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  • Focus on God and Saints Rather Than Wild Images of Carefully-Orchestrated Protests, Met. Luke of Zaporozhye Exhorts

    06/04/2020 5:47:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/4/20
    Mass protests on the streets in cities across America “have shown how quickly the mask of decency and morality falls from people when permissiveness hits the streets,” writes His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye in a reflection published on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, June 2. The carefully-orchestrated protests are in fact a means of control, the outspoken hierarch writes, but rather than being allured by wild images of violence, we should instead turn our gazes and our minds to the Lord Jesus Christ and His saints, he exhorts. “Recent events induce sad reflections,” Met. Luke writes. “Christianity, which was...
  • Moscow Churches to Reopen on June 6

    06/04/2020 5:36:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 6/1/20
    Moscow, June 1, Interfax - At the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, Moscow churches will reopen to parishioners on June 6, the eve of the Trinity Sunday, after almost two months of quarantine. The Christ the Savior's Cathedral and the Epiphany Cathedral at Yelokhovo will open on June 2, the patriarch's working group said. It was reported that churches in Moscow were closed for visitors from April 13, the beginning of the Holy Week in Russia, with the patriarch's blessing and at the recommendation of the city's sanitary authorities. All prayer services were performed in the presence of clergy only. The...
  • A proposal for Catholic-Orthodox eucharistic sharing during the pandemic [Orthodox-Cathodic Caucus]

    06/01/2020 1:39:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 05-25-2020 | Bishop John D. Faris
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis March 27 characterized the worldwide trauma as: "God's call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on." Can this occasion also be a time of deeper communion among us? Catholics, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox hierarchs, pastors and faithful agree that the Eucharist, the body and blood of the Son of God, is the most precious gift of God to the church. It is of paramount importance to us! Nevertheless, while sharing the same belief in the supreme importance of the Eucharist,...
  • God wants Ethiopians to prosper

    06/01/2020 1:27:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Economist ^ | 24 Nov 2018 | Economist
    The prime minister and many of his closest allies follow a fast-growing strain of Christianity "THE REASON why we are poor is inside us,” cries Nigusie Roba, his face sweating with emotion. “It is not the fault of God.” The pastor’s youthful congregants rise, palms open wide. Nigusie’s voice grows louder: “Tonight you will go home anointed by God.” In the far corner a young woman drops to the floor, her body writhing as she screams. Preachers like Nigusie—sharply dressed, charismatic, and renowned for exorcising demons from the bodies of the faithful—represent a strain of Christianity not widely associated with...
  • Siberian Hermit Agafya Lykova Does Not Know Much About Coronavirus, but Prays for the Sick

    05/31/2020 7:55:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/27/20
    Kemerovo, May 27, Interfax - Hermit Agafya Lykova, who has been living isolated in the Sayan Taiga, Siberia, since the 1940-s, does not know much about the situation with COVID-19, but prays for those who fell ill, press service of the Khakassky national park responded to Interfax inquiry. An assistant has been living together with the 76-year-old hermit during the recent years, such a decision was taken by the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church. Last time, Lykova was visited on May 25, when food and medicines were delivered to her. Lykova is the only alive representative of the retreated old-rite family...
  • Difficult Hours for Orthodoxy in Serbia-Montenegro-Kosovo

    05/31/2020 7:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    There is no end to the tragedy of Serbian believers in Montenegro and Kosovo. Persecutions, extortion and contempt come to complement bad relations with Serbia, and thus Orthodoxy in the Balkans is once again being tested. Interestingly, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro maintained a federal relationship, but lately it has been tested again on an ecclesiastical level. Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović has been trying to cut off his country’s Church from the Serbian Patriarchate since his election, as well as to seize Serbian monasteries and properties and to gain autocephaly with rulings. During the pandemic, Montenegrin hierarchs...
  • Yekaterinburg Diocese Bans Services of Priest Who Cursed Those Who Close Churches Over Pandemic [Russia]

