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  • St. John Chrysostom's Homily for the Feast of the Theophany (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/06/2012 11:14:20 AM PST · by rzman21 · 6 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | St. John Chrysostom
    Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople Discourse On the Day of the Baptism of Christ We shall now say something about the present feast. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, that the present feast is called Theophany -- everyone knows; but what this is -- Theophany, and whether it be one thing or another, they know not. And this is shameful -- every year to celebrate the feastday and not know its reason. First of all therefore, it is necessary to say that there...
  • Orthodoxy and Imputed Righteousness (Ecumenical)

    01/05/2012 9:34:46 AM PST · by rzman21 · 15 replies
    In a couple of earlier podcasts, I talked about the Western notion of contractual salvation versus the Eastern concept of salvation by love. That discussion touched on the popular topic of imputed righteousness in a sort of tangential way. But recently, a number of folks have emailed me, asking me to hit the issue more head-on. Since this is a topic dear to the hearts of people in the Protestant Evangelical world, and since I have seen more than one inquirer into Orthodoxy get hung up on it, I have decided to oblige. Over the next few podcasts, we are...
  • To love one another, all that believe have to come together first!

    01/05/2012 5:29:08 AM PST · by jesus4life · 34 replies
    Bible and Faith | GOD-inspired
    PRAISE GOD in and THROUGH ALL THINGS! May all of us that believe that are in different denominations know that it's time for us to come together and love one another. As we are all brothers and sisters. This is what GOD wants for us. Always love the LORD with all our hearts and love our neighbor. Once we do this, then loving non-believers and our " enemies", will be a walk in the park!! Please pray the LORD's PRAYER and please read:
  • Pray the Coptic Liturgy of the Hours In Solidarity with the Copts (The Ninth Hour)(Ecumenical)

    01/04/2012 10:53:51 AM PST · by rzman21 · 8 replies
    Agpeya.com ^ | The Coptic Church
    9th Hour - None INTRODUCTION TO EVERY HOUR [top] In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Kyrie eleison. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord bless us. Amen. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen. THE LORD'S PRAYER [top] Make us worthy to pray thankfully: Our Father Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our...
  • The Church Fathers and the Old Testament Canon (Ecumenical)

    01/03/2012 10:30:00 PM PST · by rzman21 · 12 replies
    Did Some Church Fathers Reject the Deuterocanonicals as Scripture? A look at Origen, St. Athanasius, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Hilary of Poitiers, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzen, Rufinus, St. Gregory the Great, St. John Damascene and St. Jerome By Matt1618 Introduction Background and Overview Protestant Apologists on the Fathers But Didnt the Jews Decide the Canon? A Look at the Fathers Origen, [185-253/254 A.D] St. Athanasius [295-373 A.D.] St.Cyril of Jerusalem, [315-386 A.D.] St. Hilary of Poitiers, [315-367/368 A.D.] St. Basil the Great, [330-379 A.D.] St. Gregory Nazianzen, [330-389 A.D.] Rufinus, [345-410 A.D.] St. Gregory the Great,...
  • Why Orthodox Christians Prefer the Septuagint (Ecumenical)

    01/03/2012 5:58:04 PM PST · by rzman21 · 13 replies
    Why Orthodox Christians Prefer the Septuagint Third Edition By Metropolitan Ephraim Preface All told, there are some 300 textual differences between the Masoretic and the Septuagint texts, some of them important and some of them insignificant. These articles will explain why Orthodox Christians prefer the Septuagint, despite some admittedly beautiful and eloquent passages found in the Masoretic text. The articles by Metropolitan Ephraim were originally published on the internet in the Spring of 2009, and they appear here in a slightly edited and augmented form. ONE - HONOR THE PHYSICIAN In the Wisdom of Sirach, it says: Honor the physician...
  • The Apostles and the Priesthood ~ Part 2 [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    01/03/2012 5:57:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    OpusAngelorum.org ^ | 2009 | OpusAngelorum.org
    The Apostles and the Priesthood ~ Part 2 In the last Circular Letter, we began our meditation on the priesthood, giving particular attention to the Apostles upon whom the Church is founded. These great men and their successors serve down through the centuries as our bridge to the living Jesus. Through the Sacraments which they administer to us, Jesus, God-among-us, is made present in His Person and action. It is Jesus working in and through the priest who forgives our sins and nourishes our souls with His Body and Blood. Through the priest, Jesus consoles us with His word...
  • Decree of The Seventh Ecumenical Council Against the Iconoclast Heretics (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/03/2012 3:06:26 PM PST · by rzman21 · 16 replies
    New Advent ^ | 787 A.D. | Second Council of Nicaea
    Extracts from the Acts Session 1 (Labbe and Cossart, Concilia, Tom. VII., col. 53.) [Certain bishops who had been led astray by the Iconoclasts came, asking to be received back. The first of these was Basil of Ancyra.] The bishop Basil of Ancyra read as follows from a book: Inasmuch as ecclesiastical legislation has canonically been handed down from past time, even from the beginning from the holy Apostles, and from their successors, who were our holy fathers and teachers, and also from the six holy and ecumenical synods, and from the local synods which were gathered in the interests...
  • Requiem for the Third See of Christendom

