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  • At Last, A Council for the Ages?

    03/03/2015 6:57:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 3/3/15 | Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
    The Great Council of the Orthodox Church in 2016A Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has been scheduled for 2016. In March of 2014, the leaders of all the autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches met in Istanbul, the sacred see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which historically (since at least the fifth century) coordinates such assemblies, facilitating unity while serving as a center of appeal among these churches. Arguably the foremost decision unanimously agreed upon at that assembly of church heads was the convocation of a Great Council in 2016, tentatively planned to be held in the Church of Haghia...
  • An Icon of the Coptic New Martyrs of Libya

    03/03/2015 6:52:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 2/25/15 | Gregory DiPippo
    I am sure that all of our readers are aware of the recent massacre in Libya of a group of Egyptian Copts, who were killed for their faith by Islamic terrorists. The Patriarch of Alexandria, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, has officially recognized them as martyrs, and ordered that their commemoration be inserted into the Synaxarium; their feast will be kept on February 15th, the same day as the Presentation of the Lord in the Alexandrian Rite. The title ďNew MartyrĒ was originally used in the East for those killed by heretical Christian rulers, but has subsequently been extended to...
  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/03/2015 6:32:33 PM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    Royal Russia ^ | 03 March 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The construction of a church in honour of Tsar Nicholas II and his family has been completed in Moscow. The ground breaking and initial construction began three years ago, in March of 2012. On March 8, 2013 the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna visited the site of the new church during an official visit to Moscow. The grand duchess lit a candle in memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs, and then took the time to speak and have tea with local parishers. The first liturgy was held on July 17, 2014 in a temporary...
  • Incarnation and Redemption (Ecumenical)

    03/03/2015 3:13:41 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2005 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    The Incarnation and Redemption "The Word became flesh:" in this is the ultimate joy of the Christian faith. In this is the fullness of Revelation. The Same Incarnate Lord is both perfect God and perfect man. The full significance and the ultimate purpose of human existence is revealed and realized in and through the Incarnation. He came down from Heaven to redeem the earth, to unite man with God for ever. "And became man." The new age has been initiated. We count now the "anni Domini!" As St. Irenaeus wrote: "the Son of God became the Son of Man, that...
  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/03/2015 11:15:08 AM PST · by bad company · 8 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    ďThat man might become GodÖĒ On its surface this statement simply sounds blasphemous. Interpreted in a wrong manner, it would be worse than blasphemous. When read correctly, however, it is the very essence of salvation itself. ďTo go to heavenÖĒ from my childhood this phrase has been used as the goal of a Christian life. But, interpreted in its most common manner, it is only a Christianized version of paganism. The distinction between these two statements can be found in their treatment of the interior life. The first, ďto become God,Ē suggests profound, even transcendent change within a person. The...
  • 'The Greatest Persecution of Christians in History' (Part I)

    03/03/2015 8:37:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 3/2/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Historian Michael Hesemann Says There is Proof Pope Benedict XV Tried to Stop Armenian GenocideJust before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, well-known German historian Michael Hesemann announced the discovery of 2000 pages of hitherto unpublished documents on, what he calls ďthe greatest persecution of Christians in historyĒ in the Vatican Secret Archives. In this in-depth analysis with ZENIT, the historian discusses his findings, whatís often not realized about the Armenian genocide, and its victims, items which he discusses in his new book. He also speaks about the Holy Fatherís recent visit to Turkey, why he...
  • Holy Ikons (Orthodox - Catholic Caucus)

    03/02/2015 1:41:54 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 1976 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT IS ORTHODOXY SUNDAY. It was established as a special memorial day of the Council at Constantinople in 843. It commemorates first of all the victory of the Church over the heresy of the Iconoclasts: The use and veneration of Holy Ikons was restored. On this day we continue to sing the troparion of the Holy Image of Christ: "We reverence Thy sacred Image O Christ..." At first glance, it may seem to be an unsuitable occasion to commemorate the glory of the Church and all the heroes and martyrs of the Orthodox Faith. Would it...
  • On Church and Tradition

