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  • Patriarch Kirill Says Constantinople Is Geopolitical Tool, Patriarch Bartholomew Says It’s Not

    01/30/2023 6:10:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/26/23
    The Patriarchs of Moscow and Constantinople spoke about one another’s Churches this week, exchanging views about the poor state of inter-Orthodox relations and the geopolitical influence in the Church. Yesterday, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia gave a presentation in the State Kremlin Palace as part of the 21st International Christmas Educational Readings, on the theme of “Global Challenges of Modernity and Human Spiritual Choice.”Among a number of other topics, the Patriarch tied the poor state of inter-Orthodox relations today to the creation and partial recognition of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”According to the Russian primate,...
  • Fire in Armenian Catholic Church in Istanbul Kills Two People, Reports of Explosion Before Fire

    01/29/2023 6:21:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Syriac Press ^ | 1/25/23
    ISTANBUL — Yesterday, a fire broke out in the Armenian Catholic church in the Karaköy neighborhood of the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Gazete Sabro reports. The cause of the fire is still unknown but investigations are underway. The fire in the Surp Prgich Church killed two people, a 75-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, and injured six others, whose health condition is still unknown. Rescue teams managed to get out several other people who were stuck in the burning church building. After four hours, firefighters were able to put out the fire. In a statement on his official Twitter page,...
  • Patriarch of Antioch and ROC Delegation Consecrate Rebuilt Syrian Churches

    01/28/2023 6:00:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/25/23
    His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch and All the East and a visiting Russian Church delegation consecrated two newly rebuilt churches in Syria on Sunday. The first was the Church of the Great Martyr George in Arbin, Rif Dimashq Governorate. The Russian Church delegation was headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, head of the ROC’s Department for External Church Relations, the DECR reports. The church was seriously damaged in the fighting near the Syrian capital and was restored at the expense of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. The church was consecrated on Sunday before the Divine Liturgy,...
  • The DIE Penalty Box

    01/26/2023 1:14:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 25, 2023 | Greg Maresca
    The DIE Penalty BoxOn a recent mild January evening in the City of Brotherly Love, the affection of one home team NHL player was anything but mild. A firestorm of disgruntled wrath erupted upon Ivan Provorov, a Russian native and a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers, compliments of the LGTBQ+ agenda and their woke confederates of the diversity, inclusion and equity crowd (DIE).It reminded me of the old standby: I went to a hockey game and a boxing match broke out. However, this fight underscores how secular humanism is attacking religiosity for the cultural soul of the American nation.Provorov, a...
  • NHL's Ivan Provorov Jerseys Sell Out Online After Russian Orthodox Christian Declined 'Pride' Colors

    01/22/2023 6:54:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/20/23 | Svetlana Ekimenko
    A Russian player in the National Hockey League (NHL), Ivan Provorov unleashed controversy on January 17 after declining to wear a jersey with LGBTQ+ "Pride" markings during pregame warm-ups with the Philadelphia Flyers team, citing religious objections. National Hockey League player Ivan Provorov’s Philadelphia Flyers’ jersey has reportedly sold out online after he made headlines by opting not to wear an LGBTQ-themed jersey during warm-ups ahead of his team’s game against the Anaheim Ducks on January 17. The jerseys of the Russian defenseman, who has played for the Philadelphia Flyers since first starting his NHL career in 2016, were advertised...
  • Patriarch Kirill: “Any Desire to Destroy Russia Will Mean the End of the World”

    01/20/2023 6:49:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 128 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/20/23
    His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrated the feast of Theophany in the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow on Thursday, where he offered a rather stark warning in his homily: “Any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world.” Beginning his homily for the feast, the Russian primate emphasized that the meaning of the feast is that the grace of God appeared not just for the Jews, not just for the Apostles, but for all men, as St. Paul says (cf. Tit. 2:11),” reports Patriarchia.ru.The words of God are immortal, he continued, as evidenced by the fact that the Orthodox...
  • Russian Orthodox Christian NHL Player Says Not Wearing 'Pride' Jersey Due to His Faith