    01/03/2012 11:32:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Robert Spencer
    Egypt today is the site of a persecution of the Church on a scale unseen in Western Europe since the darkest days of the French Revolution; the Coptic Church is fighting for its life under vicious and escalating attacks from Muslims. A Muslim Brotherhood government is coming to power that promises to be more hostile. Yet in these dark days the Copts enjoy little support from Catholics who often only dimly understand the great debt we owe to the Church of Alexandria. It was not ever thus. The Patriarch of Alexandria was once the third most-powerful prelate in the Church,...
  • Musings on Theosis (Divinization) (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 9:59:05 PM PST · by rzman21 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Musings on Theosis (Divinization) Musings on Theosis or Divinization: "God became man so that man might become a god" The Early Church had many battles with those who deny Jesus' divinity. Because they defended His divinity they had the chance to meditate on what it means for the Logos to become man. One of the great riches that came from their meditations was the teaching that "God became man so that man might become a god." (cf. St. Athanasius, De Incarnatione or On the Incarnation 54:3, PG 25:192B; also Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 460) This may sound weird...
  • Christmas in Jail, on Mount Athos

    01/02/2012 7:19:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 12/2/11 | Sandro Magister
    Under arrest in Greece, the abbot of the most important monastery of the holy mountain. The patriarch of Moscow calls for his release. The patriarch of Constantinople is silent. The rivalry between the two rekindled by the voyage in Russia of a relic of the Virgin MaryROME, January 2, 2012 A bitter Christmas on Mount Athos. Regular readers of www.chiesa are familiar with the holy mountain, since every year, on Pentecost, this site presents this account: Pentecost on Mount AthosThey know that on Mount Athos, in the Great Lavra, the relic of the belt of the Virgin Mary is...
  • Life of Blessed St. Xenia of St. Petersburg (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 12:54:18 PM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies
    Life Of St. Blessed Xenia of Petersburg Compiled By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes Boise, Idaho USA February 26 2002 Icon Of St. Xenia Of Petersburg, Helping To Build A Church Introduction by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes God Bless You! Humbly I am presenting to you the "Life of St. Xenia" (Xenia Grigorievna Petrova) known as the Fool-for- Christ's sake, and a Wonderworker, who is still known among the God loving faithful as St. Blessed Mother Xenia of Petersburg, Russia. The following life of St. Xenia was written for children, and even parents can read this life to their beloved children. It would...
  • Repentance and Confession -- Introduction (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 12:13:42 PM PST · by rzman21 · 26 replies
    Repentance and Confession - Introduction Confession is in decline and repentance is misappre­hended. The decline and the misapprehension cannot be easily qualified, but they are unmistakable at least inasmuch as they are considered to be no more than incidental prac­tices in the life of the Church today. The "traditional" way of thinking of sin and forgiveness has collapsed among a growing number of Christians. Nothing less than a theo­logical and pastoral renewal is necessary in order to redis­cover the living meaning of repentance and confession. The degeneration is often attributed to secularization. Yet secularization should not be seen, in a...
  • John Paul II Apostolic Letter (Orientale Lumen) The Light of the East (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 7:52:24 AM PST · by rzman21 · 1 replies
    APOSTOLIC LETTER ORIENTALE LUMEN OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF ORIENTALIUM DIGNITAS OF POPE LEO XIII Venerable Brothers, Dear Sons and Daughters of the Church 1. The light of the East has illumined the universal Church, from the moment when "a rising sun" appeared above us (Lk 1:78): Jesus Christ, our Lord, whom all Christians invoke as the Redeemer of man and the hope of the world. That light inspired my predecessor Pope Leo XIII to write the Apostolic Letter Orientalium Dignitas in which he sought to safeguard...
  • Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History Volume 4 (2nd Century) (Ecumenical)

