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  • Russian Intervention in Syria Helps Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/09/2015 1:47:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Aleppo archbishop says Christians in the country feel hope thanks to Putin's involvementOne of Syria’s leading churchmen has welcomed Russia’s intervention. Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo told Swiss television that Vladimir Putin’s intervention was a source of “hope” for the country’s Christians. The Russian president, Archbishop Jeanbart told Télévision Suisse Romande, “serves the Christians’ cause”, even if Moscow was only serving its own interests. Archbishop Jeanbart spoke of a “renewal of confidence” among Christians in Syria, adding that President Putin “is solving a problem”.
  • Filioque

    10/09/2015 12:12:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2015 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    An audio primer on the Filioque controversy by Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory. Approximately 1 hr in length.
  • Nicholas II's Doctor, Servants May be Canonized

    10/08/2015 4:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/8/15
    Moscow, October 8, Interfax - The Russian Church may canonize the doctor of Russia's last emperor Nicholas II Yevgeny Botkin and his three servants. A proposal to this effect was made by the Yekaterinburg diocese. The issue is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the Holy Synod, Archpriest Alexy Kulberg, first aide to Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kiril, told Interfax-Religion. "We have no information that the life of these four loyal servants of the tsar was sinful and that they did anything in the course of their lives that would tarnish them as Christians. Enough materials have...
  • Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation (Orthodox-Catholic Caucus)

    10/05/2015 3:53:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-05-2015 | Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer)
    On August 22, 2015, Schema-Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery delivered an address to the annual Women’s Retreat sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Education of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern PA, held at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary in Waymart, PA, on the topic of “Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation.” In his talk Fr. Sergius spoke on several important themes, including the benefits of pilgrimage for helping us to encounter God, the power of the saints, moving away from an inner monologue towards a dialogue with God beginning with a consistent...
  • The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World (Ecumenical)

    10/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PDT · by NRx
    The Ascetic Experience ^ | 09-15-2015 | Protopresbyter Dumitru Staniloae
    October 5 marks the anniversary of the repose of the renowned Romanian theologian Fr. Dumitru Staniloae. His many works include commentaries on the Church Father, a Romanian translation of the Philokalia, and his 1978 masterpiece The Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. Fr. Dumitru endured several years of imprisonment for his faith at the hands of Communists, after which he began to work for the Romanian Holy Synod and often traveled to international conferences to share his theological vision. He reposed in 1993 at the age of ninety.Below we offer his work on "The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of...
  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • European refugee flood; revolt of the Christian laity

    10/04/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Wilmington Conservative Examiner ^ | 10-02-2015 | Timothy Whiteman
    While Europe nations from the Balkans to Scandinavia are attempting to cope with at least hundreds of thousands of refugees already on the continent, the leaders of the three largest Christian Churches in all of Christendom, albeit to various degrees, are exhorting the faithful to assist the migrants. While the Pontiff of Rome, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' have expressed varying degrees of support for the migrants, the pushback is coming from an unexpected source; the Christian laity. As reported by Ilgin Karlidag of the new media Turkish Weekly news portal on...
  • Unecumenism and the Sins of All (part III [Ecumenical Thread] )

    10/02/2015 2:28:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 10-02-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The concept of the One Church shifted during the Reformation. I offer a case in point as well as a reflection on it changes our current understanding. The old Anglican Book of Common Prayer offers one of the early examples of a subtle shift in Christian thinking and speech. In the Thanksgiving after Communion we read: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor...
  • Work on church honouring [sic] murdered Egyptian Copts to begin in days

    10/02/2015 11:54:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | 09-29-2015 | Emir Nader
    Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honour the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be built in the village of Al-Awar, in the district of Samalout. Qinawy said that work on the construction of the church...
  • Stump the Priest: Millennialism? (Why it is a condemned heresy)

