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    How to address a Russian Orthodox priest in a letter?

    Hi all, what would be the appropriate way to begin and end a letter to an Orthodox priest, in Russian? It is going to be a physical letter, not email. Also, the sender is not an Orthodox christian, but Catholic - I do not know whether this plays any role. Would the Russian equivalent of "Bless...
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    Parousia - your thoughts

    This was something I repeatedly thought about lately. And so, hey, why not ask the forum! I know and have read some theological explanations, but I would like to hear what you think about it personally. Also, I do not think I know what the Orthodox point of view is here. Early Christianity was...
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    Someone been to Prague lately? I´d like to buy an icon  (where?) of the patron saint L. of Bohemia and go to her tomb at St. George´s. Is this possible?
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    Pope Francis gives away relics of St. Peter to EP

    https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/07/02/pope-gives-relics-of-st-peter-to-orthodox-patriarch/ I found no appropriate emoticon to describe how I feel about this.
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    Please pray for my father-in-law

    Please pray for my FIL, an Orthodox Christian, who passed away unexpectedly this morning.
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    Germany at a turning point: same-sex marriages

    On Friday, there is going to be a vote in the German parliament about full recognition of same-sex marriages. It is quite likely that it will go through. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/27/europe/germany-same-sex-marriage/index.html The "C" within the government party´s name "CDU" actually stands...
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    ROCOR bishops meet in Munich

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    Papal Supremacy Merry-go-round

    Hm... I do not think it is quite as easy. A lot depends on your individual definition of "supremacy" and "infallibility". 1) Consider - just for example - Canon 3 from the council of Constantinople. It is clear from that alone (a lot more could be said) that there was not just plain equality in...
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    Bearing witness

    Are you really consequent in giving testimony in your everyday life? Do your coworkers, friends, family, acquaintances know about your faith? Is this even important to you? Do you speak up if opinions very much contradicting church teaching are voiced in an informal conversation? You know the...
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    Parousia and Matthew 24:32-35

    Quote: "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all...
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    Food containing blood

    Are you allowed to eat/drink food containing substantial quantities of blood? For example, there are those sausages consisting mostly of pork blood in some countries. Of course always assuming you would be allowed to eat meat in general on that day. Starting point...
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    Presence of non-Orthodox at mysteria

    This being my first thread, I was not quite sure whether this would be the right place. It could also be "Liturgy" - please move there if more appropriate. I have several questions about the presence of non-Orthodox at Orthodox mysteria. For clarity: Let us assume the perfectly polite guest...