarding representatives of sexual minorities. Vladyka reported that he is obliged to give testimony before Tuesday September 27. In April 2016 the metropolitan of Mantineia spoke out sharply against Greek Parliament’s adopting of the law on free cohabitation: “Worst of all is that Parliament voted for laws which call perversion and depraved couplings of people of the same sex marriage.” Speaking of sodomites, Vladyka said in particular: “They are an anomaly which...
  • Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

    09/25/2016 9:03:01 PM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 26 | OCA
    The Holy, Glorious All-laudable Apostle and Evangelist, Virgin, and Beloved Friend of Christ, John the Theologian was the son of Zebedee and Salome, a daughter of St Joseph the Betrothed. He was called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of His Apostles at the same time as his elder brother James. This took place at Lake Gennesareth (i.e. the Sea of Galilee). Leaving behind their father, both brothers followed the Lord. The Apostle John was especially loved by the Savior for his sacrificial love and his virginal purity. After his calling, the Apostle John did not part from...
  • Feast of the Venerable Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh (Russian Orthodox)

    09/25/2016 2:34:04 PM PDT · by NRx
    Saint Sergius of Radonezh was born in the village of Varnitsa, near Rostov, on May 3, 1314. His parents were the pious and illustrious nobles Cyril and Maria (September 28). The Lord chose him while still in his mother’s womb. In the Life of St Sergius it is reported that even before the birth of her son, St Maria and those praying heard the thrice-repeated cry of the infant at the Divine Liturgy: before the reading of the Holy Gospel, during the Cherubic hymn, and when the priest pronounced: “Holy Things are for the Holy.” God gave Cyril and Maria...
  • Relics Of Russian Orthodox Saint Set To Spend Six Months In Space

    09/25/2016 1:46:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ^ | 9/25/16 | Robert Coalson, Lilya Palveleva
    The influence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the country's political and social life has grown markedly in the 15 years since President Vladimir Putin came to power. But the church's intrusion into the realm of space exploration has particularly raised eyebrows.After spending nearly nine decades forgotten in a Moscow storeroom during the Soviet era, some relics of Russian Orthodox St. Serafim of Sarov should soon be circling the globe aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When the next mission to the ISS blasts off, a box containing a tiny relic of Serafim's body will be strapped to the chest...
  • New Church Consecrated and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Celebrated With Sign Language

    09/25/2016 1:29:52 PM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 9-25-2016 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the consecration of the Church of All Saints in the Novokosino Monastery. If I am reading the blurb correctly it sounds like this chapel may be intended to serve the needs of the deaf and others with special needs.
  • Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Alaska Juvenal and Peter the Aleut

    09/24/2016 2:59:02 PM PDT · by NRx
    Saint Juvenal, the Protomartyr of America, was born in 1761 in Nerchinsk, Siberia. His secular name was John Feodorovich Hovorukhin, and he was trained as a mining engineer. In a letter to Abbot Nazarius of Valaam (December 13, 1819), St Herman says that St Juvenal “had been an assistant at our monastery and was a former officer.” After his wife died in 1791, John entered a monastery at St Petersburg (St Herman’s Letter of December 13, 1819) and was tonsured with the name Juvenal. Three years later, he went to Alaska as a missionary. During 1794, the hieromonks Juvenal and...
  • “He sought the most important thing—prayerful union with God” [Devotional]

    09/24/2016 9:11:32 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-24-2016 | Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin),
    Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin), spiritual father of His Holiness, ascetically struggled on Mt. Athos for more than ten years in one of the sketes of St. Panteleimon Monastery—the Old Russikon. Namely there, at the mill just a few decades earlier Venerable Silouan the Athonite carried out his obedience. In 1967 the book of his life and teachings became a spiritual guide for the now-revered elder, then novice Alexei of the Pskov Caves Monastery.[1]      —Batiushka Iliy, it’s known that when it came out, the book Elder Silouan the Athonite, written by Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov), had a great influence on you. What...
  • Feast of the Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

    09/23/2016 6:12:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    September 23 (NC) The Conception of the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John: The holy Prophet Malachi prophesied that before the Messiah’s birth His Forerunner would appear, and would indicate His coming. The Jews therefore in awaiting the Messiah also awaited the appearance of His Forerunner. In a city of the hills of Judea in the land of Palestine lived the righteous priest St Zachariah and his wife St Elizabeth, zealously observing the commandments of the Lord. The couple, however, had a misfortune: they remained childless in their old age, and they prayed unceasingly to God to...
  • Preconditions for Orthodox Participation in the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments)