    03/02/2015 11:24:00 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 20 Feb 2001 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    St. Vincent of Lerins and tradition The famous dictum of St. Vincent of Lerins was characteristic of the attitude of the Ancient Church in the matters of faith: "We must hold what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all" [Commonitorium, 2]. This was at once the criterion and the norm. The crucial emphasis was here on the permanence of Christian teaching. St. Vincent was actually appealing to the double "ecumenicity" of Christian faith ó in space and in time. In fact, it was the same great vision which had inspired St. Irenaeus in his own time: the One Church,...
  • Lavrov to Raise Issue of Christians' Protection With UNHRC in Geneva

    03/02/2015 6:20:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/2/15
    Moscow, March 2, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will open a high-level event on the subject of protecting Christians on the sidelines of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. "Russia is seriously concerned by conflicts in the Middle East which has been the center of monotheistic religions since time immemorial. Regrettably, during these conflicts Christians are not only being harassed and discriminated against, but they also become victims of actions which fall under the definition of the genocide," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Information and Press said. Christians in Iraq and...
  • Islamic State Group Frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria After a Ransom is Paid

    03/02/2015 6:14:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/2/15
    After jihadists seized the ‚Äč‚ÄčTal Tamr area and at least ten Christian villages, they took 220 people hostage. Judged by an "Islamic court", 19 were released after paying US$ 1,700 per person. Assyrian and Islamic tribal leaders are negotiating the release of the other hostages.Damascus (AsiaNews) - Islamic State (IS) terrorists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Tal Tamr (Syria) last week, after a US$ 1,700 ransom per person was paid for their release, activists said. "Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakah after they were...
  • Memory Eternal! Fr. Matthew Baker dies in car wreck

    03/01/2015 8:47:14 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston ^ | 1 March 2015 | Metropolitan Methodios
    To the Faithful Stewards of the Metropolis of Boston, With a very heavy heart, His Eminence informs you of the untimely passing of the Rev. Fr. Matthew Baker, who tragically died in a car accident early this evening. Fr. Matthew was recently assigned to the Holy Trinity Parish of Norwich, CT, following the retirement of Fr. Paul Pantelis. During this evening's snow storm, Fr. Baker was traveling home from the parish when he had an accident from which he did not survive. His children who were traveling in the car with Fr. Matthew are thankfully not injured. The Metropolitan spoke...
  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 12:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic heresy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." - See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/#sthash.gdvBOiyY.dpuf
  • On the Discipline for Receiving Holy Communion (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/28/2015 10:04:10 AM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Holy Trinity Monastery ^ | 3 Feb 2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    On February 3, 2015 (NS) the Holy Synod approved the linked document which lays out the current discipline for the reception of the Holy Mysteries of the Altar by the lay faithful. The executive summary is that it cautiously encourages the faithful to commune more frequently than the old custom of once or twice a year, while reiterating the necessity of approaching the chalice with great reverence. This means observing the pre-communion fasts, recent confession and prayerful participation in the services of the Church. Details of which may be found in the document. To many the discipline described in the...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that ‚Äúfrom the beginning of creation ‚ÄėGod made them male and female.‚Äô‚ÄĚ He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: ‚ÄúFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh‚ÄĚ (Mark 10:6¬Ė8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. ďThere are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey,Ē Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • Sectarian Rome

    02/26/2015 1:08:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    It was a well-nigh universal trope of Reformation rhetoric that the Reformers were the catholics who had to defend orthodoxy and catholicity against the sectarianism of the Roman church. Luther disputed the Catholic claim that obedience to Rome was the definition of catholicity, and disputed it on the basis of the universal testimony of the church (Unitive Protestantism, 65). Calvin defended the Reformers against the charge that they were schismatics: ďVerily the wolves complain against the lambsĒ (quoted, 73). The 1559 French Confession distinguished the true church from ďall other sects who call themselves the churchĒ (quoted, 80), a thinly...
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

    02/26/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid.¬Ē (Photos: CNS) Last week, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled ‚ÄúA Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.‚ÄĚ I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to ‚Äúthe Nation of the Cross‚ÄĚ had little sense beyond a...
  • Russia is The Only Center of Non-Slaved Civilization, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Believes