    05/27/2020 5:52:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 5/27/20
    Yekaterinburg, May 27, Interfax - The Yekaterinburg Diocese has banned Schema-Hegumen Sergy (Romanov), who has cursed those who close churches during the Covid-19 pandemic, from conducting services and wearing a pectoral cross. "Due to the public speech by Schema-Hegumen Sergy (Romanov), who violated an archbishop's Decree 32 of April 27, 2020, this clergyman is banned from conducting services and wearing a pectoral cross starting from today," the press service for the Yekaterinburg Diocese said. The schema-hegumen's activities will be addressed by the diocesan court of the Yekaterinburg Diocese. Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye said in his address to the...
  • "Some of Them Lived Even to Our Day" ~ The lost Apology of Saint Quadratus

    05/26/2020 9:05:08 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 9 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 26, 2020 | Florentius
    May 26 is the feast of the early Church father Saint Quadratus of Athens. He is primarily known as a very early apologist for the faith who presented his arguments directly to the emperor Hadrian while the latter was visiting Athens, sometime between AD 124 and AD 132. Practically all of what is known of his life may be found in this brief biographical notice in Saint Jerome’s work, On Illustrious Men: Quadratus, disciple of the apostles, after Publius bishop of Athens had been crowned with martyrdom on account of his faith in Christ, was substituted in his place, and...
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Set to Re-Open on Sunday

    05/24/2020 7:32:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 5/23/20 | AP
    <p>JERUSALEM - The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem will open on Sunday for the first time in two months.</p> <p>It is built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.</p> <p>Leaders of the three denominations sharing the site said in a statement Saturday that entrance will be limited to 50 people at a time.</p>
  • Trashed [Orthodox] Church on Lesvos Becomes Toilet for Illegal Immigrants

    05/22/2020 6:39:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Greek City Times ^ | 5/15/20 | Paul Antonopoulos
    The Saint Catherine Church in the small town of Moria on Lesvos, is now being used as a bathroom. A local in Moria described the scene. “The smell inside is unbearable,” said Makis Pavlellis, a butcher. “Discussing with people about the Church, we learned that the metropolitan of Mytilene is aware of the situation in the area nevertheless he does not wish to deal with it for his own reasons.” Only earlier this month Greek City Times reported that the Saint Catherine church in Moria was already trashed by illegal immigrants. This is only the latest incident and rather it...
  • “Neo-Communist Heirs of Tito” Ramping up Church Persecution, Says Bishop Who Was Detained in Montenegro

    05/21/2020 6:05:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/18/20
    The modern “neo-communist heirs of Tito” go further and further in their persecution against the Church, causing more and more resistance among the people, His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja and Nikšić told his supportive flock after being released from 72-hours of police detention. His Grace and seven other clerics were detained in Nikšić from the evening of May 12, following a procession in honor of the greatly beloved St. Basil of Ostrog, until early in the morning on May 16, reports After being released, Bp. Joanikije went to the main court building, where a large gathering of faithful...
  • Greek Metropolitan Excommunicates Minister Who Said Communing is Dangerous, Holy Synod Overturns His Decree

    05/20/2020 5:44:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/18/20
    Having threatened to excommunicate Greek Minister of Education Niki Kerameus for her public statements about the coronavirus being spread through the act of communing of the Holy Mysteries of Christ, His Eminence Ambrose, the retired Metropolitan of Kalavryta, proceeded to do so after the Divine Liturgy yesterday, May 17. However, his decision was not supported by the hierarchs of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. On April 30, Kerameus stated on Greek television that it is scientifically proven that the coronavirus can be spread through saliva, and thus it is dangerous to take Holy Communion. This statement is...
  • Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces

    05/20/2020 10:20:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-11-2020 | rumoaohepta7
    A short video showing Russia's new cathedral dedicated to the armed forces along with a neighboring memorial. The Cathedral and memorial were built mostly with private donations although the land was given by the city of Moscow.
  • Five Priests Criminally Charged for St. George’s Day Procession in Montenegro

