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Source: Christ J. Kamages The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos The earliest known prayer to the Theotokos (Greek, Θεοτόκος, meaning “Bearer of God”) is a prayer found on a fragment of papyrus dating back to approximately AD 250. In 1917, the John Rylands Library [1] in Manchester, England, acquired a large panel of Egyptian papyrus. The prayer is located on the fragment recorded as reference number Greek Papyrus 470. The prayer appears to be from a Coptic Christmas liturgy or vespers written in Koine Greek although the fragment in question may be a private copy of the prayer. The prayer is still…

Source: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary reopens search for Director of Student Life SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]  Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here recently reopened its search for a full-time Director for its Office of Student Life, which directly provides for the overall welfare and practical needs of seminarians in formation, with special attention given to their spiritual life. The Director of Student Life will be responsible for supervising the overall discipline of seminary student body, coordinating with all seminary constituencies in matters related to community events, and serving in counseling, advocacy, and advisory roles to…

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Why Vestments? An Introduction to Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World by Warren T. Woodfin, Kallinikeion Assistant Professor of Art History, Queens College, City University of New York The exhibition Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World, now on view through November 1, 2015, presents a selection of notable liturgical vestments that communicate the continuing prestige of the Orthodox Church and its clergy in the centuries following the fifteenth-century fall of Byzantine Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. From a strictly theological viewpoint, vestments are hardly a necessity for Christian worship. Liturgical scholars are largely in agreement…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Fr. Joseph Purpura Reflects on Eventful Summer for the Dept of Youth and Parish Ministries Originally posted in 2013. The Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, V. Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura has been creating and implementing youth training programs across the United States and Canada since the late 1980’s. He has held numerous appointments over the years and is currently overseeing a number of programs, both established and new. Over the summer he coordinated SOYO Diocesan General Assemblies, elections, the Leadership Conference, Bible Bowl Festival, Oratorical Contest and Special Olympics…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Remembering Father Gordon Walker of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Christian Laity is truly blessed to have had the gentle, humble and Christ-centered guidance of the Very Reverend Father Gordon Thomas Walker. He served on our advisory board for many years and spoke at many Annual Meetings and Open Forums. We were blessed to have been his guests in Franklin, TN, his home community, two years ago. He and Khouria Mary Sue were the founding members of this most dynamic Orthodox Christian Community of St Ignatius, and he served as the pastor…

Source: Times Live Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Orthodox Saint, Russia’s religous founder Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages. “By stopping strife, crushing internal enemies, Prince Vladimir initiated the formation of a united Russian nation, in fact paving the way for the construction of a strong, centralised Russian state,” Putin said at ceremony in the Kremlin alongside the head of Russia’s Orthodox church. By converting Kievan Rus — the forerunner of modern Russia, Ukraine and Belarus — the…

Source: The National Herald Fire Ravages St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Babylon, New York By TNH Staff BABLYON, N.Y. – A fire broke out at 9:30 PM on July 21 that scorched the altar of the Church of St. Nicholas at 200 Great East Neck Road. “It was bad, but it could have been a lot, lot worse,” the pastor, Rev. Demetrios Kazakis told Newsday, and “Driving to his church early Wednesday, was able to maintain a positive outlook on a fire that ravaged the altar area of the West Babylon building where he and hundreds of his parishioners…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Confer Honorary Degree on Patriarch John X Greek Patriarch of Antioch and All the East The Most Blessed John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will be visiting St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Monday, July 27, 2015, to receive an honorary doctoral degree conferred by the seminary Board of Trustees and Faculty Council. The degree will be awarded at a public academic convocation at 6:00 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building, during which His Beatitude will also give a…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio / Ancient Faith Today Podcast: Orthodox Christian Fundamentalism: what is it and does it exist? Length: 1:07:37 Earlier in the year, one of Kevin’s guests, Dr George E Demacopoulos, wrote on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog that through the increasing expansion of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’ in ordinary parishes, “the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists”. Father John Whiteford, ROCOR priest and blogger wrote a robust rebuttal to this article. On this episode of Ancient Faith Today Kevin discusses with his guests their views of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’: what it is, whether it truly…

Source: Daily Mail UNESCO made Jordanian bank of the River Jordan, site of the baptism of Jesus, a World Heritage Site UNESCO made Jordanian bank of the River Jordan a World Heritage Site UN agency ruled east side of river was more likely to be Jesus’ baptism site But more tourists visit the claimed baptism site in Israel, west of the river   Scholars say official ruling has ‘nothing to do with archaeological reality’ By OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the River Jordan from both its eastern and western banks to meet at the site…

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