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  • Keepers of the Lost Ark

    01/25/2012 9:26:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/24/12 | Robert Spencer
    There are many worthy pilgrimage sites all over the world, but none can boast of anything approaching the Church of Ethiopia’s singular claim to fame: the Ark of the Covenant. Ethiopian Christians maintain that the Ark, the portable shrine holding the stone tablets of the original Ten Commandments that were written atop Mount Sinai by the Finger of God, and bearing (according to numerous Old Testament accounts) the Presence and Power of God, was brought to Ethiopia in 950 B.C. Menelik, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, is said to have taken it there, and it is...
  • Bulgarian Bishops Were Communist Spies

    01/24/2012 10:06:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1/23/12 | AFP
    THE ghost of communism has resurfaced in Bulgaria, with 11 of the country's 15 top bishops exposed as former secret police agents, shaking the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its image just as it readies to choose a new patriarch. A list published by the parliamentary archives committee has singled out 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim and three other bishops as the only members of the church's top authority, the Holy Synod, not to have collaborated. The other 11 were listed as agents of the most notorious part of the Darzhavna Sigurnost, the political police who spied on people for suspected "anti-communist behaviour".
  • New Russian Submarine Named After Russian Saint

    01/24/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Ministry Values ^ | 1/24/12 | Stephen K. Ryan
    A new Russian nuclear submarine has been named after Saint Aleksandr Nevsky of Russia, and 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. Veneration of Saint Alexander Nevsky as a saint began soon after his death. The remains of the prince were uncovered in response to a vision, before the Battle of Kulikovo in the year 1380, and found to be incorrupt. He was glorified (canonized) by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547. His principal feast day...
  • ŒCOCW (Orthodox) Joins U.S. Catholic Bishops in Coerced Abortion Fight

    01/22/2012 11:49:02 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Your Story ^ | January 21, 2012 | +Catholicos Scholarios-Gennadius III, OSB
    The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide (ŒCOCW) joins the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing the Obama administration’s decision to force all health care providers irrespective of religious beliefs to provide mandatory abortions. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, President of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference described the Obama administration’s position on this matter “literally unconscionable,” and the ŒCOCW shares these sentiments. The Catholic-Orthodox position on abortion and the protection of human life is well known and has remained unchanged; making the Obama administration’s publicized position a deliberate and unequivocal affront to Catholic teaching.The ŒCOCW recognizes the Obama...
  • Excerpt from: The Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    01/21/2012 10:17:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 2000+ years ago | The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles
    Excerpt from: The Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the NationsChapter 9. The Eucharist. Now concerning the Eucharist, give thanks this way. First, concerning the cup: We thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of David Thy servant, which You madest known to us through Jesus Thy Servant; to Thee be the glory for ever. And concerning the broken bread: We thank Thee, our Father, for the life and knowledge which You madest known to us through Jesus Thy Servant; to Thee be the glory for ever. Even as this...
  • The lost letters of the Vatican Dictionary

    01/20/2012 7:01:42 AM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 1 replies
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 1/20/2012 | Fr. Joe Tonos
    The Vatican Insider has published an online Vatican dictionary. The site promises that you can understand your faith's terms from "A divinis" to "Zucchetto"! However, there are still a few letters not accounted for. J, K, Q, W, X, Y have no words as of this writing. No "juris"? And don't we have lots of "q" words? Not to fear, I've come up with some of the missing letters from the Diocese of Jackson and thereabouts. I even made child-friendly flashcards to go with them! The rhymes are a bit off but I'm not a poet, and I know it....
  • Veneration of the Holy Virgin Mary in the Syrian Orthodox Church (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY IN THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Written by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Introduction How greatly appealing the discourse about the Mother of God, the Holy Virgin Mary is! Our Holy Church fathers had had extensive scrutinizing studies of her biography; inspired ecclesiastical poets wrote beautiful poems in glorification of her; celebrated artists sculpted the most beautiful statues of her and skillful painters filled the world with her splendid portraits. The Virgin Mary is the Patron Saint of the most magnificent Cathedrals the faithful have erected for her worldwide. The Virgin Mary’s Feasts Ever...
  • New Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Appointed

    01/19/2012 3:16:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most Reverend William C. Skurla, as metropolitan archbishop of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. He will be enthroned in Pittsburgh on April 18, 2012. Skurla was born in Duluth, Minn., on June 1, 1956, the son of the late John and Mavis Skurla. He attended Catholic and public elementary schools and graduated in 1974 from Chisholm High School, Chisholm, Minn. He graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1981 with a concentration in philosophy. He then studied at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Northampton County, receiving a master's of divinity in 1986...
  • Eusebius of Caesarea Ecclesiastical History (Book 5) (Early successions of bishops at Rome, etc.)