    10/02/2015 11:44:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    One of many charts from the premillennialist book "Dispensational Truth" Question: "Why do the Orthodox adhere to Amillennialism, when it is so obvious that Satan is alive and active now and not confined. The following fathers were premillenarians: Justin Martyr, Melito, Hegesippus, Tatian, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus and Apollinaris. So why is Chiliasm a heresy?" Of the names that are listed, I do not believe there is any clear evidence that St. Hegesippus held premillennialist views. St. Hippolytus actually changed his mind on this question, in favor of rejecting premillennialism. Tatian, Tertullian, and Apollinaris all ended their lives in heresy and schism,...
  • The Folly of Comfortable Christianity (Ecumenical Thread)

    10/01/2015 4:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-01-2015 | Bishop Pitirim
    On diluted Christianity, the rapid spread of Islamization, new “European values”, hatred for true Christianity, and where it all may lead. Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan     “Comfortable Christianity is not wanting to carry your cross.” —Your Eminence, what are the “comfortable Christianity” and “pink Christianity” you talk about in your sermons that we publish on our site []? Could it be said that comfortable Christianity is the spiritual illness of our times? —What did the Lord say? Take up your cross and follow Me. This is the meaning of Christianity. Comfortable Christianity is, first of all, not wanting to...
  • Russian military participation in Syria should bring peace to region - patriarch Kirill

    10/01/2015 4:15:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/15
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed hopes that Russia's participation in the solution of the Syrian conflict will bring peace to the region. "The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. We believe this decision will bring peace and justice closer to this ancient land," the patriarch said in a statement quoted by the press service for the Synodal Information Department on Wednesday. "Wishing peace to the peoples of Syria, Iraq and other countries of the...
  • Russia in Syria: Air Strikes on Homs are 'Holy War Against Terrorism' says Russian Orthodox Church

    09/30/2015 8:05:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A Russian orthodox priest blesses a SU-27 SM fighter jet on the airfield of Belbek military airport outside SevastopolThe Russian Orthodox Church has backed the country's parliamentary decision to give President Vladimir Putin permission to use military force in Syria, saying the fight against terrorism is a "holy war". The head of Synodal department for church and society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told journalists on 30 September that the decision from the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council, to authorise air strikes in Syria was "consistent with international law, the mentality of our people and the role that our country...
  • Christian and Muslim Refugees Should be Separated, Says German Police Chief

    09/29/2015 6:50:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    Violence in camps has intensified as the country expects 800,000 people this yearChristian and Muslim refugees should be housed separately to prevent the escalation of religious violence, one of Germany’s leading policeman has said. Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, told the German newspaper Die Welt that “I think housing separated according to religion makes perfect sense.” On Sunday there were two separate fights between refugees at a temporary migrant shelter in Kassel-Calden in northern Germany, which left 14 people injured. The second involved almost 400 people. Earlier on Thursday a fight broke out between 200 Syrians and...
  • Cross Set Up at the Bottom of the Black Sea in Sevastopol

    09/29/2015 6:46:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/28/15
    Sevastopol, September 28, Interfax - A holy cross was set up at the bottom of the Black Sea this Sunday on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross not far from the oldest in Crimea, St. George Monastery (Sevastopol). Before settling down the cross, there was a procession with the cross from St. Vladimir Cathedral in Khersones where the cross was kept. Among the participants were clerics and inspirers of the idea from the Materyye Bobry dive club and bikers from a local branch of the Nochnye Volki club, press service of the Sevastopol Deanery reports on Monday....
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    09/27/2015 10:38:09 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Synaxis ^ | Synaxis
    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 Cross (depicting the crucified Lord), and we are reminded that He rose...
  • Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross (Devotional)

    09/27/2015 10:26:50 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-27-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the services for the Exaltation of the Holy & Life Giving Cross. (Traditional Church Calendar)
  • Radical Traditionalism Breathes with Both Lungs? (Orthodox - Catholic caucus)

