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Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham Courage is contagious. When coupled with compassion and selfless love, courage is a powerful contagion that distinguishes the authentic philanthropist whose generosity is based on the gravity of societal privation, and not from those who seek to support the most attractive causes du’ jour. The recent death of the American actor Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103, provides a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to such philanthropists who, like the famed…

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia – Eastern American Diocese Originally published in December 2017 An icon of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos containing a piece of the omophorion of the Mother of God is visiting the churches and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese. Bringing the icon from Moscow is the general director of the Russian National Creative Workshop “Art-Project,” LLC, and director of the International Foundation for Mutual Development & Strengthening of Spiritual Unity and the Religious & Historical Values of Russian Orthodoxy in the Homeland & Abroad “Under the Protection of the Theotokos,” Eugene (Evgeny)…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Andrei German Introduction by Matfey Shaheen: Would it surprise you to know that Syria, Ukraine, and all Rus’ belong to Western Civilization? If we define Western Civilization as it was classically understood to be: 1.) Greek Philosophy, 2.) Roman Law, and 3.) Christianity, we would see that Russia by that model, is more Western than the contemporary “West”, which from the French revolution onward ideologically rejected Christendom. But where did Rus’ inherit this belonging to Christendom? Kievan Rus’ received Orthodoxy “from the Greeks”, but Syria, at that time was no less Hellenic than Athens. Antioch was a capital of Christian, Greco-Roman Civilization—the homeland…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff CONSTANTINOPLE – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received a delegation from the Washington, D.C.-based Museum of the Bible on the occasion of the signing of a co-operation agreement between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the U.S. institution. During their meeting, the Chief Curator, Dr. Jeff Kloha, and the Associate Curator of the Museum, Dr. Andy Niggemann, as well as the Professor at Tufts University, Elizabeth Prodromou, who is also member of Museum’s Consultative Board, informed the Ecumenical Patriarch about the activities and collaborations of the American institution, which receives about one million visitors a year. The…

Source: The Morning Offering – Ancient Faith Ministries Abba Evagrius the Monk said that “Anger is by nature designed for waging war with the demons and for struggling with every kind of sinful pleasure. Therefore angels, arousing spiritual pleasure in us and giving us to taste its blessedness, incline us to direct our anger against the demons. But the demons, enticing us towards worldly lusts, make us use anger to fight with men, which is against nature, so that the mind, thus stupefied and darkened, should become a traitor to virtues.” The Fathers tell us that whenever anyone takes God’s…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine has already resumed according to Dennis Mehiel and Michael Psaros, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of Friends of St. Nicholas, who spoke to The National Herald during an exclusive and extensive interview. They also said that “the net cost” to complete the Church, interior and exterior, is $42 million, and they spoke about the fundraising efforts that are underway. When we asked if any financial irregularities took place during the first phase of the project and if so, by whom,…

Source: Pravmir.com The most mass procession in recent times with a prayer in defense of the Serbian Orthodox Church against the discriminatory law on religious communities took place on Sunday, February 2, in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. The meeting point became the square in front of the Church dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, where Montenegrin “tribes” (clan unions) walked with flags and crosses from the surrounding districts during the day, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the local clergy. “This is the largest gathering so far, this temple does not remember a bigger one. The procession through the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity starts off the New Year by introducing a new feature on the OCL web site:  Getting to Know our Orthodox Christian Saints who Lived, Labored and Served in America.  This feature is dedicated to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the granting of the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in 1970. It is time for the clergy and laity to come to realize that the American Orthodox Experience is unique. Our unique new world geography has helped us create a multi-cultural Orthodox presence here. Even before there was structured church life here…

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Source: Orthodox Christianity [Bout, Sudan]  Christian churches are under attack in Sudan. Three churches, including an Orthodox church, have been burnt down twice in the span of less than a month in the village of Bout in the Blue Nile state of the Republic of Sudan. The other churches attacked are from the Catholic Church and the Sudan Internal Church, reports the local Human Rights and Development Organization (HUDO). The Orthodox churches in Sudan are within the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Savvas of Nubia. The churches were first set ablaze on December 28, and after the congregations began to rebuild them with local…

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