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  • Russian Church Launches English-Language News Program on YouTube

    01/21/2022 6:11:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/20/22
    The Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations now has a news program released in multiple languages on YouTube. The Orthodox View is released on Tuesdays and Thursdays in five languages: English, Russian, Serbian, Arabic, and Greek, reports the DECR. The program aims to answer several key questions: How does the Christian worldview influence the world? How are religion, culture and society connected? What’s going on in Christendom and what’s the difference between Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism?
  • Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Introduction & Prayer, March for Life Rally

    01/21/2022 9:17:48 AM PST · by lightman · 4 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 21 January A.D. 2022 | His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
    His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Introduction & Prayer March for Life Rally National Mall, Washington, D.C. Friday, January 21, 2022 Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today, we come together in solidarity with our Brother Bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. We affirm the gift and sanctity of life – all life, born and unborn. As Christians we confess that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Every life is worthy of our prayer and our protection, whether in...
  • "Art thou not Sebastian whom I before commanded to be slain with arrows?" ~ A few interesting points about Saint Sebastian's ancient Passio.

    01/21/2022 7:34:58 AM PST · by Antoninus · 32 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 20, 2022 | Florentius
    Saint Sebastian is one of the great ancient martyrs of the Roman Catholic Church as well as one of the saints most frequently depicted in artwork down through the centuries. The image of Sebastian tied to a stake, his body riddled with arrows, is one of the most immediately recognizable and jarring images of the ancient martyrs. As with many of the martyrs from the days prior to Constantine, his story has become somewhat muddled. He is mentioned in a homily of Saint Ambrose (On Psalm 118) as having come from Milan. Most of the rest of his biography comes...
  • Russian Court Bans Blasphemous Marilyn Manson Video

    01/20/2022 5:56:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/18/22
    In accordance with a recent decision from a St. Petersburg court, a blasphemous Marylin Manson YouTube video has been blocked in Russia. The video, which features a montage of photos of the shock rock singer tearing up the Bible, violates articles from the Russian criminal code on the right to freedom of conscience and confession and on incitement of hatred or enmity, the court ruled. The case was initiated by the Procurator of the Admiralty District of St. Petersburg. “Providing access to information about the deliberate public desecration of religious literature and symbols offends the feelings of believers, using information...
  • Legoyda: School Lessons on the Value of Human Life Before Birth – Handle With Care [Russia]

    01/18/2022 6:00:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    "A proposal to introduce school lessons on 'the value of human life before birth' is a step in the right direction, but at the same time, this idea requires serious study,” said Vladimir Legoyda, Head of the Synodal Department for the Russian Orthodox Church’s Relations with Society and Mass Media, on his Telegram Channel on Friday, January 14. A suggestion to introduce school lessons on "the value of human life before birth" was put forward by Maria Studenikina, the director of the "House for Mom", run by ​​the Orthodox church charity "Miloserdie" (Mercy) service. The initiative is aimed at reducing...
  • In Orthodoxy There Is Schism Between Moscow and Constantinople. But Rome Doesn’t Know Whose Side to Takey

    01/14/2022 4:38:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 13, 2022 | Sandro Magister
    In Orthodoxy There Is Schism Between Moscow and Constantinople. But Rome Doesn’t Know Whose Side to TakeRight when the rumors are swirling about the place and date of the much-vaunted new meeting between Pope Francis and the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow, Kirill - now projected, with Kazakhstan out of the running, for the Hungarian abbey of Pannonhalma - relations between Catholicism and Orthodoxy are in reality paralyzed.The serious trouble for Francis comes from what is happening within the Orthodox world. Where Kirill is in open conflict, on the brink of schism, with two of the historic patriarchates of the East,...
  • Egypt - A Time of "Spiritual Awakening" in Memory of the Coptic Martyrs of Libya, Who Died Whispering the Name of Jesus

