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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
    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 ^ | Feb 07, 2012 08:29 EST | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2012, ( – 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, ( – 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 ^ | 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 WatsonÂ’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,; 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 ^ | 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,...