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  • Cheesefare Sunday Forgiveness Vespers (Orthodox)

    02/26/2012 7:44:23 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The_Reader_David
    As no one has yet done so, it seemed right to post a thread for the virtual version of the exchange of forgiveness at the end of Forgiveness Vespers. If anyone who has the Orthodox ping list ventures onto the thread, ping the others. Wishing all a blessed and holy Great Lent. Struggle well!
  • St. George's Orthodox Church Myrrh-Seeping Icons Attract Hundreds of Believers [Scranton]

    02/14/2012 8:22:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | 2/12/12 | Josh McAuliffe
    The mood was appropriately solemn, the faithful quiet and orderly in their movements. Fragrant myrrh filled the air. The encounters with the centers of attraction were quick, but the reactions were indelible. Some came away shaken and streaming tears. A few talked of a wave of peace and calm coming over them. Others described a sense of divine providence. In uncertain times, people want something, anything, to believe in. The spiritually inclined often look to the heavens for answers, and when they get what they think is a sign, they embrace it wholeheartedly. For the past 17 weeks, St. George's...
  • The Dead Cities of Syria

    02/13/2012 8:55:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | 2/4/12
    Syria continues to be in the news as its government persists in its use of violence to crack down on protests inspired by the Arab Spring. It is the latest of many upheavals the country has been through since its formation as a state. In the northwest of the country are reminders of past turmoil and upheaval. Over 700 abandoned settlements bear the collective name The Dead Cities of Syria.These abandoned municipalities scatter the landscape and contain the remains of a confident, vibrant and sophisticated culture – one which effectively disappeared over fifteen hundred years ago. Left behind, incredible and...
  • 65 Orthodox Church bishops call on Obama to ‘rescind’ the ‘unjust’ contraception mandate

    02/07/2012 11:36:52 AM PST · by FormerLib · 10 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Feb 07, 2012 08:29 EST | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 65 canonical bishops of the Orthodox Church have asked President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to repeal the mandate that religious institutions provide birth control, sterilization, and Plan B abortion drugs in their health care coverage. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America – which represents 12 Orthodox jurisdictions and three million Orthodox Christians in the United States –  issued a press release last Thursday calling the HHS ruling a violation of religious conscience. “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees...
  • Catholic MP: Thousands of Christians May be Killed if Assad Regime Falls

    02/07/2012 7:16:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    A Catholic MP has said that if the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime falls then thousands of Christians in the country may be killed. Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said that under the “nasty” regime Christian refugees from Iraq had found “an oasis of relative calm”. But following the Arab Spring uprising, he said, suspected rebels had killed a young Christian man. In an article in this week’s Catholic Herald, he writes: “A great many have taken refuge in neighbouring Syria in which, despite the heavy-handed nature of its dictatorial regime, Christians (and indeed Jews) have found an...
  • Confronting the Claim of Eastern Orthodoxy to be the True Church

    02/04/2012 2:26:35 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    hprweb ^ | January 1, 2012 | JAMES LIKOUDIS
    Understanding the conflicting claims of Catholicism versus Eastern OrthodoxyAmong the lapsed from the Catholic Church in the turbulent post-conciliar period are those Catholics who became so disenchanted with the liturgical disarray and doctrinal unrest evident in Western Catholicism that they became converts to Eastern Orthodoxy. They found themselves influenced by the Eastern Orthodox claim to preserve the doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical heritage of the ancient Church, and in fact, to be the historical continuation of the true Church of Jesus Christ. Those defecting from the Catholic Church found comforting Eastern OrthodoxyÂ’s professing the doctrine of the first seven ecumenical Councils,...
  • Orthodox Icons - a history {Ecumenical thread}

    02/04/2012 1:27:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Religion Facts ^ | 2009 | Religion Facts
    In Christiantity, an icon (from Greek εικων, eikon, "image") is a flat picture of Christ, Mary, or other saints. Most icons are painted in egg tempura on wood, but some are created with mosaic tiles, ivory, or other materials. In Orthodox Christianity, icons are sacred works of art that provide inspiration and connect the worshipper with the spiritual world. The scenes depicted in icons usually relate to liturgical celebrations rather than directly to historical events. History of Icons Icons in the Early Church Images and pictures of Christ and the saints were a part of earliest Christianity. Christians from the...
  • An Open Letter on the Sins of Simony

    02/01/2012 1:19:25 PM PST · by Bpscholarios · 4 replies
    Ścumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide ^ | January 31, 2012 | Scholarios-Gennadius
    Official Declaration of the ŚCOCW Office of Morals, Doctrine and Spirituality January 30, 2012 The Concerned Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Bishops Coalition Dear Brothers in Christ: It is with mixed anguish and heartfelt affection that we, The Concerned Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Bishops Coalition, have convened an ad hoc coalition with the express intention to offer fraternal counsel regarding reported wayward behavior in some of your jurisdictions. It is to such as have committed simony (giving or receiving money for that which is holy and cannot be purchased) that we address this open letter. It has been bought to our...
  • ELCA presiding bishop supports Syrian church leaders' call for peace

    01/30/2012 7:19:20 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 30 January AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop supports Syrian church leaders' call for peace 12-03-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) - In letters to Christian church leaders in Syria, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered his support of the churches' collective call for an end to violence and his prayers for the people in the region. "In these difficult days, I will continue to pray and encourage members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to pray for you and your efforts to sustain the courage and faith of your communities," wrote Hanson. In addition to prayers...
  • Russian Church to Help Kosovo Monasteries

    01/30/2012 6:51:42 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/20/12
    Moscow, January 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed concerns about the situation of residents of Kosovo and Metohija. "Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija have found themselves pawns of a big geopolitical game. Many countries are indifferent to them and they have to live in closed enclaves in daily fear of their hostile environment, which realizes its impunity," the Patriarch said in an interview with the Serb newspaper Vecherniye Novosti, whose translation was published on the website of the Moscow patriarchate. "Our brothers in faith have great courage not to leave their long-suffering land...
  • Nuns Report Increased Verbal Abuse and Discrimination in Bosnia

    01/25/2012 11:58:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Nuns wearing habits are being subjected to verbal abuse in public more and more frequently in Bosnia-Herzegovina, according local Franciscan Sisters. Ivanka Mihaljevic, Bosnian Provincial Superior of the Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King, made the claim during a visit to the international headquarters of Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Königstein. The nuns now only leave the convent in pairs if at all possible, out of fear of abuse. Everyday life is becoming increasingly difficult in general, according to Sister Ivanka, especially as more and more Muslim extremists are immigrating from Saudi Arabia and...
  • Orthodox Christians take high-visibility role in the March for Life

    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – At a religious event often dominated by massive presence of Roman Catholics, members of the Eastern Orthodox Church played a more visible role in this year’s March for Life than ever before. For the first time, the opening prayer in front of the Supreme Court was offered by His Eminence Jonah (Paffhausen), Metropolitan of All America and Canada for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), as well as Roman Catholic prelates Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan. “We are of one heart and one purpose,” he said as he chanted a litany...
  • 6 Things to Know About the “Miracle of the Holy Fire”

    01/25/2012 9:34:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Listers, the following is a brief examination of the controversial “Miracle of the Holy Fire.” The Greek Orthodox Patriarch enters the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday - according to the Orthodox calendar. He proceeds into the Tomb of Christ and begins to pray. A fire is then miraculously enkindled by the Holy Spirit – supposedly the power of the resurrection – and is shared rapidly throughout the Church and all those who are waiting outside. To be clear, it is said that Pope Gregory the IX declared “Holy Fire” a fraud in AD 1238, but...
  • 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...