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  • St. Lucia

    12/13/2018 6:34:26 AM PST · by lightman · 13 replies
    Anerican Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 13 December A.D. 2017 | Pr. William Zill
    IC CHAPEL (13 December 2017) Commemoration of Lucia, Martyr Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. ~ Isaiah 40:1-2 In the name of Jesus. Amen. These days are the darkest times of the year. It is not an accident that St. Lucia, whose name derives from lux, light, is commemorated when the days are the shortest. Festivals of light became very popular in northern Europe during this time of...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Urges U.S. to Change Approach Toward Assessing Religious Freedom

    12/12/2018 6:37:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/12/18
    Moscow, December 12, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate believes the U.S. Department of State's approach toward the assessment of religious freedoms in other countries requires revision, as it is inconsistent with what people, including people in the U.S., feel about the matter. "It's well known that the American administration has been assessing religious freedoms in particular countries for decades by judging how comfortable various cults and quasi-religious organizations feel there. For our part, we expect the Republican administration, which has often declared its support for such traditional values as the restriction and prohibition of abortions, to radically change this approach,"...
  • Exarchate, recently abolished by Constantinople, to ask to be received by Russian Church

    12/12/2018 1:55:37 PM PST · by NRx · 45 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 12-12-2018 | staff
    The Archdiocese of the Russian Churches in Western Europe, officially the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of the Russian Tradition in Western Europe, intends to ask to be accepted into the Russian Orthodox Church. The Archdiocese had been a part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople for decades, though it was suddenly abolished without warning by the Holy Synod of the Constantinople on November 27. The Patriarchate then officially announced that it had revoked the 1999 tomos that gave the care of the Archdiocese to its own Archbishop-Exarch and that the Russian parishes were to be integrated into the dioceses of...
  • Wars of Religion. Because in Ukraine the Most Ecumenical Are the Greek Catholics

    12/11/2018 11:31:45 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | December 11, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    11 dic Wars of Religion. Because in Ukraine the Most Ecumenical Are the Greek Catholics n the war underway in the Orthodox world between the patriarchate of Constantinople and that of Moscow - the former in favor of and the latter against the creation of an independent and united Ukrainian Orthodox Church - there is a third wheel which is the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine, with its four million faithful.Which side this is on in the conflict is no mystery. With Constantinople. As repeatedly explained by its major archbishop, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, most recently in October in an extensive...
  • The Tale of the Two Calendars: Why the Orthodox Church can't agree onwhat day it is

    12/08/2018 10:08:56 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-07-2018 | Bible Illustrated
    A humorous look at the great calendar debate within (mostly) the Orthodox Church.
  • Low Mass for the Feast of St. Nicholas (Orthodox Western Rite)

    12/07/2018 6:29:18 PM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 12-07-2018 | Nicholas Shin
    Low Mass celebrated on the feast day of St. Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra. Appx 40 mins.
  • No, Christmas is Not Pagan. Just Stop.

    12/07/2018 7:10:02 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 53 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | December 5, 2018 | Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
    Well, it’s time for a good Christmas rant. This requires a rant, because every year, we see the same ignorant silliness. (Sorry, but it’s just true.) Supposedly, Christmas is secretly pagan, secretly syncretist, secretly a co-opting of pagan stuff and ignorantly claiming it to be Christian. But the truth about these things is so available that it’s literally staring out at you even from Wikipedia. Well, if you are one of the people who says this stuff, I’ve got a lot of problems with you people. Let the airing of grievances begin. (And it’s not even Festivus yet!)
  • Constantinople Not Planning to Grant Autocephaly to Ukrainian Church - Media

    12/06/2018 5:37:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/5/18
    Kiev, December 5, Interfax - The statute regarding Ukraine's "unified local church" drawn up by the Constantinople Patriarchate does not actually provide for this church's autocephaly, contrary to Kiev's expectations, the online Ukrainian publication Vesti reported on Tuesday. According to Vesti, some key provisions of this statute show that there is no reason to expect the autocephaly (independence) of the new church; it will be fully subordinate to Constantinople as a metropolitanate. One of the key provisions of the statute stipulates that the Ukrainian church will be inseparably linked to the Constantinople Patriarchate and, through it, to all other Churches....
  • Can You Baptize Without Baptism? Review: The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II

    12/06/2018 8:39:20 AM PST · by NRx · 23 replies
    Heterodoxt and Orthodoxy ^ | 12-04-2018 | Fr. John Cox
    Is it possible to receive an unbaptized person into the Orthodox Church without baptizing him? What would it mean to do such a thing? You might not expect a book about the Second Vatican Council to elicit such questions from Orthodox sacramental theology but Fr. Peter Heers’s 2015 doctoral thesis, published with the title The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II (ERV2), does just that. The book examines the theology and practice of baptism in the Latin West as it was articulated at the Second Vatican Council (V2), tracing its development from the time of St. Augustine, and contrasts this narrative,...
  • A German priest’s Advent reflections from World War II

    12/04/2018 6:13:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    CNA ^ | Mary Reza
    Father Alfred Delp was in the midst of his studies to become a Jesuit priest when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Despite increasing difficulties under the regime, he was ordained a priest for the order in 1937. The priest eventually was imprisoned in 1944 and executed in 1945 by the Gestapo, as he was falsely believed to be involved in the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. Even though he was able to prove his innocence, he was hung for high treason for his involvement in resistance activities. He was offered his freedom if he left the...
  • Pope Francis Calls for Unity with Orthodox Churches