    02/26/2015 10:08:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/25/15
    Moscow, February 25, Interfax - Russia is called to fulfill its Christian mission, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. "Russia is the third Rome. Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, which is capable to reveal itself as Christian. Thus, our patriotism is not chauvinism, not a call of the blood, not emotional passion for native land alien to any criticism, first of all, it is understanding the importance of the unique Christian mission which, I believe, our people live for," the priest said in his interview with Politrussia.comAccording to him,...
  • "Let my prayer arise..." (Ecumenical - Lent)

    02/25/2015 12:09:17 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Optina Monastery ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Optina Monastery
    Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on the First Wednesday of Great Lent at the Optina Monastery. (Church Slavonic)
  • Pope Francis declares a non-Catholic ďDoctor of the Universal ChurchĒ

    02/25/2015 6:11:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    New Sherwood ^ | 2/25/15 | New Sherwood
    Yesterday, on February 23, it was reported that Pope Francis formally declared Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church. Gregory of Narek was an Armenian priest, monk, and poet who is greatly revered by Armenians but virtually unknown otherwise. So far as I can tell, he is the first and only non-Catholic among only 36 doctors of the Church. He lived and died in the bosom of a schismatic jurisdiction, and he was most likely an adherent of the Miaphysite heresy. Traditionally, a Doctor of the Church is chosen only among recognized Catholic saints. Is this...
  • A Guide to Holy Confession (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/24/2015 1:44:14 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | unknown | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    Reasons for inner discord The greatest paradox of our life is that while we all instinctively strive for happiness, most of the time we are unhappy and dissatisfied even when no danger threatens us. Philosophy is helpless in satisfactorily clarifying the reason for this paradox. The Christian faith, however, explains that the reason for our dissatisfaction and dark feelings lies within ourselves. It results from our sinfulness ó not only from our personal sins but also from our very nature that is marred by the primordial sin. Sinful corruption is the main source of our grief and suffering. Sin is...
  • Martyred Copts Witnessed Their Faith, and Courage

    02/24/2015 7:28:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015
    The last words out of their mouths were ¬ďLord Jesus Christ.¬Ē Samuel Tadros is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute¬ís Center for Religious Freedom and the author of the book Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. He talks with NRO¬ís Kathryn Jean Lopez about the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed on February 14 in Libya by ISIS and about the future of Christianity in Egypt and the region. Kathryn Jean Lopez: What is the most important thing for Americans to know about what happened to those 21 Coptic Christians a little over a week ago? Samuel...
  • For Coptic Christians, Threat of Martyrdom is Part of Daily Life

    02/24/2015 4:35:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egyptís Christians on a daily basis. ďThese 21 victims, they were not the first and they will not be the last. There is a flowing river of Christian blood in the Middle East,Ē said Mina Abdelmalak, one of the organizers of a D.C. candlelight prayer vigil outside the White House on Ash Wednesday. The prayer vigil commemorated the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded last...
  • Did Pope Francis Just Declare a non-Catholic a "Doctor of the Church?"

    02/23/2015 5:01:49 PM PST · by NRx · 67 replies
    Vanity | 23 Feb 2015 | NRx
    Pope Francis has declared Gregory of Narek to be a "Doctor of the Church." This is one of the highest honors conferred by the Catholic Church on saints. Only a handful have been so honored. The only problem is that as far as I am able to tell, Gregory of Narek was not Catholic. He was a monk of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is part of the non-Chalcedonian (Oriental Orthodox) communion. The Armenian Church has not been in communion with the Pope of Rome since at least the sixth century. The very small Armenian Catholic (Eastern Rite) Church did...
  • Up Close and Personal with the Families of the 21 Beheaded Copts (Family Faith)

    02/23/2015 1:45:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 20, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The 21 Egyptian men who were kidnapped and eventually beheaded on a beach in Libya knew they were living in danger. But they felt they had little choice other than to sojourn in the tumultuous country in order to send money home to their impoverished families. Many went with a sense that God would look over them. Now, their families are in greater poverty, knowing the men will never come home. The World Postís Middle East correspondent Sophia Jones visited grieving families in the village of Al Aour, about three hours south of Cairo, where 13 of the men...
  • ISIS Will Grow the Church

