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  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • When Scripture Becomes Scripture

    11/23/2015 7:29:51 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 11-07-2013 | Fr. Aidan (Al) Kimel
    When Scripture BecomesScripturePosted on 7 November 2013 by Fr Aidan Kimel The writings of the Bible exist as historical artifacts and may therefore be read as historical artifacts. To properly interpret a text we must seek to understand it within its historical context. We need to know all sorts of things: we need to know who wrote it and why; we need to know its intended audience; we need to know the literary genre to which it belongs; we need to know about the society in which the author and audience lived; we need to know the cultural and literary...
  • Terrorism is Satanism

    11/23/2015 7:22:54 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-23-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    On November 20, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), addressed the united session of the Federation Council and the State Duma devoted to problems involved in the struggle against terrorism. Please find below the full text of the address. Esteemed Participants in the Session, Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and on behalf of the whole Russian Orthodox Church I would like once again to expressed deep, heartfelt and sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in...
  • The Tonsuring of New Monks at Optina Monastery

    11/22/2015 5:44:45 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-22-2015 | Optina Monastery
    Scenes from the tonsuring and final vows of new monks at Optina Monastery.
  • The Silence of the Panagia [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    11/21/2015 2:28:13 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-21-2015 | Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece
    A homily delivered at the celebration of the feast of the Sacred Church of the Entrance of the Theotokos in Levadia during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, presided over by His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, on November 21, 2010. By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Every feast of the Mother of God is a cause of joy for the entire Church, and we celebrate it brilliantly, with hymns and doxologies, with a Divine Liturgy and litany, with words and silence, with pure thoughts and prayer of the heart. And this is because...
  • To See God Crucified: The Theopaschism of St Gregory Nazianzen

    11/21/2015 8:11:15 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Eclectic Orthodoxy ^ | 11-21-2015 | Fr. Aidan (Al) Kimel
    by Fr Aidan Kimel “We need an incarnate God, a God put to death, so that we might live, and we were put to death with him.” (Or. 45.28)Before there was Jurgen Moltmann, there was St Gregory the Theologian. Of the early Church Fathers none spoke more directly of the death of the eternal Son. The gospel is nothing less than the proclamation of “God crucified” (Or. 45:29).Unlike some of the other early Church Fathers, such as even the great Athanasius, Gregory does not shrink from asserting the suffering and death of the Creator: God passible for our sake over...
  • On Names and Angles. The Day of Archangel Michael

    11/21/2015 8:03:54 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-21-2015 | Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
    “There is no one like God”—in this is expressed all of the great Archangel’s knowledge of his God. He doesn’t describe Him, nor does he explain—he stands and witnesses. In this is his inclusion in the radiance of the Divinity, and in this is the measure by which he manifests this radiance and opens for us the way to the Lord’s mystery by his word, and by those names that express all his unfathomable experience of the unfathomable God. Archangel MichaelThere is a place in the book of Revelations where the seer of mysteries, St. John, tells us that when...
  • The Difference Between a Spiritual Father and an Elder [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    11/20/2015 5:07:02 PM PST · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-20-2015 | Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos
    By Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos Many times while talking about Christ we lose Christ, while we talk about the Cross we avoid our own personal cross, refusing to lift it and walk behind Christ. While we go to a spiritual father to reconcile with God through the Mystery of Confession we rather connect with the person of our spiritual father and we put the person of Christ on the margins of this relationship. This is wrong. The work of the spiritual father is to lead the penitent to Christ, to the restoration of their relationship and not to make them...
  • Demolition Has Begun on Soviet-Era Building Built on Site of Kremlin Monasteries

    11/20/2015 4:54:50 PM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Imperial Russian blog Royal Russia ^ | 11-19-2015 | Paul Gilbert
    Demolition Has Begun on Soviet-Era Building Built on Site of Kremlin Monasteries Topic: Kremlin The long awaited demolition of the Kremlin Presidium or "Building 14" began this week. The building was constructed in the 1930s, and up until 2011 the Soviet era building formerly housed the offices of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the highest legislative body of the Soviet Union. The Presidium stands on the site of the destroyed Chudov and Voznesensky monasteries and the Lesser Nicholas Palace. The two monasteres were among the historic buildings within the grounds of the Kremlin ordered to be destroyed by Joseph...
  • Patriarch Kirill Blesses - Gives Communion to Russian Troops

