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Source: Orthodox Christianity On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Orthodox world was shocked by perhaps the most predictable catastrophe—news that the Greek Orthodox Church has recognized the schismatic OCU. That was until conflicting reports came out, and now it’s possible there is an internal conflict within the Greek Church over this matter. As a general disclaimer, when discussing the situation surrounding the Greek Church’s recognition (or lack thereof), of the OCU, we are currently entering the realm of informed speculation. Unless one was present during the council meetings in Athens, we don’t truly know what happened, especially not until more news comes…

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists Konstantin Shemliuk The decisions of the Council of the Greek Church can be interpreted either way. Only commemoration of Epiphany will tell if tectonic shifts are to begin in Orthodoxy. The decision of the Council of Bishops of the Greek Church on Ukrainian autocephaly stirred up commotion throughout Orthodox world. A lot of bishops, priests and lay people, as well as the media perceived it as recognition of the OCU by the Hellenic Church. From various sources it became known that only 7 (according to other information, 12) out of 69 hierarchs disagreed to the decision of the Council…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Archdiocesan Council Meeting October 17, 2019 New York Midtown Hilton New York, New York Your Eminences and Your Graces, Mr. John Catsimatidis, Vice Chairman of this Archdiocesan Council, Distinguished Members of the Executive Committee and Members of the Archdiocesan Council, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, just four months after my arrival in the United States, and only five months from my election as your Archbishop, I can promise each of you that our beloved Archdiocese of America is back on course and headed to…

Source: Orthodox Christianity MOSCOW – Informal talks between the Russian and Greek Churches are underway, looking for a way to resolve the crisis that has arisen in Orthodoxy thanks to Constantinople’s meddling in the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Church and in the relations between the two Churches following Saturday’s meeting of the Greek Bishops’ Council, a source in Greek Church circles told RIA-Novosti. The discussions are also connected with today’s session of the Russian Holy Synod, which is already underway. “It is possible to avoid a deterioration of the situation if the ROC comes out with a proposal to Archbishop…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for their regular fall meeting, October 15-16, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and: 1)   Decided on the reorganization of the Synodal Committees as follows: a)Committee on Canonical Matters presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. b)Committee on Liturgical Texts presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. c)Committee on Ecclesiastical Music presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey. d)Committee on Holy Monasteries presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. e)Committee on Inter-Orthodox…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Piraeus, Greece – The results and consequences of the meeting of the hierarchs of the Greek Church on Saturday remain unclear. As OrthoChristian reported yesterday, the press team created by the Bishops’ Council announced that the Greek Church recognized the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” (OCU), thought this interpretation of the councils’ proceedings was later called into question. Both Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus and Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira revealed that, in fact, the hierarchs did not vote on the matter of recognizing the OCU, and thus it cannot be said that recognition happened. Met. Seraphim of Piraeus issued another statement today,…

Source: Orthodox Christianity ATHENS – While media reports have stated that the Bishops’ Council of the Greek Church resolved to recognize the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” on Saturday, drawing on Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos’ statements to the press, two prominent hierarchs of the Greek Church say this is not true. Both Metropolitans Seraphim of Piraeus and Seraphim of Kythira, both of whom have addressed the Ukrainian issue several times before, have issued statements in the wake of Saturday’s session, stating that the issue of recognizing the OCU was not put to a vote and that the hierarchs simply reaffirmed the Holy Synod’s earlier decision.…

I had originally intended that this column would further explore the importance of women in the early church but will offer it in the coming weeks.  What blew me off course was a recent column by a regular writer of the National Herald, Mr. Theodore Kalmoukos.  His column called attention and inveighed against the bishops and metropolitans for their failure to speak up and address serious matters which could lead to the eventual demise of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.  Kalmoukos called them “a scattered village with nine small archdioceses and nine little archbishops” who almost brought the church…

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists Yekaterina Filatova Abp. Ieronymos in his report referred to the two committees created by the Holy Synod to investigate the Ukrainian issue, which both recommended recognizing the OCU. The Bishops’ Council of the Greek Orthodox Church, gathered in an extraordinary session today, has resolved to recognize the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), which was previously recognized only by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which created the new structure last December, reports “Romfea”. It is noted that during the meeting, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece made a report “The Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine”, in which…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Put out into deeper water, and let down the nets for a catch.” ~ Luke 5:4 A massive tapestry entitled The Miraculous Draught of Fish (Luke, 5:3–11; John 21:1–17) woven by Pieter van Aelst from sketches drawn by the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio prominently hangs in the Vatican Museum (Link). Commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515, the artwork is part of a series of ten exquisite silk draperies that once lined the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel. According to the biblical account that provides the basis of the famous embroidery, Simon…

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