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  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site Fontanka.ru, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/28/2015 7:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-28-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    August 28, 2015, the feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption of the Moscow Kremlin.
  • Quote of the day... (Ecumenical Thread)

    08/27/2015 6:40:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers | 08-27-2015 | St. Xanthias
    “A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge.” + St. Xanthias
  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 08-27-2015 | Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate
    With great joy and gladness, we announce the reception through a mass baptism the parish and catechumens from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Photos taken during the mass baptism last August 21, 2015, Friday, of the newly accepted St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province, Philippines. A total of 239 catechumens are baptized including two Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church) "bishops" and four Aglipayan "priests". Aglipayan "bishop" Esteban Valmera was baptized as STEFAN; Aglipayan "bishop Rogelio Ringor was baptized as GREGORY; Aglipayan priest Elieser Delfin was baptized as ELEASAR; Aglipayan priest Dioscoro Bergado was baptized...
  • His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives delegation of Anglican Church in North America

    08/26/2015 10:04:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    ROC ^ | 08-25-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    ...Greeting the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted the difficulty of the situation in which this denomination had been established six years ago. “At the time your Church was undergoing a very difficult period in her history, which required from believers fortitude and the ability to resist great temptations,” His Holiness said. “It is my firm belief that in the course of her history, the Church faces challenges which she must overcome with all her courage,” he continued, “There are two models of behavior of the Church and Christians. The first one implies...
  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 4:11:37 PM PDT · by bad company · 11 replies
    Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Netik said Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation. But Mr Netik denied the move was discriminatory and said it was intended to ensure community cohesion. 'Not going to like it' The number of...
  • Greek businessman offers to build new mosque in return for Trabzon Hagia Sophia

    08/18/2015 5:28:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 8/18/15 | Yorgo Kirbaki
    A Greek-Russian businessman with roots in Turkey’s Black Sea region has offered to cover all the costs of the construction of a mosque in Trabzon in exchange for the Fener Orthodox Greek Patriarchate regaining control of the province’s Hagia Sophia, a church-turned-mosque. Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian businessman and politician, said he was “ready to have a new mosque constructed in Trabzon and hand it to the city’s municipality, in return for making the Hagia Sophia [in Trabzon] a church once again,” during an interview with Greek state broadcaster ET-3. The Hagia Sophia Mosque in Trabzon was originally built as a...
  • Moscow Art Smashed as Orthodox Activists Denounce 'Blasphemy'

    08/16/2015 10:29:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The China Post ^ | 8/16/15 | Anna Malpas
    MOSCOW -- Sculptures by a renowned Soviet artist on show in central Moscow were smashed after being denounced by Orthodox activists as "blasphemous" "Delusional people came to the exhibition who broke several works belonging to the Manege collection, by Vadim Sidur," said a spokeswoman for the Manege art center by the Kremlin walls, Yelena Karneyeva, referring to the activists. "Several sculptures are completely smashed," she told AFP, adding that police had come and led away the activists. The works were made of plaster and linoleum. A police spokesman told AFP that he could "confirm the incident happened and that currently...
  • Orthodox Leaders at Odds on Topics for Proposed Pan-Orthodox Council

    08/16/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople has convened an assembly of all the bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to be held August 29- September 2. The main purpose of the meeting will be to prepare for a Pan-Orthodox Council, which is scheduled to take place in 2016. If it occurs on schedule, the Council would be an unprecedented meeting of all the world's Orthodox leaders. However, the range of topics to be discussed at the Pan-Orthodox Council remains a subject of tense debate among Orthodox leaders. The Russian Orthodox Church has insisted that topics can be put on the agenda only...
  • The Preaching of the Cross

    08/15/2015 9:02:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-14-2015 | Fr. Seraphim Holland
         In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Brothers and sisters, today is the Procession of the Cross which we celebrate on the first of August, and also the holy Maccabean martyrs with their teacher Eleazar and their mother Solomonia. And we read today about the Cross in two readings, both because of the feast of the Procession and also because of the martyrs, because the martyrs followed the way of the Cross. Now St. Paul has two famous phrases that are in one of the epistles we read today—a very misunderstood phrase....
  • Stump the Priest: Altar Girls?

