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  • 350 Yr Old Monastery, Destroyed by Nazis, Finally Restored – And it’s Mesmerizing

    06/11/2018 5:33:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 6/6/18 | Michael Tare
    A unique monastery--Russia's own Holy Land, founded by the controversial Patriarch Nikon in 1656--has finally been rebuilt in MoscowThe breathtakingly beautiful, architecturally unique and historically significant New Jerusalem monastery has occupied a place of unique veneration among Russians during its 350-year history. A few years before the Revolution, it was visited by about 35,000 people annually. It was originally founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon, who built it to imitate structurally and thematically the Church of Christ’s Tomb in Jerusalem. This was done so that Russians who could not make the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem could get a taste of...
  • Catholics Slam Met Gala's Religious-Inspired Outfits as 'Blasphemous'

    05/08/2018 4:34:15 PM PDT · by ethom · 45 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 8, 2018 | Erin Donnelly
    The theme of Monday night’s Met Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” served up a whole procession of looks inspired by the church. Rihanna channeled the Pope, Katy Perry donned angel wings, and Sarah Jessica Parker had an entire nativity scene perched on her head. For fashion fans, it was a smorgasbord of over-the-top eye candy and designer creativity. For many Catholics, however, it was blasphemy. Gucci designer Alessandro Michele (left) dressed Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto for the occasion. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) More Although quite a few former Catholic schoolgirls — including Madonna and Kim...
  • Lost in Time - Old Believer Russian Orthodox Communities Migrate Back to Motherland

    04/27/2018 6:02:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 4/20/18 | Staff
    Old Believers, the strictest adherents of ancient Christian traditions, are finally returning from 100-year exile in the West to RussiaThis fascinating news story offers an update about the Old Believer communities that have been steadily returning to Russia from an almost 100-year exile in Alaska, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina and setting up communities in Russia's Far East. Old Believers are Russian Christians who did not accept the reforms of the Official Russian Church in the 1600s. Since then, they have retained strict staunch loyalty to old traditions. They live in communities, farming the land, have traditional large families, don't...
  • A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the...Orthodox...

    04/15/2018 4:45:49 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Patriarchate of Antioch ^ | 14 April A.D. 2018 | Patriarch John et al
    A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic Damascus, 14 April 2018 God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves! We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that...
  • Christ is risen! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/08/2018 10:45:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    Vanity | 04-08-2018 | NRx
    Happy Ester everyone. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
  • At the Heart of Lent

    03/02/2018 9:03:13 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 2 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | March 2, 2018 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You! (Ps. 119:11) Years ago, I heard a statement from an American monk: “The contemplative need go no further than his own heart to find the source of all violence in the world.” It struck me as true then and has only seemed more so as the years have passed. At the time (not long after the Vietnam War) this monastic was remarking on the many young people whom they had visiting his monastery who were “so deeply angry about peace.” The statement echoed an experience...
  • Unity with Orthodox? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/24/2018 6:40:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unity with Orthodox? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: What is it that separates the Catholic Church from our Orthodox counterparts? What led to these divisions? — Name withheld via email Answer: The separation between the Orthodox Churches of the East and Western Churches united to Rome is a complex issue rooted in culture, language and politics as much as theology or authority. The modern tendency to fix the Great Schism on one event or year is misleading. The first cause of the division was the gradual estrangement of East and West. The East and West increasingly grouped themselves around different centers...
  • Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides Elected Metropolitan of Chicago

    02/11/2018 9:03:37 PM PST · by lightman · 4 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 7 February A.D. 2018 | Stavros Papagermanos/
    NEW YORK – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously today the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago. Immediately following the election, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America stated: “I express my wholehearted congratulations on the election of Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago, wishing the abundant blessing of God on the sacred ministry the Church has entrusted him with. The newly-elected Metropolitan has served as Deacon, Priest and Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for a number of years, and I am certain that he...
  • Scenes from the funeral and burial of the abbot of Optina Monastery Archimandrite Benedict (Penkov)

    02/08/2018 5:53:09 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 02-08-2018 | Optina Monastery
    Memory eternal! Память вечная!
  • Vladimir Putin's Christianity is a facade, says expelled US missionary

    01/22/2018 12:31:07 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 114 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 2017 | Harry Farley
    It is now well over a year since Vladimir Putin's Russia passed 'anti-missionary' laws and more than 180 cases have since been brought. Activities ranging from prayer meetings in homes, posting worship times on a religious website and praying in the presence of other citizens have been interpreted as 'missionary activity' with Christians making up the vast majority of the law's victims. One case is that of Donald Ossewaarde, an American Baptist preacher living in Oryol, who was expelled for hosting a church meeting in his house. Having lost appeals throughout the Russian judiciary system, Ossewaarde's case is now with...
  • Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

