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  • Authorities Give Up Plans to Build Church in Yekaterinburg Park After VCIOM Poll

    05/22/2019 5:42:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/22/19
    Yekaterinburg, May 22, Interfax - The results of the poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) showing that the majority of Yekaterinburg residents oppose the construction of the church in the park give grounds to discard this option, Sverdlovsk Region governor Yevgeny Kuivashev said on his Instagram account. "I believe that the figures published by the VCIOM give grounds to exclude the park in front of the Drama Theater from the list of possible places for St. Catherine's Church. I will request Yekaterinburg Mayor Alexander Vysokinsky not to add this location to the list of places while...
  • May 22, AD 337 ~ Death of Constantine the Great, as recorded by Eusebius Pamphilus

    05/22/2019 6:36:11 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 22, 2017 | Florentius
    On this date in AD 337 ended one of the most impactful lives in all of human history. The Roman emperor Constantine the Great passed from human existence to eternal life on May 22, AD 337. (Click here if you need a refresher on Constantine's many and long-standing accomplishments.) A primary account of Constantine's final days and death may be found in the Vita Constantini of the historian Eusebius Pamphilus--a Christian bishop who knew Constantine personally. The entire Vita is well worth reading, but here are a few snippets detailing the final sickness and death of the emperor after 31...
  • Russian Church Leader Calls to End Abortions to Boost Population

    05/20/2019 1:30:25 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | May 2019 | Reuters
    Russia legalized abortion in 1955 and has the second-highest abortion rate in the world after China. While Russias anti-abortion movement has largely failed to change the law, it has gained momentum in recent years, spurred by the rise of the Orthodox Church as a powerful political force. The head of Russias Orthodox Church has proposed a national ban on abortion to boost the country's lagging population numbers. We must first of all remove the topic of abortion to the extent that it exists, Patriarch Kirill was quoted as saying at a pro-life event in Moscow on Sunday by Interfax. With...
  • The Scriptures Destroyed by Fire ~ An official Roman transcript from the Great Persecution

    05/20/2019 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | March 21, 2017 | Florentius
    It is a common theme in our post-Christian age to tar the early Church with certain atrocities against philosophy and science. One of the accusations most commonly trotted out is that the Christians burned the world-famous library at Alexandria. This "perniciously persistent" myth is tidily demolished by David Bentley Hart in a 2010 article in First Things. But even if the myth were true, the Roman Christians had a model to follow in that Hellenistic pagans themselves consigned Christian books to the flames during the persecutions. For a period of about eight years in the early 4th century AD, it...
  • "He excluded from the altar all who had perpetrated crime or formed evil resolutions"

    05/16/2019 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 16, 2018 | Florentius
    Full title: "He excluded from the altar all who had perpetrated crime or formed evil resolutions" A 5th century account of participation in Holy Communion There is an interesting passage in the Ecclesiastical History of Sozomen, written about AD 445, regarding two priest-monks in Egypt. These two, Dioscorus and Eulogius, appear as part of a list of holy men who flourished during the reign of the emperor Valens (AD 364-378) who devoted themselves to a life of philosophy. (Note that when Sozomen says, philosophy, he means ascetic Christian theology.) For each holy man on the list, Sozomen provides a...
  • "Noble in person and excellent in royal manners" ~ Baptism of Desire and Valentinian II

    05/15/2019 1:31:13 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 15, 2019 | Florentius
    On May 15, anno domini 392, the young Western Roman Emperor Valentinian II was found dead in the imperial residence at Vienne in southern Gaul. It is said he was hanged using his own handkerchief. Son of the great warrior emperor, Valentinian I, the younger Valentinian had been declared emperor when he was only four years old upon the premature death of is father in AD 375, even though his half-brother, Gratian, already ruled as co-emperor in the West. Under the regency of his mother, the forceful Empress Justina, and the protection of the army, Valentinian II came to an...
  • Clashes as Russians Protest Against Building Orthodox Cathedral

    05/14/2019 6:49:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/14/19 | AFP
    Yekaterinburg (Russia) (AFP) - Hundreds of people from the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg protested Tuesday against a controversial plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a central park. Dozens of anti-riot police ringed the protest site late Tuesday and made several arrests, an AFP journalist said. Local authorities cited by the Interfax news agency spoke of 10 detentions. The Kremlin said it was monitoring the situation after some 2,000 activists toppled a fence around a construction site and clashed with security guards and martial arts enthusiasts linked to an investor in the project. Tensions around plans to build...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Official Believes USSR Victory in World War II is People's Merit, not Stalin

    05/13/2019 7:53:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/13/19
    Moscow, May 13, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion urges not to return to Stalin's cult of personality and not to attribute victory in World War II to him. "Every time when we touch upon this topic, I remind that there is Butovo Shooting Range not far from Moscow, where everyone who admire Stalin should go, who worship him, and see what consequences his policy had," the metropolitan said on the Church and the World program on the television channel Rossiya-24. He said that Stalin was responsible for repressions of 1920-1930s, and the...
  • Icon of Christ, Patron of Russian Armed Forces, Visiting Military Units Throughout the Country

    05/07/2019 5:41:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/7/19
    A copy of the miraculous Icon of the Savior Not-Made-By-Hands, considered the patron of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, began its nation-wide tour in the southern military district with a visit to Sevastopolthe base of the Black Sea fleet, on Bright Monday, reports the site of the Russian Orthodox Church. The icon is being delivered to military units and military district compounds throughout the vast country and to the Northern Fleet over the course of the next several months. The head of the main military-political department of the administration of the armed forces Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov participated...
  • Scenes from Russian Orthodox Easter at Optina Monastery