    09/23/2016 12:54:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-23-2016 | Elder Joseph of Xeropotamou
         The Mysteries or Sacraments of the Church are the very center of the Orthodox life, beginning with Holy Baptism and Chrismation and culminating in Holy Communion. In the Mysteries we meet God Himself and thus we are called to believe and prepare for participation in them, to the salvation of our souls.In the summer of 2013, Elder Joseph, abbot of Xeropotamou Monastery on Mt. Athos, offered a lecture to a group of American seminarians gathered in the Greek village of Petrokerasa, outside Thessaloniki concerning the "presuppositions" that ought to met in order to participate in the Sacraments of...
  • Catholic and Orthodox Theologians ‘Reach Landmark Agreement’

    09/22/2016 7:31:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/22/16 | Staff Reporter
    Scholars reportedly achieve breakthrough on synodality and primacyCatholic and Orthodox scholars have reached a landmark agreement on synodality and primacy in the early Church, it has been reported. According to a Russian Orthodox Church website, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church has approved a joint document called “Synodality and Primacy during the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church”.Differing views on the synodal structure of the Church and the primacy of the Pope are regarded as two of the greatest obstacles to unity between...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...
  • Scenes from the All Night Vigil for the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

    09/21/2016 8:17:36 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-21-2016 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the All Night Vigil at Christ the Savior Cathedral including the veneration of the relics of St. Silouan.
  • The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    09/21/2016 8:11:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America | OCA
    September 21/8 (traditional calendar) The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind. The Son of God chose to take on human nature for the salvation of mankind, and chose as His Mother the All-Pure Virgin Mary, who alone was worthy to give birth to the Source of purity...
  • Russian Orthodox Official: Eastern-Rite Catholics are Obstacles to Ecumenical Unity

    09/19/2016 5:45:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Speaking on September 16 at a meeting of a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission, the chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church said that the activity of the "Uniates"-- the Eastern churches in communion with Rome-- is the greatest obstacle to greater unity between Catholics and Orthodox. The statement by Metropolitan Hilarion was a familiar complaint from the Moscow patriarchate, which has frequently criticized the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, accusing that body of fueling tensions in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church regards Ukraine as its "canonical territory"-- a claim that the Holy See does not accept.
  • Catholics and Orthodox Seek Consensus Over Synodality Document

    09/16/2016 5:04:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Vatican Radio ^ | 9/15/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Orthodox theologians are meeting in the Italian town of Chieti for the 14th plenary session of their international dialogue commission. The meeting from September 15th to 22nd brings together two representatives from each of the fourteen Orthodox Churches, alongside 28 Catholic participants, under the shared presidency of Cardinal Kurt Koch from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Archbishop Job of Telmessos from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The meeting will focus on discussion of a draft document, drawn up at the previous two sessions, entitled “Towards a common understanding of Synodality and Primacy in...
  • St. Seraphim Relics to be Conveyed to the International Space Station

    09/14/2016 5:28:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/14/16
    Nizhny Novgorod, September 14, Interfax - A particle of St. Seraphim relics will be conveyed to the crew of the International Space Station. The ceremony will take place in St. Seraphim Diveyevo Monastery on September 16 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, press service of the local diocese reports on Tuesday. The members of the crewed spacecraft Soyuz MS-02, which consists of Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough (NASA), will deliver the particle to the ISS. After the flight, the particle will be conveyed to the Transfiguration Cathedral in Zvezdny Gorodok, the Moscow Region. As was reported, Ryzhikov is going to...
  • Byzantine Creation Era Calendar

    09/14/2016 3:30:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | September 14, 7525 (since creation) | Pravoslavie
         According to the Church's calendar, developed during the Byzantine period and based on Biblical chronologies, September 1/14 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. Specifically, September 1/14, 2016 marks the beginning of the year 7525 from the creation of the world, God having created 5509 years before the Nativity of Christ.The article below, originally appearing on OrthodoxWiki, offers a detailed look at the development of the Church's Byzantine Creation Era calendar, and several of its predecessing calendars.* * * The Byzantine Creation Era, also "Creation Era of Constantinople," or "Era of the World" (Greek: Έτη Γενέσεως Κόσμου κατά...
  • In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower (NY Times Hit Piece)

