Celebrating the Baptism of Christ on the Jordan River

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Source: The Arab Daily News By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today according to the Old Julian calendar. There were hundreds of priests, nuns and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years ago “…the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him…” (Matthew 3:13-17)  It was so wonderful to see many local people in … [Read more...]

Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 18, 2015: Archpastoral Message of Metropolitan Tikhon

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Sanctity of Life Sunday 2015 Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: Dearly beloved, Today has been designated by the Orthodox Church in America as “Sanctity of Life Sunday,” a day on which we re-affirm our faithfulness to the eternal value of human life and re-commit ourselves to the defense of the lives of the unborn, the … [Read more...]

In Egypt, breaking up is hard to do

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Source: The National Nadine Marroushi Foreign Correspondent CAIRO // Ramy Iskander, a 38-year-old Evangelical Christian, spent most of his thirties going from one court to the next, looking to get a divorce. His now ex-wife was the one to ask for the separation nearly nine years ago, and Mr Iskander agreed, but Egypt’s strict laws on civil matters meant that getting the legal approval was no easy task. “I was born a free human being, and so I should be free to choose who I marry and … [Read more...]

Group calls for Orthodox church reform over alleged Israel land sales

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Source: Ma'an News Agency By Alex Shams BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Christmas is a time for holiday cheer in Bethlehem, as thousands from across Palestine and around the world converge to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in the hilltop West Bank city. Onlookers at the Orthodox Christmas parade on Jan. 6 this year, however, were surprised to find protesters awaiting the traditional visit of the Patriarch to Nativity Church, and six youths were even arrested after chanting slogans against him … [Read more...]

Head of Greek Orthodox Church congratulates His Highness Amir on UN honoring

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Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) KUWAIT, Jan 14 (KUNA) -- Primate of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch Patriarch John X Yazigi congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for naming him a "Humanitarian Leader" and Kuwait as a "Humanitarian Center" by the UN. The visiting Patriarch made this remark to the press, Wednesday, after his meeting with His Highness the Amir. In the meeting, the Patriarch expressed his appreciation to all the … [Read more...]

Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus [An Orthodox Christian’s Viewpoint]

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Source: Salon Even as they profess to spread his word, fundamentalists are forgetting Jesus' most important message FRANK SCHAEFFER, ALTERNET This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Jesus never could have been the pastor of a contemporary evangelical church nor a conservative Roman Catholic bishop. Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions between their “truth” and other people’s failings. Jesus by contrast, set off an empathy time bomb that … [Read more...]

Elder Paisios Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Source: Full of Grace and Truth The Greek Religious News Site Romfea.gr posts that Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain (+1994) has been canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official announcement from the Patriarchate is available here. God is wondrous among His Saints! May we have his blessing! Selected hymns to St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain***   Apolytikion in the First Tone The offspring of Farasa, and the adornment of Athos, and the imitator of the former … [Read more...]

What Does God Deserve?

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Source: Father Prime Just after Christmas I had the pleasure of worshipping at this beautiful little church, St. Athanasius Russian Orthodox Church in Nicholasville, KY.  When a plan to sub for one of my Episcopal colleagues fell through, I decided to attend this beautiful church; one of my students at the University of Kentucky is Orthodox and had invited me to attend anytime I wanted.  (That’s called evangelism, folks!) As I stood for the Divine Liturgy—there is no sitting during … [Read more...]

Fifth annual Climacus Conference to be held in Louisville, KY in mid-February

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Source: Orthodox Church in America LOUISVILLE, KY [OCA]  Saint Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church here will once again sponsor the annual Climacus Conference Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, 2015.  This year’s theme will explore beauty and aesthetics. “In its fifth year, the conference is a pan-Orthodox intellectual and spiritual event featuring scholars and voices across the fields of theology, philosophy, patristics, classical education, literature, and culture and politics,” … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians to participate in Pro-Life Marches

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Thursday, January 22, 2015 marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.  Orthodox Christians from across the country will travel to the US Capital for the annual March for Life or participate in similar regional events. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York, will be among the Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, seminarians and faithful … [Read more...]