    11/20/2015 7:26:24 AM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-24-2014 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy for the Armed Forces at Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • US Cardinal Says Forces in Middle East are Intent on Eradicating Christians

    11/20/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cardinal O'Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests US public is 'very blase' about ISISWhen Cardinal Edwin O'Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. "The forces that are at work now are intent on eradicating the Christian civilisation, nothing less," said the 76-year-old US cardinal, who was in Sydney in October to reach out to the order's 600 Australian members. Christians in the Holy Land face "daily...
  • Church Official Suggests Expanding Religious Education in Schools to Prevent Terrorism [Russia]

    11/20/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/20/15
    *** Metropolitan Hilarion urges 'to refuse liberal cliches'Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The role of religion in Russian society should be strengthened, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, believes. "It's time to finally give up this idea of the separation of the church from the state and school from the church, which envisages that religion should not have a direct presence in the secular educational space," the metropolitan said on Friday at a joint meeting of the Federation Council and the State Duma on counterterrorism. He supposes that "lectures on foundations of religious...
  • The Missionary Vision of the Martyred Fr. Daniel Sysoev

    11/19/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-20-2015 | Edward Hunter
    The following paper was written by a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY for a course focusing on Orthodox missionary activity throughout the world in the Fall 2014 semester. Fr. Daniel SysoevBy all accounts, Fr. Daniel Sysoev was a powerful and effective missionary priest. According to his missionary companion and close friend, Prof. Yuri Maximov (now Priest Giorgy Maximov.—O.C.), Fr. Daniel turned “around 500 Protestants” to Orthodoxy and personally “baptized more than 80 Muslims” in his fourteen years of ordained ministry.1 He built a church community and mission center in an immigrant district in Moscow and had great...
  • 'We're in awe': New Orthodox church in Halifax opens at former Saint Matthias Anglican Church

    11/18/2015 9:22:50 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Halifax Metro ^ | 11-15-2015 | Stephanie Taylor
    Fifteen years ago, Affaf El-Jakl remembers there was talk of building a new church to accommodate the growing congregation of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church. And on Sunday, that hope finally became reality. “We’re in awe,” El-Jakl, president of the parish council said Sunday morning, as hundreds of parishioners filed into the sanctuary, filling it to capacity until there was only standing room and the upper balcony left to sit. "It's not everyday a new church is built and opened." The crowd gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the new church with the first of what would be many Sunday masses...
  • Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains Her Current World Role

    11/16/2015 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 11/16/15 | Frank Gashumba
    Russia is a bulwark for good, resisting an evil which has worked its way deep into the fabric of western societyWinston Churchill, in describing Russia, suggested it was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. As the world is increasingly forced to pay closer attention to Russia, many may look on with a mixture of curiosity, admiration and mystification, wondering what makes Russia tick. In trying to explain Russian culture, Russians may direct the enquiring foreigner to their literature. And in this literature one will soon be met with the recurring theme of the Russian soul, an idea...
  • All Christians Are Called To Pray Without Ceasing

    11/16/2015 2:53:00 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-16-2015 | St. Nikolai Velimirovich
    All Christians Are Called To Pray Without Ceasing By St. Nikolai Velimirovich "Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart" (Luke 18:1). Does the Lord's command about ceaseless prayer that men ought always to pray (Luke 18:1), apply only to monks or to all Christians in general? If it applied only to monks, the Apostle Paul would not have written to the Christians in Thessalonica to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17). The Apostle repeats the Lord's command, word for word, and issues it to...
  • On the nativity fast - the preparation of the soul

    11/16/2015 8:03:00 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Monacos ^ | M.C. Steenberg
    On the nativity fast - the preparation of the soul Written by M.C. Steenberg. A reflection on the role of the Nativity Fast, which might seem the opposite of Christmas joy, in preparing the human heart for the true joy of encountering Christ's incarnation. 'Make ready, O Bethlehem: let the manger be prepared, let the cave show its welcome. The truth has come, the shadow has passed away...' {footnote}Sticheron at the Royal Hours, by St Sophronius of Jerusalem.{/footnote} The herald of the pending miracle begins. It is the Eve of the Nativity as these words are sung. The...
  • Why We Fast Before Nativity (Christmas)

