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  • Why Iraq Wasn't What I Thought

    05/02/2016 9:53:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/1/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, May 1, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly. With a cockeyed arm he points to three smaller scars that decorate the left side of his misshaped abdomen, marking the times he was shot when ISIS opened fire on his car last year. I stand in the dust surrounded by rows of boxy prefab trailers listening to his story. I focus on the scar marking where the bullet that landed just centimeters below his...
  • Flames consume 150-year-old Manhattan church on its Orthodox worshippers’ Easter Sunday

    05/02/2016 7:17:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-02-2016 | enny Starrs
    Father Djokan Majstorovic tried to push closer and closer to his church, to no avail. The corner of Manhattan’s W. 25 St. and Broadway was cordoned off and swarming with firefighters. “I feel like I’m in a nightmare right now,” Father Majstorovic said to the AP. Mere hours earlier on May 1, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava had been packed with worshippers celebrating Easter Sunday. Now, the 150-year-old church is a smoldering, skeletal remain of its past self. Just before 7 p.m., smoke could be seen creeping out of the historic church’s gray roof. Within an hour it...
  • Bright Week and the 40 Days of Easter

    05/02/2016 7:03:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Ad Orientem ^ | 04-21-2016 | Ad Orientem
    The icon for Bright Monday Bright Week and the forty days of Pascha (Easter) are a period of celebration as we rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In recognition of this we observe certain customs, and relax various disciplines as an expression of this joy. To whit there is no fasting until the second Wednesday following Pascha.  Penitential disciplines of any kind are a no no during Bright Week as we are feasting with the Bridegroom. This is true even in monasteries. While monastics will keep their abstinence from meat, they too will be feasting on fish, cheeses...
  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:01:41 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 16 replies
    http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/sermon.htm ^ | 4th Century AD | +John Chrysostomos
    If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward. If any have laboured from the first hour, let him receive today his rightful due. If any have come after the third, let him celebrate the feast with thankfulness. If any have come after the sixth, let him not be in doubt, for he will suffer no loss. If any have delayed...
  • Knocking Down the Gates of Hell

    04/30/2016 5:25:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 04-30-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Swedish Lutheran theologian, Gustav Aulen, publish a seminal work on types of atonement theory in 1930 (Christus Victor). Though time and critique have suggested many subtler treatments of the question, no one has really improved on his insight. Especially valuable was description of the “Classic View” of the atonement. This imagery, very dominant in the writings of the early Fathers and in the liturgical life of the Eastern Church, focused on the atonement as an act of invasion, smashing of gates and bonds, and the setting free of those bound in hell. Aulen clearly preferred this imagery and is...
  • The Miracle of the Holy Fire 2016 (Devotional)

    04/30/2016 4:57:21 PM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 04-30-2016 | Jerusalem Patriarchate
    Video coverage of the miracle of the Holy Fire that recurs annually on Great & Holy Saturday (the eve of Easter) in the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
  • Great & Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

    04/30/2016 6:17:09 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Fr. Peter Orfanakos
    Friday night, the Matins for Holy Saturday are served. This service contains the “Lamentations (also “Praises”) of the Mother of God” over her crucified Son, taken down from the Cross and laid in the tomb. Thou who art the Life wast laid in a tomb, O Christ; and the hosts of angels were amazed and glorified Thy self-abasement.O Life, how canst Thou die? How canst Thou dwell in a tomb? Yet Thou dost destroy death’s kingdom and raise the dead from hell. From the “Lamentations” Burial of Christ. Source: webphoto.ro      On Saturday Morning, The Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Saturday

    04/30/2016 6:06:33 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    Taking the Savior down from the cross. Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. Photo: Anton Pospelov/Pravoslavie.ru Of all the days the Holy and Great Forty Day Fast is the most distinguished, but more than the Holy Forty Day Fast the Holy and Great Passion Week is exalted, and more than the days of Holy Week Great and Holy Saturday is the most exalted. This week is called great not because these days or hours are more exalted but because the great, portentous and extraordinary deeds of our Savior were accomplished during this week, but especially on this day. Yet,...
  • At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban

    04/30/2016 12:34:25 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | LifeSiteNews
    Wed Apr 27, 2016 - 6:43 pm EST At Easter services, Russian Orthodox Church aims to collect 1 million names backing abortion ban MOSCOW, April 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- To celebrate the holiest holiday of the year this Sunday, the Russian Orthodox Church plans to circulate a petition calling for a ban on abortions in the nation. The pro-life Easter petition drive is expected to garner more than one million signatures in Russia. With Orthodox Easter, also known as Pascha, approaching, millions of believers -- many for the only time this year -- will be packing Russia's churches, celebrating the...
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 8:14:51 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 6 replies
    This will be chanted tonight across the Orthodox World. I expect all Orthodox Christians will agree that tonight's service is the most emotionally gut wrenching of the year. These chants are the lamentations of the Most Holy Theotokos at the crucifixion, death and entombment of her Son. Imagine what it must have been like for her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttXyYzXKLUQ
  • Scenes from the Services for Great Friday in Russia

    04/29/2016 7:59:52 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | Russian Orthodox Church
    Some scenes from the services for Great & Holy (Good) Friday in Russia.
  • The 15th Antiphon from Great & Holy Friday Matins (Chant)

    04/29/2016 7:50:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01-25-2016 | Archbishop Job
    Archbishop Job of blessed memory chants the 15th antiphon from the services for Great & Holy Friday. I have always found this rather haunting in its beauty.
  • What Christ Accomplished on the Cross

    04/29/2016 7:42:23 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 03-04-2004 | Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)
    A talk delivered at the Annual Lenten Clergy Confession of the New Gracanica Metropolitanate and the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Jackson, California, March 4/17, 2004.      The topic of today’s talk—what Christ accomplished on the Cross—is of course a prime subject of contemplation during the Lenten season, as we prepare to prayerfully commemorate Christ’s passion, death, and the inevitable consequence of His death: His holy Resurrection. As we call to mind and repent of our sins during the Holy Fast, we also call to mind that which has saved us from the eternal consequences of sin....
  • The Synaxarion for Great & Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 7:28:55 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ - the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nailing, the lance, and above all, the Crucifixion and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sakes - and also the saving confession of the grateful thief upon the cross. After our Lord Jesus Christ was sold for thirty pieces of silver and was...
  • Catholics Join Forces with Russian Orthodox to Rebuild Churches in Syria

    04/29/2016 5:33:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Project is the 'first concrete outcome' of the Pope's meeting with Patriarch KirillRussia’s Catholic Church has launched a joint project with Russian Orthodox leaders to rebuild churches and monasteries destroyed during the war in Syria. Mgr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the Russian bishops’ conference, said the project should be viewed as the “first concrete outcome” of Pope Francis’s February meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The official also said the move did not indicate support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. “While we’ve been in contact with the Assad government, this isn’t a political matter,” he...
  • Three-Fourths of Russians do not Observe the Great Lent, but Plan to Celebrate Easter

    04/29/2016 5:28:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/29/14
    Moscow, April 29, Interfax - Most of Russians (75% in general and 72% of those who call themselves Orthodox believers) did not have any special diet during the Great Lent, which this year ends on April 30, the Lavada-Center told Interfax. During the poll held on April 22-25 among 1600 people in 137 cities and towns of Russia it cleared out that eight per cent of Russians in general and nine per cent of Orthodox believers were going to observe fast during the last week before Easter. Another 14% of respondents (16% of Orthodox believers) observe fast partially (for example...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 12:02:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On this day, Holy and Great Thursday, according to the order which our Holy Fathers inherited from the Holy Apostles, and the Holy Gospels, we celebrate four events: the Holy Washing of the Disciples' feet, the Mystical Supper (the institution of the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, which we celebrate to this day), the Lord's Agony in the Garden, and His Betrayal. On the morrow, Friday, the Passover sacrifice of the Hebrews was intended to take place, namely the slaughter of the lamb reared for this purpose. On that same Friday, the Truth was intended to follow the old type....
  • A Homily Holy Wednesday: “Deliver me from the filth of my works”