    09/14/2016 12:27:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-14-2016 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    <p>Natalia Narochnitskaya, the institute’s head, told an Orthodox Church website run by Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, a Moscow monk close to Mr. Putin, that Europeans are fed up with what she called the “victory parade of sin” and increasingly look to Russia for guidance and solace. “We have started to get letters at the institute: ‘Thank you Russia and its leader,’” Ms. Narochnitskaya said.</p>
  • Summit of Church Leaders on the Present and Future of Christians in the Middle East

    09/13/2016 7:21:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) - Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, the XI General Assembly of the Council of Churches of the Middle East begins in Amman, with the participation of Leaders and representatives from all ecclesial realities in the Middle East. The meeting, which sees the Church of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem as host country, even Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Yohanna X; Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Raphael I; emeritus Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III; Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III, and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, Tawadros II will also take part. The meetings and talks...
  • Getting a Medieval Tattoo in Jerusalem

    09/12/2016 5:58:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/12/16 | Daniel Esparza
    The Razzouk family has tattooed pilgrims arriving to the Holy Land for the last 700 yearsJerusalem’s “Old City” was, until the mid-19th century, the entire urban area of the Holy City. Today, it only occupies a small area (actually, less than one kilometer) in East Jerusalem, but it is still home to several of the most important religious sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike: that’s where you find the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and the Kotel. But the Old City is also home to the Razzouk’s tattoo shop. A sign on the door identifies it unequivocally:...
  • The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and 9/11 (A sermon)

    09/11/2016 7:49:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    We do not generally celebrate the birthdays of saints. We celebrate the date of their deaths, because how we end our lives is more important than how we begin them. However, St. John the Baptist is one of the two exceptions to this rule. We celebrate both the conception and the birth of St. John as well as the Theotokos, because these two people are the holiest of the saints. St. John was, we are told in the Gospels, filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15), and so he was a great saint,...
  • Christian Father Beheaded by ISIS: 'Teach My Children the Principles of Jesus Christ'

    09/11/2016 4:30:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 9/8/16 | Michael W. Chapman
    Among the 21 Coptic Christian workers beheaded on a beach in Libya last year by ISIS was a father who, before he went to Libya as a migrant worker, told his wife he knew it was dangerous and that if he did not make it back alive, to please teach their children "the principles of Jesus Christ." So testified lawyer and humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac, who met in Egypt with the families of 15 of the 21 victims and told Congress about the genocide being perpetrated by the Islamic State. Jacqueline Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success,...
  • Two Schools: What the Council of Crete Means for the Future of Orthodox Theology

    09/10/2016 9:31:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy ^ | 07-11-2016 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Various media reports and editorials have described the controversies before, during, and after the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, recently held during Pentecost on the island of Crete. Some have concluded that the CouncilÂ’s difficulties were the result of geopolitics, and can therefore be explained away as little more than an ecclesial version of the larger political and cultural battle taking place between Russia and the West. Others have concluded that the disagreements revealed disparate visions between those wishing to engage the broader world and those more interested in internal disputes over church administration.In some sense, these...
  • King James English and Orthodox Worship

    09/10/2016 9:21:42 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    King James English and Orthodox Worship One doesn't usually look to Orthodox Jewish sources for guidance on the kind of English that is best suited for worship, but years ago I stumbled across some very telling comments in the preface to the book "To Pray as a Jew," by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin. Commenting on his translations of the prayers his book would discuss, he says: "I have decided to retain the use of "Thou," "Thee," and "Thy" in all passages that address themselves directly to God. The more contemporary "You" and "Your," which I had at first considered using,...
  • Is What's Going On With Trump More Than Meets The Eye Perhaps A Connection To Catholic Prophecy?