    05/07/2019 7:45:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-07-2019 | Optina Monastery
    Short video showing scenes from the Orthodox Easter services at Optina Monastery. (appx 6 mins) Хрїсто́съ Bоскре́се! Вои́стинꙋ воскре́се!
  • Ethiopias Chapel in the Sky

    05/07/2019 7:31:29 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-24-2018 | GBS
    If churches were assessed by their risk factor, Abuna Yemata Guh would be our new Sistine Chapel. Perched 650 feet above a steep cliff in Northern Ethiopia, visitors face a 45-minute climb up the cliffs vertical face in order to access the precariously positioned church. Dating back to the 5th century, history has it that its founder Father Yemata built the chapel to be closer to heavenly spirits; however, others claim it was a strategic move to avoid his enemies.
  • Homosexuals Not Allowed in Newly Opened Bakery [Russia]

    05/06/2019 6:27:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 5/3/19 | Tamara Podkorytova
    Anti-homosexual bakery now open in Kemerovo, Russia. Only people supporting traditional marriage are allowed in the store.An anti-homosexual bakery has been opened in Kemerovo, Russia. Same-sex couples are not allowed to be customers there. The owners call the business,Bread from a Russian Oven, by the Ipatov Brothers. One of the owners of the bakery, Anton Ipatov, says that so far he has heard only praise about his business. "If there is a fire on the ship, and everyone else is just going to bars and getting drunk, quietly minding their own business, then everyone will burn on that ship", explains...
  • Archbishop Demetrios of America Resigned

    05/04/2019 5:46:19 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    The National Herald ^ | 4 May A.D. 2019 | Theodore Kalmoukos
    CONSTANTINOPLE Archbishop Demetrios of America has given his resignation in writing to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The official announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has as follows: Ecumenical Patriarchate Communique Herein it is announced that today, Saturday May 4, 2019, His All-Holiness received in audience His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America, who informed Him of various matters involving his God-saved Eparchy. Furthermore, His Eminence the Archbishop submitted his written resignation from the throne of the Holy Archdiocese of America, which he shepherded with godly love for twenty years. The Patriarch will bring the resignation before the Holy and Sacred Synod...
  • Majestic Cathedral in Ancient Russian City Celebrates First Pascha Liturgy in 90 Years

    04/28/2019 6:02:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 4/28/19 | Staff
    After Joseph Stalin shut the doors in 1929, this impressive stone cathedral stood silent for many decades. The midnight Pascha service, commemorating Christ's Resurrection from the dead, ceased to be celebrated here for 90 years.In April 2019, two Russian priests and one American priest served the Pascha liturgy here, with about a hundred local Christians in attendance. The Gospel was read in both ancient Russian (Slavonic) and English.In the heart of the Golden Ring of Russia, the magnificent city of Rostov the Great has been the crown jewel of the northern landscape for more than 1000 years. According to the...
  • Easter (Russian Orthodox)

    04/28/2019 7:22:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-28-2019 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington DC
    THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. PASCHA. Paschal Procession of the Cross, Matins, Hours and Divine Liturgy (English and Church-Slavonic appx 3:15 hrs).
  • Coptic Orthodox Easter Service (Egypt)

    04/28/2019 7:13:57 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-28-2019 | Coptic Orthodox Church
    The Easter Liturgy of the Coptic Orthodox Church (Arabic & Coptic appx 4:15 hrs)
  • Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom [Orthodox Easter]

    04/28/2019 6:56:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 04-28-2019 | St. John Chrysostom
    If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any...
  • The late Archbishop Job Chants the 15th Antiphon from Great & Holy Friday Matins

    04/26/2019 6:58:04 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 01-25-2010 | Kelly Lardin
    Today is suspended on a tree He who suspended the earth upon the waters. The King of the angels is decked with a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face. The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the Cross with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear. We worship Thy passion, O Christ. We worship Thy passion, O Christ. We worship Thy passion, O Christ. Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.
  • Abortions in Russia Decreased by Nearly 10% in 2018Ministry of Health

    04/25/2019 6:53:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 4/24/19
    The countries of the former Soviet Union continue to have among the highest abortion rates in the world. Abortion is legal in Russia as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in 2017, there were 780,000 abortions officially recorded, for a population of 145 million. While the serious fight against this grave sin continues, the ratio of abortions to live births in Russia and other former-USSR countries is improving. A significant drop in abortions was recorded in Russia in 2018, according to a report of the Minister of Health Veronika Skvkortsova, made available to RIA-Novosti. In...
  • Bishop Audo: Easter Prayer in Aleppo in Memory of Bishops Missing Six Years

    04/25/2019 6:48:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 4/23/19
    There is no news of the Syro-Orthodox Msgr. Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek Orthodox Msgr. Boulos Yaziji. For the prelate "there are no certain signs of their presence" or "communication channels in place". He launches an appeal to the West: to support peace in Syria and the Christian presence in the country. The memory of the Federation of Arameis (Syriacs) in Switzerland.Aleppo (AsiaNews) - At Easter the Christian community of Aleppo recalled "with prayer" Msgr. Yohanna Ibrahim and Msgr. Boulos Yaziji, the two bishops kidnapped in April 2013 whose fate is shrouded in mystery. Speakint to AsiaNews Msgr. Antoine Audo,...