    02/23/2015 1:25:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 23, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    The mass martyrdoms we are seeing in the Middle East will be followed, as they always are, by a remarkable rise of Christianity that will change the course of history. St. John Paul the prophet said so. ďThe Church has become once again a Church of martyrs,Ē he said, as he looked ahead at the coming of the Third Millennium of Christianity. Then, as the new millennium dawned, he recalled how the blood of the martyrs had built the early Church despite the ďtrials of history.Ē ďWill this not also be the case of the century and millennium now...
  • The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (First Day of Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:33:39 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7th Century | St. Andrew of Crete
    Today is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians. During Clean Week there are many special services of which one of the most important is The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, also known as The Great Canon of Repentance. It is a penitential hymn, the longest ever composed, that is chanted in monasteries on Clean Monday. Because of its great length it is usually broken up in parishes and chanted over the first four days of Lent as part of Great Compline. The linked video is from one of those services. This particular rendition is entirely in...
  • Forgiveness (Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:08:00 AM PST · by NRx
    St. Pachomius Library ^ | 20 March 1983 | Fr. Alexander Schmemann
    A Homily delivered to the community at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary on Forgiveness Sunday of 1983As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us Ė myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters Ė of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says: "Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy." Only yesterday we were commemorating Adam crying, lamenting at the gates of Paradise, and now every second line of the Triodion and the liturgical books of Great Lent will speak...
  • LENT: A spiritual spring for the soul

    02/22/2015 1:51:58 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | April 1964 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The season of the great fast"This is a favorable time, this is the day of salvation."Nature revives with the arrival of spring, and during this same season Christians who are serious about salvation are spiritualy renewed through prayer and fasting. Fasts are special days of the year that are set aside by the Church to motivate believers to concentrate on the salvation of their souls. The most important of the fasts is Lent, which is prior to the Easter. It begins on the Monday following the Sunday of Forgiveness and lasts for forty days (six weeks) until Palm Sunday, continues...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist†Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.†From Vatican Radio:† The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Churchís equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the...
  • Forgiveness Sunday - Cheesefare (the Eve of Great Lent)

    02/21/2015 8:47:15 PM PST · by NRx
    GOA ^ | unknown | GOA
    The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adamís expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins that have deprived us of our free communion with God....
  • Coptic Orthodox Pope Canonizes the 21 New Martyrs of Egypt & Libya

    02/21/2015 4:02:24 PM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | Vatican Radio
    The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar. Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Churchís equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church. According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the 21 Christians will be commemorated on the 8th Amshir of the Coptic calendar, or February 15th of the Gregorian calendar. The commemoration falls on the feast day of...
  • A Critical Consideration of The Case for Clerical Celibacy (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/20/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    East to West ^ | unknown | Dr. Anthony T. Dragani
    Although the general populace is unaware of it, during the past decade a new effort has been underway to defend the Roman Catholic practice of mandatory priestly celibacy. Putting aside the traditional sociological arguments that we are all familiar with, these new defenders argue for the discipline based primarily on historical grounds. Although their writings have not reached a broad audience, they have found a committed following in some Catholic circles. Normally I would not concern myself with a defense of the Roman Catholic discipline of mandatory celibacy. After all, it is their tradition and they certainly have a right...
  • Who is a Christian?

    02/19/2015 9:39:57 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 18, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Here is how Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist pastor who heads the church’s Washington office, responded to the murder of the 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS: These are my brothers, faithful to Christ even unto death. King Jesus puts heads back on, and puts… http://t.co/0Dps0Lvtxy— Russell Moore (@drmoore) February 15, 2015 A number of Southern Baptists had similar responses. The Southern Baptist bloggers at Pulpit & Pen will have you know that this is a betrayal: Do Southern Baptist leaders and other evangelicals really not know what a Christian is or how you become one? Is it being born into an ethnic group...
  • Plight of Middle East Christians is the Greatest Tragedy Since World War II, Says Patriarch

    02/19/2015 5:58:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/19/15 | Catholic News Service
    Patriarch Laham says the Middle East is suffering a 'Way of the Cross' in Lenten messageThe Middle East is suffering a ďWay of the CrossĒ that is the greatest tragedy since World War Two, Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham said in his Lenten message. He said the Church, despite its efforts, is having difficulty meeting the growing needs it faces in the region. ďWe fail in front of the suffering of our people in all walks of life, Christians and Muslims. Itís a universal suffering,Ē he said. ďWe as pastors are with our people, at their side, in front...
  • Brother of slain Coptic Christians thanks ISIS for including their words of faith in murder video

