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  • Deaconesses: This is Not That

    08/29/2016 8:11:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 08-26-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    It seems to me that self-described Christian Feminism is becoming increasingly shrill (I was struck by this when reading recently some feminist commentaries on the Song of Solomon). Orthodox Feminists, however, seems to offer a kinder, gentler feminism (the works of Eva Topping being a famous exception), perhaps because of being anchored in Scripture and the Fathers. Bluntly put, Orthodox feminists cannot easily say, ďTo hell with St. Paul and the FathersĒ and dismiss them as a bunch of misogynistic wretches in the same way as other feminists can who feel themselves unencumbered by the weight of Holy Tradition. An...
  • Serbian Orthodox Bishop Speaks on Sexual Perversion

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

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

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

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

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

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

    08/19/2016 11:59:28 AM PDT · by NRx
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 08-17-2016 | Mina Soliman
    It is my honor and privilege to be writing two essays for Fr. Aidan Kimel¬ís excellent blog (I am a big fan), which I hope to be able to read it all, even those entries way over my head regarding the various ideas of classical theism as explained by Western theologians. A little bit about myself: As Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory would say, ¬ďI¬ím not a scholar; I¬ím just an amateur and a lover of theology and scholarship, but not one.¬Ē1 My background is more in medicine. This essay may be a bit detail oriented, so color me...
  • Icon of Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon begins to stream myrrh in convent [Devotional]

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

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

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

    08/15/2016 11:30:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 237 replies
    Troparion & KontakionThe Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the...
  • Being Saved Ė The Ontological Approach

    08/14/2016 12:25:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 08-12-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I cannot begin to count the number of times I wished there were a simple, felicitous word for ďontological.Ē I dislike writing theology with words that have to be explained Ė that is, words whose meanings are not immediately obvious. But, alas, I have found no substitute and will, therefore, beg my readerís indulgence for dragging such a word into our conversations.From the earliest times in the Church, but especially beginning with St. Athanasius in the 4th century as the great Ecumenical Councils took shape, the doctrines of the Church have been expressed and debated within the terms related to...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (Old Calendar)

    08/14/2016 12:16:50 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    The Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: ďBecause of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it was taken out of the imperial treasury, and laid upon the altar of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (the Wisdom of God). From this Feast until the...
  • Turkey Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy in Historic Monastery

    08/14/2016 10:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/12/16 | Ralph Sidway
    The doors of the Sumela Monastery reopened in June 2010, after 88 years. The Turkish government had given permission to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to have a patriarchal liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption every year. That permission has been suddenly revoked, perhaps permanently. That the Greek Orthodox need special permission to celebrate divine services in any of their churches in what is now Turkey is a dark reminder of the Islamic oppression of Eastern Christians from the mid-7th century to today, and for the Greeks, especially from the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453 through the defeat of the...
  • The Seat of Mercy and the End of the Legal View

    08/13/2016 11:29:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 08-11-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Among the more problematic words in the New Testament is the Greek hilasterion. It is translated as ďpropitiationĒ in some of the older English Bibles, and ďexpiation,Ē in newer ones. Itís actual meaning is neither. The word literally means ďthe place of mercy,Ē and is the Greek word used in the Old Testament (LXX) to describe the ďMercy SeatĒ on the Ark of the Covenant. In Leviticus, the ritual for atonement is described, as an anointing of the mercy seat with the blood of a bull. The details are not terribly important for this article. But the question to consider...
  • Remembering the End

    08/12/2016 9:36:33 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 08-04-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Orthodox Christianity often seems inherently conservative. The unyielding place that tradition holds within its life seems ready-made for a conservative bulwark against a world all-too-ready to forget everything that is good or beautiful. There are subtle but important distinctions that make this treatment of Orthodoxy misleading and can lead to the distortion of the faith and an almost reverse image of our true salvation. Orthodox Christianity does not seek to preserve something that is now past Ė it is not a faith bound in history. Rather, it professes that what was once given at a moment in history is nothing...
  • Archbishop Job ďUkraine is the canonical territory of the Church of ConstantinopleĒ[Orthodox Caucus]