    01/18/2023 6:44:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/18/23
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ivan Provorov, a Russian player in the National Hockey League (NHL), sparked controversy on Tuesday night after declining to wear a jersey with LGBTQ+ "Pride" markings during pregame warmups with fellow members of the Philadelphia Flyers team, citing religious objections. "I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion," Provorov told reporters. Provorov, born in Yaroslavl, Russia, is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. Provorov has played for the Philadelphia Flyers for his entire NHL career, which began in 2016, and has also represented Russia at various international hockey events....
  • The One Mediator – And the Sacraments

    01/17/2023 11:48:48 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 4 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 16, 2023 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Tim. 2:5) There is no way to adequately explain priesthood without reference to mediation. A priest is a mediator between God and Man. From time to time over the years, I have had the verse from 1 Timothy pointed out to me with the argument that there cannot be any mediator other than Christ, and, thus, there cannot be any such thing as a “priest” within the Church. Sometimes the argument becomes even more pointed: I do not need to go to a...
  • 'Only a Cataclysm Can Reverse the West's Embrace of Evil' - Head of Russian Church's Christmas Interview

    01/13/2023 6:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Patriarch Kirill speaks to the nation on Christmas EveIt has become a tradition on Russian mainstream television for the head of the Russian church, Patriarch Kirill, to give a lengthy interview on Christmas Eve, (Russians celebrate it on December 6th). This year, the Kirill shared his thoughts on Dostoevsky, the effect of the Ukraine war on state and society, priests on the front lines, the return of Christian morality to Russian society and its continuing collapse in Europe, the future of Christianity in the Ukraine as its church comes under violent persecution, the Russian church's lead role in providing humanitarian...
  • Republic’s First Church Preparing for Its Opening [Turkey]

    01/09/2023 6:34:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Final preparations are almost complete for the opening of Mor Efrem (St. Ephrem) Syriac Ancient Orthodox Church in Istanbul, the first church built in the history of modern Türkiye. While the church in the Bakırköy district is planned to be opened in two months, comprehensible work is being carried out to eliminate the last deficiencies. Following the allocation of a place at the request of the Syriac community in the country, the foundation of the church was laid in 2019 with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The church was designed as a five-story building in the empty...
  • Putin Attends Overnight Orthodox Christmas Service at One of Kremlin’s Cathedrals

    01/07/2023 6:11:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Moscow Kremlin to attend the overnight Orthodox Christmas service there. Last year, Putin delivered his Orthodox Christmas greetings from the Saint Nicholas Church on Lipno Island, near the western Russian city of Veliky Novgorod. In the two years before that, the Russian president attended Christmas mass at the Cathedral of the Lord’s Transfiguration of all the Guards in St. Petersburg. In his turn, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill delivering a Christmas address, has called on Orthodox Christians to be compassionate and...
  • The Final Destruction of Demons – Holy Baptism

    01/06/2023 8:33:13 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 14 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 6, 2023 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “Final” is not a word you often hear in Christian teaching. Most Christians leave the final things until, well, the End. But this is not the language of the fathers nor of the Church. A good illustration can be found in the Orthodox service of Holy Baptism. During the blessing of the waters the priest prays: And grant to [this water] the grace of redemption, the blessing of Jordan. Make it the fountain of incorruption, the gift of sanctification, the remission of sins, the remedy of infirmities; the final destruction of demons, unassailable by hostile powers, filled with angelic might....
  • Lavra [Ukraine] Abbot: Muslims and Catholics Treat Us Better Than Our Own Gov’t

    01/02/2023 5:45:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/2/23
    Muslims and Catholics allow the Orthodox access to holy sites and holy relics, but the Ukrainian government prevents its own people from entering their own churches, the abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra commented on New Year’s Eve before the start of the last service in the monastery’s trapeza church. Last week the government announced that it would no longer allow the Orthodox Church to use the Dormition Cathedral and the trapeza Church of Sts. Anthony and Theodosius in the upper part of the Lavra, which the state never returned to the Church after the fall of the Soviet Union....
  • Syria: Syriac Military Council Deploys Troops Around Churches in Raqqa