    11/16/2015 7:58:10 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-28-2012 | Vincent Martini
    The time of preparation before the great feast of the Nativity of Christ (i.e. “Christmas”) is, through the wisdom of our holy fathers, intended to be a time of purposeful asceticism, almsgiving, and learning to say “yes” to God while saying “no” to one’s own desires. Christmas (especially in the present day) has become a time of great anxiety and materialism for many, despite the fact that most every song one hears, most every retail ad that one reads, and most every film with “Christmas” as a theme that one watches will try to convince them that Christmas is a...
  • Patriarch Kirill: Today's Terrorism is Diagnosis of Entire Human Civilization

    11/16/2015 6:18:08 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11-16-2015 | Staff
    Kaliningrad, November 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called terrorism a new form of obsession and called for it to be fought not only using military methods, but also through education and culture. "The world is now faced with a different obsession, a different madness, which we call terrorism," the patriarch said after a liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Kaliningrad on Sunday. He said the tragedy that has occurred in Paris indicates "people's obsession to achieve political goals using any methods, even by destroying innocent people." "The fight against terrorism should not...
  • Terrorism Attacks in Paris are Lesson to Europe and Russia - Russian Church

    11/16/2015 6:02:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/15
    Sergiyev Posad, November 16, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has called on people to learn the right lessons from the terrorist attacks in Paris and mobilize to fight terrorism. "I am deeply grieved for people, and those are right who sympathize and pray for victims killed in the French capital. Eternal memory to these people. May the Lord be merciful to them in His judgement. What has happened is not only a reason for grief, it's also a reason to ask yourself: is it not a lesson to us all, can Europe continue living like it lived before? And...
  • The Peacemakers

    11/15/2015 4:51:18 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-15-2015 | Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh
    The Peacemakers Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9). Can a person make peace!? And what do you think peace is...?! The Lord says, " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). No one makes peace-- that is, no one gives peace-- apart from those who have peace, Christ's peace. One who has Christ's peace is not troubled and...
  • Russian Orthodox Prayers for the Victims of Terrorism (Ecumenical)

    11/15/2015 10:24:29 AM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 11-15-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Prayers offered at Christ the Savior Cathedral for the victims of terrorism
  • St. Paisius Velichkovsky: A Great Hesychast Father [Devotional]

    11/15/2015 8:14:30 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-15-2015 | unatributed
    Saint Paisius Velichkovsky: A Great Hesychast Father (1 of 8) St.Paisius Velichkovsky (Feast Day - November 15) By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Saint Paisius Velichkovsky (1722-1794) was a great figure of monasticism who lived a few years on Mount Athos and communicated in Slavic lands, especially in Ukraine, Moldova and Wallachia, but he spread throughout the Balkan and Russian lands and other areas. He was a great prophetic figure in the field of monasticism in the 18th century, having reintroduced to monasticism in the Balkans and Russia its ancient patristic sources, since monasticism had...
  • Little love for Muslim refugees among Latvia's Christians

    11/14/2015 4:08:10 PM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Public Broadcasting of Latvia ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Diana Hodulina
    From the world wide web and the government, the refugee matter has moved to the spiritual plane as well. The pope has asked believers to help refugees and to give them sanctuary. The Russian-language program of Latvian Television 7, Segodnya Vecherom, reavealed on Wednesday that not all Latvian Christians are ready to help people with a religion different from their own. The Pontifex Maximus was heard around here, but not everyone is keen on opening their doors and hearts. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church admit that even though asylum seekers shouldn't be sorted by their religious affiliation, it's not...
  • Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

    11/14/2015 11:55:15 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11-12-2015
    The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports. The news was spread via Facebook by one of his colleagues, Ivan Okhlobystin, an actor and prominent Russian religious figure. He shared a photo of Tagawa taken with...
  • ISIS Forces Attack Christians Who Speak Aramaic, Language of Jesus Christ

    11/14/2015 6:36:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/13/15 | Ray Nothstine
    The Islamic State continues its march into Syria with its sights set on the town of Sadad, which consists of a large population of Syriac Christians who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. According to Newsweek,500 Christian fighters, with the help of some Muslims, have so far prevented IS radicals from overrunning the majority Christian town. IS has already captured the town of Mahin, only 5 miles away from Sadad, which has provided the terror group a base of operations for renewed attacks against Sadad. The head of the Syriac Orthodox Christian Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, who is...

