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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 ^ | 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 Didnĺt 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: ôHonor the physician...
  • The Apostles and the Priesthood ~ Part 2 [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    01/03/2012 5:57:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 2009 |
    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 ľ 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 misappre┬şhended. 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 prac┬ştices 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 theo┬şlogical and pastoral renewal is necessary in order to redis┬şcover 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 sheepů) 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 [╬╗╬Á╬╣¤ä╬┐¤ů¤ü╬│¤îv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ß╝▒╬Á¤ü╬┐¤ů¤ü╬│ounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [¤Ç¤ü╬┐¤â¤ć╬┐¤ü╬Č] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: ╬╗╬Á╬╣¤ä╬┐¤ů¤ü╬│¤î¤é - 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 ^ | Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev
    Christianity and the Challenge of Militant Secularism ĹThe glory of God is the living man.ĺ 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 Godĺs creative process, while God is regarded as the absolute value, the ultimate criterion of truth for all living creatures. Manĺs 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...