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  • Is the floor of Hell paved with the skulls of bishops?

    02/03/2024 1:55:54 PM PST · by Antoninus · 95 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | February 3, 2024 | Florentius
    The well-used quote: "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops," may be found in a variety of forms. Perhaps the most colorful version of it is: "The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path." This saying has been attributed to one of several Fathers of the ancient Church and to Protestant revolutionaries from more recent times. Most often, it is claimed to be taken from the writings of St. Athanasius or St. John Chrysostom. After a thorough search,...
  • Holy Synod of Constantinople against gay marriage

    01/27/2024 1:14:19 PM PST · by lightman · 5 replies
    orthodoxchristianity.com ^ | 25 January A.D. 2024 | Staff
    The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople weighed in today on the gay marriage and adoption controversy currently raging in Greece. Constantinople has dozens of dioceses in Greece, including those on the island of Crete, whose Eparchial Synod also issued a statement last week. The hierarchs of the Church of Greece also unanimously voted against gay marriage and adoption on Tuesday. And yesterday, the Synod of Constantinople reiterated the Church’s stance against gay marriage. Its communiqué reads: The Holy and Sacred Synod, convening under the presidency of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch in its regular session today, Wednesday, January...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans against those who deny the True presence in the Eucharist

    01/26/2024 1:20:49 PM PST · by Cronos · 186 replies
    newadvent ^ | 110 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    ...Chapter 3. Christ was possessed of a body after His resurrection For I know that after His resurrection also He was still possessed of flesh, and I believe that He is so now. When, for instance, He came to those who were with Peter, He said to them, Lay hold, handle Me, and see that I am not an incorporeal spirit. And immediately they touched Him, and believed, being convinced both by His flesh and spirit. For this cause also they despised death, and were found its conquerors. And after his resurrection He ate and drank with them, as being...
  • The Epiphany - Some Ancient Sources

    01/06/2024 10:20:47 AM PST · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 6, 2024 | Florentius
    The Scriptural recounting in the Gospel of Saint Matthew of the mysterious wise men who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts is one of the most enduring and compelling scenes in Sacred Scripture. The rudimentary nature of St. Matthew’s description of the Magi’s arrival has encouraged a flowering of apocryphal literature across the centuries which has added depth and detail to the occasion of the Epiphany. There are numerous references to the Magi in early post-Scriptural literature. Saint Justin Martyr mentions them prominently in his debate with Trypho (Chapter 78) in the mid-second century AD. Magi were of the priestly...
  • 3 Reasons the Magi Were Persian ie Iranians

    01/06/2024 12:27:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 52 replies
    Hormuz Shariat ^ | 22 December 2017 | Hormuz Shariat
    In the story of Christ’s birth there are many familiar characters: Joseph, Mary, Herod, the Jewish leaders, and shepherds. But there are also several (at least three) strange foreigners called “Magi” who unexpectedly come out of nowhere. Even more shocking is that they are more alert, more knowledgeable, and have deeper spiritual understanding of the meaning of the birth of Jesus than most of Jesus’s ethnic relations. Hossein-Behzah-Birth of Jesus-Magi But who are these Magi who mysteriously appear around the time of Jesus’s birth and who are prepared to worship him and give him gifts? Where are they from? How...
  • Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Christmas

    12/22/2023 7:02:18 AM PST · by lightman · 6 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 22 December A.D. 2023 | ELPIDOPHOROS, Archbishop of America
    Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Christmas December 25, 2023 Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and entirety of the Christ-loving Plenitude of the Sacred Archdiocese of America: Thus says the Lord: a rod shall come forth out of the root of Jesse, and a blossom shall rise from that root. (Prophecy of Isaiah 11:1) Beloved sisters and brothers in Christ, Christ is Born!...
  • Merry Christmas FREEPERS!