    11/14/2015 4:39:48 AM PST · by Kolokotronis · 21 replies
    Paroslavie.ru ^ | November 14, 2007 | Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
    In 1227 Sultan Jalal al-Din of Khwarazm and his army of Turkmen attacked Georgia. On the first day of the battle the Georgian army valorously warded off the invaders as they were approaching Tbilisi. That night, however, a group of Persians who were living in Tbilisi secretly opened the gates and summoned the enemy army into the city. According to one manuscript in which this most terrible day in Georgian history was described: “Words are powerless to convey the destruction that the enemy wrought: tearing infants from their mothers’ breasts, they beat their heads against the bridge, watching as their...

    11/13/2015 5:11:39 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on March 28, 2009 | geraldrim private You Tube account
    In light of ongoing events I thought this might be appropriate.
  • On the Worthy and Unworthy Participation of the Divine Eucharist

    11/13/2015 10:28:35 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-13-2015 | St. John Chrysostom
    By St. John Chrysostom How many now say, I would wish to see His form, the mark, His clothes, His shoes. Lo! You see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. And you indeed desire to see His clothes, but He gives Himself to you not to see only, but also to touch and eat and receive within you. Let then no one approach It with indifference, no one faint-hearted, but all with burning hearts, all fervent, all desiring. For if Jews standing, and having on their shoes and their staves in their hands, ate with haste, much more...
  • Feast of St. John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople

    Synaxarion: This greatest and most beloved of all Christian orators was born in Antioch the Great in the year 344 or 347; his pious parents were called Secundus and Anthusa. After his mother was widowed at the age of twenty, she devoted herself to bringing up John and his elder sister in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. John received his literary training under Anthragathius the philosopher, and Libanius the sophist, who was the greatest Greek scholar and rhetorician of his day. Libanius was a pagan, and when asked before his death whom he wished to have for his...
  • Meyendorff on Roman Catholic Marriage

    11/12/2015 8:00:17 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 11-09-2015 | Gabriel Sanchez
    A Facebook friend of mine posted a controversialpassage from Fr. John Meyendorff’sMarriage: An Orthodox Perspective.Here is the quote, along with some prefatory sentences he omitted. Many confusions and misunderstandings concerning marriage in our contemporary Orthodox practice would be easily eliminated if the original connection between marriage and the Eucharist were restored. Theoretically, Orthodox sacramental theology, even in its scholastic, textbook form, has preserved this connection in affirming, in opposition to Roman Catholicism, that the priest is the ‘minister’ of marriage. Western medieval theology, on the contrary, has created a series of confusions by adopting, as in so many other points...
  • Profound examples of holiness: The Royal Martyrs [Ecumenical]

    11/07/2015 7:30:21 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-07-2015 | Ryan Hunter
    In 1905, twelve years before Emperor Nicholas II’s abdication and three years from his own repose, St. John of Kronstadt, who had served as confessor to Nicholas II’s father Emperor Alexander III (r. 1881-94, d. 1894), spoke these prophetic words: We have a Tsar of righteous and pious life. God has sent a heavy cross of sufferings to him as to His chosen one and beloved child, as the seer of the destinies of God said: ‘Whom I love, those I reproach and punish’ (Rev. 3.19). If there is no repentance in the Russian people, the end of the world...
  • Akathist to the Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow [Devotional]

    11/07/2015 8:28:13 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-06-2015
    Kontakion 1 To Thee, the champion leader, do we Thy servants dedicate a hymn of victory and thanksgiving, as ones who have been delivered from eternal death by the Grace of Christ our God Who was born of Thee and by Thy maternal mediation before Him. As Thou dost have invincible might, free us from all misfortunes and sorrowful circumstances who cry aloud: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow! Ikos 1 An archangel was sent from Heaven to declare unto the Theotokos: Rejoice, announcing the divine Incarnation of Christ, Who desired to...
  • Instagram Deletes Account for Revealing Destroyed Serb Churches in Kosovo

    11/07/2015 8:12:37 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-07-2015 | unatributed
    An Instagram account run by Serbian activists who were posting pictures of Christian places of worship in Kosovo which had been demolished by the region's Albanian Muslim majority population has been removed; the site's administration explained that the group had been posting "disturbing images." Hoping to foil Kosovo's attempt to become a member of UNESCO, ethnically Serbian student activists in the self-proclaimed state created a page on Instagram called “No to Kosovo's Membership in UNESCO.” There they posted photos of numerous Orthodox Christian places of worship and significance, including monasteries, churches and cemeteries, which were demolished in the years after...
  • A Centennial Celebration for Brooklyn’s Only Saint (Ecumenical)