    09/26/2015 6:03:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 09-25-2015 | Opus Publicum
    I am normally disinclined to write about ecclesiastical gossip on Opus Publicum, especially when it involves the fringes of either the Catholic or Orthodox churches. However, this one is too good to pass up. Although there are very few concrete details at the moment, it appears that Bishop Ambrose (Moran), a (former?) member of the Old Calendarist Genuine Orthodox Church in America (GOCA), has aligned himself with the so-called “Resistance,” a very loose confederation of traditionalist Catholic priests de facto headed by former Society of St. Pius X Bishop Richard Williamson. Moran, as the story goes, was either “received” or...
  • On the Word to St. Silouan, “Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not”

    09/25/2015 1:18:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-24-2015 | Jesse Dominick
         The now famous saying, “keep thy mind in Hell and despair not,” is a word given by God to St. Silouan one night as he struggled intensely with demons. Six months after going to the Holy Mountain St. Silouan was blessed to experience a vision of Christ in glory, in which he experienced the full Christ, and the life of Christ. Eventually he felt this grace subsiding and so he dedicated himself to extreme ascetical struggles in hopes of attracting the grace of God again. One night, fifteen years later, mentally and spiritually exhausted, St. Silouan wanted simply...
  • A Law for All Seasons

    09/25/2015 1:08:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-21-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    From the screenplay of A Man for all Seasonssirthomamore William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law! Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that! Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you...
  • Bishop Petru (Mustiata): “We Are Being Destroyed by Means of Their Non-Discrimination”

    09/25/2015 1:00:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-24-2015 | Bishop Petru (Mustiata)
    Moldova. Orthodox Christians are protesting against the law prohibiting all forms of discrimination    The passage of Moldova’s anti-discrimination law was one of the requirements laid down by the European Union for the visa liberalization with the EU (visa-free travel of Moldovan citizens within the EU). From the outset, the discussion of this law in the Moldovan Parliament was marked by members of the public expressing mass, stormy protest, as they associated it with the legalization of same-sex “marriage” and the adoption of children by homosexuals. Nevertheless, on May 25, 2012, the law was passed and on December 26...
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history. In recent years, however, there’s been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, it’s often not implemented in practice. Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • Investigators Not Doubting Authenticity of Nicholas II Remains, New Tests Requested by Russian Chch

    09/24/2015 4:25:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/24/15
    Moscow, September 24, Interfax - The Russian Investigative Committee does not doubt the authenticity of the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and additional examinations will be conducted following a request from the Russian Orthodox Church, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has said. "The recent resumption of the criminal inquiry is not an attempt to revise the earlier received evidence and the established facts. Rather, it is an exclusive need to additionally examine the newly uncovered facts, which has been requested by the Russian Orthodox Church," he said. Russian investigators "have never doubted that all of the found remains...
  • Archeologists Discover The Ancient Tombs Of The Maccabees, And On The Tombs They Find Ancient...

    09/22/2015 7:14:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/22/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the tomb of the biblical Maccabees which they recognized by finding the signature of the Cross.A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority shows The Holy Cross designed on a mosaic floor at an archaeological site at Ben Shemen Forest near the Israeli city of ModiinOn Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Amit Reem, an Israeli archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said “the cross is a clue” as it appears on the floor of the only Byzantine-era site burial...
  • US and Catholicism in Crisis

    09/22/2015 6:33:15 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 21 September 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance. When Pope Francis arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, the country he enters will be a very different one from Eisenhower’s America or Reagan’s America. And Catholics will be welcoming a new kind of pope. In America 2015, homosexuality, abortion on demand and same-sex marriage— shameful crimes in Ike’s America, mortal sins in the...
  • Behind the Monastery Walls (Romanian documentary with English subtitles)