    08/15/2015 5:43:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Question: "Is it proper for a parish to have altar girls?" This is clearly contrary to the Tradition of the Church, and is an unfortunate example of creeping modernism that it is tolerated in parishes anywhere -- but thankfully it is still fairly rare. It is certainly true that there is not an absolute prohibition against women entering the altar when there is a need for it, and in convents, it is common to have nuns serve in the altar, because obviously in a convent there are not a lot of males available for serving in the altar. However, this...
  • The Dormition of the Theotokos and Ecclesiastical Tradition

    08/15/2015 1:46:34 PM PDT · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 08-15-2015 | Metropolitan Daniel of Kaisariana etc.
    Saturday, August 15, 2015 The Dormition of the Theotokos and Ecclesiastical Tradition By His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Kaisariani, Vyronas and Hymettus During the fourth and fifth centuries there were configured two traditions regarding the place of death and entombment of the Theotokos, the Jerusalemite (Dormitio hierosolymitiana) and the Ephesian (Dormitio ephesiana). The Jerusalemite is the more ancient and historical tradition. The Ephesian emerged from the apocrypha, and only they mention that when John the Evangelist went to Ephesus he brought with him the Mother of the Lord Jesus. According to the Jerusalemite tradition, John the Evangelist went to...
  • A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/14/2015 9:11:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | St. Gregory Palamas
    Dormition of the Mother of God. Icon. 15th century, Novgorod. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God. The desire is double,...
  • The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/14/2015 9:05:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped...
  • St Tikhon the Bishop of Voronezh and Wonderworker of Zadonsk and All Russia

    08/13/2015 10:38:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh (in the world Timothy), was born in the year 1724 in the village of Korotsk in the Novgorod diocese, into the family of the cantor Sabellius Kirillov. (A new family name, Sokolov, was given him afterwards by the head of the Novgorod seminary). His father died when Timothy was a young child, leaving the family in such poverty that his mother was barely able to make ends meet. She wanted to give him to be raised by a neighbor, a coachman, since there was nothing with which to feed the family, but his...
  • Feast of Holy Hieromartyr Benjamin of St. Petersburg and Those With Him (Shot by the Communists)

    08/13/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-13-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Today the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of one of the early stars in the pleiades of new martyrs and confessors of the Communist yoke, Metropolitan Benjamin (Kazansky) of Petrograd and Gdovsk, together with Archimandrite Sergei, Yuri, and John. Hieromartyr Benjamin was born Vasily Pavlovich Kazansky in 1873, in a village near Kargopol, now of Archangelsk province, to the family of Priest Pavel and his wife Maria Kazansky. He was raised in a spirit of piety, and loved to read the Lives of the Saints, contemplating the struggles of the martyrs, and wishing that he too could make...
  • Orthodox Church Calls for Alternative Financial System in Russia

    08/12/2015 11:24:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/11/15 | Anastasia Bazenkova
    As the Russian economy reels from low oil prices and Western sanctions, the country is seeing rising interest in unorthodox financial solutions, most recently one pitched by the Orthodox Church. Last week, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry threw its support behind a so-called Orthodox Financial System developed under the aegis of the Moscow Patriarchate and strongly resembling the better known Islamic financial system. "The Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the creation of the Orthodox Financial System … and is ready to provide its platform for detailed and professional discussion of these questions together with the relevant committees...
  • Agni Parthene - Pure Virgin - Orthodox Hymn of St. Nektarios to the Mother of God

    08/12/2015 11:10:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | St. Nektarios
    Refrain: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels. Much brighter than the firmament/ and purer than the sun's light More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav'nly armies. Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia O Mary bride and Queen of all/ our cause of jubilation Majestic maiden, Queen...
  • Akathist to the Most Holy Mother of God before the Tikhvin icon (Old Church Slavonic)

