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Orthodox Christian (Religion)

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  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | April 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In the Russian Patriarch’s own words: "I regularly get reports of horrible crimes that are committed there against Christians, especially in northern Iraq. I have visited those places and I remember that there were many churches and monasteries there. The city of Mosul alone had 45...
  • The Work That Saves

    04/17/2015 6:41:04 PM PDT · by bad company · 12 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Do we cooperate in our salvation? Do our efforts make a difference? These questions lie at the heart of a centuries-old religious debate in Christianity. Classically, the Protestant reformers said, “No,” to these questions, arguing that we are saved solely and utterly by God’s grace, His unmerited favor. The Catholic Church replied that “faith without works” is dead and that faith alone is insufficient. This debate, with various twists and turns, has continued down through the centuries of Christian culture. At one point, there were complaints of “cheap grace,” where the exaltation of pure grace over works led to a...
  • The Coptic Patriarch will participate in the commemorations of ... the Armenian Genocide...

    04/16/2015 6:42:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/16/15
    Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, will travel to Yerevan on April 20 to take part in the most significant events planned to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Pope Tawadros’ visit to Armenia will last about a week. Sources of the Coptic Patriarchate consulted by Agenzia Fides report that it will be the first participation of a Coptic Orthodox Patriarch in official commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Apostolic Church and the Coptic Church belong to the group of Oriental Orthodox Churches, also referred to as "pre-chaldedonian", because they had refused some Christological formulations...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • A Separation of Church and State

    04/15/2015 6:11:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 53 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 04-14-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Father Patrick Reardon, pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, has just released the following statement: "Because the State of Illinois, through its legislature and governor’s office, have now re-defined marriage, marriage licenses issued by agencies of the State of Illinois will no longer be required (or signed) for weddings here at All Saints in Chicago. Those seeking marriage in this parish will be counseled on the point. Father Pat"
  • Great Vespers for Holy Pascha (Orthodox Easter - long) Ecumenical

    04/14/2015 7:52:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-12-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    The triumphal service of Great Vespers on Easter Sunday served by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Christ the Savior Cathedral. (The cathedral was razed by Stalin but has been rebuilt.)
  • Pascha; a Reminiscence from the Gulag.

    04/13/2015 8:33:34 PM PDT · by bad company · 7 replies
    https://georgianorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com ^ | 13 / 04 / 2015 | Simon Appleby
    Should at any time we feel ourselves to be alone, or for the secular world to be so overwhelming and powerful as to render spiritual life redundant, we can reflect on the difficulties of our predecessors and be inspired by their cheerfulness and joy in the face of tremendous privations. As mentioned before, the mid 1920’s was a period of ferocious attacks upon the Church by the Bolsheviks, both clergy and laity. Many of the faithful were executed or imprisoned in the Gulag for extended periods on nonsensical charges. The Solovetsky Island concentration camp (Solovki for short), formerly a remote...
  • Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim

    04/12/2015 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    Turkey has summoned the Vatican ambassador after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago.The foreign ministry requested a meeting with the Vatican's envoy in Ankara, Turkish media reported. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has consistently denied that the killings were genocide. The Pope's comments came at a service in Rome to honour a 10th Century mystic, attended by Armenia's president. The dispute has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey. 'Bleeding wound'The...
  • CHRIST IS RISEN! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/12/2015 5:49:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Vanity | 04-12-2015 | NRx
    A blessed feast to everyone!
  • Scenes from Vespers for Great and Holy Friday (Russian Orthodox)

    04/11/2015 5:17:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-11-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the service of Vespers for Great and Holy Friday.
  • The 15th Antiphon for Great and Holy Friday

    04/10/2015 5:02:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2009 | Archbishop Job
    Archbishop Job of blessed memory chants the 15th antiphon for Great and Holy Friday Matins. Having just buried my dad on Tuesday this pretty much gutted me.
  • Why Orthodox Christian Easter Is Later than the Catholic One