    09/22/2015 12:02:45 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 02-26-2015 | Grapefruit Productions
    The monastery is the sacred home of God, but also home to the nuns and monks who have dedicated their lives to God. Romania’s monasteries are known worldwide for their magnificent beauty, but what do we know about the people that live there? How different is the life they lead? How different is the way they see the world? Behind the Monastery Walls presents a selection of intimate and inspiring interviews in which nuns and monks in Romanian monasteries lay bare their thoughts and real beliefs. Behind the Monastery Walls is my graduation film from BA Media Production Coventry University....
  • ISIS Uses Churches as Torture Chambers Where Christians Forced to Convert to Islam or Killed: Report

    09/21/2015 6:19:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    International Business Tines ^ | 9/20/15 | Johnlee Varghese
    Thousands of Christians are being persecuted by the Islamic State (Isis) who use churches as torture chambers where Christians are forced to convert to Islam or are killed, a faith-based human rights group said. The report published in, noted that a Christian is killed every five minutes in Iraq by Isis and other terror groups. "Islamic State Militants in Iraq are using Christian churches as torture chambers where they force Christians to either convert to Islam or die, " Jim Jacobson, the president of the faith-based human rights group said. Since taking over large swathes of area in Syria...
  • Priests Cleansed Streets With Holy Water After Pride Parade [Serbia]

    09/21/2015 6:14:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    BELGRADE – A group of about hundred people, led by clerics, walked the same route as the Pride Parade. Priests cleansed the streets with holy water. One priest tore the flag with the colors of the rainbow, which is the symbol of the LGBT population. The group gathered in front of St. Mark’s Church in Belgrade, to protest on the occasion of the holding of Pride Parade. At the moment the Pride Parade participants got closer to the gathering place, the priest began cleansing the streets. “Last year we had floods. Before that we battled with heavy snow. Now we...
  • Orthodox unity in America now in extreme jeopardy (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/19/2015 10:51:49 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 09-19-2015 | Josephus Flavius
    The below is a huge blow to the idea of a united, canonical Orthodox Church in America. When ROCOR declared that they didn't want to be a part of the Chambésy process (see here) because they believed that their faithful needed strong Russian (or at least Slavic patrimony) oversight the popular reaction was "Oh, those crazy Russians and their extremism. Too bad for them that they'll be shunted to the hinterlands of American Orthodoxy just like the pre-reunion Old Days™." People thought we'd move on without them and maybe eventually they'd come back to the table. The below declaration from...
  • Outrage at Orthodox feting of VP Biden

    09/16/2015 11:01:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 09-16-2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    Constantinople, September 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A firestorm of controversy has erupted in the Orthodox Church over its Ecumenical Patriarch planning to honor vice president and possible presidential candidate Joe Biden. Vice President Biden is scheduled to receive the highest award bestowed by the Greek Orthodox Church, the Athenagoras Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the organization's annual banquet Saturday, October 17, at the New York City Hilton Hotel. We should remember that Abp. Demetrios famously compared President Obama to Alexander the Great in 2009. The award is a kind of "thanks" to Biden for two publicized...
  • Vice President Biden to Become Recipient of Athenagoras Human Rights Award, Oct. 17

    09/15/2015 5:32:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Orthodox Post ^ | 9/12/15 | Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Hon. Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States, will receive this year’s Athenagoras Human Rights Award presented by the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the organization’s annual banquet Saturday, Oct. 17, at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. In December 2011, Biden became the first sitting Vice President of the United States to visit His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar. Three years later, November 2014, the Vice President returned for a second official visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. As a strong advocate for religious freedom for the Ecumenical...
  • Patriarch: Western Ground Troops Needed to Fight Islamic State

    09/15/2015 5:28:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church said that the support of Syrian rebels by the United States, Great Britain, and France was tantamount to “fomenting the violence” in Syria “under the pretext of a kind of Arab Spring,” Canadian Catholic News reported. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, who was making a pastoral visit to Ottawa, charged that the Western view of “modernized, civilized rebels” opposing the Assad regime was a “fantasy.” Paraphrasing the Patriarch’s remarks, the report continued: These rebels were supplied with arms, he said. Thus, it is up to the West to take measures to stop Daesh...
  • Russian Govt Proposes to Rebury Remains of Tsarevich Alexey, Gr. Duchess Maria in Peter/Paul Cathed