    08/10/2016 12:52:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    RISU ^ | 08-01-2016 | Tetiana Derkach
    Full title: Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos: ďUkraine is the canonical territory of the Church of ConstantinopleĒ By tradition, at the end of July, the Ukrainian Orthodox believers of all jurisdictions celebrate the Baptism of Rus. The Ukrainian state, represented by its leaderships and members of other local Orthodox Churches, willingly participates in these celebrations. This yearís celebrations were attended by Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos, representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople,†who came at the invitation of the President of Ukraine and kindly agreed to give an interview for RISU. He gave direct answers to direct questions: what will happen...
  • The Last Christians in Aleppo

    08/08/2016 6:57:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 2/5/16 | Tiberge
    Of all the horrors we've witnessed from our comfortable homes over the past year nothing hurts more than the attempted annihilation of Christians of the Near East, along with buildings, churches, sacred ruins, precious relics of the past that have been utterly destroyed by the ISIS conquerors. The suffering these people have endured and are enduring is recorded at numerous websites but the world has remained deaf, dumb and blind until recently when with one eye open it had no choice but to acknowledge the specific targeting of Christians. By that time it was too late. Carnage, decapitations, torture, eradication...
  • The Russian Church increased by 5,000 churches and 10,000 clerics over the last six years

    08/03/2016 11:08:13 AM PDT · by NRx · 34 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-03-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that increasing number of Orthodox churches in Russia is testimony that the mission of the Russian Orthodox Church is something the people want. "Over the last six years our Church increased by 5,000 churches and 10,000 clergymen, which means that people need the Churchís mission. There could not be such growth in the Church if there were no demand. That is why we feel so special when we place the foundations of new churches," the patriarch said at the ceremony of laying the first stone in the foundation of the Assumption Cathedral...
  • Greece: Anarchists Raid Cathedral- 26 Arrested

    08/02/2016 2:57:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 08-01-2016 | James Macintyre
    Greek police have arrested 26 protesters who yesterday raided the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the northern city of Thessaloniki during Mass. The culprits were protesting against a police operation in the city on Wednesday in which squatters and refugees were evicted from three illegally occupied buildings. One of the buildings is the property of the Greek Orthodox church and the city's archbishop said that it is being demolished to build a hospice for the terminally ill. The archbishop said that the protesters "destroyed what they could" at the Cathedral yesterday, but did not elaborate. The protesters threw leaflets around the...
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • The Veneration of the Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov [Devotional]

    08/01/2016 10:37:06 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 08-01-2016 | Russian Church
    Public veneration of the relics of St. Serpahim of Sarov on the feast of the uncovering of his holy relics.
  • Russian Orthodox Church to Get its Own Instant Messaging Service

    07/31/2016 6:08:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 7/30/16 | Yekaterina Trifonova
    An estimated 7-10 million potential users in Russia stand to benefit from the project, which will allow them to keep in constant contact with each other and the Church.They already have a special social network devoted to them, but now members of Russiaís Orthodox community will also be able to communicate with each other via instant messages. The founders of the Elitsy Orthodox social network, who announced the news on July 27, believe that worshipers need a system that will allow them to constantly keep in touch with the Church. The service, with an estimated 7-10 million potential users, should...
  • Russian Patriarch Kirill's Remarks Condemning Globalization & Modern Liberalism

    07/28/2016 1:08:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-28-2016 | Orthodox Church
    Remarks by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church at a service blessing the beginning of reconstruction of the Kazan Cathedral that was destroyed by the Communists. The translation is a tad rough in some spots but I think the viewer will get the point.
  • The Rapture Ė Indisputable Christian Heresy