    01/19/2012 12:55:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Introduction. 1. Soter, bishop of the church of Rome, died after an episcopate of eight years, and was succeeded by Eleutherus, the twelfth from the apostles. In the seventeenth year of the Emperor Antoninus Verus, the persecution of our people was rekindled more fiercely in certain districts on account of an insurrection of the masses in the cities; and judging by the number in a single nation, myriads suffered martyrdom throughout the world. A record of this was written for posterity, and in truth it is worthy of perpetual remembrance. 2. A full account, containing the most reliable information on...
  • The Other Successors of Peter: The Patriarchs of Antioch

    01/19/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/18/12 | Robert Spencer
    Gregory III Laham, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, has joked that if the Apostle Peter had just stayed put, he himself would be the earthly head of the Catholic Church today. For tradition has it that St. Peter headed the Church of Antioch, where “the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26), for seven years before sojourning on to Rome. The Patriarchs of Antioch, therefore, have from the beginning considered themselves to be successors of Peter, albeit without the universal prerogatives of the apostle’s ultimate successor in Rome. Ironically, the See of Peter at Antioch is more hotly...
  • The Church Fathers on the Church as Catholic

    01/18/2012 8:43:05 PM PST · by rzman21 · 21 replies
    "See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also reverence the deacons, as those that carry out[through their office] the appointment of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is[administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude[of the people] also be; by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the...
  • 55 Maxims for Christian Living by Fr. Thomas Hopko

    01/18/2012 4:30:23 PM PST · by bad company · 5 replies
    1. Be always with Christ. 2. Pray as you can, not as you want. 3. Have a keepable rule of prayer that you do by discipline. 4. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day. 5. Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things. 6. Make some prostrations when you pray. 7. Eat good foods in moderation. 8. Keep the Church’s fasting rules. 9. Spend some time in silence every day. 10. Do acts of mercy in secret. 11. Go to liturgical services regularly. 12. Go to confession and communion regularly....
  • Construction of 40 Russian Churches to be Underway in Moscow in 2012

    01/18/2012 9:46:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 1/18/12
    MOSCOW, January 18 (Itar-Tass) – Construction of forty Russian Orthodox churches will be underway in Moscow City’s densely populated bedroom communities in 2012, Vladimir Ressin, an advisor to the Mayor of Moscow told reporters Wednesday. All in all, the authorities plan building some 200 new Russian Orthodox churches in the city’s dormitory districts that have an apparent shortage of church facilities. “Foundations of twenty church buildings have already been laid and we’re supposed to make arrangements on another twenty land plots this year,” Ressin said after a conference on the Program 200 that envisions the construction of 200 fast-to-build churches....
  • The Four Senses of Scripture (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/17/2012 2:42:02 PM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies
    Brother Andre Marie's weblog ^ | December 11, 2007 | Brother Andre Marie
    There are two basic senses of Holy Scripture: the literal (or historical) and the spiritual. The spiritual sense is further divided into the allegorical, the tropological (or moral), and the anagogical. St. Thomas cites St. Gregory the Great on the phenomenon of multiple senses in the Bible: “Holy Writ by the manner of its speech transcends every science, because in one and the same sentence, while it describes a fact, it reveals a mystery.”[1] The Master of Aquino goes on to explain that “The author of Holy Writ is God, in whose power it is to signify His meaning, not...
  • Coptic Christian Priest Prefers Martyrdom to Slave Tax in Egypt

    01/17/2012 8:39:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/17/12 | Michael Terheyden
    After the sweeping political victories Islamists made in the early round of elections in Egypt, the Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church Yohanna Qulta was interviewed on Arab television concerning the looming threat that Egypt's Christian communities will face in an Islamist society. The interview gives us unusual insight into the mind and heart of our Coptic brothers and sisters.KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - After the sweeping political victories Islamists made in the early round of elections in Egypt, the Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church Yohanna Qulta was interviewed on Arab television concerning the looming threat that...
  • The Ecclesiology of St. Ignatius of Antioch

    01/15/2012 3:37:28 PM PST · by rzman21 · 16 replies
    The key to understanding the ecclesiology of St. Ignatius is clearly his presuppositions concerning salvation. As will be indicated, the Church as the body of Christ exists, according to St. Ignatius, for the sole purpose of salvation in Christ. Thus his ecclesiology without at least a general examination of his soteriology would be incomprehensible. In the extant writings of St. Ignatius one cannot find any systematic exposition of soteriology. This is quite natural since he is writing to baptized Christians primarily concerning internal Church unity and order, against certain heretics, and also concerning his impending martyrdom. Nevertheless, in order that...
  • Good Works and Prayer

