First-timer grabs the Epiphany cross in Tarpon Springs

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Source: Tampa Bay Times By Stephanie Wang and Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writers TARPON SPRINGS First-time diver Vassilios Harding, 16, crouched Sunday atop an overturned dinghy in Spring Bayou. He worried the position put him at a disadvantage in diving with 46 other Greek boys for the Epiphany cross. "I want this," he thought to himself, "and I want this bad." Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, blessed the waters, then dropped the … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church head urges followers to adopt children

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Source: Reuters By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's Orthodox Church urged citizens in a Christmas address on Monday to adopt Russian children after President Vladimir Putin signed a law last month barring Americans from doing so. The ban retaliates for U.S. legislation designed to punish Russian human rights violators which Putin said is poisoning relations. Critics of Russia's legislation say Putin has made the welfare of children trapped in a troubled orphanage … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Celebration of Theophany

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By Professor Ioannes Fountoulis On January 6th our Church celebrates the great despotic feast of "Theophany" or "Epiphany" or "Holy Lights". The forefeast begins the day after New Years, January 2nd. In this preparatory period is found the "Sunday Before the Lights". This fits into the functional forefeast preparation. In the Gospel reading from the Divine Liturgy on this Sunday we hear: "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" from the prologue of … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians to march for life on eve of Metropolitan Tikhon’s enthronement

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Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] On Friday, January 25, 2013—the eve of the enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at Saint Nicholas Cathedral here—Orthodox Christians from across the country will gather in the US capital for the annual March for Life. The members of the Orthodox Church in America’s Holy Synod of Bishops will join Metropolitan Tikhon, students from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, … [Read more...]

Jerusalem Municipality: No Free Water Deal for Old City Church

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Source: Arutz Sheva 7 Pay your bills as the Kotel and Knesset do, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem Municipality told officials at a major Jerusalem church. by David Lev Reports that the government and the Jerusalem municipality were planning to pick up the tab for eight years of water bills unpaid by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City were premature, said a member of the City Council. Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) representative David Hadari, who is a member of the Council … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church for law banning US adoptions

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Source: Asia News by Nina Achmatova Amid controversy and criticism from civil society groups and some government ministers, Putin signs into law controversial bill passed by parliament in retaliation against US Magnitsky Act. For Archpriest Chaplin, orphans raised by foreigners cannot go to heaven. Patriarch Kirill speaks about possible help to families. Moscow (AsiaNews) - Despite a wave of criticism from civil society groups and members of the Russian government, the Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

Hollywood Russian Orthodox church’s altar artifacts stolen

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By Susan Abram, Staff Writer Detectives with the LAPD's Hollywood station are asking for the public's help in providing any information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect who burglarized the church at 5432 Fernwood Ave. on Dec. 22. "An unknown individual entered the Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church, gained access to the altar room and stole numerous religious artifacts," police said in a statement. A total of 37 items were taken, police said. Photographs of the missing … [Read more...]

CATHOLIC – GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOPS SUPPORT CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY ACT

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Source: Zenit Prelates Release Joint Statement on Revisions to Legislation WASHINGTON, D.C., December 28, 2012 (Zenit.org). The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Communications and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America issued the following statement in support of the Federal Trade Commission's revisions to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that were announced on December 20. "We applaud the Federal Trade Commission and Chairman Jon … [Read more...]

No Drunk Driving or Flashy Cars, Russian Patriarch Tells His Clergy

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Source: The Wall Street Journal By Andrey Ostroukh The head of the Orthodox Church in Russia, the country famous for its penchant for expensive cars and an unsafe driving culture, called on his clergy to choose their vehicles “with modesty” and not to drink “holy sacraments” before driving. The Russian Orthodox Church has been marred by scandals in 2012, some of which were vehicle-related. Social networks, popular with the Russian opposition and the country’s politically active middle … [Read more...]

Life-Long Learners or Good Test-Takers? An Orthodox Christian Critique

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Source: Acton Institute Power Blog by Dylan Pahman The video below of a second grade teacher in Providence, RI reading his letter of resignation has recently gone semi-viral with over 200,000 views on YouTube. What I would like to offer here is an Orthodox Christian critique of the anthropological assumptions that separate this teacher from the “edu-crats,” as he terms them, who in his district so strongly championed standardized testing-oriented education at the exclusion of all … [Read more...]