    05/19/2020 5:57:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/12/20
    A spontaneous procession broke out on the streets of Berane, Montenegro in honor of St. George the Victorious on his feast day, May 6. The clergy and laity involved observed social distancing while shouting, “We won’t give up our shrines!” in protest of a law passed in December that gives the state the right to confiscate property from the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro. Criminal cases were subsequently opened against 5 priests who were involved in the procession, for failing to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reports REGNUM. However, the hierarchs and faithful in Montenegro...
  • It Is Good to Be Here

    05/18/2020 9:32:53 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 1 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | May 18, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    A few days ago, after hearing a very distressing bit of social news, I found myself saying, “I don’t want to be here anymore.” It was a voice of despair and sadness. The occasion had been a public altercation in which a stranger spat at a woman. It was the sort of thing that belongs among the lowest of human actions. But it happened. My topic is my own reaction. I found my mind tossed about, looking for comfort or escape. At the end of the day, I shared my thoughts with my wife and said aloud, “I don’t want...
  • Great Drone Footage - Huge, Stunning New Military Christian Cathedral in Moscow, Set to Russian Music of Psalm 91

    05/17/2020 4:49:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 5/12/20 | Staff
    AMAZING drone footage of new Orthodox Christian cathedral for Russian Armed Forces looks impressive. The musical background Is Psalm 91More about this church here: Russia's Massive Military Church Will Open in May -- and It is Magnificent
  • Montenegrin Authorities Detain Bishop and Seven Clergymen After Thousands Gather to Celebrate St. Basil of Ostrog

    05/15/2020 6:12:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/13/20
    Yesterday, May 12, Montenegrin police detained His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja and Nikšić and seven clergymen of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro for participating in celebrations and processions in honor of the greatly beloved St. Basil of Ostrog during the period of coronavirus quarantine, reports the site of the Metropolis of Montenegro. According to those arrested, thousands of faithful gathered in front of the Cathedral of St. Basil to celebrate the great saint on their own initiative. During the arrest, the priests asked the crowd to remain calm and not harm the police in any way. Following the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Says “No” to Stalin’s Mosaic in the New Temple of the Russian Armed Forces

    05/14/2020 6:09:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Moscow Church does not want Stalin to be depicted in the new church of the Armed Forces. The disagreement was expressed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. “I believe that the images of Stalin should definitely not be placed in a Russian Orthodox Church, because Stalin was a persecutor of the Church. the blood of millions, including new martyrs and confessors of the Russian Church, is on his conscience, “the Metropolitan told Rossiya 24 (VGTRK) TV channel. “The church is neither an exhibition hall, nor a panorama of the Battle, nor a place where military parades should be depicted,” he...
  • Tsargrad TV: Christian Television News, Russian Style

    05/10/2020 5:22:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Financial Times via Russian Faith ^ | 5/7/20 | Courtney Weaver
    Here is the story of its mission and its founder, Konstantin Malofeev--the Russian tycoon who decided to open an Orthodox news channelOn a sunny afternoon in Moscow, the Russian tycoon Konstantin Malofeev is holding court in the studios of his television channel Tsargrad TV, dressed in a designer suit, a blue silk handkerchief peeking from his breast pocket. Above him is a makeshift cathedral cupola weighing in at half a ton. Behind him are 24ft-high windows through which the Kremlin’s red towers are visible, their glass stars glistening. Malofeev is in a buoyant mood. In a sign of his growing...
  • Pascha and Pandemic

    05/09/2020 6:31:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    First Things ^ | 5/1/20 | John P. Burgess
    This year’s Easter celebrations have revealed deep tensions in church-state relations throughout the world. On what Christians regard as the most holy of days, when worship momentarily lifts us above the cares of this world, earthly power struggles were also taking place. In Russia, Orthodox believers insisted on their right to attend church and receive the sacrament. While 1-2 percent of the population attends church on a regular Sunday, the Pascha celebrations typically bring out ten times this number. The people’s central concern is to receive the Eucharist, the bread and wine that they regard as the very body and...