    12/29/2022 6:31:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Syriac Press ^ | 12/29/22
    RAQQA, Syria ꟷ Following Monday’s deadly attack by terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) on a building of the Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria in Raqqa, killing 6 six, and given the overall tense security situation in the region, the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo, MFS) deployed extra troops around churches in Raqqa. MFS says on its official page that it has put its troops on high alert to confront new possible terrorist attacks. Important sights, including churches and monasteries, will receive additional security during the holidays. The MFS adds to assure the people in general and...
  • What Today’s Youth Can Learn From the Great Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy

    12/29/2022 3:05:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Japan Forward ^ | Published 5 years ago on March 14, 2018 | Fumiko Davis
    What Today’s Youth Can Learn From the Great Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy Published 5 years ago on March 14, 2018 By Fumiko Davis Leo Tolstoy Photo of Russian writer and Leo Tolstoy, author of "War and Peace" (1828-1910) 2018, marks the 190th anniversary of the birth of Russian writer Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy—Leo Tolstoy to the English world—considered one of greatest authors of all time. Reflecting on the life of Tolstoy, a man of great wealth who gave it all away for the welfare of others, and who dedicated his life to the search for human happiness, I keep asking myself...
  • Ukraine: Constitutional Court Accepts Bill to Forcibly Rename UOC

    12/28/2022 6:25:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/28/22
    The Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled today that the bill calling for the forced renaming of churches or religious organizations associated with organizations in Russia is in line with state constitution. Although it has been legally registered as the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” for 30 years, there have been attempts at least since 2018 under President Poroshenko to forcibly rename the UOC as the “Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” although these attempts have been repeatedly blocked by Ukrainian courts. It is well known that renaming the Church is simply laying the foundation to seize churches and outright ban the Ukrainian Church,...
  • Russia Revives Influential Tsarist Society to Defend Christians in Palestine, Protect Holy Land, Wield Influence in Middle East

    12/24/2022 6:11:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Led by a respected former PM, and given a lot of resources by the Russian State, meet the Imperial Orthodox Palestine SocietyThe Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, a humanitarian NGO founded in Russia 140 years ago, now plays a key role in expanding Russian influence in the Middle East and beyond. As relations between Russia and the Western world plunge, Middle East and African countries engage in developing ties with Moscow. It is also quite remarkable that this rapprochement is based not so much on political foundations as on the common values and moral foundations. The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS)...
  • A Journey To Bethlehem (A Christmas Story)

    12/24/2022 3:28:47 PM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    trfmf ^ | 12/24/22 | Chuck Ness
    I shared this about a Month ago, but decided to share it again on Christmas Eve. This story comes from chapter 22 of my recently published book, "Sleuthing The Scripture," It's an embellished story, so do not take it as inspired by GOD. I wrote this for pure entertainment, and thus it's but a figment of my active imagination mixed with some facts surrounding the times, the places and the characters. I pray it blesses your heart this Christmas Eve.When you think of the first story of Christmas, it’s usually about Mary and Joseph looking down at their new...
  • UOC Synod Calls on President Zelensky to End Church Persecution, Not Ban the Church

    12/22/2022 6:22:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/21/22
    At its session held at St. Panteleimon’s Monastery in Kiev yesterday, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church adopted an urgent appeal to President Zelensky, calling on him to end the persecution against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and to block any bills that would ban the Church, which is by far the largest religious organization in the country. The hierarchs, gathered under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, remind the head of state that the UOC stands by the Ukrainian people and has always supported Ukrainian territorial integrity sovereignty, whereas the enmity against...
  • Syriac People in Iraq and Syria Organize Christmas Events Despite Hardships

    12/20/2022 6:30:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq / ZALIN, Syria — With the approach of Christmas and the New Year, the Syriac Catholic Sultanate of Peace Church in Ankawa, Iraq, held an evening of Christmas hymns performed by the church choir. The event was attended by Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Hadyab Mor Nathanael Nizar Ajam, pastor of the church Fr. Nihad Qas Musa, a number of nuns, and a group of believers. In Batnaya, Iraq, the Mor Quryakos Church opened the first charity market in cooperation with the Take Heart team. The market was inaugurated by Chaldean Archbishop of Alqosh Mor Boulos Thabet at...