    01/01/2012 10:23:35 PM PST · by rzman21 · 23 replies
    New Advent ^ | Eusebius of Caesarea
    Home Encyclopedia Summa Fathers Bible Library A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Home > Fathers of the Church > Church History (Eusebius) > Book IV Church History (Book IV) GET THE CHURCH FATHERS ON CD-ROM This entire website is available on CD-ROM. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more... SALE: 20% off if you buy now... FREE Shipping Worldwide... Click here... Chapter 1. The Bishops of Rome and of Alexandria during the Reign of Trajan. 1. About...
  • The St. Benedict Medal cured this sheepdog of a cruel wound

    01/01/2012 9:45:48 PM PST · by johngrace · 41 replies
    The Path Less Taken ^ | 9-27-2010 | Mary O'Reagan
    The St. Benedict Medal cured this sheepdog of a cruel wound It looked like my sheep dog had been attacked with a sword. There was a gaping wound on the side of her back and the skin was curling around it in grey cuffs. Thank God, no one called the animal rights activists! But how on earth had this happened? Later I found out that while my father had been cooking at the stove, our sheepdog Polly had darted at him, started rounding up his legs (like my Dad was a sheep) and Dad lost the grip on a pan...
  • Sacrificial Language in the Book of Romans

    01/01/2012 7:59:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Paredwka ^ | Fr. Benjamin Hardu
    To be Prosphora Romans 15:15-16, Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister [λειτουργόv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ἱερουργounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [προσφορά] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: λειτουργός - a public minister, a servant of the state a minister, servant - so of military labourers - of the temple + of one busied with holy things +...
  • Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History (4th C.) From the Ascension to the Jewish War in 60A.D.)

    01/01/2012 6:54:19 PM PST · by rzman21 · 30 replies
    New Advent ^ | Eusebius of Caesarea
    Home Encyclopedia Summa Fathers Bible Library A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Home > Fathers of the Church > Church History (Eusebius) > Book II Church History (Book II) GET THE CHURCH FATHERS ON CD-ROM This entire website is available on CD-ROM. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more... SALE: 20% off if you buy now... FREE Shipping Worldwide... Click here... Introduction. 1. We have discussed in the preceding book those subjects in ecclesiastical history which it...
  • The Sacrament of Holy Orders

    01/01/2012 3:02:56 PM PST · by rzman21 · 235 replies · 1+ views
    HomeAmharicFranćaisDeutschOriental Church MusicPhoto Gallery Discussion / ForumLinksCalendar CHAPTER 7 THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY ORDERS I. Definition. “Holy Orders” is the sacrament through which the clergy are ordained to celebrate the various church services. Some Protestants say that Christ did not distinguish anyone in His church, and that all the members are the same, and that there is no need for separating special persons as ministers. This is utterly wrong, because of the following reasons: (1) Christ set apart special persons as Apostles, and spent a whole night before choosing them. “And it came to pass in those days, that...
  • Christianity and the Challenge of Militant Secularism (Ecumenical)

    01/01/2012 11:47:11 AM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies
    http://hilarion.ru/en/2010/02/25/1044 ^ | Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev
    Christianity and the Challenge of Militant Secularism The glory of God is the living man. This dictum of St Ireneus encompasses the theological and anthropological vision of early Christianity, according to which there is an intrinsic and inseparable link between God and humanity. Man is considered to be the highest expression of Gods creative process, while God is regarded as the absolute value, the ultimate criterion of truth for all living creatures. Mans vocation is to be the glory of God, that is, to glorify God with his life, words and deeds. Being created after the image and likeness...
  • Prayer and monasticism in Orthodox tradition (Prayer and silence)

    01/01/2012 11:42:37 AM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies
    http://hilarion.ru/en/2010/02/25/1095 ^ | Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev
    PRAYER AND SILENCE When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask them.[1] These words of Christ may provoke the following question: what is the sense of praying if God knows beforehand what we actually need? In answering this...
  • Commonitory the Antiquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith

    12/30/2011 10:02:00 PM PST · by rzman21
    New Advent ^ | St. Vincent of Lerins
    Chapter 1. The Object of the Following Treatise. [1.] I, Peregrinus, who am the least of all the servants of God, remembering the admonition of Scripture, Ask your fathers and they will tell you, your elders and they will declare unto you, Deuteronomy 32:7 and again, Bow down your ear to the words of the wise, Proverbs 22:17 and once more, My son, forget not these instructions, but let your heart keep my words: Proverbs 3:1 remembering these admonitions, I say, I, Peregrinus, am persuaded, that, the Lord helping me, it will be of no little use and certainly as...
  • Which Came First: The Church or the New Testament?