    04/09/2015 5:11:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 51 replies
    The Greek Reporter ^ | 04-05-2015 | Fr. Jon Magoulias
    As Greek-Orthodox Christians prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday,April 12th, we would like to shed some light on the reasons why the Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ later than the Catholic one. While the issue is somewhat complicated, it may be summarized in the two factors at work that cause this conflict in dates: 1) The issue of the calendar; and 2) the adherence by the Orthodox to the early practices of the Christian Church. The first factor, the calendar, has to do with the fact that the Christian Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian...
  • Pope Prays that Divine Mercy Might Help Reconciliation Over Armenian Genocide

    04/09/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis laments that nations have 'not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events'Pope Francis has prayed that the Divine Mercy might hasten reconciliation over the deaths of more than a million Armenians a century ago in what is commonly referred to as the Armenian genocide. The Pope made the comment during a meeting with Armenian bishops and faithful ahead of a Mass on Sunday that will mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. In his prepared remarks he prayed that the Divine Mercy “might help us all, in love for truth and justice, to heal every...
  • Saving A Democratic Man

    04/08/2015 5:37:16 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 03-30-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Everywhere he goes, he meets his equals. All of the world is open to him, bidding him enter in, take what he wants and go his way. Early on he learns to negotiate his way through competing crowds of others, jostling for position, asking for attention, making his way forward. His direction is a matter for decision – first this way and then that. He migrates at will, following an inner guide that says, “Go there. Take that. Move on.” He becomes what he wants to be and learns what he wants to know. He chooses his mate and negotiates...
  • The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

    cruciThere is a death that leads to death and there is a death that leads to life. In them are hidden the meaning of all things. As we approach Pascha, I continue to marvel at St. John’s description of Christ in Revelation 13, as the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” It is a Death before death. This is the Death by which death will be trampled down. The warning given in Genesis to the man and the woman is clear regarding the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: “In the day that...
  • Happy Easter!

    04/05/2015 10:45:01 AM PDT · by Grateful2God · 10 replies
    me | Easter Sunday, April 05, 2015 | Grateful2God
    A joyous, peaceful and Happy Easter to all my fellow FReepers, especially those who have enriched my life with their correspondence and posts! Have a special and beautiful day full of blessings, love, and gratitude! He is Risen!
  • Orthodox Palm Sunday

    04/05/2015 10:05:12 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-05-2015 | Optina Monastery
    The blessing of the palms at Optina Monastery.
  • Your Sins Are My Sins, My Sins Are Your Sins

    04/04/2015 10:11:58 AM PDT · by bad company · 10 replies
    Love the sinner as well! Do not fly away from the sinners, but go to them without fear. After all—whoever you may be—you are not much better than they are. Try to love the sinners; you will see that it is easier to love those whom you despise than those whom you envy. The old Zosim (from the “Brothers Karamazov”) said, “Brothers, don’t be afraid of the sins of a sinner; but love a sinner also—that is the record of love upon earth.” I know you love St. Peter and St. John, but could you love the sinner Zacchćeus? You...
  • The Forgetting of Wrongs is a Sign of True Repentance

    04/04/2015 9:45:38 AM PDT · by bad company · 10 replies
    The holy virtues are like Jacob’s ladder, and the unholy vices are like the chains that fell from the chief Apostle Peter. For the virtues, leading from one to another, bear him who chooses them up to Heaven; but the vices by their nature beget and stifle one another. And as we have just heard senseless anger calling remembrance of wrongs its own offspring, it is appropriate that we should now say something about this. Remembrance of wrongs is the consummation of anger, the keeper of sins, hatred of righteousness, ruin of virtues, poison of the soul, worm of the...
  • The Realities of the Old Testament are Figures of Those of the New

    04/04/2015 9:27:53 AM PDT · by bad company · 2 replies
    That the realities of the Old Testament are figures of those of the New is one of the principles of biblical theology. This science of the similitudes between the two Testaments is called typology. And here we would do well to remind ourselves of its foundation, for this is to be found in the Old Testament itself. At the time of the Captivity, the prophets announced to the people of Israel that in the future God would perform for their benefit deeds analogous to, and even greater than those He had performed in the past. So there would be a...
  • The Glory Which Thou Hast Given Me I Have Given Unto Them