    08/11/2015 10:54:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Russian Orthodox Church
    According to ancient tradition, the wonderworking icon of Tikhvin is one of several painted by St Luke the Evangelist. The icon was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople in the fifth century, where it was enshrined in the Church of Blachernae, which was built especially for this purpose.In 1383, seventy years before the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Turks, fishermen on Lake Ladoga in the principality of Novgorod the Great witnessed the icon miraculously hovering over the lake’s waters amidst a radiant light. According to an early sixteenth century Russian manuscript, “The Tale of Miracles of the...
  • Syria: “We Are in a School of Faith” - Patriarch Gregory III Laham

    08/10/2015 5:56:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 8/5/15 | Eva-Maria Kolmann
    • Patriarch Gregory III Laham reports on his encounters with people who have lost everything. When Patriarch Gregory III walks in the streets of Damascus in the late evening, people ask: “Has he no fear?” But the 81-year-old head of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church is tireless in his visits to those who have lost close relatives through war and terror. He goes into the homes of the families, comforts them, prays with them and tries to help them. In so doing, he hears countless stories of tragic blows of fate, but also stories of great faith. The Church leader, shared...
  • Pope Institutes World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

    08/10/2015 5:52:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Pope Francis has instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be commemorated annually on September 1, as has become customary in the Orthodox churches. In a letter dated August 6 and released four days later, the Pontiff said that the idea was suggested by Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamon, who represented the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople at the recent release of the encyclical on the care of creation. “As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing,” Pope Francis said in his letter, which was addressed to...
  • Mideast archbishops see US discrimination against Christian refugees in grant of visas

    08/08/2015 8:55:01 AM PDT · by bad company · 11 replies
    http://www.christiantoday.com ^ | 06 August 2015 | Czarina Ong
    Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria are speaking out in defence of displaced Christians who are having a difficult time in applying for US visas to enable them to escape persecution in their own country and settle in a new land, such as the US, where they can freely practice their faith. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, and Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, spoke recently at the Knights of Columbus 2015 Convention press conference in Philadelphia, describing the plight of Christians in the Middle East, according to the Catholic News Agency. They said they found out...
  • The Rebirth of the Patriarch of Moscow: Putin’s politics in harmony with the Orthodox Church

    08/08/2015 7:57:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Diplomatic Intelligence ^ | 08-06-2015 | Dr Filippo Romeo
    August 07, 2015 - The Orthodox Church and the Christian tradition have always assumed a role of primary importance in Russian history and tradition. The origins of Christianity in Russia go back to 988 and coincide with the baptism of Prince Vladimir the Great. He had come to Constantinople, following which the evangelization of the Principality Kievan Rus’ started. The latter included the space currently occupied by the areas of Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, considered the predecessor of the Russian Empire. Formed by Igor in 882, the Principality Kievan Rus’ is the first political form organised by the Oriental...
  • Middle Eastern Christians: Persecuted at Home and Abroad [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/08/2015 5:51:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/7/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    VATICAN CITY, August 7, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is condemning the worldwide silence surrounding the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Meanwhile, Catholic leaders in the region are accusing the United States of rejecting Christian refugees. In a letter to the more than 57,000 Iraqi Christians who have fled to Jordan, the Pope prayed for people around the world to pay more attention to the injustices of ISIS and "not stand by mute and unresponsive before such unacceptable crimes." The letter, made public yesterday at the Vatican, was given...
  • ISIS Captures Syrian Town That is Home to Thousands of Christians

    08/07/2015 6:31:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/6/15 | Staff Reporter
    Takeover of town is a threat to monks at Mar Elian monasteryISIS militants have captured Qaryatain, a key Syrian town populated by tens of thousands of Christians and a monastery. The superior of the town’s Mar Elian monastery, Fr Jacques Mourad, was kidnapped by extremists in May along with a lay Christian, Boutros Hanna Dekermenjian. Before his abduction Fr Mourad had taken in dozens of families and 100 children who had sought refuge from the fighting.
  • Syrian Christians Wed in Bombed-Out Church