    12/18/2023 7:45:03 PM PST · by freepersup · 38 replies
    THEE GOD ALMIGHTY ^ | 12-25-0000 (12/18/23) | freepersup (Actually, The BIG Guy Upstairs)
    Tiny human here on one-of-a-kind earth, seeking comment on the birth of Jesus, and goodwill towards men. Fah la la la la, la la, la la...
  • Armenian Christians battle developer to keep control of their corner of Jerusalem

    12/07/2023 9:42:34 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | December 4, 2023 | David I. Klein
    (RNS) — Amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, another battle is playing out in Jerusalem among its small but storied Armenian Christian community, their own patriarch and an Australian-Israeli businessman who is said to be set on taking over the Armenian Quarter of the Old City. Last month, things escalated as Jewish settlers aided by dogs and bulldozers disrupted a long-running sit-in in a site known as the Cow’s Garden, currently a parking lot, where businessman Danny Rothman plans to build his latest hotel. Rothman’s company, Xana Capital Group, made a secret deal in...
  • December 6 ~ Saint Nicholas, defender of the innocent, pray for us

    12/06/2023 2:43:29 PM PST · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | December 06, 2016 | Florentius
    December 6 is the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra, later of Bari. Though known more commonly in modern times for his connection with “Santa Claus”, Saint Nicholas was considered a great saint in his day and numerous anecdotes relating to his acts of holiness, courage and generosity have come down to us from antiquity. Here is an excerpt from an anonymous history from the 4th century AD entitled, Praxis de Stratelatis (Act of the Generals). In it, we see Saint Nicholas doing what he does best: using his authority as bishop to rescue the innocent and speak the truth...
  • SAINT NICHOLAS DAY - December 6

    12/06/2023 5:43:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | December 6, 2023 | Staff
    SAINT NICHOLAS DAY On December 6th, Saint Nicholas Day recognizes the third-century saint who became an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. #StNicholasDay St. Nicholas is known for selling all his possessions and giving his money to the poor. Raised as a devout Christian, St. Nicholas dedicated his whole life to serving the sick and suffering. Legendary stories about St. Nicholas later become part of the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. For example, during the third century, a daughter's chances of marriage increased when her father offered a large dowry to prospective husbands. One story tells of a poor...
  • The Martyrs of Najran

    11/26/2023 10:55:50 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    CNEWA EN | ESSearch DONATE Home ONE Magazine Fall 1977 The Martyrs of Najran ONE Magazine God • World • Human Family • Church The Martyrs of Najran A group of Coptic Christians in the sixth century are remembered for their faith. Every year on the 24th of October the Roman Catholic Church commemorates “the Martyrs of Najran.” Unless he has stumbled across the entry in some such books as Butler’s Lives of the Saints, the average person is not likely to have heard of either the martyrs or of Najran. The valley of Najran is in southwestern Saudi Arabia,...
  • The Martyrdom of Pope St. Silverius -- Starved to death on the Island of Palmarola in AD 538

    11/16/2023 5:04:53 PM PST · by Antoninus · 17 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 16, 2023 | Florentius
    Throughout the history of the Church, several Popes have been deposed for a variety of reasons. Pope Liberius was deposed and exiled by the Arian emperor, Constantius II in the mid-4th century. Six hundred years later, Pope Gregory VII was deposed by anti-Pope Clement III, the creature of the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV. During the reign of Justinian, Pope Saint Silverius, who I have written about previously on this blog, was not only deposed—he was martyred by the political forces who coveted his ecclesiastical power as head of the Church. In my previous post, I included an excerpt from...
  • How the Israel-Hamas war has brought together Arab Christians and Muslims

    11/04/2023 12:04:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 82 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 3, 2023 | Daoud Kuttab
    AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — Yasmine Faraa, a Jordanian of Palestinian heritage, was angered when an Israeli missile hit a building belonging to St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza, killing 18 and injuring 20. Faraa, a Muslim, came up with the idea to hold a vigil outside the Orthodox Christian Church, in the Jordanian capital’s Sweifieh neighborhood, to show solidarity. The numbers that turned out for the vigil on Sunday (Oct. 22) surprised even the Jordanian police, who had initially decided that they didn’t need to block the roads leading to the church. The crowd was largely composed of middle-...
  • A Plea to the Silent Churches in America

    10/21/2023 1:22:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Human Defense ^ | August 13, 2020 | Rebekah Dyer
    Between now and the time the preacher stands at the pulpit this Sunday and delivers his message, around 17,000 babies in the United States alone will have been murdered in the womb. That’s nearly 2,400 every day. Ninety-eight babies every hour. About one baby every twelve seconds. Innocent human beings are dismembered, poisoned, crushed, harvested for organs, put in trash cans, and disposed of in the name of “women’s rights” and “the right to choose.” This happens day after day, week after week, and the church largely remains silent. The most forgotten, marginalized human beings today are the preborn. Their...
  • THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM CONDEMNS ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES TARGETING HUMANITARIAN INSTITUTIONS IN GAZA

