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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A Great and Holy Council of all the Orthodox Churches is scheduled in 2016 to consider, among other issues, how to unite the Church in the United States of America.  Now is the time to prepare for this awesome event.  You can be a part of the process!  Local advocates are needed.  Are you interested in being the Orthodox Christian Unity advocate in your parish community? If you are committed to the canonical order of an autocephalous, unified … [Read more...]

Father Cantalamessa’s 2nd Lent Homily 2015: “East and West on the Mystery of the Trinity”

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Source: Zenit Rome Here is the second Lenten homily given this year by the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa. 1. Bringing together what unites us The recent visit of Pope Francis to Turkey, which concluded with his meeting with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, and in particular the pope’s exhortation to Eastern Christian and Western Christians to share fully their common faith have convinced me of the usefulness of devoting the Lenten meditations … [Read more...]

A Scar is Not a Wound

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Source: Seeds of Hope - Orthodox Christian Healing & Counseling When we suffer wounds, especially traumatic wounds (fired from a job, a divorce, loss of a loved one, abuse, etc.) God can bring healing. Healing takes time and often the most healing comes through others who have suffered the same kind of wounding. Wounding changes us.  It leaves scars.  But scars are not wounds.  Scars are what remain when the wounds heal. Don’t pick at the scar.  You’ll cause another wound.  That … [Read more...]

Grieving friends recall Orthodox priest who forged a singular path

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Source: The Day By Ann Baldelli There was little ordinary about the Rev. Matthew Baker, so it's understandable that the reaction to the 37-year-old pastor's untimely death is extraordinary, too. Hundreds of people, some from across the country and others from around the world, are expected to converge in Norwich tonight for the wake and again in Cranston, R.I., Saturday for the funeral of the 37-year-old Baker, the newly appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Norwich. Just … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios to travel to Alabama for the 50th Commemoration of the “March on Selma”

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Source: March on Selma - Orthodoxy and the Civil Rights Movement NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America will take part in the events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Selma, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in which Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America also participated, along with other civil rights leaders on March 15, 1965. Archbishop Demetrios will arrive in Birmingham, Ala., on the evening of … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki Sparks Controversy by Inviting Female Lutheran bishop Irja Askola to Altar during Clergy Ordination

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Source: OCP Media Network Helsinki: Orthodox Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki of the Finnish Orthodox Church invited Female Evangelical Lutheran bishop Irja Askola to Altar with him during Clergy ordination at the Sunday Divine Liturgy. This has sparked much controversy. He also ordered the Deacons to pray for the Lutheran woman bishop during litany. This has angered several Orthodox faithful. Archbishop Leo - Primate of the Finnish Orthodox Church has condemned the incident and has … [Read more...]

Report of the OCL Executive Director for the Quarterly Meeting held in St. Augustine, FL on February 19, 2015

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in Unity.” Psalm 133:1 What a joy it is to hold our OCL meeting at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), a truly pan-Orthodox outreach mission to the world.  The agency has had its struggles and triumphs, but working together in unity, they make a difference for Christian outreach.  Together with IOCC, they are examples of what we accomplish in unity.  Can you imagine if the Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

Jews, Christians and Muslims unite to repair Mount Zion cemeteries

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Source: Christian Today Lucinda Borkett-Jones Christians and Muslims living on Mount Zion have been the target of numerous hate crimes in recent years, but representatives from all three religions are taking a stand against the intolerance by repairing the mount's graveyards. Last week a Greek Orthodox Seminary on the mount was the site of an arson attack in which one of the church's bathrooms was set on fire. A wall was also sprayed with anti-Jesus graffiti, but no one was injured in … [Read more...]

Ankara has granted Turkish citizenship to several clergymen of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

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Source: Lacasuri Ortodoxe Ankara has granted Turkish citizenship to several clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of which 4 are Metropolitans. A few days ago, Ankara gave Turkish citizenship to 10 clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, four of which have the rank of Metropolitan, namely: Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonia, Bishop Arsenius of Austria, Bishop Maxim of Silivri. In addition, the following clergy living in Constantinople, also … [Read more...]

IOCC ASSISTS SYRIAN CHRISTIANS TRAUMATIZED IN DEADLY ATTACK

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour River, where they burned homes and churches, murdered a fleeing 16-year-old boy, and abducted 150 Assyrian Christian men, women and … [Read more...]