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  1. recent convert

    Soul and Angel ( St. Theophan)

    I was reading an appendix type letter by Fr Seraphim Rose in his book: The Soul After Death. In it he mentioned a work by St. Theophan ( the Recluse) titled: Soul and Angel and it concerned a theological discussion between him and St. Ignatius ( Brianchaninov). My attempts to research this...
  2. recent convert

    Fr Giuseppe Berardelli

    Fr Giuseppe Berardelli stricken with Covid-19, sacrificed his respirator for a younger patient & died. May his memory be eternal. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-italian-priest-respirator-younger-patient-italy-bergamo-a9420976.html%3Famp
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    Anonymous small prayer text icon

    Another forum I frequent has various small text icons that can be selected to pray or just affirm posts. There are 4 or 5 of these & all are positive but my inquiry is much smaller. I was wondering if it would be possible to add a small, anonymous prayer icon to the prayer forum instead of only...
  4. recent convert

    New (Orthodox?) Christian movie

    A new Christian movie titled: Right Before Your Eyes is debuting. All in all, it seems to be decent. I have been trying to find info on whether it is specifically Orthodox but cannot confirm. There are scenes filmed in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Camp Hill, Pa ( near Harrisburg)...
  5. recent convert

    OC Net on Google

    Does anyone know why this forum cannot be accessed on Google?
  6. recent convert

    Father Thomas Hopko approaching the afterlife

    From elsewhere I have found out that revered OCA priest: Fr. Thomas Hopko is now approaching the afterlife and a family blog posted an Orthodox prayer for approaching the afterlife. Fr. Thomas will be greatly missed. see:  http://frthomashopko.webs.com/apps/blog/  If anyone is unfamiliar...
  7. recent convert

    China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins

    China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday. Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a...
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    The Mother of God prayed for protection from the toll houses?

    [49] St. Dimitri of Rosotv. The Assumption of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-virgin Mary. Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery, 1990, p. 6; St. John Maximovitch, The Orthodox Veneration of Mary, the Birthgiver of God, p. 23; St. Nikolai Velimirovich. The Prologue from Ochrid...
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    Gospel of Luke via St. Paul?

    Is there any mention in church history that St Luke wrote hid Gospel by way of St. Pau's preaching?  The reason I am asking is that I was wondering if St. Irenaeus refers to this in the beginning of vol. 3 of Against the Heresies. St. Irenaeus refers to the authors of the Gospels (see below; one...
  10. recent convert

    Cyril Lukaris

    Does anyone know of any writings of 17th c. patriarch Cyril Lukaris in English? I cannot seem to find any on the web & have asked around & there are probably none. Still, it is worth taking another chance by inquiring here. To anyone unfamiliar with Cyril Lukaris see...
  11. recent convert

    Blessed St. David's Day (patron saint of Wales)

    St. David of Wales is my Orthodox patron saint who I chose to acknowledge my Welsh alongside my middle eastern ancestry. Let us pray for his intercessions for the salvation of all & return & revival of full Orthodox Christian faith to the beautiful land of Wales. Introduction Saint David...
  12. recent convert

    Syria: another view vs. the "Arab Spring" movement

    From the Antiochian Archdiocese website: Delegation to Syria -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Delegation to Damascus Meets President Assad of SyriaClick here to read Introductory Remarks from His Eminence Metropolitan Philip by Patrick Henry...
  13. recent convert

    Is the Old Testament read alongside the epistle & Gospel in WR Divine Liturgy?

    I guess I stated everything in the subject heading.
  14. recent convert

    Cruelty and sectarianism

    A Russian Orthodox saint, who although venerated, his apparent truth & sensibility of faith did not prevail perhaps nearly enough. St. Nilus of Sora in the 15th c. seems to be the best embodiment of love, faith, tradition, & common sense. His opposition to cruelty & autocracy seem to stand as...
  15. recent convert

    Greater works than those of Christ by created beings?

    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12, King James Version, KJV).......I realize that this pertains to miraculous gifts conferred to man, especially after...
  16. recent convert

    Old Testament Reading in Liturgy

    Fr Lawrence Farley in his book on the Divine Liturgy:Let Us Attend notes that until the 8th century an Old Testament reading preceded the epistle and Gospel readings. Would it not be desireable to revive this tradition? I know readings are given during Great Lent and at times in Vespers but only...
  17. recent convert

    A Question for Eastern and Oriental Catholics.

    Question & not to derail topic, but, I presume you mean (for clarification) "uniate"(?). Why is this term considered offensive?; I really do not understand. I have used it with no ill intent to a couple of Eastern Catholics who attended vespers (& also used the term) at our Orthodox parish as if...
  18. recent convert

    Frederica Matthews-Green visit

    Frederica Matthews-Green will be visiting our parish Saturday April 5th. If anyone may be in the area and interested. Reception is at 5:00 pm, Vespers at 6:00 pm, and address at 7:00 pm; free of charge of course. Announcement on last page of our bulletin from March 2nd...
  19. recent convert

    Orthodox Herald

    In my local area of Northeastern Pa. (USA) there is a down home Orthodox newsletter called the Orthodox Herald and can be read online at http://orthodoxherald.homestead.com/  Hope this is enjoyable.
  20. recent convert


    I know Origen, or perhaps "Origenism", was anathematized by th Orthodox Church under Justinian in the late 6th century. Since this is obviously post Chalcedon, the Oriental Orthodox were already severed from the EO. How do the Oriental Orthodox regard Origen? Theologically it seems that the OO...