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    Particularly Beautiful Books

    If posted in the wrong area, please move. I was curious what your favorite, specifically Orthodox, books are that have particularly beautiful editions; i.e. binding, typeset, etc. For example, I have heard wonderful things about St Ephraim the Syrian's "A Spiritual Psalter." Prayer books...
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    Saint Ezra?

    Does anyone know if the OT figure and author is considered a saint? I have found an icon of him but only one, and the OCA site has a feast of December 13, but no info about him, no troparia, etc. I'm just not finding much and was curious if anyone had access to better sources or could offer any...
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    New Canonical Western Orthodox Monastery

    Great news out of the Priory of St. Laurence & Our Lady of Glastonbury! "On the evening of July 16, 2015, we received word from His Grace Bishop John that His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has granted full recognition to our monastic community and designated us as a Monastery in the Western Rite...
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    Did God Make Me?

    Obviously I believe God is the Creator, and that this goes beyond mere "making" things in the "past" (e.g. He "made the earth"). He is indeed sustaining all of creation every single moment. But I have never believed that God "made" me. My parents did. And every human being was made by their...
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    Christians and Guns

    Fr. Lawrence Farley posted an article titled "Christians and Guns." (http://myocn.net/christians-guns-2/) In it he says:  "The consensus is clear: historic Orthodox Christianity considered shedding blood to be an evil—sometimes a necessary evil, but always an evil. It was never consistent with...
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    2014 Western Rite Conference

    The biennial conference of the AWRV will be held from Tuesday, August 5 through Friday, August 8 at Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. The theme for the conference will be based on 1 Cor. 9:25, "Every man that striveth for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they...
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    Soul Covering

    I'm reading a fantastic work by St. Theophan the Recluse called "The Spiritual Life" and there are a few chapters devoted to something he calls the "soul covering." He says there is an element, the finest and smallest element possible, made out of light that is called "ether" and that it forms a...
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    What do you think of this line of reasoning?

    I know the cross is a mystery, and I have no real desire to apprehend it beyond what we're given to apprehend, but something I've always puzzled over was, Why crucifixion? The scriptures tell us that Christ was "slain before the foundations of the world" so I know it's not in order to fulfill...
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    Byzantine Splendor and Roman Sobriety

    This is a thoughtful post on the Eastern and Western Rites: http://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2014/jan/9/byzantine-splendor-and-roman-sobriety/ Some quotes: "Many have noted that the traditional Western Mass seems more intent on reminding the worshiper of the death of Christ on the Cross and the...
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    The Western Liturgies of the Antiochian Church

    Both here, and elsewhere, I have encountered some misconceptions about the liturgical tradition of the Western Rite within the Antiochian Patriarchate. Usually it happens by applying a simplistic label to one or the other; "Tridentine" for the Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory and "Book of Common...
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    Dogma vs. Doctrine

    Is there a distinction between the two? I'm inclined to say that there is, dogma being what has been definitively revealed and known to be true, whereas doctrine falls into the realm of "theologizing" or thinking about certain ramifications our dogmas hold. But I don't know if that's the case or...
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    Help finding a source...

    I read somewhere in passing that St. Gregory Nazianzen has a long prayer directed to the Theotokos in one of his sermons or orations, but I'm having a heck of a time finding it. Any help would be appreciated.
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    One Year Old and Icon

    Last night, my one year old walked over to our window sill, grabbed the icon of St. Cecilia, placed it on the floor, got down on both knees and bent over and kissed it, then scampered off to chew on something. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised being that he is baptized/chrismated and communes...
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    ROCOR Western Rite dead? It appears so...

    A sad day if this is true: http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2013/20130712_ensynodmeeting.html
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    Children and Ceaseless Prayer

    I've been reading a lot about prayer of the heart, the Jesus Prayer, ceaseless prayer, etc., lately and I find the psychology/anthropology behind it all fascinating. But it got me thinking about training children to practice the remembrance of God. I know many of the Fathers say to not undertake...
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