    01/14/2012 7:24:12 PM PST · by rzman21 · 19 replies
    V. GOOD WORKS AND PRAYER 1. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ always leads a believer to produce works that are pleasing to God. "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2:17). As a branch in Christ the vine, a Christian produces good fruit (John 15:5). 2. We believe that works pleasing to God are works of love, for "love is the fulfillment of the law" (Romans 13:10). Faith, however, does not set up its own standards to determine what is loving (Matthew 15:9). True faith delights to do only what agrees with...
  • Tome of St. Leo the Great on the Two Natures of Christ

    01/13/2012 10:56:36 PM PST · by rzman21 · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | 449 A.D. | St. Leo the Great
    "Tome of Leo" Letter of Pope Leo the Great to Flavian, bishop of Constantinople, about Eutyches, 449 Adopted by the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, 451 Excerpt Eutyches had no idea how he ought to think about the incarnation of the Word of God; and he had no desire to acquire the light of understanding by working through the length and breadth of the holy scriptures. So at least he should have listened carefully and accepted the common and undivided creed by which the whole body of the faithful confess that they believe in God the Father almighty and in Jesus...
  • Orthodox Prayer: Gaining the attention of the mind (Devotional)

    01/13/2012 9:00:14 PM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies
    Gaining the Attention of the Mind One of the major challenges in our prayer life is the wandering of our mind. Here is what some of the Holy People say about this. We begin with one of the Syriac Fathers, Evagrius: "Be careful lest your mind wander during your time of prayer, thinking about empty things. In that case you will stir the Judge to anger, rather than to good will, seeing that he has been insulted by you. Should you be afraid in the presence of ordinary judges but show contempt in the presence of God? How can a...
  • How to Study Scripture with the Help of Scripture and the Desert Fathers

    “Do you understand what you are reading?”… “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:30, 31) The “problem of biblical hermeneutics” – the question of how to interpret the scriptures – is by no means a recent one. Indeed, the Bible itself bears witness to the need for its careful interpretation, as illustrated by our epigraph. What our epigraph also illustrates is the kernel of the central thesis of this article: namely, that the church’s scriptures are best understood from within the ecclesial context for which and in which they were written. The Bible, as “the church’s book”, needs...
  • The Question of Universal Salvation: Will All Be Saved?

    01/12/2012 2:53:14 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Maronite Voice ^ | December 2011 | Fr. David A. Fisher
    “Some will not be redeemed. There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power.” C. S. Lewis Kallistos Ware, Greek Orthodox Bishop and retired Oxford theologian, has in recent years been a leading advocate for the "possibility" of universal salvation. While realizing that we can never have a totally adequate understanding of human immortality and the criteria for salvation on this side of the grave, Ware makes a poignant argument by using particular passages from St. Paul and the Fathers of Church that at least the question of salvation...
  • What the heck is a cardinal, anyway?

    01/12/2012 6:54:51 AM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 12/12/2012 | Brad Noel
    Apart from the newly-crowned national football champions (Go SEC!), there's been another tide of crimson on the horizon in the news: Earlier this week, Pope Benedict announced a consistory in which he will raise 22 prelates to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Among the newly named cardinals are two Americans: Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, the former archbishop of Baltimore and the current Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. I was gonna post that news and leave it at that. But it occurred to me that for...
  • The Coptic Orthodox View Concerning Nestorius

    01/11/2012 10:06:43 PM PST · by rzman21 · 1 replies
    The Coptic Orthodox View Concerning Nestorius Fr. Moses Samaan | | No comments. [i]Syriac Dialogue, Vienna, February 1996./[/i] Saint Cyril wrote three letters to Nestorius asking him to reconcile his teaching with the orthodox teachings of the fathers of the church, but Nestorius did not accept. The letters of Saint Cyril always began with the salutation: "To the most pious and most God-loving bishop Nestorius". His third and last letter to Nestorius was sent from "Cyril and the synod assembled in Alexandria from the diocese of Egypt". On the other hand, concerning the man-God Christology, it is clear that this...

    01/11/2012 9:26:00 PM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Voskrese ^ | St. Cyril of Alexandria
    LETTER OF ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA TO JOHN OF ANTIOCH Edited and translated by E.A. Pusey, Oxford, 1872 To my Lord, Beloved Brother and fellow-minister John, Cyril greeting in the Lord. Let the Heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, [Ps. 96.11] for the mid-wall of partition [Eph. 2:14] is undone,, and that which vexed been stopped and the cause of all our dissension been taken away, Christ the Saviour of us all dispensing peace to His Churches, the most pious and devout kings calling us hereto, who most excellent emulators of ancestral piety, guard the right Faith sure and...
  • Nestorius, Aristotle, and the School of Antioch (Ecumenical)

