Patriarch Bartholomew sure there is no alternative to Orthodox-Catholic dialogue

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Source: Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in an interview with the Italian agency SIR said that today there are many issues that both churches must address together, Religion in Ukraine reports, with a reference to Pomisna. “Today, perhaps more than 50 years ago, there is an urgent need for reconciliation. This means the meeting with our brother Francis Pope in Jerusalem is very important,” said Patriarch Bartholomew about the upcoming … [Read more...]

A Tower Rises at St. Nicholas

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Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – The World Trade Center site will remain a hive of construction activity for years to come, but visitors on Saturday, April 26 saw that much of the master plan for Ground Zero is complete. The iconic Freedom Tower – officially known as One World Trade Center – looks finished from many angles and tourists and New Yorkers alike cannot wait for its grand opening, if not this year, then in 2015. A number of office towers are … [Read more...]

Blueprint for a Unified Orthodox Christian Church in the United States: Where are We? A Layperson’s Overview

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George E. Matsoukas In 2008, a Meeting of Patriarchs of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches convened in Switzerland under the auspices of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and charged the Bishops, in the lands outside of the traditional Roman Empire, to meet together in Assemblies of Bishops.  The purpose of these meetings of Assemblies of Bishops is to develop blueprints to establish canonical order within their geographic areas.   The Churches … [Read more...]

Unity Appeal / Internet Appeal

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Is Orthodox Christian Unity important to you?  Does this Internet Ministry have value for you? Please sign the Unity Petition so we can let our bishops know that we are behind their work.  Please make a donation via PayPal or by check to maintain this Internet Service. Thank you for your consideration.   … [Read more...]

SVOTS receives approval for D. Min. Distance Learning Program; Applications being accepted

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Source: St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications from priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry who want to earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry [D.Min] degree through a new hybrid program that combines on-line coursework with on-campus intensive training. In the coming months the seminary administration will begin reviewing applications to admit 15 students into the first cohort of the new … [Read more...]

WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN?

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Source: Orthodox Women This Holy week I attended Holy Protection Russian Orthodox church for the rite of the washing of the feet. In the church were many, many children..from 0-12 attending the service. A twelve year old solemnly and perfectly read the prayers after communion A three year old danced and spun in the beam of sunlight coming through the dome windows as she tried to embrace it A younger child stared in awe at the icons and demanded to be brought to each one on the walls to … [Read more...]

Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again [a Personal Reflection]

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Source: Greek Orthodox Church - Taybeh, Palestine By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D. We have just celebrated the Miracle of the Holy Fire in Taybeh in a most magnificent way at the outskirts of our village approximately 5:30 pm local time on this Great and Holy Saturday while waiting all afternoon when this great miracle occurred once again in Jerusalem. “O Gladsome Light, of the Holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly Holy, blessed Jesus Christ!” (Holy Saturday Morning Prayers) The local … [Read more...]

THE HOLY FIRE HAS DESCENDED IN THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Jerusalem, April 19, 2014 - The Holy Fire has descended on Holy Saturday in the Church of the Lord’s Sepulcher in Jerusalem. His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has passed on the Holy flame to the tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the church. Among them were representatives of the St. Andrew the First-Called foundation, who will bring the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Moscow by airplane, reports RIA Novosti. The time it takes for the Holy Fire … [Read more...]

Paschal Pastoral Letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel

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Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America CLICK HERE to view the letter.                   … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Weeping Icon of the Virgin Mary Tuesday, April 22

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Source: Illinois News Network online Religious leaders from the Orthodox Christian Churches will come together Tuesday night April 22 to commemorate the discovery of the Icon of the Virgin Mary that began tearing/weeping 20 years ago. Parishioners at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1220 S. 60th Court in Cicero, noticed that an Icon of the Virgin Mary began tearing, first with one tear and later by the end of the night with four separate tears. The tears were dabbed in with cotton … [Read more...]