An Army of Fleas

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity By Roy Synder Recently, after the Patriarch of Antioch ordered that the American Clergy cease their involvement with the Assembly of Bishops, I took an action to voice my disagreement with this decree.  It was a small thing – no big oratory, grandstand or “snit.” Someone asked me what I thought I would accomplish and I replied: “I suppose it’s tantamount to a flea biting and elephant’s butt, I did not think that I should be silent.” Reflecting, I realized … [Read more...]

Which Path to Church Unity? Recognition vs. Reception

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Confession for children

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Source: Silouan by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. I was asked to give a certain number of sermons on Confession; because many come to Confession and repeat only things which they have read in manuals of devotion or which other people have told them about. And I would like to start where I start with a child and attract your attention to the fact that our situation is the same. When a child comes to Confession, usually he brings … [Read more...]

The Four Characteristics of our Struggle During Great Lent

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaias and Lavreotiki Great Lent is a period of spiritual opportunities and expectations for the entire Church. We wait for it all year with an inner thirst, those often undefined dreams which are yet so deep, because God promises great things for this period, as well as our entire lives. Our purpose is for our soul to climb to heaven, that we may become heavenly people. These days that are opening up before us provide us this … [Read more...]

Orthodox Priests Threaten to Seize Rival Church Property in Crimea, Prelate Says

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Source: The Moscow Times Priests from the Moscow-based Orthodox Church accompanied by armed men have threatened to seize property belonging to a rival church denomination in the Crimea after the peninsula completes its accession to Russia, a Ukrainian prelate said. In one recent case, a Moscow Patriarchate priest from the Black Sea port of Sevastopol arrived at the Crimean village of Perevalnoye with an entourage of armed men and demanded to see documentation of property belonging to the … [Read more...]

Patriarch Irinej: Kosovo Is Serbian Jerusalem

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Source: inSerbia Independent News BELGRADE [TANJUG] – Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej said on Monday at a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of the March pogrom, destruction of Serbian holy sites and exodus of the Serbs from Kosovo, that it had been an attempt to destroy the root of the Serbian people and erase their existence in that area. Despite that attempt, the SPC remained as a spiritual oasis that brings hope to the Serbian people in Kosovo, he said. “As long … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian patriarchs call for resolutions in Ukraine

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Source: Catholic Online By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) Conference will be the first in over 1,200 years Calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence which is driving Christians out of the Middle East, patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul this past weekend. At the summit, twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches also agreed to hold an ecumenical council of bishops in 2016, the first in over … [Read more...]

Patriarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church in good health

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Source: FOCUS Information Agency Sofia. Patriarch Neophyte, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is in good health and complies successfully with his obligations. The press centre of the Holy Synod announced the news in connection with rumours concerning his health, which was said to have deteriorated. Yesterday Radio Darik reported he fainted away at the altar of a church in Istanbul while a divine liturgy, which closed the meeting of the heads of the local Orthodox Churches, was being … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill calls to speed up preparations for All-Orthodox Council

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Source: Interfax Moscow, March 11, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called to speed up the preparations for the All-Orthodox Council. "If really want to convene the All-Orthodox Council, we should learn to work in this regime," the patriarch said while meeting with the heads and representatives of local Orthodox Churches in the residence of the patriarch of Constantinople in Istanbul. Patriarch Kirill said a lot of work remains to be done on the issues addressed … [Read more...]

What It Means to Be Catholic [Orthodox?] Now

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Source: The New York Times By PETER MANSEAU ANNAPOLIS, Md. — ONE year into his astonishingly popular papacy, Pope Francis has become the perfect divining rod for uncovering assumptions about the future of the Catholic Church. After an interview last week, during which he responded to a question about civil unions with a discussion of how “secular states” used them “to regulate different situations of cohabitation,” some mainstream media outlets reported that he had signaled a new … [Read more...]