Browsing: Orthodox Church

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Melinda Johnson Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child! Each of us at Ancient Faith wishes you great joy and blessings on this holy day! This year, we asked our content contributors to send us news of what they’ve been working on. We compiled their notes into a “family Christmas letter” post, which you can read below. Blessed Nativity!…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative When you serve the Church, are you joyful and invigorated?  Or do you feel your service is a thankless, lonely, or overwhelming burden?  As the body of Christ, we are called to encourage one another. To do this, we need connections! You are invited to participate in a new Peer Learning opportunity sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative. Join a cohort that fits your schedule and leadership role. Each group will meet virtually each month, January through June, for at least one hour under the guidance of a trained facilitator. Before each meeting you will receive…

Source: The New York Times Church leaders have backed government restrictions, but defiance by hard-liners and a commitment to the sacrament of communion, taken with a shared spoon, may undercut good intentions. By Niki Kitsantonis ATHENS — The coronavirus has dealt a double blow to the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, with the disease spreading through its ranks while the clergy fends off criticism that it has been stoking the pandemic. The church’s leader, Archbishop Ieronymos, declared from the outset of the pandemic in the spring that he was committed to supporting the conservative government’s public health campaign to halt the spread…

Source: Orthodox History Originally published on March 12, 2018 by MATTHEW NAMEE Metropolitan Antony Bashir was the head of the Antiochian Archdiocese of New York from 1936 until his death in 1966. He said the following in an interview published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 4, 1939: The Eastern Orthodox Church has many national branches, each conducting its services, as a rule, in the native language of the country. The Syrian Orthodox is narrow in its dogma and doctrine, clinging to the Apostolic Nicene creed and the seven ecumenical councils of the church. We cannot change that. We acknowledge Christ as our…

Source: Solia – The Herald Published in the Summer 2020 edition, pgs 3-4. Holiday or Holy Day? What is in a “word?” In Canada, people take a “Holiday;” in the US, it’s a “Vacation.” For both, a “Holiday” is a “different day.” The origin of the English word, “Holiday,” is “Holy Day,” a day of sacred significance, a day of faith, a day when work was suspended in honor of a holy event. In North America, there are “National Holidays” as well as other holidays based on some long-forgotten event. Canada and the US each has its own “Thanksgiving Day.”…

Source: The Pastor’s Institute Our father among the saints Tikhon of Moscow, Enlightener of North America, was Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. While in America, he established his cathedral in New York City, and presided over a vast archdiocese, encouraging and authorizing many publications in the English language. Among these, he encouraged the translation of the Eastern liturgy into English by Isabel Florence Hapgood, and he wrote an extensive catechism based on the Nicene Creed and the Our Father. Given on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, during Great Lent in 1907, St. Tikhon of Moscow’s Last Sermon during…

Source: Peter Anderson, Seattle USA Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral (age 82) died this morning after receiving communion.   On October 6, he had been hospitalized with the Covid virus, but had subsequently conquered the virus.  He died from pneumomediastinum (air in the space between the two lungs), caused by the earlier inflammation of his lungs and oxygen therapy.  The Serbian Church has lost a giant of a man.  The following is his official biography:  https://mitropolija.com/2020/10/30/zivotopis-mitropolita-crnogorsko-primorskog-amfilohija-1938-2020/ .  The letter of condolence from Patriarch Kirill can be read in English at https://mospat.ru/en/2020/10/30/news187619/ .  It is providential that the Metropolitan lived to see the election…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Originally posted on October 08, 2020 After a second day of productive deliberations, the Assembly of Bishops agreed on a Common Vision that commits themselves to work together toward Orthodox Christian Unity and Outreach, Common Orthodox Witness, Ministries and Initiatives, and Organizational Excellence. Read the full document here. The collaborative process, initiated by the Executive Committee, acknowledges the spiritual needs of the collective Orthodox faithful in the United States of America. The Bishops look forward to working with the clergy and laity to implement their Common Vision. Metropolitan Joseph, Vice-Chair of the…

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Fr. Barnabas Powell Here’s an interview I just did with Fr. Nick and Dr. Roxanne Louh about their new book “Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan.” This is a book you’ll want to read and also give as gifts to others. Take a bit and watch this and then go to https://store.ancientfaith.com/renewing-you/ and get this book.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity notes the passing of Dorothy Kappos on September 7, 2020.  Mrs. Kappos was the wife of the George Kappos of blessed memory, who served on the advisory board of Orthodox Christian Laity for many years.   She is remembered as a gracious, thoughtful, and devoted individual.  She would attend board meetings with her husband and family friends, Andrew, and Katherine Kartalis.  Mrs. Kappos’ presence and smile would light up a room.  Side by side, she and George worked together and were role models for their family, community, and church.  As reported in her obituary,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Within seventeen days, September 24 to October 11, 2020, OCL lost two extraordinary individuals who served on the OCL Advisory Board.  Former Mayor and Lt. Colonel, Robert Stephen Poydasheff, of Columbus, Georgia, and Anthony Kasmer of Newtown, Pennsylvania, both 90 years old.  They were larger-than-life personalities. They were accomplished and successful professionals.  Bob was a distinguished JAG and civilian attorney, and Tony was a successful entrepreneur in the plastics industry and founder of Tri-Life Plastics and LTL Color Compounders.   They were street smart and wise.  Bob was born in the Bronx and Tony in Philadelphia almost…

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