    04/04/2015 9:19:10 AM PDT · by bad company
    The promotion of unity is set forth by a pattern of unity when Jesus says as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us. Accordingly, as the Father is in the Son and the Son in the Father, so through the pattern of this unity all might be one in the Father and the Son. […] That the world may believe that Thou didst send Me (John 17:21). Thus the world is to believe that the Son has been sent by the Father because all who shall believe in Him will be...
  • Vote Ted Cruz, Because Jesus

    04/03/2015 1:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Here it is, the first television ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, courtesy of the first official presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. No beating around the bush here—we get a mention of Jesus in the very first sentence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I'm...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Interview to Jesuit Journal

    04/03/2015 8:01:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltŕ Cattolica, has conducted a lengthy interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarch spoke about the challenges facing the contemporary world, his admiration for Pope Francis, the upcoming pan-Orthodox synod, and Orthodox spirituality. “Ultimately, it is essential to change the present mindset and abandon a lifestyle of over-consumption and unrestrained greed that inevitably lead to social injustice and inequality,” he told Father Spadaro, who interviewed Pope Francis in August 2013. Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch...
  • In Summation: Does any Church or Council possess infallibility or did Jesus alone possess this?

    03/30/2015 8:34:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 83 replies
    3/30/2015 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Here is the summation for the previous threads and the last of this for some time: Jesus Christ alone possessed the intrinsic quality of infallibility, was unlike any man that has ever lived, and was in a class all by Himself. There were some (like the Ebionites) who believed that Jesus was the messiah but also believed that he lacked divinity. Some, like those who ascribed to Arianism or semi-Arianism, who were somewhere in between the Ebionites and those who believed/believe that Jesus was fully God and Fully Man. Each of these nonetheless believed that Jesus was unlike any man...
  • Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East has reposed

    03/29/2015 12:11:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Assyrian Church of the East ^ | 03-26-2015 | Mar Awa Royel
    It is great sorrow and a heavy heart that His Beatitude Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of India and Patriarchal Vicar, in unison with all the members of the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East (absent were Mar Aprim Nathniel and Mar Narsai Benyamin due to visa difficulties), announce the falling asleep in the Lord of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. The late Patriarch passed at 10:04 am, this morning (Thursday, March 26, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. His Holiness was surrounded by the prelates, clergy and family members....
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Defender of the (Eastern) Faith

    03/28/2015 11:05:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Ed West
    Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle EastWho is the most formidable defender of persecuted Christians in the world today? Many would nominate Pope Francis, who has offered thunderous denunciations of attacks on the faithful ever since his election. But another candidate is emerging: the surprising figure of the future king of England. The media have barely noticed that the Prince of Wales has a new obsession, as powerful as his passions for architecture and the environment:...
  • The Photian schism: history and legend (and the two 8th Ecumenical Councils)

    03/24/2015 3:16:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Google E Books ^ | 1948 | Francis Dvornik
    An examination of the history and background to the so called Photian Schism of the 9th Century, one of the most important events in the history of the early Church. It also discusses in detail the two competing synods (AD 869-70 and 879-80) that claimed to be the 8th Ecumenical Council. Both synods enjoyed recognition by the pre-Schism Church as the Eighth Ecumenical Council. The earlier synod until it was annulled by the Council of 879-80. and the latter for about two centuries. The Church of Rome switched its support back to the earlier synod in the 11th century which...
  • Russia's Orthodox Soft Power

    03/24/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Carnegie Council ^ | 03-23-2015 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural and political influence, while for the Russian Orthodox Church it is a spiritual concept, a reminder that through the baptism of Rus, God consecrated these people to the task of building a Holy Rus. The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox...
  • The One True Church