    12/30/2011 7:07:29 PM PST · by rzman21 · 777 replies · 1+ views
    Orthodoxinfo.com ^ | by Fr. James Bernstein
    As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had been through reading the Gospels in the "forbidden book" called the New Testament, at age sixteen, that I had come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our promised Messiah. In my early years as a Christian, much of my religious education came from private Bible reading. By the time I entered college, I had a pocket-sized version of the whole Bible that was my constant companion. I would commit...
  • Reformed Reflections:Learning from the Church Fathers (2) Remember our Roots!

    12/30/2011 7:04:21 PM PST · by rzman21 · 3 replies
    Reformed Reflections Learning from the Church Fathers (2) Remember our Roots! If the Bible has ultimate authority in faith and practice, who has the right to interpret the Bible? This was the fundamental question the sixteenth-century Reformation period faced. The answer to that question divided the Reformers and continues to divide the church today. The Reformers turned to the past for answers. Today liberal Protestants want to sweep the past aside and start all over again. There is even gathering momentum for a "new Reformation." Since the "old Reformation" was based on the Bible, they believe the "new Reformation" needs...
  • Joint Declaration on Justification

    12/30/2011 5:53:46 PM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies
    JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church Preamble 1.The doctrine of justification was of central importance for the Lutheran Reformation of the sixteenth century. It was held to be the "first and chief article"[1] and at the same time the "ruler and judge over all other Christian doctrines."[2] The doctrine of justification was particularly asserted and defended in its Reformation shape and special valuation over against the Roman Catholic Church and theology of that time, which in turn asserted and defended a doctrine of justification of a different character. From the...
  • The Faith Of The Saints (Distinguishing True Faith from False Faith) (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2011 10:19:22 AM PST · by rzman21 · 7 replies
    His By Grace ^ | Ernest C. Reisinger
    The Faith Of The Saints Ernest C. Reisinger -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Taken from the book, "The Faith of The Saints, The Assurance Of The Saints, The Perseverance of The Saints" Published by Mt. Zion Publications) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just over four hundred years ago, in late October, a young Augustinian monk, professor of theology and pastor in Whittenburg, Germany, in the fire of his zeal for Christian truth, nailed 95 thesis to the door of the Castle Church. He had left the study of law and entered the priesthood, seeking to be justified before God. His name was Martin Luther. As a result of...
  • Two Medieval Jewish Thinkers on the Image of God (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2011 6:35:55 AM PST · by rzman21 · 22 replies
    Rabbi Leo Samuel's blog ^ | Rabbi Leo Samuel
    The concept of the Imago Dei ( “Image of God”) has fascinated Jewish thinkers since the time of Philo and Ben Sira. For now, we will focus only on two famous medieval thinkers: Saadia Gaon and Maimonides. Saadia points out in his philosophic classic that בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים (B’tse’lem ´élöhîm= “in the likeness of the Divine image”) is figurative language for God bestowing special honor unto humankind, which He did not confer unto the rest of Creation. This distinctiveness is visible in humanity’s ability to exert dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26). Among modern scholars, biblical theologian D. Clines clarifies the...
  • Orthodox Priests Fighting In Church of the Nativity A Personal Reflection (Cath Ortho Caucus)

    12/29/2011 2:04:56 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 28, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is sad and disturbing. More on that in a minute One of the more surprising, and personally saddest things I have encountered in my trips to the Holy Land, is the encounter with Orthodox clergy. While I had been trained to expect tensions between Jews and Arabs, my experience involving the Orthodox clergy was actually the most tense and shocking. It also surprised me since, speaking for myself, I have always had great admiration for the beautiful liturgies of the Orthodox. And, while I know little of the internal realities of those Churches, I have always hoped...
  • Luthers Doctrine of Imputated Righteousness: Nominalism vs. Aristotelian Realism