    08/01/2015 2:09:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | July 31, 2015
    More than 2,000 locals who were driven out of their hometown of Homs, Syria, returned on July 12 to witness a moment of sweet triumph as a young couple married inside the wreckage of their beloved church.The Daily Mail is reporting on the bitter sweet story of Fadi and Rana, 28, two refugees of the years-long Syrian civil war, who met in a refugee camp. Fadi, a university graduate who was working at a pharmaceutical factory in the city before he was forced to flee, fell in love with Rana while they were both working for the U.N. Refugee Agency.When...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

    08/01/2015 11:40:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three “Feasts of the Savior” in August) Commemorated on August 1 Troparion & KontakionThe Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: “Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it...
  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 5:03:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 75 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 07-30-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The most difficult part of my Orthodox experience to discuss with the non-Orthodox is the place and role of the Mother of God in the Church and in my life. It is, on the one hand, deeply theological and even essential to a right understanding of the Orthodox faith, while, on the other hand, being intensely personal beyond the bounds of conversation. I am convinced, as well, that the Orthodox approach to Mary is part of the apostolic deposit, and not a later accretion. When I was doing graduate studies some decades back, I decided to concentrate my historical research on...
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • German Protestants Apologise for Reformation Iconoclasm

    07/31/2015 6:22:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The German Protestant Church (EKD) has apologised for the widespread destruction of religious images during the Reformation. “The Protestant Church rejects the destruction of images. Images have long since become an expression of Protestant piety,” Protestant Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber underlined at a meeting of delegations from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the EKD. The clerics met in Hamburg to discuss the word “image” from the Orthodox and Protestant points of view. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and EKD chairman Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm sent greetings and blessings to the Hamburg meeting. Destroying image was most common in the immediate aftermath of the...
  • Dormition Fast Begins (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:52:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | August 2015 | Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
    Standing at your deathbed, the Apostles cried aloud in wonder: The Palace of the King withdraws: the Ark of holiness is raised on high. Let the gates be opened wide that the Gate of God may enter into abundant joy, She who asks without ceasing for great mercy on the world. Several years ago, I was sharing with an Orthodox pilgrim the thought that the Dormition fast, though short, was very intense spiritually and that hardships seemed to befall people more in those two weeks than in the long Apostles’ fast. Without hesitation he responded, “Of course! Lent is...
  • Pray for the Reposed! (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:35:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1992 | Hieromartyr John of Riga
    The death of people who are close and dear to us is one of the most difficult trials sent to us by the Lord God during this temporary life. There are no tears more bitter than the tears of a mother for the beloved child of her heart who goes to the grave before his time. What sorrow can we compare to the sorrow of widows and orphans? Nonetheless, our Lord and Saviour turns to these people, the most unfortunate ones in the eyes of the world, saying respectfully, "Do not weep!" The Apostle Paul commands these sorrowing ones, saying,...
  • Where does humanistic culture lead?

    07/30/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28-2015 | St. Justin Popovic
    St. Justin Popovic (April 6, 1894-April 7, 1979) survived two world wars in Serbia, and in this treatise on European culture he discerns the problems with the European worldview that led to such a human disaster, and touches upon the probable future. Theanthropic culture transfigures man from within, and thereby likewise influences his external condition. It transfigures the soul, and by way of the soul, it transfigures the body. According to this culture, the body is the temple of the soul, and it lives, moves and has its being through the soul. Take away the soul from the body and...
  • What Makes a Priest Rejoice at Confession

    07/29/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-27-2014 | Igumen Nektary (Morozov)
    What gives you joy when one person after another lines up to take confession? Not when you hear the confession that many call, “on duty”, but when you become a witness to change that’s happened (perhaps even before your very eyes) in a person; when you have become the witness of his struggle, the result of his work on himself and the action of God’s grace that goes with it. This is always experienced as a marvelous miracle—the most important and most necessary of all miracles, the most unbelievable and most saving. However, it’s not only the miracle that makes...
  • The Christian Life is Monastic Life