    01/11/2012 3:43:47 PM PST · by rzman21 · 4 replies
    Introduction to Junillus's Instituta Regularia Mesopotamian Scholasticism: A History of the Christian Theological School in the Syrian Orient See also the Latin text and English translation of the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis. In order to understand the Christian learning environment that produced Junillus's Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis (c.542 C.E.), one must return to the ancient Hellenistic school. Although early Christianity encountered difficulties with the Greeks' love of Homer and the Pantheon, the Church Fathers maintained a pedagogic, linguistic, and even philosophical connection to the classical school of antiquity. Indeed, the Syriac theological schools in Edessa and Nisibis, where Paul, the...
  • Young and Old, Hundreds of Pilgrims Seek Baptism in Jordan River Ritual

    01/11/2012 7:00:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/9/12 | Judith Sudilovsky
    QASR EL-YEHUD, West Bank (CNS) -- With 8-year-old grandson Jamal in tow, Hajeh Mattar made her way across a wooden platform alongside the Jordan River. Her plan: to baptize him in the waters of the river at the traditional site of Jesus' baptism. Jamal's father, Awad, his mother, Manal, and his sister Justine, 6, followed not far behind. For Hajeh, 65, it was the opportunity to fulfill a promise she had made at the site almost a decade ago when she prayed to God to see grandchildren from her son Awad, now 35. It was her way to observe the...
  • Ecumenical: Christian QB's Stats Evoke Bible Verse [Tebow and John 3:16]

    01/10/2012 9:46:23 AM PST · by topher · 22 replies
    Christian Quarterback's Stats Evoke Bible Verse DENVER - Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has accidentally, but perhaps providentially, made John 3:16 the most searched item on Google. Not only did Tebow -- the outspoken son of Christian missionaries -- produce an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with his touchdown pass in overtime, but that pass left him with 316 yards. He averaged 31.6 yards per toss, and CBS's TV rating peaked at 31.6 during the game. All those 3-16s had flocks of fans searching the Internet, where they found the Bible verse where Jesus says: "For God so loved...
  • Nestorius on Mary as the Mother of God

    01/09/2012 10:38:02 PM PST · by rzman21 · 164 replies
    Monachos ^ | Nestorius of Constantinople
    Nestorius of Constantinople, Second epistle to Cyril of Alexandria WRITTEN BY NESTORIUS OF CONSTANTINOPLE Nestorius sends greeting in the Lord to the most religious and reverend fellow-minister Cyril. I pass over the insults against us contained in your extraordinary letter. They will, I think, be cured by my patience and by the answer which events will offer in the course of time. On one matter, however, I cannot be silent, as silence would in that case be very dangerous. On that point, therefore avoiding longwindedness as far as I can, I shall attempt a brief discussion and try to be...
  • Russian Asceticism

    01/09/2012 8:23:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's blog ^ | 1/6/12 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was rather struck by this picture on the always interesting Fr Simon Henry's blog. It is a Russian Bishop taking part in the Epiphany Baptismal rites, in which Orthodox renew their baptism in remembrance of Christ's glory being shown forth at his baptism. In many places where Holy Communion is rarely received or even attendance at Sunday Liturgy is lacking, this "renewal" becomes an annual marker of being Orthodox. In some parts, it is a pleasant dip or sprinkling. In Russia, a rather fearsome act of asceticism, reminiscent of the martyrs of Sebaste who were left to perish on...
  • Sola Scriptura and Protestantism’s Hermeneutical Chaos

    01/07/2012 6:00:19 PM PST · by rzman21 · 190 replies · 1+ views
    During the 1960s a book Double Helix came out that described Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure that made up DNA. This was a landmark discovery for it enabled scientists to understand how living organisms were able to replicate themselves from generation to generation. DNA functioned as a unique blueprint for each human being: a set of instructions about the color of our eyes, the shape of our nose etc. In the 1980s scientists discovered the presence of telomeres, little bits of DNA located at the end of the chromosome chain. Telomeres function to keep...
  • Happy Epiphany! ...sort of

    01/06/2012 3:02:40 PM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 1 replies
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 1/6/2012 | Brad Noel
    Today is January 6. Which means that it has been twelve days since Christmas. Simple math, really. Why does that matter. Well, today is the “Twelfth Day of Christmas” (you know the song – partridge in a pear tree and all). But beyond an 18th century Christmas carol, there are important historical links between today (January 6) and Christmas. Epiphany and Christmas – what’s the connection? Let’s go back to square one. First of all, nobody (that we know of) thought to write down Jesus’ birthday. Believe it or not, things like exact birthdays just weren’t that important in the...
  • The Church Fathers: A Door to Rome (Ecumenical)

    01/06/2012 11:59:45 AM PST · by rzman21 · 49 replies
    THE CHURCH FATHERS: A DOOR TO ROME Aug/18/08 13:28 Filed in: Roman Catholicism THE CHURCH FATHERS: A DOOR TO ROME Updated August 18, 2008 (first published June 4, 2008) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) - Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism....
  • 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 Didn’t 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...