    04/28/2016 11:54:43 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-07-2016 | Fr. Seraphim Holland
         Brothers and sisters this is the last Presanctified Liturgy for the year. We won’t have another one until Great Lent begins again if God grants us life next year. Today we commemorate the woman who anointed the Lord, preparing Him for His burial, and also Judas who betrayed the Lord. One was receiving her salvation because of her gratitude, and the other was finding perdition because of his addiction to sin, causing him to lose his mind, so that he would actually kill his friend, mentor, teacher, and God. There is a constant interplay between these people in...
  • The Foot-Washing Rite for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 11:17:03 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-28-2016 | Russ
    Scenes from the the rite for the washing of feet on Great & Holy Thursday in Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • On the Great and Holy Council - Fr Theodoros Zisis (part 4) (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    04/28/2016 8:22:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-26-2016 | Fr Theodoros Zisis
    The latest installment of Fr. Theodoros' excellent commentaries on the forthcoming Great & Holy Council.
  • The Copts Return to Jerusalem

    04/27/2016 6:36:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/26/16
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Palm Sunday, celebrated the day before yesterday by the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, saw an exponential increase of Egyptian Coptic pilgrims who have come to celebrate the rites of Holy Week in Jerusalem. According to the Egyptian media, in the current year already at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have reached the Holy City, an increase of more than a thousand units compared to the Coptic pilgrims who had carried out a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. The growing presence of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox in the Holy City marks...
  • Some Common Misperceptions About the Date of Pascha/Easter

    04/26/2016 6:41:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Public Orthodoxy ^ | 4/25/16 | John Fotopoulos
    There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the Orthodox must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha can occur. Despite this view being held by so many Orthodox Christians as well as being promoted in popular essays written by some Orthodox priests, it is not accurate. The reason why...
  • Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos repond to documents prepared for Pan-Orthodox Council

    04/26/2016 5:22:22 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-25-2016 | Staff
         The Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos have responded to the draft documents and methodology of the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council with letters sent to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos which have been released to the public. The documents prepared for the upcoming council were sent to the monasteries of Mt. Athos by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and upon reviewing of the documents it was decided to hold a specially called meeting of the representative and abbots of the twenty monasteries, scheduled to take place after Bright Week. As have several hierarchs, priests, and theologians especially from the Churches...
  • Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:15:30 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-24-2016 | Archimdrite Kirill (Pavlov)
    Holy Tuesday: the parable of the ten virgins. Modern Greek fresco. On Monday evening, Jesus Christ also tarried in Bethany, and on Tuesday morning he again came to the temple in Jerusalem and taught much in the both inside and outside the temple (Mt. 21:1). The high priests and elders heard His parables and understood that He was talking about them, and so they tried to catch Him and kill Him. However, they were afraid to take Him openly because the people revered Him as a prophet (Mt. 21:46), and were astonished at His doctrine (Mk. 11:18), and heard Him...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:11:11 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Tuesday, we commemorate the parable of the ten virgins, because the Lord related this parable to His disciples as He was going toward Jerusalem to His Holy Passion.He told the parable of the ten virgins to call attention to almsgiving, at the same time teaching that every man must be ready before the end comes. He had spoken many times to them about chastity. Virginity is held in great honor, because it is indeed a great thing. Yet, lest anyone, while practicing this one virtue, neglect the others, and particularly love, by which the lamp of...
  • Orthodox Holy Week: An Explanation

    04/25/2016 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2001 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The services of theHoly Week Lazarus SaturdayPalm SundayHoly and Great MondayHoly and Great TuesdayHoly and Great WednesdayHoly and Great ThursdayHoly and Great FridayHoly and Great Saturday Pascha Great Miracle on Orthodox Easter— the Holy Fire in Jerusalem:   Introduction AS WE APPROACH the solemn days of Holy Week, we bring to mind how our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed and seized, tortured and crucified, died and was buried, and arose from the dead. The services of Holy Week beginning with Lazarus Saturday, show us in symbols, readings and chants the account of our Savior's love and sacrifice "unto death, even the death...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Monday