    09/11/2015 9:14:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/11/15
    Moscow, September 11, Interfax - The interdepartmental working group on the research and reburial of the remains of Tsarevich Alexey and Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, currently kept at the Russian State Archives, has offered the government to bury the remains in Catherine's aisle of the Peter and Paul Cathedral of St. Petersburg's Peter and Paul Fortress on October 18, the government press service has said. It is planned to invite representatives of the Romanov family to the ceremony. "The commission listened to reports of two expert groups on historical and scientific issues, formed to examine the remains of Tsarevich Alexey...
  • A Prayer for September 11

    09/11/2015 6:24:54 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 11 September A.D. 2014 | Bishop BASIL
    O Lord our God, Who art Thyself, the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, the Savior of the storm-tossed, the Haven of the voyager, the Physician of the sick; be all things to our land which fourteen years ago on this date was devastated by the cowardly and hateful acts of false martyrs; who imitated wicked Herod in his slaughter of the 14,000 innocents. To those who lost loved ones, grant the comfort thou didst impart to Mary and Martha before Thou didst raise their brother Lazarus from the dead, and care for them as Thou didst...
  • Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Rebukes Moscow, Underlines Importance of Ties with Rome

    09/07/2015 5:58:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. The Ecumenical Patriarch—recognized as the “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox leaders—stressed the primary importance of ecumenical affairs, and reiterated that his role involves “protecting the unity of the whole Orthodox Church.” He said that opposition to ecumenical unity reflects a “diabolical” impulse. Patriarch Bartholomew said that his continuing contacts with the Holy See are a critical component of his ecumenical work. He expressed his enthusiasm for the planned worldwide Orthodox...
  • [St] Petersburg Needs Three Times as Many Churches as it Now Has - Head of the Metropolia

    09/06/2015 6:05:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/1/15
    According to him, secular organizations should not occupy churchesSt. Petersburg, September 1, Interfax - Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga believes there are not enough Orthodox churches in the 'northern capital.' "Today there are over 200 churches in St. Petersburg, most of them are located in its historic center, and certainly it is not enough for such a populated city," the metropolitan said in his interview with the Delovoy Peterburg paper. He reminded that earlier Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia had set a task for hierarchs that there should be at least one church for 10,000 people....
  • New monastery in the West Coast: Monastery of St. Silouan

    09/03/2015 3:38:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 09-03-2015 | Josephus Flavius
    (ROCOR-WAD) - ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE BLESSING OF THE NEW MONASTERY OF ST. SILOUAN. (The following announcement will soon be available on the Western American Diocese's web site,, but as many are asking for details, I'm providing it here as well.) By the grace of God, a new men’s monastery of the Western American Diocese will be formally blessed following a service of the Divine Liturgy on the new monastery’s patronal feast day of St. Silouan the Athonite (11th / 24th September 2015). The festal Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by the Diocesan Hierarch, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/01/2015 5:32:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Western American Diocese ^ | August 2015 | Bishop Maxim
    BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENTWith this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names of Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville, and Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church. Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two...
  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place. Thascius Cyprianus was the son of a rich pagan senator, and received a fine secular education becoming a splendid orator, and a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy in the school of Carthage. He often appeared in the courts to defend his fellow citizens. Cyprian afterwards recalled that for a long time “he remained in a deep dark mist.., far from the light of Truth.” His fortune, received from his parents and from...
  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    08/30/2015 11:58:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-29-2015 | Fr. Alexey Young
    On this day, the Church celebrates the icon of the Savior "Made Without Hands"—the prototype of which is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ's holy face, left on a cloth used to cover His face at burial after the crucifixion. An exhaustively researched and highly interesting article by Fr. Alexy Young, Nun Michaila, and Mary Mansur was published a number of years ago in the periodical, "Orthodox America" on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Napkin. We present it today in the spirit of the present feast.      The truth of God has to be comprehended...
  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/28/2015 7:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-28-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    August 28, 2015, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption of the Moscow Kremlin.
  • Quote of the day... (Ecumenical Thread)