    07/27/2016 8:46:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 864 replies
    Preachers Institute ^ | 04-10-2010 | Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris
    By Fr. Anthony M. ConiarisIn this brief article, Fr. Anthony expresses with clarity the truth of the false teaching known as the ďRaptureĒ and how much it distorts the teachings of the Lord in the Holy Scriptures.As I was driving one day I encountered a bumper sticker admonishing me: ďWARNING! In the event of Rapture, this car will be driverless.Ē The strange belief in the Rapture teaches that some day (sooner rather than later), without warning, born-again Christians will begin to float up from the freeway, abandoned vehicles careening wildly. There will be airliners in the sky suddenly with no...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Warns of Increased Attacks on Christians

    07/27/2016 7:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) ó The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced." In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians ó nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful." He told lawmakers that preserving national unity is "our responsibility in front of the world, future generations, history and in front of God." His remarks were published on his personal website. The Pope's website also quoted lawmaker Saad el-Gammal as saying that parliament...
  • The Church of the Archangel Gabriel, Nazareth

    07/26/2016 1:26:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-26-2016 | Pravoslavie
    †††† When the Virgin Mary as a young girl was one day in her hometown of Nazareth contemplating the coming of the promised Messiah, the Archangel Gabriel (commemorated today, July 13/26) appeared to her with the glad tidings of the Annunciation: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord...
  • Greece Eyes Constitution Overhaul Limiting MPs Terms, Defining Role of Church

    07/26/2016 9:09:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | Michele Kambas
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Monday unveiled plans to revise its constitution, formally proposing a clearer distinction between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church, changes in how the president is elected and limiting terms of lawmakers in parliament. Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the proposals were aimed at transforming a system full of "pathogens", and public feedback would be sought from September before the plans are put to parliament for further consultation. "We aspire to see a process of active participation of citizens, and not something which is restricted within four walls of parliament," Tsipras told state officials...
  • Demonic Possession as a Physical Ailment

    07/24/2016 8:33:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr. Ted's Blog ^ | 07-12-2016 | Fr. Ted Bobosh
    The Gospel lesson in our current lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 8:28-9:1 in which Christ encounters two men possessed by demons. † At the time when the Orthodox Gospel lectionary was being formed, a story of Christ exorcising demons must have been very popular. †For in the current lectionary, the parallel version of this story from Lukeís Gospel (8:26-39) is read also on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. † Since we have a lectionary that repeats every year, it is interesting that they thought this miracle important enough to proclaim twice during the church year...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

    07/20/2016 7:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.comďIt is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,Ē Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. ďAnd for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.Ē The Islamic Stateís beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February...
  • Constantinople Calls it Coincidence that Patriarch Bartholomew Left Turkey a Few Hours Before Coup

    07/20/2016 7:11:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/20/16
    Moscow, July 20, Interfax - Departure of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew from Turkey a few hours before an attempt of the coup was taken was "a pure coincidence," Metropolitan Arseny of Austria told the Kathpress Catholic agency. According to him, the trip to Slovenia for vacations was planned two months earlier. The information that the patriarch ran from the country before the impending uprising is false, the metropolitan says, and it can be easily proved by the example of the tickets purchased a few weeks before the events. The media earlier posted the information that Patriarch Bartholomew left Istanbul by one...
  • New Religious Laws in Russia Not Expected to Affect Catholic Church

    07/18/2016 11:05:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/18/16 | Mary Rezac
    The new anti-evangelism law carries fines up to $780 for an individual and $15,500 for an organization. Foreign visitors who violate the law face deportation. MOSCOW ó Despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin last week approved a new set of laws that would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas. The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings. A missionary Catholic priest serving in Russia, who asked to be kept anonymous...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Pan-Orthodox Status of Crete Council

    07/15/2016 6:52:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/15/16
    Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The Council which took place in Crete on June 20-25 cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in Moscow on Friday. "The Holy Synod determined that the Council, which took place in Crete, cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, and the documents it approved as expressing a pan-Orthodox consensus," said the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda, commenting on the results of a Synod meeting. The meeting attendees acknowledged that the Council, which was attended by abbots and hierarchs from ten out...
  • ATHONITE FATHERS CALL FOR REJECTION OF CRETAN COUNCIL AND CESSATION OF COMMEMORATION OF THE...