    12/28/2011 2:03:20 PM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies
    48 Broaden Journal of Undergraduate Reseach The theology of German reformer Martin Luther has had a profound impact on Christian history. His doctrine of the imputation of Christs righteousness to the believer is no different. This study examines the philosophic underpinnings that support and inform Luthers doctrine and describes the extent to which Luther is influenced by medieval Nominalism. This study then proposes two methods by which Luthers doctrine of imputation might be reconciled with a philosophic commitment to metaphysical Realism. Since the Reformation, scholars of Martin Luther have debated the extent to which his philosophy was influenced by Nominalism....
  • Clergymen Clash at Bethlehem Birthplace of Jesus

    12/28/2011 12:52:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Comcast News ^ | 12/28/11 | Bernat Armitage
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank The annual cleaning of one of Christianity's holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church of the Nativity battled each other with brooms until police intervened. The ancient church, built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, is shared by three Christian denominations Roman Catholics, Armenians and Greek Orthodox. Wednesday's fight erupted between Greek and Armenian clergy, with both sides accusing each other of encroaching on parts of the church to which they lay claim. The monks were tidying up...
  • Orthodox Christianity and the relationship between faith and reason

    12/28/2011 9:39:41 AM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Mystogy ^ | By Ivan Kireyevsky
    From: On the Necessity and Possibility of New Principles in Philosophy (1856) In the Church, the relationship between reason and faith is completely different from their relationship in the Latin and Protestant confessions. The difference is this: in the Church, Divine Revelation and human thought are not confused. The boundaries between the Divine and the human are transgressed neither by science nor by Church teaching. However much believing reason strives to reconcile reason and faith, it would never mistake any dogma of Revelation for a simple conclusion of reason and would never attribute the authority of revealed dogma to a...
  • The Day Nestorius Rocked the Church and an Empire

    12/28/2011 2:08:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | December 28, 2011 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D
    The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, and the Blessed Mother. But call her the Mother of God and youll see some Christians squirm.This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the presence of the patriarch of Constantinople. His subject was the holy mother of Jesus. The preacher continually referred to Mary as the Theotokos meaning God-bearer or mother of God. This was no innovation Christians had invoked Mary under this title for at least...
  • The Church's Prayer for The Dead (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    12/27/2011 6:13:10 PM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies · 2+ views
    The Holy Orthodox Church, like a concerned mother, daily, at every divine service, offers up prayers for all her children who have departed for the land of eternity. Thus, at the midnight service troparia and prayers for the departed are read, and they are commemorated at its concluding ektenia. This is so also at compline. At matins and vespers the departed are remembered by name at the Augmented Ektenia, "Have mercy on us, O God ..." They are commemorated three times during the Liturgy: at the Proskomedia, at the ektenia following the Gospel, and after the consecration of the Precious...
  • The Orthodox Christian Fathers on Faith

    12/27/2011 12:38:21 PM PST · by rzman21
    Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers The Virtue of Faith 48 entries "But God said, I require mercy, and not sacrifice; and the acknowledgement of God, and not whole burnt offerings" Hosea 6:6. What is meant by mercy? and what by sacrifice? By mercy then is signified Justification and grace in Christ; even that which is by faith. For we have been justified, not by the works of the law that we have done, but by His great mercy. And sacrifice means the law of Moses. St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on the Gospel of St....
  • Pietism as An Ecclesiological Heresy

    12/24/2011 4:00:54 PM PST · by rzman21 · 12 replies
    Orthodoxy Today ^ | Christos Yannaras
    Powered by Translate "The Freedom of Morality," Chapter Eight (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, NY: 1984), pp. 119-136 The Historical Coordinates We give the name "pietism" to a phenomenon in church life which certainly has a particular historical and "confessional" starting point, but also has much wider ramifications in the spiritual life of all the Christian Churches. Pietism made its appearance as a distinct historical movement within Protestantism, at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries, around 1690-1730. [1] Its aim was to stress "practical piety," as distinct from the polemical dogmatic theology to which the...
  • A Defense of the Holy Icons