    03/23/2015 12:23:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    AFR ^ | 03-07-2011 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    Orthodox Christians claim that the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Chalcedonian Orthodox Church, is the one true Church of Christ. That’s the confession of faith that we make. Of course, we have to say right away that there are members of the Orthodox Church who are relativistic, especially in America, there would be those who could say, “Well, all churches are the same,” and, “no one can claim the truth,” and, “different churches have different things,” so we really shouldn’t be so proud and so arrogant as to say that our church is the only church or the only true church,...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide. “Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.”...
  • Memory Eternal! Fr. Thomas Hopko has reposed

    03/19/2015 8:27:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.
  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:25:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).Meet the...
  • A Biblical Theology of Clothing

    03/18/2015 8:58:28 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 22 replies
    Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals ^ | March 03, 2015 | Nick Batzig
    Many years ago I was involved with an evangelistic ministry in New Jersey. A group of us would go out on the Boardwalk ask people if we could talk with them about the Gospel. In the course of our conversations, I would sometimes ask if they knew why they wore clothing. The humorous responses that we received were almost singularly worth the experience; however, the most common answer I would get was, "Because people would laugh at me if I didn't!" While it may seem like a trite question, it actually has profound importance regarding the Scriptural teaching about our...
  • St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/16/2015 10:00:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, the son of Calpurnius, a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes). He lived in the village of Bannavem Taberniae, which may have been located at the mouth of the Severn River in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain identified with Slemish in Co. Antrim. During his period of slavery, Patrick acquired a...
  • Russia is Urged to Revive Christianity in Europe - Patriarch Kirill

    03/16/2015 8:44:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/16/15
    Kaliningrad, March 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia speaks of a special role of the Kaliningrad Region in the dialogue between Russia and the West. "The region was organized not only as Russia's strategic outpost urged to prevent "attacks against the East," it should become Russia's spiritual outpost in Europe - not the region most subjected to western influence, but the region, which is ready for dialogue with the West more than others and introducing to this dialogue our spiritual values," the patriarch said on Saturday at the forum of the World Russian People's Council (WRPC)...
  • Service for the Veneration of the Holy Cross (video)

    03/15/2015 12:24:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-23-2014 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    Video from the service for the Veneration of the Holy and Life Giving Cross in Christ the Savior Cathedral. On a side note, Stalin harbored a deep hatred for the cathedral and ordered it razed after destroying all of the holy icons. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990's after the fall of Communism.
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    03/14/2015 9:25:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross (also called the Eight-pointed Cross) The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of...
  • The Third Sunday of Great Lent: The Veneration of the Holy Cross

    03/14/2015 9:05:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    The commemoration and ceremonies of the Third Sunday of Lent are closely parallel to the feasts of the Veneration of the Cross (September 14) and the Procession of the Cross (August 1). Not only does the Sunday of the Holy Cross prepare us for commemoration of the Crucifixion, but it also reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. As we have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24), and will have mortified ourselves during these forty days of the Fast, the precious and life-giving Cross is now placed...
  • Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/13/2015 12:57:50 PM PDT · by NRx · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12 march 2015 | Ross Douthat
    The latest cover of the new New Republic features Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig taking on conservative anxieties about Pope Francis’s possible “radicalism.” The essay isn’t just about the pope; it offers a larger critique of the way that conservatives, Catholic and otherwise, relate to and interpret the human/Western/Christian past. I have a few disagreements with this depiction, and a few critical generalizations I’d make about the liberal tendency in Catholic thinking and debate right now. But I’ll save those for another post; for now I think it would be helpful for the discussion of Catholicism in the Francis era to spend...
  • Ukraine, Pope Francis, Charlie Hebdo: Patriarch Kirill Releases First Wide-Ranging Interview..