    04/25/2016 6:11:36 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Monday we commemorate the blessed Joseph the All-comely and also the withered fig tree. Inasmuch as the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ has its beginning on this day, and as Joseph is regarded as an image of Christ from former times, he is thus set forth here. Joseph was the son of the Patriarch Jacob, born to him by Rachel. Being envied by his brethren on account of certain of his dreams, he was first concealed in a dug-out pit, and his father was tricked by a bloody garment and the deceit of his children...
  • Signatures for Banning Abortions to be Collected in Russian Churches

    04/25/2016 5:31:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/25/16
    Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Signatures for the legal protection of life from the moment of conception and for banning abortions to be held on April 30, on the Easter eve, in churches of Russia. "Signatures will be collected with the blessing of the spiritual guide of His Holiness the patriarch elder Eli (Nozdrin)," press service of the For Life Movement told Interfax-Religion. Organizers expect to collect several thousand signatures at each parish: on the Easter eve churches will be full of believers who come to bless Easter cakes and eggs. "By now, we have collected 200,000 signatures, our objective...
  • Homily on Palm Sunday by St. Gregory Palamas

    04/24/2016 8:00:03 AM PDT · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 04-24-2016 | St. Gregory Palamas
         In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee, said God through Isaiah (Is. 49:8). It is good today to speak these words of the apostle to your charity: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us work the works of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day (Rom. 13:12-13). The commemoration of Christ’s saving passion is at hand, and the new, great spiritual Passover, which is...
  • Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday

    04/24/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 04-24-2016 | OCA
    Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves...
  • I was in Hell: Huw Raphael on What It Was Like to Be Affirmed in Homosexuality

    04/23/2016 6:37:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    Touchstone ^ | Huw Raphael
    ...I stand by those words of Fr. Seraphim. This Hell is being driven by one’s hormones and knowing that to deny them is “unhealthy.” Hell is being driven by one’s desires and fantasies and knowing that to deny them is to deny the only joy there is, the joy that defines your whole being. Hell is a fine San Francisco morning standing trapped in your bedroom while an orgy takes place in the hallway outside. Hell is a foggy San Francisco afternoon standing in a room full of men involved in various actions with each other—and somewhere a voice tells...
  • Chalcedonian vs Non-Chalcedonian Orthodoxy (A somewhat meaty exchange)

    04/22/2016 11:08:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy ^ | 04-12-2016 | Nicholas Marinides & Mina Soliman
    The title of this essay may startle many who assume that union of the Orthodox with the Non-Chalcedonians (the historic Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, West Syrian (Syriac/Jacobite), Armenian, and Indian (Malankara) churches) is imminent. Such an assumption is due to ignorance among many Anglophone Orthodox of the criticism to which eminent Orthodox theologians in other countries have subjected the dialogue between the Orthodox and Non-Chalcedonians. This ignorance is not the fault of the many simple believers and parish clergy who have received the idea of reunion between long-separated brethren with sincere and innocent joy. It is due rather to the dearth...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Compares Europe with the Atheistic Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 7:00:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/19/16
    Moscow, April 19, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk draws a parallel between the USSR and present-day Europe. "It is surprising that today Russian and European civilizations have exchanged their roles in a certain sense. The Soviet Union was the country of the official state atheism, while all of us perceived the West as the Christian region," the hierarch said on air of his program Church and the World on Rossiya 24 television. According to him, now it is quite the contrary: faith and the Church are revived in Russia, new...
  • Memory Eternal! +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 – 2016

    04/18/2016 5:37:59 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 18 April A.D. 2016 | Metropolitan Joseph
    +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 – 2016 It was with great sadness that we learned of the falling asleep in our Lord Jesus Christ of His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou) on Sunday April 17th, 2016. I was personally blessed to know Metropolitan Constantine during my time in Damascus, and I can certainly testify to his holiness, and prayerfulness. It can truly be said that he was a man of God. Metropolitan Constantine was born in 1924 in Damascus, Syria where he was educated in the city's parochial schools. Desirous of entering upon an ecclesiastical career, His Eminence was blessed to study...
  • ROCOR HOLY SYNOD on Pan-Orthodox Council Texts