    12/01/2018 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Pope expressed his desire to work for full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox churches On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that while the Holy Spirit has in recent years prompted a “fraternal dialogue” between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, both Churches should work to achieve full communion with one another. “While centuries of mutual misunderstanding, differences and silence may seem to have compromised [the relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Church], the Holy Spirit, Spirit of unity, has enabled us to recommence a fraternal dialogue,” the pope wrote....
  • Baptists Say Russia’s ‘Operation Intimidation’ Will Spread to Other Faiths

    12/01/2018 2:25:32 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Even those who accept that unjust laws must be observed until they are repealed say that the actions of Russian officials in Naberezhny Chelny against a Baptist minister are intended not to enforce the law but to intimidate Evangelical Baptists... A week ago, police in that Middle Volga city arrested Baptist minister Leonid Povorov for baptizing believers in public without securing advanced permission from officials even though they had not given him notice, brought the pastor in shackles to the courtroom, and imposed a 20,000-ruble (330 US dollar) fine. Both locally and at the national level, Baptists have protested these...
  • Russia's New Military Cathedral will train War Priests

    11/30/2018 6:18:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 29, 2018
    A Russian Orthodox cathedral set to be built for the country’s armed forces will reportedly train military priests, the head of a foundation in charge of collecting donations for its construction has said. Blueprints for the Armed Forces cathedral were reportedly unveiled at the Venice Bienalle on Thursday, two months after the Russian Defense Ministry began collecting donations to build the megastructure. Reports this year disclosed plans to train priests embedded with the Airborne Troops to drive combat vehicles and operate communication equipment. “A school for military priests is being built and the institute of Sisters of Charity nurses will...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Visits China as Well North and South Korea

    11/28/2018 6:52:53 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/27/18 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    The second most important cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church visits the Far East. In Beijing he cited the 222 Chinese martyrs killed during the Boxer Uprising (1900). In Pyongyang he gave a gift to Kim Jong-un from Patriarch Kirill. Russia’s Church and diplomats work together abroadMoscow (AsiaNews) – Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the most important cleric in the Russian Church after Patriarch Kirill, visited Beijing 23-24 November. Before travelling to the two Koreas, he celebrated a Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in the Russian embassy in Beijing, together with Church...
  • The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics (Russia-Ukraine)

    11/25/2018 4:57:15 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Nikos Konstandaras
    Russia’s effort to keep Ukraine under its thumb prompted a revolution in 2014 and a war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It also prompted, on Monday, what may be one of the most serious splits in Christendom since the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople in 1054 and the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. This new crisis has deep historical roots, and could shape religious and secular ties among many countries for years to come. Here’s what happened: The Church of Russia announced this week that it was breaking ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which has...
  • Putin says Russian Orthodoxy is 'Closer to Islam Than Catholicism' (Flashback)

    11/24/2018 11:41:01 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies
    RISU Religion ^ | 17th December 2010
    During his conversation with the Russian people today, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cited with approval the conclusion of “certain theoreticians who say that Orthodox Christianity is much closer to Islam than Catholicism is,” something that he suggests should be the basis for restoring national concord. In his responses to questions, Putin stressed that “Caucasians must not be afraid to live in Moscow or Russians to live in the North Caucasus.” Instead, he continued, “all citizens of Russia of whatever faith or nationality must recognize that we have a single common Motherland." The simplification of Huntington’s ideas in the intervening years...
  • Putin Vows to Defend the Orthodox Church

    11/21/2018 6:41:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/20/18 | Dr. Steve Turley
    "The State is now ready to go to war over the Church."TRANSCRIPT: Alright there, everyone, Russian president Vladimir Putin is vowing to defend Russian Orthodox churches and monasteries in war-torn Ukraine, a political rhetoric we have not heard in centuries, and what it means for our current global context. That is what we'll be talking about on today's video. You know, as an Orthodox Christian, this really is one of the saddest stories I've had to report on in all the issues and all the events that we've covered together over the last two years. I don't know how many...
  • Russia's Next Weapon: A Military Church

    11/17/2018 6:21:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/11/18 | Michael Peck
    The walls of the military church are made in the color of the standard Russian missile system and armored vehicle. From the inside, the walls are decorated with paintings of battle scenes from military history and texts from the Holy Scriptures. The projected height is 311 feet tall, and it is designed to hold 6,000 people. "The modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,”Meet Vladimir Putin's newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main...
  • Historic Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on the Holy Spirit Published [Filioque]

    11/15/2018 6:52:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The historic Agreed Statement between Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians on the Procession and Work of the Holy Spirit has been published. The statement was signed last October after lengthy discussions by members of the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC). It was published at this year’s meeting of AOOIC, which took place last week in Lebanon. The agreed statement is part of a series of work which has helped to heal the oldest continuing division within Christianity, a schism that goes back centuries. At the core of Agreed Statement is the controversial Filioque clause – appended to the Nicene Creed...
  • High Mass (Orthodox Western Rite)

    11/14/2018 5:47:32 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-31-2018 | St. Patrick's Church
    High Mass served according to the Orthodox Western Rite in a parish of the Antochian Orthodox Church. This appears to be the pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic Rite with only a few minor changes in order to render it acceptable for Orthodox Christian worship. The Creed will be recited in its original form sans the Filioque and I believe a slightly reinforced epiclesis was added. But otherwise this is the Tridentine Mass. (English 1hr 5 mins}