    07/29/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-18-2013 | Fr. Natham Duffy
         To a culture whose core values are self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and self-sovereignty, Orthodox monastic life appears as an affront and a scandal. What could be more contrary to our individualistic society which prizes comfort, ease, and “freedom” above all other concerns than a life of utter self-abasement, strict obedience, and striving after Holy suffering for Christ’s sake? The monastic life is a call to prophetic, apostolic, martyric, Christian witness, but is it a completely distinct call from the general Christian calling? Do the commandments to pray unceasingly (1 Thess. 5:17) or to sell all we have, give to the...
  • Encyclical of Greek Archbishop Stylianos of Australia Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

    07/29/2015 9:02:59 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Archbishop Stylianos
    To the Reverend Clergy and the honourable Administrative Committees of the Parish-Communities of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Dearly Beloved, Further to our Encyclical of 28th May 2013, in relation to a law which the State proposes to vote upon with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of Marriage. You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of...
  • ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: A BRIEF STUDY FOR THE LAYMAN

    07/28/2015 1:23:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | 1983 | Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
    We are living at a time in which the monastic life is not only considered abnormal, but is even ridiculed and condemned. Even they who profess to teach the word of God, especially within Protestant Christianity, cynically condemn the monastic life as useless, isolationist, abnormal, and not in conformity with the teachings of Christ. They teach that they who enter monasteries and convents certainly are not the ideal Christians. The Early HistoryYet, history witnesses to us that the ascetic life, the life of monasticism has existed within the Church from the very beginning. Even before the Church had been established on...
  • THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE PAROUSIA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

    07/27/2015 9:54:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | uncertain | Prof. Stylianos Papadopoulos
    Distinction and Relationship in the Divine HypostasesIn Antioch and in its spiritual sphere of influence, all the familiar solutions had been tried and even proposed synodically to bridge the chasm separating the teaching of the First Ecumenical Council from the Arian heresy. These solutions were, of course, being offered to Arius, but were more or less diminishing the doctrine of Nicaea. Chrysostom who certainly knew these solutions, accepted the Homoousion of Nicaea, but was also familiar with the theology of the Cappadocians, at least in general. He particularly knew the distinction of the three divine Hypostases and the one nature...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • Russian Orthodox Ch Urges Authorities Against Leaving People Without Ideological "Wheel and Sails"

    07/24/2015 6:18:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/24/15
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The authorities should not exclude themselves "from the ideological sphere, from the spirit sphere," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. "If it lacks this, this means that people find themselves without wheel and without sails," the priest said. "Many today would want the authorities not to have faith, an ideological component and were just managers but I want to hope that this is not so in our history, in our future," he said. It is necessary to overcome "the...
  • [16 Year Old] Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

    07/22/2015 6:23:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    At sundown each day during Ramadan, which ended on 17 July with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, observant Muslims customarily broke their fast at their evening iftar meal by eating dates. A week prior, on the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama was on the street in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, handing out dates to those hurrying home before sundown. In a country that is 90 per cent Muslim, nearly every passer-by was, almost by definition, Muslim. Osama, however, is a Coptic Christian, and in each small plastic bag of dates he also had included a slip of paper...
  • Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on Gay Marriage

    07/20/2015 9:39:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    ROCOR ^ | July 2015 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
    ...While we reaffirm today, as we have always done, the unchanging reality of repentance as a path open to all, without qualification, and abhor those who would react to any sin, or any sinner, other than in love and with the promise of new life that true repentance may bring, we nonetheless shall not succumb to the prevalent social trend of our day, which equates recognition and acceptance of sin with love. For the legalisation of sin is precisely what this judicial act accomplishes, whatever may otherwise be its aims or intentions. Marriage has been from creation, is now and...
  • India tolerant? Its Christians beg to differ

    07/19/2015 3:36:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/19/15 | John Allen
    At the level of sweeping stereotypes, most Westerners tend to think of India and its dominant religion, Hinduism, as bastions of tolerance. Ever since the Beatles traveled to an ashram to study meditation, there’s been a chic about Indian spirituality as the ultimate in “all paths lead to the same place.”One might profitably ask Christians in today’s India, however, whether those stereotypes have anything to do with their reality. The answer you’re likely to get is, “Are you kidding?”In truth, India’s small Christian minority has felt under the gun for a long time, and they say things have become considerably...
  • Am I a Good Person?