    04/18/2016 8:00:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    ROCOR HOLY SYNOD ^ | 04-13-2016 | Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
         To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics and Pious Faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! In light of the welcome publication of the documents to be considered by the forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council, scheduled to take place on Crete from 16-27 June 2016, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has undertaken to examine these texts, together with a multitude of other Hierarchs, clergy and laity who are doing the same as preparations for the Council continue, and...
  • Russian Orthodox Church - The Great Revival [Ecumenical]

    04/14/2016 5:00:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-14-2016 | Orthodox Church
    A video tribute to the revival of the Church in Russia after a century of bloody persecution.
  • Russian Aerospace Defence Forces Help Liberate Christian Town in Syria

    04/12/2016 7:20:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Al Qaryatayn (Syria), April 11, Interfax - The Russian Defense Ministry reports it has realized a unique operation on liberating Syrian town Al Qaryatayn populated by Christians from terrorist band Islamic State (banned in Russia). "From April 1 to April 3, Syrian governmental troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces carried out a unique operation on liberating Al Qaryatayn from ISIL militants," the Russian Defense Ministry official major general Igor Konashenkov said. He told that at the first stage divisions of the Syrian Army blocked all the roads leading to the town, then the attack started. The operation is...
  • The Christian Militia Fighting IS

    04/12/2016 7:16:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/11/16 | Owen Bennett-Jones
    A group of Christians in Iraq have formed their own militia to protect people from the so-called Islamic State group. The leader of the Babylon Brigade says they were left with no choice but to take up arms when IS fighters targeted Christians. There's a striking picture on the wall. It shows an untarmacked road, scorched by sunlight, leading to a small village with a mountain range behind it. And all along the side of the road there are crosses every 100m - taller even than lamp posts. "Christian village," a guard mumbles. "Near Mosul." We are in the Baghdad...
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan Funds Holy Sepulchre Restoration Work

    04/11/2016 5:56:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/11/16 | Giorgio Bernadelli
    The Muslim sovereign has sent a donation to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem as a contribution towards the costs. This is another of the Jordanian royal family's expressions of support to Christians. It is also a political move that aims to underline Amman's prerogatives over Jerusalem"His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide for the restoration of Jesus' Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, at His Majesty's personal expense." The news was announced by Jordanian press agency Petra, which says that the Hashemite Court sent an official letter to the...
  • Russian Deputies Become the First Pilgrims in Syria's Maaloula

    04/11/2016 8:38:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Maaloula, April 11, Interfax - Russian parliamentarians visited the Syrian city of Maaloula. "This is the first time we can come to this city as pilgrims," Federation Council member Dmitry Sablin told Interfax on Monday. He is a member of the Russian parliamentary delegation, which also consists of State Duma deputies Alexander Yushchenko and Sergey Gavrilov. The parliamentarians visited the Thekla Monastery, which had been damaged and desecrated by the terrorists. "It is hard to describe what we have seen here. The holy places are destroyed, and the churches are burned by fires. A fire was deliberately started at the...
  • Russian, Catholic Churches to Make List of Destroyed Churches in Syria

    04/10/2016 5:50:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | 4/10/16 | Interfax
    The Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church will join efforts to help restore Christian shrines in Syria, the External Relations Department of the Russian Orthodox Church said on April 9. "The need to make a detailed list of Christian shrines - churches and monasteries - which were destroyed and damaged during the Syrian war, and the strengthening of the joint Christian witnessing of the Syrian tragedy were recognized as one of top near-term priorities," the Russian Church said on its website on Saturday after a joint delegation of both Churches travelled to Syria and Lebanon. The delegation included Archbishop...
  • Pope, Ecumenical Patriarch and Greek Church head to visit refugees on Lesbos