    07/15/2016 4:48:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 07-14-2016
    An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos. OVER 60 Hieromonk and monks, with a disciple of Saint Paisios, Elder Gabriel of the Kelli of St. Christodoulos (Holy Monastery of Koutloumosiou) at their head, have written an open letter to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos calling upon the Abbots to reject the Council in Crete and stating...
  • Whatís the oldest continuously operating library in the world? St. Catherineís Monastery of Sinai

    07/13/2016 1:25:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 12, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Considered one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world still in operation, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai is home to more than two centuries of history ‚ÄĒ and more than that of legend.¬†Tradition claims, for example, that the main altar of the monastery is built on the spot where the Burning Bush first addressed Moses. But the monastery, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, also holds other seats of honor. For example, it accommodates the oldest continuously operating active library in the world.From the day it was founded in the sixth century (between 548 and...
  • First Russian Orthodox Monastery Could be Opened in US Capital

    07/12/2016 10:24:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 7/11/16
    The first Russian Orthodox monastery could be opened in the US capital of Washington D.C. or in its vicinity, Metropolitan Jonah, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) told. ďIn the area, not necessarily in D.CÖ It will be Russian tradition, of course, you know, the services will also be in English, as well as in [Church] Slavonic....[The monastery] has a very specific outreach [program] to educate people about Orthodoxy and Russian culture and Russian spiritual culture,Ē Metropolitan Jonah said, answering a question about his plans to establish a monastery in Washington D.C. The monastery would be...
  • Coptic Archbishop: Sectarian Attacks Increase, One Every Ten Days

    07/12/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/11/16
    Minya (Agenzia Fides) - An appeal to ask the police to enforce the law protecting citizens from any sectarian discrimination was launched yesterday by Anba Makarius, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya, after the series of incidents which in recent weeks have again recorded a sharp rise in cases of violence suffered particularly by Egyptian Christians. Now Ė highlighted Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - such violent attacks from the assault on homes to targeted kidnappings for ransom, are continuing at an average of one every ten days. In recent times the assault on homes of Christian families perpetrated in the village of...
  • Akathist to the Venerable. Ambrose of Optina (Devotional)

    07/10/2016 7:44:58 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 07-10-2016 | Optina Monastery
    The akathist in honor of St. Ambrose of Optina served before his holy relics.
  • Orthodox See Council as Antidote to 'Heresies and Ruses of Reason'

    07/10/2016 5:46:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/9/16 | Filipe Domingues
    Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the "Holy and Great Council" in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy.From June 19-26, leaders of ten of the fourteen ďautocephalous,Ē or independent, Eastern Orthodox churches of the world met together on the island of Crete, marking the first time such a representative summit of Orthodox churches had assembled in a millennium. Originally the idea was for the ďHoly...
  • Italians Restore 900-Year-Old Mosaics at Bethlehem Church

    07/10/2016 5:35:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/8/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaicAn Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt Ė a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Ė from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored. ďI...
  • Russian Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/07/2016 12:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Russians are returning to their tradition of Symphonia, inherited from Byzantium and instituted by Constantine the Great, where church and state complement each other.The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation ďon the protection of maternal and...
  • Coptic Nun Mother Athanasia Killed by Extremists in Egypt

    07/06/2016 1:00:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    Orthodox News ^ | 07-06-2016 | OCP
    +MEMORY ETERNAL+Cairo- Egypt: Today, Mother Athanasia received the Crown of Martyrdom. She was gunned down by extremists of Muslims and gave her pure soul in Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was a nun in the Monastery of Great St. George in Old Cairo.Our Lord Said to us in the Gospel Ē And donít fear those kill the body but can not kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell ď(Matthew 10 :28).She was a pure nun.May her prayers be with us. Amen
  • First [Muslim] Call to Prayer Inside Istanbulís Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