    12/23/2011 8:14:09 PM PST · by rzman21 · 15 replies
    Orthodox Answers ^ | David Withun
    Defense of the Holy Icons by David Withun This article was originally published on David Withun's blog, Pious Fabrications, at http://piousfabrications.blogspot.com/2010/12/defense-of-holy-icons.html, and is republished with his permission. I - Introduction One of the most common criticisms that Protestants express against Orthodox Christianity is the prominent place of iconography, a uniquely Orthodox Christian figurative art form, in the Church. That Orthodox Christians give a very special place to the Holy Icons is hard to miss. Our churches, homes, and even places of business are filled with them, often outside as well as in. Upon entering a church and before prayers at...
  • Akathist to the Holy Martyrs North America (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    In honor of the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha AKATHIST to the Holy Martyrs of North America Submitted by Dr. Alexander Roman alex@unicorne.org This akathist honours the eight Jesuit Martyrs of the 17th century who died in what is now Ontario and New York State during their missions to the native peoples. Kontakion 1 To you, peerless Athletes and Martyrs of Christ, who brought His Gospel of salvation to the peoples of the New World, do we now sing a triumphal hymn of victory in your honor. Venerating your sufferings and praising your Apostolic witness and constancy in the face...
  • Which Christmas Mass are you attending? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/22/2011 3:43:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    OSVDailyTake.com ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | OSV
    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Which Christmas Mass are you attending? A little more than a year ago, we moved across town and joined a new parish, much larger than our last one. It has been a great community to get plugged into and get to know. I'm always interested to see how things are done there. One interesting change this year for the parish has been some modifications to the Christmas liturgy schedule. The Christmas Vigil Mass is a children's Mass held at 5 p.m. By all accounts, this is by far the best-attended liturgy. Midnight Mass has been moved...
  • Washington Welcomes Russian Christmas

    12/20/2011 6:56:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/20/11
    Washington, December 20, Interfax - A series of evening performances Christmas Music: Holiday Treasures from Russia has started at the main concert hall of Washington - The Kennedy Center on Monday under the auspices of Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergey Kislyak. The head of the Russian diplomatic mission told Interfax that "music unites Russian and American nations as none other kind of art." Americans welcomed the Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra that performed with American conductor and composer Norman Scribner and Russian conductor of Mongolian origin Enhbaatar Baatarzhava. Russian opera diva Irina Shishkova, mezzo soprano of the Mariinsky Theater, has...
  • Billboard Depicts Virgin Mary with a Home Pregnancy Test (Sick Society Alert!)

    12/15/2011 3:21:04 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    CMR ^ | December 15, 2011 | Matthew Archbold
    A church in New Zealand has put up a billboard showing the Virgin Mary looking worriedly at a pregnancy test. This is brought to you by the same jerks that brought you this billboard last year. This church has fallen into the same trap that so many fall into. There's no point to these billboards other than "look at me!" This isn't theology. It's not even evangelizing. It's advertising. It's we're the funny hep church. We're cool. They're just moron publicity seekers.
  • Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon:"The First Wave of Evangelization" [Cath/Ortho Caucus]

    12/13/2011 3:59:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | DEC. 8, 2011 | Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon "The First Wave of Evangelization" ROME, DEC. 8, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the first Advent sermon delivered last Friday, Dec. 2, by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household.* *"Go into all the world"The first wave of evangelizationIn response to the Supreme Pontiff's call for a renewed commitment to evangelization and by way of preparation for the 2012 synod of bishops on the same issue, I intend to identify in these Advent meditations four waves of evangelization in the history of the Church, that is, four moments in which...

    12/11/2011 5:59:43 PM PST · by rzman21 · 324 replies
    EWTN ^ | Dr. William Marshner
    Dr. William Marshner The Catholic Church holds that faith in Jesus Christ is not saving faith unless it bears fruit in good works. Vice-versa, the Church holds that such works are so intimately joined to faith, that, without them, it is impossible for the believer to grow or persevere in his faith.(1) In this way, good works are necessary for salvation. Most Protestants are uncomfortable with such a statement. Without denying the importance of good works, Protestants tend to see them as symptoms of the one thing necessary rather than as necessities in their own right. For Luther, good works...
  • Ringing in an old tradition

    12/10/2011 4:16:03 PM PST · by bad company · 1 replies
    Russia beyond the headlines ^ | December 10, 2011 | Grigory Kubatian
    Although their sound used to be heard throughout the Russian countryside, church bells fell silent during the Soviet era. Now the classic ringing is being brought back to life. Church bells have always had a special significance in Russia. Their sounds alerted Russians to important events ranging from festivals to the outbreak of fires. When the Bolsheviks began destroying church bells after the revolutions of 1917, they were not only committing an act of vandalism, but a deed full of gloomy, prophetic importance. Russia lost its voice and hearing for a long time thereafter. During the rise and fall of...
  • Orthodox Submarine: In Nukes We Trust