    02/18/2015 8:09:00 PM PST · by bad company · 18 replies
    http://www.christiantoday.com ^ | 18 February 2015 | Mark Woods
    The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last week has thanked their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video they made of their beheadings. Speaking on a live prayer and worship programme on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC yesterday, Beshir Kamel said that he was proud of his brothers Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23) because they were "a badge of honour to Christianity". Harrowing scenes of the murders have been seen around the world. The last words of some of those killed were "Lord Jesus Christ". Beshir Kamel...
  • In honour of our 21 martyrs of Libya

    02/18/2015 3:21:45 PM PST · by bad company · 10 replies
    I am breaking from my retreat to write with tears a tribute of honour and veneration to our newest martyrs, the 21 martyrs in Libya. These valiant men have offered themselves as a living sacrifice as a testimony before the whole world and all nations. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my nameís sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand...
  • Christians Murdered in Libya Whispered Name of Jesus Before Death, Bishop Says

    02/18/2015 6:14:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza echoed Pope Francis by hailing the 21 Coptic Christians killed by ISIS as martyrsThe 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS militants died as martyrs, invoking the name of Jesus, said an Egyptian Catholic bishop. In line with Pope Francisís assertion at morning Mass on February 17, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides news agency that the ďdiabolicalĒ video of the Christiansí massacre, intended to ďspread terror,Ē was a testament to their martyrdom in the faith. The video of their beheading, released on Sunday, shows that ďin the moment of...
  • Church Unity in the First Three Centuries (Long)

    02/16/2015 12:58:16 PM PST · by NRx · 61 replies
    Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries ^ | 2001 | Met. Iakovos Zizioulas
    Although this work is historical in its method and content, it is not a product of historical curiosity. At a time when church unity occupies an increasingly central place in theological study, the contribution of our theology is required not simply as an academic demand, but also a fundamental debt owed to the Church. In order to fulfil the demand and pay the debt, our theology can no longer fall back on the sources of its own confessional riches. The gradual abandonment of the confessional mentality of past generations and the recognition of the need for our theology to be...
  • Sunday of The Last Judgement (Meatfare Sunday)

    02/15/2015 12:27:48 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    GOA ^ | unknown | GOA
    The Sunday of the Last Judgment is the third Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. During this time, the services of the Church have begun to include hymns from the Triodion, a liturgical book that contains the services from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), through Great and Holy Saturday. On this day, focus is placed on the future judgment of all persons who will stand before the throne of God when Christ returns in His glory.
  • The Fasting Discipline of The Church (Lent is coming)

    02/14/2015 1:03:24 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Resources ^ | unknown | abbamoses.com
    The Church's traditional teaching on fasting is not widely known or followed in our day. For those Orthodox Christians who are seeking to keep a more disciplined fast, the following information may be helpful. Though the rules may appear quite strict to those who have not seen them before, they were developed with all of the faithful, not only monks, in mind. (Monks do not eat meat, so rules regarding the eating of meat cannot have been written with them in mind. Similarly rules regarding marital abstinence apply only to the laity and married clergy.) Though few laymen are able...
  • Great Lent: A Time for Morality or a Time for the Heart

    02/14/2015 7:56:12 AM PST · by bad company · 3 replies
    http://ancientchristianwisdom.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | By fatheralexis
    There is certainly nothing wrong with people trying to do the right thing and to be moral and upstanding citizens. The problem is that salvation and transfiguration are not a matter of morality. The publican and the prodigal were not moral people. They did all the wrong things, but yet they came to themselves, they discovered their hearts, and in so doing found the way, not just to moral goodness, but to holiness, to righteousness, and to feasting in the Fatherís household. In the West, many speak about Lent as a period of struggle whose goal is for Christians to...
  • Synod of Chaldean Bishops: Join Forces to Liberate the Lands Occupied by Jihadists

    02/10/2015 10:34:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Iraqi national government and the regional Kurdistan government must "allocate the necessary funds to support families that Daesh (Arabic acronym which indicates the jihadists of the Islamic State, ed) expelled from their homes and deprived their property". In addition, all "national and international forces" must "unite their intent to liberate the occupied territories as soon as possible and put in place the necessary measures to protect Christians and other Iraqis, so they all return to their homes and live in safety and with dignity". These are the appeals launched by the Extraordinary Synod of the...
  • Is There A Future For Ecumenism?