    11/06/2015 9:44:28 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-05-2015 | ANDY NEWMAN
    Brooklyn has just one saint, and his name is Raphael Hawaweeny. Stories from Our Advertisers He was not Catholic. Or of European descent. He was Syrian, and at the turn of the 20th century he helped build the Eastern Orthodox Church in this country. He founded a cathedral in Brooklyn’s Little Syria and crisscrossed the country tending his scattered flock. To the Orthodox, he is St. Raphael of Brooklyn (not to be confused with St. Raphael of Lesbos, martyred by the Turks in 1463). And on Friday night, the saint’s icon will be adorned with red and white flowers and...
  • The Oldest Hymn to Mary (early christian worship)

    11/06/2015 11:30:07 AM PST · by NYer · 531 replies
    Patheos Standing on my head ^ | November 6, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Papyrus in the Rylands Library, Manchester UK One of the things that maddens and amuses me about Protestants is something called “primitivism”. I’ve written about it here. “Primitivism” is the ambition to return the church to the simplest form as it was in the “early church”. The little fundamentalist church in which I grew up worked on this assumption. They were going back to basics and getting rid of all those “man made traditions”. They were cutting out the denominations and prayers read out of books and all that fancy stuff and it would be just the Bible. Their idea...
  • The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    11/06/2015 4:31:36 AM PST · by rwa265 · 8 replies
    Orthodox Church of America (OCA) ^ | Undated | Unattributed
    The 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 Apostles, She helped...
  • Comparison: Russian Orthodox Eucharistic Discipline [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    11/04/2015 9:42:58 PM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 11-04-2015 | Gabriel Sanchez
    With Eucharistic discipline being on the forefront of many Catholics’ minds these days, I thought it might be helpful—for the sake of some perspective—to take a brief look at the normative prescribed practice of the Russian Orthodox Church and her heirs. Although the Orthodox do not embrace a “clean distinction” between mortal and venial sin, serious sin has always been an impediment to receiving Holy Communion in the East. This is why those who regularly receive the Eucharist are encouraged, if not directed, to make frequent use of the sacrament of Confession and to spiritually prepare themselves in advance (more...
  • The Basilica of the Nativity: Restoration Reveals Beautiful Works of Art

    11/04/2015 8:25:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Bethlehem - for more than two years, one of the world's holiest churches has been undergoing restoration work. In this report, we would like to give a historical background about the wooden door and the mosaic covering the walls of the nave.The wooden doorsFrom the humility door, heads of believers and visitors bow down in reverence to the child in the manger. Just in front of the door, we face tall wooden doors that separate the narthex and the nave, covered through the centuries by layers of dust and smoke coming up from oil lamps. Now, the restoration comes and...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Reject Bill that Would Permit Reconversion of Christian Children

    11/04/2015 5:58:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    In a 131-57 vote, Iraq's parliament has rejected a bill that would have permitted children of Christian converts to Islam to become Christians again, according to an AsiaNews report. Under Iraqi law, if one parent converts to Islam, all of the children automatically become Muslim. The bill would have permitted Christian children in this situation to reconvert to Christianity at the age of 18, as was once permitted in Iraq and still is permitted in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
  • The “Other” Lost Scriptures (Beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls, Slavonic texts break all the rules)

    11/03/2015 2:52:20 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 3, 2015 | PHILIP JENKINS
    We all know where priceless ancient manuscripts should be found: somewhere remote, preferably a desert, and we need a good hiding place; caves are perfect. In terms of creating a stereotype, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the model case, followed by the ancient Christian and Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi, in Egypt, around the same time. Yet one of the greatest such discoveries in modern times broke all those rules, which might explain why it remains so thoroughly unknown outside quite a narrow specialist world. And we still are only beginning to come to terms with the implications.The...
  • Religious pilgrims world over venture deep into Alaska forest to honor Russian Orthodox saint