    01/18/2018 9:26:34 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 42 replies
    American Orthodox Institute ^ | January 18, 2018 | FR. JOHANNES JACOBSE
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-seven Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church. The statement comes in response to a public statement issued in October by nine Orthodox liturgical scholars in the U.S. and Greece, expressing support for the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s November 2016 decision to “restore” the ancient order of deaconesses and its February 2017 appointment of deaconesses...
  • NATIVITY OF CHRIST. Divine Liturgy in English (Orthodox Christmas)

    01/07/2018 7:07:38 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 6 2018 / Dec 25 2017 (Old Calendar) | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Merry Christmas everyone. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
  • Mother Dies Sheltering Children from Terrorists Who Attacked a Church

    01/01/2018 3:57:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Persecution - International Christian Concern ^ | January 1, 2018 | Claire Evans
    ICC Note:One of the women who was killed during last week’s brutal terrorist attack against a church in Helwan died protecting her two daughters, aged 11 and 7. According to her daughters, their mother pushed her children to the ground and sheltered them from the bullets of one of the terrorists. The attack on the church occurred a little over a week before the Coptic Orthodox Christmas, which will take place on January 7th. Tensions are high as Christians throughout Egypt prepare for celebrations with the knowledge that terrorists will likely continue to target their churches during this time. 1/01/18...
  • Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 places of worship in last 30 years

    01/02/2018 2:16:20 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 01-02-2018 | Zelda Caldwell
    Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 churches over the last 30 years, although it is expected to take until 2050 to return to what it was before the 1917 revolution, reported The Tablet. “Houses of worship aren’t built as architectural or artistic monuments – they’re there for the people,” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations director told Rossiya-24 TV. “And we don’t build churches to obtain impressive statistics, but because people want them. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the construction or renovation of most churches is financed by the faithful – both small people and big entrepreneurs.” Metropolitan...
  • Saints and Feasts: 20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

    12/28/2017 8:51:19 AM PST · by lightman · 6 replies
    Greeek Orthodox Archiocese in America ^ | 29 December A.D. 2017 | Greeek Orthodox Archiocese
    All these Saints, some 20,000 in number, were burned alive in the year 303, while they were gathered in church. This came to pass during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. According to the Synaxarion, this took place on the day of Christ's Nativity. Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. VIII, 6) says that, of the Christians then living in Nicomedia, all were slain by imperial decree - some by the sword, and others by fire, and that, because of their divine and inexpressible ardour, both men and women cast themselves into the fire. Besides those burned in church. the following, who were...
  • Agni Parthene - O Virgin Pure in English (Devotional)

    12/25/2017 5:32:37 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-21-2011
    An ancient Orthodox hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary commonly chanted at Christmas.
  • Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

    12/16/2017 10:59:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 32 replies
    Dear Friends: As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society. We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one's sex as male or female. We acknowledge and affirm that...
  • Russian Orthodox leader: ‘The problem of abortion ... is our highest priority’

    11/03/2017 3:35:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 11-02-2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, Russia, November 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Patriarch Kirill of Moscow opened the seventh church-wide Congress for Social Work with the repeated admonition that ending abortion is priority number one. His Holiness stated emphatically that the fight for innocent human life is, and must remain, the Church’s main social work.   “The problem of abortion in our country … is our highest priority,” he unequivocally stated. Many anti-marriage and anti-family issues have come to the fore in recent years, but Kirill brought the focus back to the source of social division and cultural death.   “A few years ago, I...
  • Turkey Uncensored: The Last Orthodox Patriarch in Turkey? (Turkey engineered extinction)

    10/24/2017 6:41:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Monday, October 23, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the spiritual center of Orthodox Christianity which is based in Turkey, is unable to train clergy and potential successors for the position of patriarch. The reason is that the Halki Seminary, the only school for training the leadership of Orthodox Christianity, was forcibly closed down by the Turkish government in 1971. It has been waiting to re-open its doors ever since.The closing of the Halki seminary, which was founded in 1844 on the island of Halki (Heybeliada), has made it very difficult for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to survive. The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights...
  • Coptic Orthodox Priest Killed in Egypt

    10/12/2017 9:25:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    orthodox chruch info ^ | October 11, 2017 | Orthodoxy Cognate
    John Anton – OCP News Service – 12/1017 +Memory Eternal+ Cairo-Egypt: A Coptic Orthodox Christian priest was murdered and another was injured in a knife attack this morning in the Capital city of Cairo. Father ‘Samaan Shihata’ (Fr Simon) from Bani Suief, Upper Egypt, was on a visit to Cairo with another priest. They were attacked by some unknown person who killed Fr Simon. Local media reported that police have arrested the culprit and he is currently under investigation. The ancient Coptic orthodox christian community in Egypt face various persecution from religious fanatics . May be the memory of the...