    12/10/2011 11:11:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/7/11
    The Russian nuclear submarine Aleksandr Nevsky will be fitted with its own Orthodox chapel after the vessel finishes its sea trials. It has become the second nuke-carrying sub equipped with a sanctuary in addition to ballistic missiles. The military chapel will allow sailors to attend religious services right on board during the subs long missions. It was donated to the vessels crew by the Omophor Fund (omophorion), which brings together both able-bodied and war-wounded veterans who spent their lives serving their motherland and who are continuing that service in the field of social and church charity. It is the sixth...
  • The Significance of Humility in the Christian Life

    12/09/2011 7:55:28 PM PST · by rzman21 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matt. 23:12) Humility is a door, among many others in the great labyrinth, which leads us to our divinization, so that we may become little Christs. Without overcoming ourselves, accepting our faults, submitting everything to the Lordsuch a door could not be opened, therefore becoming a tiring obstacle in our wake. Our world, our America is a culture of egotism and the importance of self. It is a temptation that wants us to feel on top of the world, infallible and glorifiable -...
  • The Orthodox Worldview

    12/09/2011 7:50:07 PM PST · by rzman21 · 6 replies
    http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/rose_wv.aspx ^ | by Father Seraphim Rose of Platina
    Before beginning my talk, a word or two on why it is important to have an Orthodox world-view, and why it is more difficult to build one today than in past centuries. In past centuriesfor example, in 19th century Russiathe Orthodox world-view was an important part of Orthodox life and was supported by the life around it. There was no need even to speak of it as a separate thingyou lived Orthodoxy in harmony with the Orthodox society around you, and you had an Orthodox world-view provided by the Church and society. In many countries the government itself confessed Orthodoxy;...
  • How to Save the Soul

    12/09/2011 7:10:53 PM PST · by rzman21 · 17 replies
    by St. Theophan the Recluse What does one say to the person who asks: "How can I save my soul?" This: Repent, and being strengthened by the power of grace in the Holy Mysteries, walk in the path of God's commandments, under the direction which the Holy Church gives you through its God-given priesthood. All of this must be done in a spirit of sincere faith which has no reservations. What then is faith? Faith is the sincere confession that God, Who is worshipped in, the Trinity, Who created all things and provides for all, saves us who are fallen,...
  • The Septuagint and the Protestant Bible's Jeremiah problem

    12/08/2011 7:08:42 PM PST · by rzman21 · 35 replies
    The Jeremiah Dilemma by Farrell Till 1990 / July-August Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known manuscripts of the Old Testament dated from 895 A.D., a fact that raised significant questions about the integrity of the Masoretic text. Since tradition assigned the authorship of some Old Testament books to writers who lived as long ago as the 15th century B.C., faith in Bible inerrancy required one to believe that uninspired scribes had somehow copied these books for more than 2,000 years without infusing significant error into the texts. That being too much for some to accept,...
  • How we should read the Bible

    12/07/2011 7:00:15 PM PST · by rzman21 · 63 replies · 2+ views
    OrthodoxInfo ^ | Bishop Kallistos Ware
    How to Read the Bible by Bishop Kallistos Ware WE BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURES constitute a coherent whole. They are at once divinely inspired and humanly expressed. They bear authoritative witness to God's revelation of Himselfin creation, in the Incarnation of the Word, and the whole history of salvation. And as such they express the word of God in human language. We know, receive, and interpret Scripture through the Church and in the Church. Our approach to the Bible is one of obedience. We may distinguish four key qualities that mark an Orthodox reading of Scripture, namely our reading should...
  • The Danger of Spiritual Pride In Christian Life

    Edwards found one explanation for the aberrations of revival periods in the concept of mixtures of grace and carnality in the subjects of revival. Indwelling sin is a constant factor in earthly human experience, he argues, and it may erupt in spectacular ways at the time of conversion. It might appear that the outpouring of the Spirit should quench the fire of sin, and this is certainly true in some measure. But there are times when that outpouring causes sin to flare up like a fire which has just been drenched in kerosene. Sin, rather than being quenched, is merely...