    11/03/2015 12:52:49 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 79 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 22 October 2015 08.19 EDT | Ryan Schuessler
    'It's a whole other world': religious pilgrims venture deep into Alaska forest Pilgrims from as far as Russia descend up the small town of Kodiak to honor a Russian Orthodox saint who lived and died in the archipelago centuries ago Celeste Englehardt has traveled all over the world to pray. A Russian Orthodox Christian from Washington, DC’s Virginia suburbs, Englehardt’s faith has taken her to Jerusalem, Ukraine, Moldova – even to the ruins of ancient Orthodox monasteries in Ireland. And now an island in Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago is among the holy sites she has visited. “Sometimes you can’t describe things,”...
  • Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage"

    11/01/2015 6:14:58 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 29 October AD 2015 | Metropolitan JOSEPH
    Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage" Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America October 29, 2015 Christ is in our Midst! At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity.< Prologue The holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and the nourishing and substantive meat of spiritual guidance, encouragement, discipline, and reproof, so that Her children may flourish "in the fatherly adoption." Ours is a Christian...
  • Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage"

    11/01/2015 9:50:30 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese ^ | 10-29-2015 | Metropolitan Joseph
    AntiochianOrthodox Christian Archdiocese of North AmericaOctober 29, 2015 Christ is in our Midst!At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity. PrologueThe holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and the nourishing and substantive meat of spiritual guidance, encouragement, discipline, and reproof, so that Her children may flourish "in the fatherly adoption." Ours is a Christian culture with all of the components of instruction and guidance, so...
  • A Night For The Bride to Be with The KING and GROOM

    10/31/2015 5:41:31 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit ,bible, Jesus
    Last night as we entered into worship as one heart and one Bride, The 7 candlesticks were lit on the communion table with a Star of David illuminated by the candle light . We entered into a flowing free worship and praise and then the spirit began to speak through many of us throughout the night I am going to share the words I captured to help understand all that blossomed. . . Do you see my children I AM wooing "you" for you are more than just my sheep, you are my heart's desire and (as you come together...
  • Love Without Rules

    10/31/2015 5:32:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-31-2015 | Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan
    The Pied Piper of Hamelin Not long ago on Facebook an argument broke out about what is at first glance an innocent object—namely, an apple. After my operation I was unable to move around, and I decided to spend the wealth that had suddenly fallen into my lap—free time—on a Facebook discussion. This was on the eve of the feast of the Transfiguration, and I and two other priests were arguing on the theme of whether or not this fruit can be eaten before it has been blessed by the Church on the feast day poetically called by our...
  • Redemption and Salvation in the Book of Tobit

    10/30/2015 6:26:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    Fr. John Peck ^ | 10-30-2015 | Fr. John Peck
    Redemption and Salvation in the Book of Tobit October 30, 2015 By Fr. John Peck A Sermon by Fr. John A. Peck The Book of Tobit is an astonishing book. It is a part of the Septuagint Old Testament, and therefore only in Orthodox and Roman Catholic Bibles. Until 1929, it was included in Protestant Bibles (in the section called “apocrypha” or “hidden things.” I don’t know why they thought it was hidden.) It is a very Christian book. Most of you probably have never read it, so let me summarize.In a nutshell, it’s about a man named Tobit, and...
  • Turkey: Christian Leaders Publish ‘Basic Principles of Christianity’ for Muslim Readers

    10/29/2015 4:28:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant leaders in Turkey gathered at the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul to announce the publication of Basic Principles of Christianity, a work written for a Muslim audience. "It is our duty to inform our Muslim brothers and sisters correctly about Christianity, whose presence in these lands goes back a long way," said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, according to a Turkish newspaper report. Istanbul churches united on "Basic principles of Christianity" after 1,700 years (Today's Zaman)
  • Western Countries Stop Identifying Themselves with Christian Tradition - Patriarch Kirill

    10/29/2015 4:17:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/29/15
    Moscow, October 29, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he believes that Christian moral values in Western society have become secondary in a situation of the abundance of migrants who belong to a different religion. "Radical changes in spiritual life occurred in the West in the past few years. Western countries have stopped identifying themselves with the Christian tradition. On the basis of the fact that not only Christians now live in the West, they have gone to the idea of society in which Christian moral values should not dominate," the patriarch said during a meeting...
  • Patriarch Kirill consecrates Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) as bishop (Devotional)

    10/27/2015 2:58:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-27-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the consecration of Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of the Russian Orthodox Church