E.J. Dionne: Questioning our questions[What holiness needs to look like in the 21st century]

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Source: The Washington Post By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar, Jaroslav Pelikan. In his book “Jesus Through the Centuries,” Pelikan tells the story of a rabbi who is challenged by one of his pupils: “Why is it that you rabbis so often put your teaching in the form of a question?” To which the rabbi replies: “So what’s wrong with a question?” Trying to imagine … [Read more...]

Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church: Father Gleb Yakunin

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Source: The Daily Beast He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism. With Father Gleb Yakunin’s death on Christmas, Russia has lost a liberal voice of conscience. On Christmas Day, the world lost an extraordinary man of faith who once went to prison for his Christian beliefs under an atheist state and later challenged both his church and the repressive entanglement of church and state under a regime that claims to celebrate religious values. When the … [Read more...]

The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest

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Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA]  Clergy and faithful from parishes across the Midwest gathered at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here on the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect Paul [Gassios] was consecrated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest. Bishop-elect Paul, who had served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest, was nominated by delegates at a special … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ List of 15 Spiritual Ailments Applies to Orthodox Christians, Too!

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Andrew Estocin in The Sounding Orthodox Christians around the world were recently watching as Pope Francis visited The Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Feast of St. Andrew on November 30, 2014.  The same Pope of Rome who washed the feet of an Orthodox Christian in 2013 stood out again for his humility by asking Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his blessing.   The resulting photo is a loving reminder of the true meaning of leadership and the … [Read more...]

OCA, OCMC partner to send mission team to Mexico in June 2015

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America, in partnership with the Florida-based Orthodox Christian Mission Center, will be hosting a mission teaching team to San Esteban and Pisaflores in the OCA Diocese of Mexico June 20-27, 2015. “Both Pisaflores and San Esteban are villages of native Aztec Orthodox Christians nine hours northwest of Mexico City,” said Archpriest Ted Pisarchuk.  “In both villages, the homes are of simple concrete block … [Read more...]

Nativity and Theophany Message from the Assembly of Bishops’ Chairman

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Be glad, you just, heavens rejoice, mountains leap for joy; Christ is born and the Virgin sits like the Cherubim throne carrying in her bosom God the Word made flesh. Shepherds glorify the one that is born; Magi offer gifts to the Master; Angels sing praises, saying: Lord beyond understanding, glory to you! (Lauds of Christmas Matins) To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites [A message for all Church administrators]

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Source: Religion News Service by Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See was more “Bah! Humbug!” than holiday cheer as he ticked off a laundry list of “ailments of … [Read more...]

A Christmas Festival in Ethiopia

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding     David Adams is an Australian explorer and documentarian who travels the world. In a series called “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth” he spends one episode in Ethiopia, investigating its ancient Christian culture and liturgical practices. In the segment embedded above, he has made his way to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s most distinctive holy sites, during the celebration of Christmas. … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon Leads SVS Delegation to Halki

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Source: Orthodox Church in America HALKI, TURKEY [OCA/SVOTS Communications]  At invitation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a delegation representing Saint Vladimir’s Seminary visited the historic Holy Theological School of Halki here December 16-19, 2014. In his capacity as President of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon headed the delegation, which included Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean; Archpriest Dr. John Jillions, Seminary Trustee, … [Read more...]

The Patriarch of Romania: “We must think now, 25 years after the revolution of December 1989, what we have done with our freedom”

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Source: Basilica News Agency Today, 17 December 2014, 12.00 hours, the bells were rung in all the cathedrals, churches and monasteries as sign of gratitude and solemn prayers were said for the first revolutionary heroes who sacrificed themselves 25 years ago at Timisoara for the freedom, faith and dignity of the Romanian people oppressed by the communist regime. When we pray for our freedom we think of those who sacrificed themselves for the freedom and dignity of the Romanian … [Read more...]