    10/20/2023 3:34:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    jerusalem-patriarchate.info ^ | October 20, 2023 | staff
    The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem expresses its strongest condemnation of the Israeli airstrike that have struck its church compound in the city of Gaza. The Patriarchate emphasizes that targeting churches and their institutions, along with the shelters they provide to protect innocent citizens, especially children and women who have lost their homes due to Israeli airstrikes on residential areas over the past thirteen days, constitutes a war crime that cannot be ignored. Despite the evident targeting of the facilities and shelters of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and other churches – including the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem Hospital, other schools,...
  • Israeli airstrike damages oldest church in Gaza sheltering Christians, Muslims

    10/20/2023 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2023 | Jon Brown
    A Greek Orthodox church compound in the Gaza Strip sheltering hundreds of Palestinians of multiple faiths was reportedly damaged by a fatal Israeli airstrike on Thursday. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced that a building on the compound of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrios, the oldest church in Gaza, was damaged in the overnight Israeli airstrike. "The Patriarchate emphasizes that targeting churches and their institutions, along with the shelters they provide to protect innocent citizens, especially children and women who have lost their homes due to Israeli airstrikes on residential areas over the past thirteen days, constitutes a...
  • Pope Explains What Will Be the Primacy of Rome in Universal Church

    07/08/2023 6:52:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Union of Orthodox Journalists ^ | 6/30/23 | Yaroslav Nivkin
    The Pope believes that the prerogatives of the Bishop of Rome should not necessarily be fully extended to the Orthodox communities.After the liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, where the delegates of the Church of Constantinople prayed together with the Catholic hierarchy, Pope Francis held a separate meeting with the bishops of the Phanar, at which he explained how he sees the status of the See of Rome in a church united with the Orthodox. The meeting report was published by the Vatican News resource. The Pope expressed his joy at the outcome of the work of the Plenary...
  • Zelensky Introduces Bill to Abolish Christmas on 7 January

    07/06/2023 6:14:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Union of Orthodox Journalists ^ | 6/28/23 | Yaroslav Nivkin
    President proposed cancelling a day off on 7 January, as well as moving the dates of Statehood Day and Defenders Day, which coincide with Orthodox holidays, by 13 days.On 28 June 2023, Volodymyr Zelensky registered Bill 9431, which envisages cancelling the celebration of Christmas on 7 January in Ukraine, as well as postponing the dates of Statehood Day and Defenders’ Day, which coincide with the Orthodox holidays of the Baptism of Rus' and the Intercession of the Virgin Mary. The explanatory note says that "the purpose of the bill is to reject the Russian legacy of imposing Christmas on 7...
  • Whatever Happens, the Liturgy Will Be Celebrated!—UOC [Ukrainian Orthodox Church] Hierarch Prepares Clergy for Potential Closure of All Churches

    07/05/2023 6:34:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/28/23
    The Zaporozhye City Council is set to vote today on the possibility of depriving the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of all its church buildings throughout the city. In light of the coming vote, His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye published an address to his clergy yesterday to prepare them for this possibility. Above all, the hierarch calls his clergy and flock to remain faithful to the Lord and to follow His example. “I ask you not to succumb to provocations and other diabolical temptations, but to follow the canons of our Mother Church… I urge all of you not to...
  • Christian Model Hailey Bieber Urges Social Media Sites to Censor Anti-LGBTQ ‘Hate Speech’ like ‘Deadnaming’ + Misgendering

    07/05/2023 10:39:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    Protestia ^ | July 4, 2023 | staff
    Professing Christian model Hailey Baldwin Bieber has joined hundreds of celebrities in endorsing a public letter from GLAAD that calls for social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter to censor so-called anti-LGBTQ hate speech, including deadnaming, misgendering, and spreading ‘misinformation’ about ‘gender-affirming healthcare’ for trans teens. The letter, which is from “celebrities, influencers, and prominent public figures with significant followings on social media” includes such names as Patrick Stewart, Demi Lovato, Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, Sam Smith, Jazz Jennings, Dylan Mulvaney, and Elliot Page. It argues that “dangerous posts (both content and ads) created and circulated...