    02/09/2015 6:18:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Russian Orthodox Church-Department for External Church Relations ^ | 2/8/15 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    Lecture by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the Universities of Winchester (5 February 2015) and Cambridge (6 February 2015).Dear members of the faculty, students and guests of the university! I have been asked to give a lecture on the topic of interaction between Christians today. Does ecumenism have a future? This question has become ever more relevant and demands an all-round analysis. When Jesus Christ founded his Church on earth, it was a single community of disciples bound together by faith in him as God and Saviour....
  • On Russia's Babylonian Captivity Under Vladimir Putin

    02/06/2015 6:10:32 AM PST · by Teůfilo · 13 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 February 2015 | Teůfilo de Jesķs (@vivificat)
    News Analysis Brethren, Peace be with you. I was listening with great interest to this news item at NPR, titled In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia. It is an interview of†William Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, a company he started in Russia in 1996. That, he says, drew the attention and machinations of a corrupt group of Russian officials. It's also about Browder's new book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, in which he tells the story of how it happened. Brothers and sisters, I...
  • Iraqi Christians Form Militia to Fight ISIS

    02/04/2015 6:11:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    Group aims to take back Nineveh Plains from IslamistsChristians in Iraq have formed a militia to take back their Nineveh Plains homeland from ISIS. The organisation, the Nineveh Plains Protection Units, has more than 3,000 troops serving or awaiting training, and has the backing of the Iraqi Government and the Kurdish Peshmerga. The force has 500 Assyrian Christian troops stationed in towns such as Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains to defend them from ISIS, with a further 500 being trained and another 3,000 men registered and awaiting training. Their aim is to take back the rest of the Nineveh Plains,...
  • Dachau: ĎThe Largest Cemetery of Catholic Priests in the Worldí

    02/03/2015 7:14:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians, and religious were deported from across Europe to the Dachau concentration camp, according to a newly published French book. 1,034 of them, 868 of whom were Polish, died there. According to Guillaume Zellerís La Baraque des prÍtres, Dachau, 1938-1945, the priests included German priests who spoke out against euthanasia, Polish priests who were considered part of Polandís elite, French priests who resisted the Nazis, and a French bishop who aided the Jews. ďThe Dachau camp remains the largest cemetery of Catholic priests in the world,Ē said Zeller in an interview with Le Figaro. They ďmaintained their...
  • Egypt's New Government Allows Christians to Build New Churches, Ending Years of Opposition

    02/02/2015 6:15:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Egyptian Christians have seen notable gains under the government of President Abd al-Sisi, the spokesman for the countryís bishops tells the AsiaNews service. Father Rafic Greiche pointed to three new building permits for Catholic churches. He reported that permits for Christian churches were never granted during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, nor under the government that followed him, which was dominated by Islamic fundamentalists. Some applications for permits to build churches date back more than a decade, Father Greiche said.
  • Priests Hold Inaugural Ceremony for ĎIce Churchí in Mountains of Romania

    01/30/2015 2:42:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The ceremony was attended by Catholic and Orthodox priestsA group of priests celebrated the inauguration of a church made entirely from ice at the Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains of Romania this week. Romanian Orthodox and Catholic priests as well as Protestant ministers took part in the ceremony.
  • Iraqi Priests Work to Save Historic Christian Writings from Islamic State

    01/29/2015 7:44:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/29/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Effectively exiled from his friary in Mosul by the Islamic State last year, Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, O.P. is working to preserve Christian manuscripts through digitization, recording a memory of Iraq's Christian past. Najeeb Michaeel is an Iraqi native who studied in the U.S., and founded in 1990 the Center for the Digitization of Oriental Manuscripts to foster the collection and recording of ancient manuscripts which he had started in the 1980s. Over the years, Fr. Michaeel has collected some 750 Christian manuscripts in order to preserve them and to make them available for study by making digital copies. The archives...