    08/27/2015 6:40:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers | 08-27-2015 | St. Xanthias
    “A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge.” + St. Xanthias
  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 08-27-2015 | Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate
    With great joy and gladness, we announce the reception through a mass baptism the parish and catechumens from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Photos taken during the mass baptism last August 21, 2015, Friday, of the newly accepted St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province, Philippines. A total of 239 catechumens are baptized including two Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church) "bishops" and four Aglipayan "priests". Aglipayan "bishop" Esteban Valmera was baptized as STEFAN; Aglipayan "bishop Rogelio Ringor was baptized as GREGORY; Aglipayan priest Elieser Delfin was baptized as ELEASAR; Aglipayan priest Dioscoro Bergado was baptized...
  • His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives delegation of Anglican Church in North America

    08/26/2015 10:04:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    ROC ^ | 08-25-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    ...Greeting the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted the difficulty of the situation in which this denomination had been established six years ago. “At the time your Church was undergoing a very difficult period in her history, which required from believers fortitude and the ability to resist great temptations,” His Holiness said. “It is my firm belief that in the course of her history, the Church faces challenges which she must overcome with all her courage,” he continued, “There are two models of behavior of the Church and Christians. The first one implies...
  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 4:11:37 PM PDT · by bad company · 11 replies
    Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Netik said Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation. But Mr Netik denied the move was discriminatory and said it was intended to ensure community cohesion. 'Not going to like it' The number of...
  • Greek businessman offers to build new mosque in return for Trabzon Hagia Sophia

    08/18/2015 5:28:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 8/18/15 | Yorgo Kirbaki
    A Greek-Russian businessman with roots in Turkey’s Black Sea region has offered to cover all the costs of the construction of a mosque in Trabzon in exchange for the Fener Orthodox Greek Patriarchate regaining control of the province’s Hagia Sophia, a church-turned-mosque. Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian businessman and politician, said he was “ready to have a new mosque constructed in Trabzon and hand it to the city’s municipality, in return for making the Hagia Sophia [in Trabzon] a church once again,” during an interview with Greek state broadcaster ET-3. The Hagia Sophia Mosque in Trabzon was originally built as a...
  • Moscow Art Smashed as Orthodox Activists Denounce 'Blasphemy'

    08/16/2015 10:29:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The China Post ^ | 8/16/15 | Anna Malpas
    MOSCOW -- Sculptures by a renowned Soviet artist on show in central Moscow were smashed after being denounced by Orthodox activists as "blasphemous" "Delusional people came to the exhibition who broke several works belonging to the Manege collection, by Vadim Sidur," said a spokeswoman for the Manege art center by the Kremlin walls, Yelena Karneyeva, referring to the activists. "Several sculptures are completely smashed," she told AFP, adding that police had come and led away the activists. The works were made of plaster and linoleum. A police spokesman told AFP that he could "confirm the incident happened and that currently...
  • Orthodox Leaders at Odds on Topics for Proposed Pan-Orthodox Council

    08/16/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople has convened an assembly of all the bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to be held August 29- September 2. The main purpose of the meeting will be to prepare for a Pan-Orthodox Council, which is scheduled to take place in 2016. If it occurs on schedule, the Council would be an unprecedented meeting of all the world's Orthodox leaders. However, the range of topics to be discussed at the Pan-Orthodox Council remains a subject of tense debate among Orthodox leaders. The Russian Orthodox Church has insisted that topics can be put on the agenda only...