    04/06/2016 2:56:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    The Sofia Globe ^ | 04-06-2016 | Staff
    Plans are for Roman Catholic church head Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartolomeos and the head of the Greek Church, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymus, together to visit refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. This emerged after a meeting on April 5 of the Holy Synod, the governing body of the Church of Greece, over which Hieronymus presided. Hieronymus told the Synod that Pope Francis had expressed a desire to visit Greece, to build awareness among the international community of the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the wider Mediterranean area and in the Middle East...
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Orthodox Three Bar (eight-pointed) Cross

    04/03/2016 12:08:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    AORORR ^ | Archive of Russian Old Ritualist Resources
    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 from...
  • Russian Orthodox Service of the Veneration of the Holy Cross (3rd Sunday of Lent)

    04/03/2016 11:51:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | Russian Orthodox Church
    The service of the Veneration of the Holy Cross for the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent in Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • Homily on the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent: The Veneration of the Holy Cross

    04/03/2016 11:44:30 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
    St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Mk. 8:34), said the Lord to his disciples, calling them unto Him, as we heard today in the Gospels. Dear brothers and sisters! We too are disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, because we are Christians. We too are called unto the Lord, to this holy temple, to hear His teaching. We stand before the face of the Lord. His gaze is directed at us. Our souls are laid bare before Him; our secret thoughts and hidden feelings are...
  • Can There Have Been Two Annunciations?

    04/03/2016 11:21:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 2, 2016 | Ralph Sidway
    In addition to being Good Friday for Western Christians, last Friday was March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, recounted in the Gospel according to Luke (1:24-38). This event is pivotal, marking the beginning of the Incarnation and God’s plan of salvation. From Luke’s Gospel: Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said...
  • Recognition of Heterodox Baptism as the Basis for a New Ecclesiology (In Step with Vatican II)

    04/01/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-01-2016 | Fr. Peter Heers
    A paper delivered at the Theological-Academic Conference "The Great and Holy Council: Great Preparation without Expectations," March 23, 2016 in Piraeus, Greece      With the push for a pan-Orthodox acceptance of the Pre-Synodical text, “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World,” a century long process of distortion of Orthodox ecclesiology is coming to fruition. Insomuch as the Pan-Orthodox Council accepts the erroneous teaching that heretical ministrations are mysteries of the One Church, so much so will it acquiesce to the adoption of a new ecclesiology. In this lecture, in the brief time allotted me, my...
  • On the Great and Holy Council (Orthodox Caucus)

    03/31/2016 5:15:46 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Fr Theodoros Zisis
    A series of video commentaries on the forthcoming Great & Holy Council of the Orthodox Church by Fr Theodoros Zisis, Professor Emeritus of Patrology and former chair of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Fr. Theodore speaks in Greek but the videos are subtitled in English.
  • World Summit of Christian Leaders to Gather in Moscow in October to Support Persecuted Christians

    03/30/2016 6:15:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/30/16
    Moscow, March 30, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will hold a World Summit of Christian Leaders in Moscow, on October 28-30, in support of persecuted Christians. The forum is expected to gather about a thousand delegates from 150 countries, a spokesperson for the Russian Orthodox Church said. "The reason for conducting such a large-scale event are the mass persecutions, unprecedented in contemporary history, of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and other world regions, comparable to the persecution of Christians in the early centuries and mass repressions by atheist authorities in the...
  • Numerous Churches Among Among Expropriated Properties in Turkey

    03/28/2016 4:22:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | 03-28-2016 | Staff
    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (A.W.)—A list of lands and buildings in Diyarbakir’s Sur district—including the Surp Giragos Armenian Apostolic and the Armenian Catholic Churches—have been expropriated by the Turkish government, according to reports. Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos reported that an “urgent expropriation” cabinet decision was taken regarding 6,300 plots of land, citing the March 25 issue of the Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey (T.C. Resmi Gazete), the country’s official journal that publishes new legislation and official announcements. Based on the report, the Surp Sarkis Chaldean Church, Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church, and the city’s Protestant church have also been expropriated. Diyarbakir...