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THE TRUE HISTORY OF WOMEN DEACONS

Source: First Things by Charlotte Allen When Pope Francis announced his willingness to appoint a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, my first thought was: Here we go! And sure enough, FutureChurch, the liberal Catholic organization that has subtly pushed for the ordination of women to the hitherto all-male Catholic priesthood, not only praised Francis for his statement but announced its intention to set up a CatholicWomenDeacons.org website, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios to speak at STOTS Commencement May 28

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]  With great joy, the Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminaryhere announced during the second week of May that the speaker for the school’s 74th annual Commencement will be His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. Commencement exercises will be held at the outdoor chapel on the grounds of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  See … [Read more...]

AN INEFFABLE FRAGRANCE

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Originally posted on January 22, 2014 by Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki It is impossible to describe how exquisite and noble are the podvizhniki![1] These people—although they bear the traces of harsh struggles, although their bodies are so withered and emaciated—have a fragrance and grace imprinted on their wondrous souls. 1976. The month of August—July 22 Old Style. The Altar Feast (Panegyr) of St. Mary Magdalene in Simonopetra. How they … [Read more...]

Pope says he’s willing to study whether women can be deacons, in major step

Source: Chicago Tribune By Tribune news services  Contact Reporter VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. Francis agreed to the proposal during a closed-door meeting with some 900 superiors of women's religious orders. Deacons are ordained ministers but are not priests, though they can … [Read more...]

Coordinated attack feared after massive cathedral blaze

Source: New York Post By Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along … [Read more...]

China see first Orthodox priest in sixty years

Source: The China Post By Tom Hancock, AFP HARBIN, China--His red and gold vestments bathed in candlelight, the first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing. Alexander Yu Shi said prayers in the Church Slavonic language and in Mandarin beside the Church of Holy Protection in the northeastern city of Harbin, surrounded by local worshippers. "It is a happy … [Read more...]

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

Source: The White House - Office of the Press Secretary Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection. For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in accordance with God's will. We lift up in prayer the members of the … [Read more...]

A Blessed Easter to Our Eastern Orthodox Sisters and Brothers

Source: Friends of Sabeel North America Our warmest wishes and hopes for renewal go out to our Eastern Orthodox Christian friends who celebrate Easter on Sunday, May 1. The Eastern churches constitute the largest Christian community in Palestine, so on this day we hope and pray that God will renew your spirits with the liberating power of the “resurrected one.” May this week of focusing on Jesus and the meaning of his life and witness revive you for the long journey toward justice, even amid … [Read more...]

SOME COMMON MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE DATE OF PASCHA / EASTER

Source: Public Orthodoxy by John Fotopoulos There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1stEcumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the Orthodox must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha can occur. Despite this view being held by … [Read more...]

“WITHOUT CHRISTIANS THE MIDDLE EAST WILL LOSE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ITS IDENTITY”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Oleg Glagolev, Igumen Arseny (Sokolov) Igumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarch of Antioch and All East, Rector of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Beirut, answers questions from the Yekaterinburg-based S-T-O-L (Stol.com) media-project. —Fr. Arseny, now you serve in the hottest spot on the Earth. Please, tell us of the present situation of the Orthodox Church in Lebanon and … [Read more...]

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