The SVOTS-light: April 2013


Monthly Newsletter from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Email not displaying properly? View it in your browser. In the SVOTS-light April 2013 His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON stands with newly ordained Priest Adam Horstman, his wife Patricia, and their children on the Feast of the Annunciation. (Photo: Leanne Parrott Photography) Our central focus at … [Read more...]

Registration now open for summer 2013 Parish Ministries Conference

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Registration is now open for “Faith in Action: Equipping the Saints for Worship, Learning and Service,” a parish ministries conference slated to be held on the campus of Marymount University, Arlington, VA July 10-13, 2013. Registration and/or additional information may be accessed here.  Those who wish to register by mail may download the registration form in PDF format. Sponsored by four departments of the Orthodox Church in … [Read more...]

Georgian Orthodox Church against minority languages charter

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Source: Democracy and Freedom Watch by DFWATCH STAFF Tbilisi, DFWatch – Illia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgian Orthodox Church, considers unacceptable to renew talks about adopting the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Archdeacon Mikael Botkoveli, patriarch’s secretary, told journalists at the Tbilisi airport before patriarch’s departure for Helsinki, Finland, for medical treatment. “Talks have been renewed about European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages … [Read more...]

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

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Source: International Business Times By Gabriele Barbati JERUSALEM -- Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was erected in 325, over the site where it is believed Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Yet, few know that it is a Muslim who opens and closes the only door to this holiest of Christian sites. In fact, it's two Muslims: one man from the Joudeh family and another man from … [Read more...]

Pope washes young women’s feet on Holy Thursday, in break with church law


Source: The Record ROME — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention centre — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a “questionable example.” Liberals welcomed the move as a sign of greater … [Read more...]

OCF leadership meets at OCA Chancery

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY - On March 27-28, 2013, several leaders of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry agency of theAssembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, met at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here. Jennifer Nahas, OCF Executive Director. met with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, and OCA Youth Director Andrew Boyd on March 27.  She spoke of … [Read more...]

New audios on Lenten Sundays, “Holy Conversations” available from OCN, AFR

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- Currently available from the Orthodox Christian Network is a six-week series of audio presentations on the Sundays of Great Lent by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  The weekly broadcasts may be accessed at In related news, Ancient Faith Radio recently posted audio files of the “Holy Conversation” symposium held in White River Junction, VT … [Read more...]

Shroud Of Turin Real? New Research Dates Relic To 1st Century, Time Of Jesus Christ

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Source: The Huffington Post By Meredith Bennett-Smith After decades of speculation, new research suggests that the Shroud of Turin, one of the Catholic Church's holiest relics, may be the real deal. Believed by some to have been Jesus' burial cloth, the Shroud has been the subject of much research. The latest battery of experiments led experts to conclude the cloth may have come from the first century A.D., making it old enough to have been used to bury Jesus Christ Giulio Fanti, a … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox tell Archbishop of Canterbury: ordain women bishops and you can forget about unity


Source: The Telegraph By Damian Thompson There's a quaint Anglican concept of the universal Church known as the "branch theory". This claims that there are three main branches to apostolic Christianity: Roman, Orthodox and Anglican. It's much favoured by Church of England clerics who aren't very keen on "Romans", as they call Catholics, and convey their anti-Papist sentiment in pro-Orthodox code, forever banging on about the riches of Byzantine spirituality, the mystical power of icons, … [Read more...]

The Date of Pascha

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Source: Al Moutran by Archbishop PETER (Reprinted from: The Orthodox Church Newspaper, April-May 1994 ) There is among the Orthodox a very widespread belief that the Christian celebration of Easter must necessarily come after the Jewish Passover. This chronological order is considered imperative and bears a symbolic meaning, as it is believed to have been decreed by the First Ecumenical Council held at Nicea in 325. This belief is stated and reaffirmed in the 12th century by the … [Read more...]