    03/12/2015 1:28:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/11/15 | Nina Achmatova
    The conversation with Tass is dedicated to the themes of Lent, but also to the war in Ukraine, schismatic Orthodox Churches and relations with the Catholic Church.Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, has released his first interview with a secular magazine, choosing the official news agency Tass. Published on 10 March and dedicated to the period of Lent, the lengthy interview touches on various topical issues: the Mohammed cartoon, the war in Ukraine, relations between the Church and society, and also relations with the Catholic Church. The interview failed to provoke specific comments or clamor...
  • Holy Tradition vs. Sola Scriptura: The Witness of the Liturgy

    03/12/2015 6:04:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 22 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 12 March 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. Ironically - or perhaps Providentially - I wrote my best academic paper ever during my years as an Eastern Orthodox Christian. You can still see that a very Scholastic mind stood behind the paper, perhaps a portent of my later return to the Catholic Church. The paper is titled Holy Tradition vs. Sola Scriptura: The Witness of the Liturgy. Frank Schaeffer published it on his Christian Activist Number 10 back in the 1990s. Fortunately, the good people at PEMPTOUSIA saved the paper from Schaeffer's unfortunate shipwreck and preserved the paper at their website. I hope...
  • Moscow Patriarchate to Monitor Violations of Orthodox Christians' Rights in Europe

    03/11/2015 9:59:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/10/15
    Moscow, March 10, Interfax - The Center for Monitoring Orthodox Christians' Rights and Liberties in Europe has launched a website with support from the Moscow Patriarchate's representative office in the Council of Europe. The English-language website, Orthodoxrights.org, will carry information about violations of Orthodox Christians' rights and liberties in Europe, as well as special reports, according to the press service of the Russian Patriarchate's representative office in the Council of Europe. It said numerous abuses of the rights of Orthodox Christians of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were reported in 2014, which were documented in a special report on Ukraine for...
  • ISIS Orders Assyrian Christian Hostages to Convert to Islam, but All Boldly Refuse to Deny Christ

    03/11/2015 7:16:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria's Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused. On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of...
  • The Catholicity of the Church

    03/09/2015 11:19:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | August 2002 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    Christ conquered the world. This victory consists in His having created His own Church. In the midst of the vanity and poverty, of the weakness and suffering of human history, He laid the foundations of a "new being." The Church is ChristÂ’s work on earth; it is the image and abode of His blessed Presence in the world. And on the day of Pentecost The Holy Spirit descended on the Church, which was then represented by the twelve Apostles and those who were with them. He entered into the world in order to abide with us and act more fully...
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name ‘Peter’, told the Times: “They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian – people who didn’t speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • Christianity or the Church?

    03/07/2015 11:43:35 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | July 2000 | Archbishop Ilarion (Troitsky).
    ...The life of Christ the Savior presents the reader of the Holy Gospels with numerous great moments which fill the soul with some special sense of grandeur. But perhaps the greatest moment in the life of all mankind was that occasion when, in the darkness of a southern night, under the hanging arches of trees just turning green, through which heaven itself seemed to be looking at the sinful earth with twinkling stars, the Lord Jesus Christ, in His High Priestly prayer, proclaimed: "Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be...
  • The problem of Evil, from Augustine to contemporary Genetics

    03/06/2015 12:02:35 PM PST · by NRx · 18 replies
    OODE ^ | unknown | Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos
    ... Now, with regard to Christian theology, the position both of the Eastern-Hellenic and the Western-Latin traditions appears initially the same as that of ancient philosophy. Thus, Origen on the one hand reassures us (De Princ. II, 9,2 · In Joh. 4, II, 17) that God is not the Creator of evil (no longer with a capital E, since only God comprises the true Being) and that it does not possess a hypostasis or life or essence of its own, but exists as a denial of Good - an idea that we shall encounter many times in Western thought, up...
  • Why Are There So Many “Bad” People in Church?

    03/06/2015 9:56:03 AM PST · by bad company · 63 replies
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru ^ | 04 / 03 / 2015 | Denis Akhalashvili
    I often have to hear how people say about our Church, “You know, I don’t go to your church and won’t go, because it’s like a train station there—who don’t you see there? It would be alright if they were good people, but they’re not! I met one of them. Do you know what sort of man he is? And that girl is not any better. I won’t even mention the rest. And they go to services, cross themselves and don’t even blush…” Why are there so many unfortunate, wretched, broken lives, strange and simply bad people in the Church,...
  • Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs

    03/05/2015 10:00:49 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 December 2014 | Lutheran Satire
    Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs