In Memoriam: Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine

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Source: Orthodox Church in America KYIV, UKRAINE [OCA]- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine, 78, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday morning, July 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness. His Eminence, Metropolitan Onufriy of Chernivtsi and Bukovina is serving as Locum Tenens until Metropolitan Volodymyr’s successor is elected. Metropolitan Volodymyr will lie in state in the Dormition Cathedal of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra as final funeral preparations are … [Read more...]

WHY IS THE BRIDE NOT “GIVEN AWAY” BY THE FATHER IN ORTHODOX WEDDINGS?

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Source: Orthodox in the District    Perhaps several of you priests have been asked by a family to introduce the "giving away of the bride" by the father, into the Crowning service. However, people in Western cultures appear not to remember the meaning of this action. It is absolutely not permitted in the Orthodox Crowning service. The "giving away" of the bride was done because a woman was owned by her father until he gave her over to be owned by her husband. A woman had no … [Read more...]

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Source: The Fellowship of St. James As of Friday, June 27 Our Readers' Generosity Thank you! In response to my email this past Saturday, more than 100 donations came in bringing ourremaining need from $32,000 down to $17,500, by June 30, midnight tonight. We will be going to the Post Office later this morning to get the weekend's and today's mail. Afterwards, I … [Read more...]

Russia’s Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

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Source: Charlotte Observer By LYNN BERRY Associated Press MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise. Putin said such a compromise must guarantee the rights of the Russian-speaking residents of eastern Ukraine, who must feel like they are "an integral part" of their own country. Putin's statement appeared to signal … [Read more...]

Do They See the Difference in Our Lives?: Encyclical on Ecumenism, the Pope and the Patriarch

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Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy by Metropolitan Nicholas (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia and Lavriotiki CLICK HERE for the text of the Encyclical. … [Read more...]

The Christian Diaspora in America

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by Roy L. Snyder There are almost 200 million Christian Diaspora in America.  However, none of them are Orthodox Christians.  The Christian Diaspora in America are the denominational (Roman Catholic, Liturgical, and Evangelical) and non-denominational Christians who need to return to their Mother – the One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  They need to come home. Most do not know where their home is – but they are looking.  Most do not even know … [Read more...]

Russian Church to open a center for studying Orthodox culture in Shanghai

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Source: Interfax Moscow, June 16, Interfax - The Shanghai Foreign Languages University and the Patriarchal Council for Culture signed an agreement to set up a center for studying Orthodox culture at the university in Shanghai. The document was signed by the University rector professor Cao Demin and executive secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), the Moscow Patriarchate website reports. The Center will help to get acquainted with traditional … [Read more...]

On the Recent Events in Jerusalem and their Ecclesiological Underpinnings

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Source: Orthodox Heritage By a Greek Orthodox priest "But if," they say, "we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and accomplished our business superbly, without at all having been forced to say anything except what corresponds to custom and has been handed down (by the Fathers)." This is precisely the means by which many, from of old, have been deceived and persuaded to follow those who have … [Read more...]

Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis’s Masterstroke

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Source: The Daily Beast by Candida Moss Meeting the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, the pope set a date for a third historic meeting of Christian factions—a savvy move to control how his successors lead. After all the speculation surrounding Pope Francis’s ability to engineer peace on his big Middle East trip, the biggest news from the visit came from his visit with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the primary leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not to gloat, but we … [Read more...]

North American Catholic and Orthodox officials urge Vatican to allow priests to marry

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Source: United Press International (UPI) Pope Francis on married priests: "The door is always open." By Matt Bradwell BETHESDA, Md., June 6 (UPI) --A group of Catholic and Orthodox theologians is calling on Pope Francis to end the Catholic church's prohibition of married men within the priesthood for members of the faith who practice in Eastern Catholic churches. Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches recognize the divine authority of the papacy, but often have different ceremonial … [Read more...]