    07/06/2016 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A muezzinís call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1. The building in the cityís historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1ís Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal AtatŁrk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Although the...
  • Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia: ďThe EU is a union of atheists and deceiversĒ

    07/04/2016 9:02:09 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-02-2016 | Pravoslavie
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta has expressed his joy that the UK is leaving the European Union, reports the –źgionoros.ru portal. In his view, this event will shake the foundations of the European Union which in fact is ¬ďa German protectorate¬Ē: ¬ďToday Greece and the EU at large are under German occupation! They have enslaved us not by means of weapons, as it was in the Second World War, but through this abominable economic war¬Ē. Metropolitan Amvrosios has stressed that the external forces, ¬ďallied with mendacious Greek politicians who obey them, have put Greece on the verge of disaster¬Ē....
  • Unfinished TV Tower in Yekaterinburg May be Turned in[to] St. Catherine Church

    07/04/2016 5:27:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/1/16
    Moscow, July 1, Interfax - Yekaterinburg architects created a concept of the highest church in the world: they suggested combining in one project a cult building and the notorious unfinished construction, Yekaterinburg TV reports. "According to the concept, they are going to combine the unfinished construction and the cult building in one cosmic-shaped construction, though it is far from architecture of Orthodox churches," the TV channel reports. According to the authors of the idea, they wanted to suggest an alternative to "the church on water," which was voiced among others projects of Yekaterinburg church. Besides the church, the authors of...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Pulled Back From Blessing Marriages of Orthodox, Non-Orthodox Christians

    07/04/2016 5:24:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church did not achieve its original goal of unifying the discipline of the Sacrament of Marriage among the 14 Orthodox churches, according to a LíOsservatore Romano report. On June 23 and 24, participants discussed the councilís fifth document, ďThe Sacrament of Marriage and its ImpedimentsĒ-- a topic first placed on the conciliar agenda in 1961. After discussing the Sacrament of Marriage, the final document stated that ďa civil marriage between a man and a woman registered in accordance with the law lacks sacramental character since it is a simple legalized cohabitation...
  • Feast of St. John of San Francisco & Shanghai

    07/02/2016 6:43:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Our Father among the Saints John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966), was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served widely from China to France to the United States.Saint John departed this life on June 19 (O.S.) / July 2 (N.S.), 1966, and was officially glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on July 2, 1994. His glorification was later recognized for universal veneration by the Patriarchate of Moscow on July 2, 2008.LifeThe future Saint John was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in Kharkiv province to...
  • Statement of the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/01/2016 1:16:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Holy Synod ^ | 06-27-2016 | Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Anthiochian Orthodox Patriarchate Ė June-July 2016At the end of the seventh extraordinary session which begun on May 25th 2016, the Holy Synod of Antioch convened on June 27, 2016 in Balamand. The Synod was presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, with the participation of the Bishops of the Holy See of Antioch,The fathers congratulated their children on the occasion of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the holy, glorious and all-praised leaders of the Apostles, and the founders of the Holy See of Antioch. This See is where the disciples were called Christians first, and where its children...
  • Christians in Antioch Celebrate Feast of Sts Peter and Paul Together in the "Cave Church of Peter"

    07/01/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/27/16
    Antakia (Agenzia Fides) - This year in Antakya, Turkey, Catholics and Orthodox will celebrate together the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the "Cave Church of Peter", the ancient cave church on Mt. Silpius, reopened to visitors in 2015, after a restoration that lasted many years. On the morning of June 29, in the presence of Bishop Paul Bizzeti SJ, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, and envoy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the Christians of the local community will animate a joint celebration with songs, prayers and readings from the New Testament. Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Apostolic Nuncio...