    09/07/2016 6:48:10 PM PDT · by Just a little eagle · 64 replies
    Self | September 7, 2016 | Self
    Sept.5, 2016 Is What’s Going On With Trump More than Meets The Secular Eye, Perhaps A Connection To Catholic Prophecy? By: Sandra T. Airey Our world consists of the seen and the unseen, the evident and the hidden. We form our idea of reality by what we see and hear around us. Seldom do we realize that those with ability to create / change what we see and hear, also can control what we think. We live in a false reality due to a daily diet of misinformation and skewed narratives. Unlike “Trekkies”, who boldly go where others have not...
  • Chaldean Patriarch: Christians Used as a "Token of Exchange" in Political Games on Nineveh Plain

    09/07/2016 4:18:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - If and when the Iraqi lands will be reclaimed from the domain of the jihadists of the Islamic State, the interim political settlement to be considered for the villages with a Christian majority in the Nineveh Plain could become "self-administrative". In any case, after realizing the return of refugees to their homes and the restoration of general stability, the inhabitants of that area should also be ensured the opportunity to choose through a free referendum whether they want to remain under the central government in Baghdad or if they prefer to be part of the autonomous...
  • Egypt: Muslim MP Wants to Build a Church Honouring Coptic Pope

    09/06/2016 6:36:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/5/16 | Mark Woods
    A Muslim MP in Egypt has submitted the first request to build a new church under a controversial law passed last week by the country's parliament. The law aimed at liberalising church building and renovation was hotly debated and received Church support only at the last minute amid fears it conceded too much to local opposition forces. However, the independent MP for the Assiut region in Upper Egypt, El-Badri Ahmed Deif, told reporters on Saturday: "I wanted it recorded in history that a Muslim was the first to submit a request for building a church in Egypt after the passing...
  • Russian Astronaut Takes Icons and Gospels with Him, the Crew Call is 'Tabor'

    09/02/2016 5:50:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/2/16
    Zvezdny Gorodok (the Moscow Region), September 2, Interfax - Member of the new International Space Station crew Sergey Ryzhikov is going to take icons, the Gospels, letters from his relatives, and stones from Mount Tabor. At a press conference in the Astronaut Training Center named after the first Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin he also said that the crew call is 'Tabor' after the holy mount in Israel where Christ was supposed to transfigure 40 days before the crucifix. The launch of the piloted spaceship Soyuz MS 02 that will deliver the new crew to the ISS is planned for September...
  • Christians Angered New Egyptian Law Enshrines Restrictions

    09/02/2016 3:57:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    America ^ | 09-02-2016 | Maggie Michael
    ...But the law left critics, including some Christian lawmakers, embittered, warning that it will maintain Christian's second-class status. The Coptic Orthodox Church, to which most Egyptian Christians belong, had at first opposed the bill but later backed it—and critics say it bent to heavy government pressure. Under the law passed Tuesday, Christians must apply to the local provincial governor when they want to build a church. The law stipulates that the size of the church must be "appropriate" to the number of Christians in the area. According to an official supplement to the law, the governor should also take into...
  • Turkish Press Accuses [Patriarch] Bartholomew of Complicity in Failed Coup

    09/01/2016 8:08:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/1/16 | VI Staff
    Pro-government daily newspaper Akşam published a front-page article claiming the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista” coupFor the first time a Turkish newspaper has explicitly accused Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I of being an accomplice in the failed coup last July 15, organized, according to Ankara by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen - currently in exile in the USA - and his Hizmet movement, Catholic news agency Fides reports. On Tuesday, August 30, Akşam newspaper published a front-page article to accredit the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista”...
  • Syrian Patriarch: 'Stop Extremists from Entering Europe'

    08/31/2016 5:04:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 8/30/16 | John Pontifex
    Patriarch Aphrem warned that Christianity is at risk of disappearing from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2016)—A leading Syrian prelate urged Europe to take tougher action to stop fundamentalists from entering its territory. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, the Damascus-based leader of Syriac Orthodox Church, warned of the threat posed by a new generation of radicalized Muslims bent on imposing Sharia law as widely as possible. While many Muslim refugees entering Europe are peace-loving moderates, he added, Western governments “must be better prepared” to ferret out jihadists. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN),...
  • Deaconesses: This is Not That

    08/29/2016 8:11:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 08-26-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    It seems to me that self-described Christian Feminism is becoming increasingly shrill (I was struck by this when reading recently some feminist commentaries on the Song of Solomon). Orthodox Feminists, however, seems to offer a kinder, gentler feminism (the works of Eva Topping being a famous exception), perhaps because of being anchored in Scripture and the Fathers. Bluntly put, Orthodox feminists cannot easily say, “To hell with St. Paul and the Fathers” and dismiss them as a bunch of misogynistic wretches in the same way as other feminists can who feel themselves unencumbered by the weight of Holy Tradition. An...
  • Serbian Orthodox Bishop Speaks on Sexual Perversion

