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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...
  • ŚCOCW (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...