    07/19/2015 12:19:19 PM PDT · by bad company · 23 replies
    http://myocn.net/am-i-a-good-person/ ^ | May 11, 2015 | By Fr. Ernesto Obregon
    A question was asked in a recent comic strip as one character spoke to another, “Okay, Marcus, you don’t drink or smoke or cuss, but is it the absence of bad behavior that makes someone good, or is it the presence of good behavior?” I was surprised at the depth of the comment, particularly since both characters on that day’s strip are teenagers. Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God....
  • On the Sacramental Nature of Marriage

    07/18/2015 6:55:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-18-2015 | Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov
       Fr. Sergei SveshnikovOne of the obvious differences between the Orthodox and Western understanding of marriage is that in the West, marriage is what two people do, while in the East, it is something that is done to them. This difference is expressed in the wedding service. In the West, the two people give a set of vows, thus entering into a contract with each other. In the Orthodox service, no vows are exchanged; after the initial inquiry as to whether they want to be married to each other (more on that later), they say absolutely nothing. They also do...
  • 60,000 March in Memory of Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/18/2015 2:22:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Paul Gilbert
    On the evening of July 16/17, to honor the memory of the murdered Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, more than 60.000 Orthodox faithful took part in the 20 km royal procession pilgrimage from the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama.      On the evening of 16/17 July, to honour the memory of the murdered Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, more than 60,000 Orthodox faithful took part in the 20-km royal procession pilgrimage from the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the...
  • Video of the Vigil of the Feast of St. Sergius (Ecumenical)

    07/18/2015 2:07:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-18-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Video from the All Night Vigil for the Feast of St. Sergius at the Trinity - Sergius Lavra (Monastery)
  • Southernmost Church in the World: Where Father Kirilov Celebrates Mass at 25 Degrees Below Zero

    07/18/2015 8:38:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 7/16/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    "The Russian workers at the South Pole expect, like every other believer, spiritual support and a Church very devoted to God." With these words Russian Orthodox priest Sophrony Kirilov describes his task. He's a "special envoy" of the Moscow Patriarch on King George Island, as the British call them, or Isla 25 de Mayo, as the Argentines say. The island belongs to the sub-Antarctic archipelago of the South Shetlands. Here Father Kirilov cares for the southernmost church in the world. The Russian priest is one of a hundred people who spend even the winter in this latitude, although the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Rejects Draft Document of Pan-Orthodox Council

    07/17/2015 6:17:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church has rejected a draft document that is scheduled to be discussed at the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council. The document, entitled “The Orthodox Church’s Contribution to the Triumph of Peace, Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood and Love among Nations and to the Elimination of Racial and Other Forms of Discrimination,” was deemed “unacceptable in its current form” by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. The governing body recommended the approval of another draft conciliar document, entitled “The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today,” and also recommended the adoption of changes to the document...
  • Video from the first Feast of St. Paisios at Souroti Monastery (Ecumenical)

    07/16/2015 11:12:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-15-2015 | GREEKTV4E
    Here is a video of the Greek Orthodox Divine Liturgy from the recent vigil (7/11/15) in celebration of the first feast day since the canonization of St. Paisios. The video is of the service from the Monastery of Souroti outside of Thessaloniki, which treasures the holy and wonderworking grave of St. Paisios. At the feast was present the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, along with many other bishops, clergy, monks and nuns, and thousands of the faithful. In the video one can see beautiful shots of the church, excellent chanting from the nuns at Souroti, and video of the long line of...