Yearly Archives: 2018

Source: Orthodox Christianity KIEV – Meeting today in Kiev, the Synod of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) has officially changed the title of its primate, “Patriarch” Philaret, to include the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras under his jurisdiction. The primate’s new official title, as given on the site of the KP, is “His Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev—Mother of the cities of Rus’, and Galicia, Patriarch of All Rus’-Ukraine, Svyaschenno-Archimandrite of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras.” The title “Svyaschenno-Archimandrite” is taken from Russian Church practice and is used in stavropegial monasteries to refer to…

Source: The New York Times By Neil MacFarquhar MOUNT ATHOS, Greece — The skulls, lined up five deep on wooden shelves, date back hundreds of years, with the names of the more recently deceased scratched onto their foreheads — Monk Theolothelis, 91, 26-6-1986, or Monk Kyprianos, 100, 14-8-87. They are exhibited in Xenophontos Monastery here on Mount Athos, a peninsula in northern Greece that is the spiritual heart of the Eastern Orthodox Church. One skull carries a more philosophical message: “Brother, Look at the glory of man.” That invitation to reflect on mortality encapsulates why the dead are exhumed and their…

Source: Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will come to Kyiv to personally hand over the Tomos of autocephaly to the leader of the united Ukrainian Church. President’s parliamentary representative Iryna Lutsenko said this in live broadcast of the Pryamyy, reports LB ua. “The main thing is to hold the unifying council, which will be able to choose the primate, whom the Ecumenical Patriarch will personally hand over the Tomos – he is going to come to Ukraine,” she said, commenting on the transfer of the St Andrew’s Church into the use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. “This…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, keeping with her on-going commitment to transparency and accountability, has posted on its website, the results of Phase II of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (“PwC”) investigative report (the “Report”) regarding the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine (“St. Nicholas”). On October 16, the Special Investigative Committee (SIC), authorized by the Archdiocese to conduct an independent review of the St. Nicholas project, released Phase II of the Report to the Archdiocese along with a summary communication based on the Report. (see below for links)…

Source: Orthodox Synaxis The recent controversy over the Orthodox Church in Ukraine has been the subject of a lot of confusion, especially online. The following questions and answers attempt to clear up confusion in a non-partisan way that does not take sides in the dispute. Updates will be added whenever new information comes to light, so check back periodically. LAST UPDATED DEC. 10, 2018 Who are the players in the current dispute and what is being disputed? The primary parties in the dispute are the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, MP), led by Patriarch Kyrill, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (EP),…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Metropolitans of the Holy Eparchial Synod visited yesterday, Oct. 16, 2018, the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. The Hierarchs toured the location and the surrounding area of the 9/11 Memorial, walked across Liberty Park where the St Nicholas Church is situated and saw the church edifice in its current state of construction in preparation for their deliberations on resuming construction as soon as possible. See photos https://flic.kr/s/aHsmrW4fX6

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Following is the  encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for National Leadership 100 Sunday – October 21, 2018: Protocol Number 159/18 October 21, 2018 National Leadership 100 Sunday The Lord said, I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, it is he who bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of…

Source: Religion News Service A major new survey released today reveals that evangelicals are confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith. Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com. Evangelicals A majority of evangelicals said (1) that most people are basically good, (2) that God accepts the worship of all religions, and (3) that Jesus was the first and greatest being created by God the Father. However, all these beliefs are contrary to the historic Christian faith. Some…

Source: RT News n the biggest rift in modern Orthodox history, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut all ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, after it accepted a breakaway division of Ukrainian Orthodox Church as independent. The Holy Synod, the governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, has ruled that any further clerical relations with Constantinople are impossible, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, told journalists, de facto announcing the breach of relations between the two churches. “A decision about the full break of relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate has been taken at a Synod…

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