    01/13/2022 7:38:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Samalut (Agenzia Fides) - Fifteen days of "spiritual awakening" to live in grateful memory of those who died seven years ago whispering the name of Jesus while being killed by a group of jihadists. This is the proposal addressed to Egyptian Christians by the Coptic Orthodox diocese of Samalut, in the province of Minya, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the martyrdom of the twenty Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered on a Libyan beach in February 2015 together with their Ghanaian co-worker at the hands of a group of terrorists from the so-called Islamic State (Daesh). The liturgical and...
  • A Byzantine Master in the New World – An Interview with Iconographer Dionysios Bouloubassis

    01/12/2022 7:09:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 1/7/22 | Thomaida Hudanish
    Dionysios Boloubassis developed a reputation as a talented iconographer in Greece before he immigrated to the United States in 2013. Over the past ten years he built up a new portfolio of work in America, which together with his churches in Greece, demonstrates his experience and skill in carrying on the iconographic tradition. Christ, Pantocrator, by the hand of Dionysios BouloubassisORTHODOX ARTS JOURNAL: Let’s start by learning about where you are from. DIONYSIOS BOULOUBASSIS: My parents are from Greece, but they immigrated to the US and I was born in Maryland. When I was still young, however, my mother and...
  • A Great Time to Join the Orthodox Church

    01/11/2022 9:31:10 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 20 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | Frederica Mathewes-Green
    On January 7, 2022, my friend Rod Dreher had a post on his American Conservative blog about the direction Pope Francis is trying to take the Catholic Church. Rod went on to say: "For the time being, American Orthodoxy is not as vulnerable as American Catholicism is to liberalizing, but Orthodox would be fools to think we are somehow protected. I brought this up to an Orthodox priest once, who said…he wasn’t worried about us Orthodox. I think that is whistling past the graveyard." I sent Rod an email explaining why I thought there were several reasons Orthodoxy has a...
  • In Photos: Azhar Grand Imam, Awqaf Minister Visit Coptic Cathedral to Offer Greetings on Christmas

    01/10/2022 6:09:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa on Tuesday paid a visit to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to offer greetings to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the occasion of Christmas. During the visit, Sheikh El-Tayyeb voiced hope that this new year could bring about more happiness and prosperity to the Egyptian people, asserting that all heavenly messages have several moral commons. He asserted that greetings in such occasions are part of the Islamic philosophy which places high the human values and calls for maintaining brotherly ties. Meanwhile, the...
  • Orthodox Christian Christmas: Russia, Ukraine, Serbia among countries celebrating on January 7

    01/07/2022 8:54:49 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Greek City Times ^ | Jan 7, 2022
    In some Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries, Christmas is officially celebrated on January 7. That is because numerous Orthodox Christian churches follow the Julian calendar for religious celebrations. The Julian calendar runs 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar, the standard international calendar in use today. The Julian calendar took effect under the reign of Julius Caesar in 45BC. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII created a new calendar to correct the discrepancy between calendar time and calculated astronomical time. It became known as the Gregorian calendar. But to begin with, only Catholic countries adopted the changes and Orthodox Christian countries...
  • Famous Flooded Bell Tower Restored, Open to the Public [Russia]

    01/05/2022 6:41:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/3/22
    Large-scale restoration work at the famous flooded bell tower in Kalyazin, Russia, has been completed, and the internationally-known site is now open to the public. “The bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral is known far beyond the borders of Russia. This object is interesting for tourists and historians, a significant symbol of the spiritual heritage of the Tver Province. It’s important to preserve this unique structure for future generations,” Tver Governor Igor Rudenya said while inspecting the site in May, reports the Tver administration. The restoration project won the All-Russian Competition for the Best Projects for Creating a Comfortable...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion: The Two Largest Christian Churches Must Cooperate - This is the Imperative of the Times

    01/04/2022 7:34:05 PM PST · by marshmallow
    On December 25th, 2021, on The Church and the World TV program shown on Saturdays and Sundays on “Rossiya-24”, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), answered questions fr om the anchor Ekaterina GrachevaE. Gracheva: Hello! This is the time of the program “The Church and the World” on the TV channel “Rossia 24”, where we talk weekly with the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Hello, Vladyka!Metropolitan Hilarion: Hello, Catherine! Hello dear brothers and sisters! E. Gracheva: Vladyka, the other day you were...
  • Group for Protection of Christian Values Created at State Duma [Russia]