    08/29/2016 7:25:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-20-2016 | Orthodox Church
    Amfilohije (Amphilochius), Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral condemns society's affirmation of sexual perversion. Caution: Strong language.
  • Restoring Old Churches Inspires a New Philanthropy in Russia

    08/26/2016 6:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/9/16 | Alison Smale
    TRUBETSKOYE, Russia — Far from sinister headlines about matters like accusations that Russians hacked the Democratic Party in the United States, a few hundred people milled around the ruins of this village’s once-imposing Orthodox church. Here was what one might call the other Russia, a local effort to raise funds in pursuit of the somewhat quixotic task of renovating the Church of the Nativity, once the place of worship attached to an aristocratic estate. Scores of stall holders offered home-baked cakes and discarded books, paintings and handcrafted face scrubs. Eager buyers, mostly vacationers from summer dachas in and around the...
  • Man in Creation: The Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor

    08/26/2016 11:29:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-26-2016 | Jesse Dominick
         The theology of creation and salvation in Orthodox Christianity upholds the centrality and kingship of mankind while simultaneously embracing a cosmological vision that is largely absent in western Christendom. A common characteristic of all creation is corruption and death, and yet we are told that God is not the author of death (Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14), and that all of creation awaits its redemption through the revealing of the saints (Romans 8:19-22), when all of heaven and earth will be united to God (Ephesians 1:9-10). Within this framework, St. Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662) is recognized as a...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • The Service for the Burial of the Theotokos [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    08/23/2016 10:26:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church ^ | 08-21-2016 | Eparchy of Newton
    AN INCREASING NUMBER of Byzantine churches are observing the Feast of the Dormition by conducting the Burial Service of the Theotokos. This observance comes to us from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the traditional site of her death and burial.On the morning of August 14 a procession sets out from the Patriarchate, bearing the icon of the Dormition. They leave the Old City and cross the Kedron Valley, arriving at Gethsemane and the tomb of the Theotokos. There the people, passing beneath the icon, enter the church where the burial shroud of the Theotokos has been displayed for veneration. On the...
  • St Severus of Antioch and the Julianist Heresy

    08/19/2016 11:59:28 AM PDT · by NRx
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 08-17-2016 | Mina Soliman
    It is my honor and privilege to be writing two essays for Fr. Aidan Kimel’s excellent blog (I am a big fan), which I hope to be able to read it all, even those entries way over my head regarding the various ideas of classical theism as explained by Western theologians. A little bit about myself: As Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory would say, “I’m not a scholar; I’m just an amateur and a lover of theology and scholarship, but not one.”1 My background is more in medicine. This essay may be a bit detail oriented, so color me...
  • Icon of Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon begins to stream myrrh in convent [Devotional]

    08/19/2016 11:52:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-19-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Baturino Village, August 19, 2016      In Sretensky Convent an icon of the holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon with a particle of his relics is streaming myrrh. The miracle appeared after the icon “visited” the house church of a home for invalids in the city of Ulan-Ude in mid-July by the blessing of Igumena Niki, abbess of Sretensky Monastery, reports the site Russia-Buryatia. Oily drops of liquid appeared on the icon already two years ago. When the icon returned to the monastery from the invalid home myrrh was already trickling from the chest and even from the instrument in...
  • Russian Orthodox Old Ritualists in Photos

    08/18/2016 12:08:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    ORMP ^ | 08-11-2016 | ORMP
    A photo series of Russian Orthodox Old Ritualists (Believers).
  • Archangel Michael Becomes Patron Saint of Russian Investigative Committee

    08/17/2016 5:58:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 84 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/16/16
    Moscow, August 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has made Saint Michael the Archangel the patron saint of the Russian Investigative Committee at the initiative of the committee's head Alexander Bastrykin, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Tuesday. "His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed and made the Saint Archistratigus Michael the patron saint of the agency at the initiative of Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Bastrykin, as well as in order to strengthen the spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian Investigative Committee's staff," Markin said. St. Michael the Archangel was...
  • The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/15/2016 11:30:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 237 replies
    Troparion & KontakionThe 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...