    01/02/2022 6:37:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/29/21
    Moscow, December 29, Interfax - An inter-factional working group for the protection of Christian values is being created at the State Duma, a source at the parliament told Interfax. "The group for the protection of Christian values is being created. The purpose of its creation is consolidating the efforts of parliamentarians and the Russian Orthodox Church in legislative work and upholding traditional values," the source said. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has given his blessing to the creation and activities of the group, the source said. State Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolsoy of the United Russia faction is...
  • St. Alexander Nevsky “Prayer Before Battle” Monument Now Open In Russia's Leningrad Oblast

    12/30/2021 6:00:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    In Russia's Leningrad Oblast, in the vicinity of Saint Petersburg, a new memorial complex dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the holy prince, Saint Alexander Nevsky, was opened on December 22. The bronze composition called “Prayer Before Battle” is centered around the figure of the prince. Behind him on a stone pedestal is the image of Christ the Savior, from the icon of the Savior "Not Made by Hands". The monument got the name "Prayer Before Battle" because it is built on the site where, according to tradition, the great prince Alexander Nevsky prayed before the Battle of the Neva....
  • Patriarch Kirill: Church Mustn’t Segregate on Basis of Vaccination

    12/29/2021 5:47:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/22/21
    Regardless of what happens in society, the Church must never become a place that is segregated based on vaccination status, the Russian Patriarch told the clergy of Moscow yesterday. The annual diocesan meeting of the clergy of the city of Moscow was held under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill yesterday. Many are concerned about the topic of vaccination and there are strong disagreements about both it in society and in the Church, the Patriarch noted. Speaking for himself, he said: “This is a purely medical issue, a matter of personal choice and responsibility,” reminding the clergy that he...
  • Patriarch Bartholomew Tests Positive for COVID

    12/28/2021 6:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/24/21
    Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople tested positive for the coronavirus during his regular diagnostic tests today. He is fully vaccinated and currently showing mild symptoms, reports Romfea. The Patriarch thanks all who have shown an interest in his health and urges all to get vaccinated. He also wishes all a blessed feast of the Nativity.
  • Moscow Theological Academy Now Offering Online Program in English

    12/28/2021 6:12:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Church has always addressed the whole world. It has become even more relevant in the modern world, losing its former limitations. Apostles used to preach about Christ in Greek, which at the time was the language of international communication. Nowadays, such a language is English. Thus, there is no reason why the Russian Orthodox Church should not speak this language as well. Therefore, an English-language training program for foreign students has been developed on the basis of the already existing and successfully operating Russian-language online platform of the Moscow Theological Academy. The one-year curriculum includes the main theological and...
  • Russian Military Helps Rebuild Ancient Church in Syria

    12/27/2021 7:44:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The ancient church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Syrian province of Daraa, almost totally destroyed by terrorists, will be rebuilt with support from the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. “Some parts of the church are 1500 years old, and some of its most ancient stones date back to 1700 years ago,” said Mashur el Emkhann, the rector of the church. “We also know that before our Lord Jesus Christ was born, this was already a place of worship. People came here to pray. That means that this has been a sacred place for several millennia. The Divine services...
  • Lessons in Humility from The First Christmas – A Homily For Christmas

    12/26/2021 3:14:50 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies ^ | 26 December 2021 | Msgr Pope
    The Christmas Gospel from Luke provides us with many teachings. One thing that surely stands out, however, is the permeating theme of humility. Throughout the account, God confounds our prideful expectations and insists on being found in the lowest of places.The newborn Christ is not found where we expect Him to be nor does His birth conform to any script we would design. Right from the start, He gives us many lessons in humility and begins His saving work of healing our wound of pride. Let’s look at these lessons in four stages.I. The Procession to the Place – In...