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  1. FatherHLL

    “What is at stake is not me, but the Church of Christ”

    Right, but the issue is that no one can be bishop of two metropolesi by Orthodox canon law.  Obviously there are violations of this in the "new lands", but that does not make it "legitimate".  By Orthodox ecclesiology there is only one real cathedral per bishop (including a patriarch).  The...
  2. FatherHLL

    “What is at stake is not me, but the Church of Christ”

    Really?  I did not give you insulting comments like calling you "catty" and the like.  But you feel the need to hurl insults.  That is the end of our conversation unless you would like to apologize. 
  3. FatherHLL

    “What is at stake is not me, but the Church of Christ”

    I meant precisely what I said.  "...your post seems..." (insert rolleyes).  That you read into things is your problem, not mine.  I don't owe you any explanation, since everything that I said is factually true.  Yet, for the sake of other readers, I will reply. The Coptic Pope's actual See...
  4. FatherHLL

    “What is at stake is not me, but the Church of Christ”

    You are the one who made the big claim.  You are the one who has some 'splainin' to do.  Be careful.  Your ego may isolate you from your allies.  But maybe you think you are too big for your allies because it is an internet forum and you are so BIG here?  Know this, that if you answer wrong, you...
  5. FatherHLL

    “What is at stake is not me, but the Church of Christ”

    What?  The Patriarch and Pope of Alexandria (there is no "Greek" title in the Greek language) has been the sole actual resident bishop of Alexandria since 1047AD--Almost 1000 years.  The Coptic Pope may also hold the title, but he has, de facto, been bishop of Cairo for nearly a millennium.  Now...
  6. FatherHLL

    Off-topic Lutheran Propaganda Nonsense Goes Here

    Augustin, you will eventually be a fully theist Christian.  God is working on you, even if you don't believe in Him, much like gravity is working on you even if you don't believe its author.  Keep your pews (we keep ours). 
  7. FatherHLL

    The Dismissal of Catechumens

    A pretty educated guess if I ever heard one.  That is exactly it, Liza.  They were accusing us of cannibalism and other such things.  They had to be dismissed, because there were fakers among the real ones who would tank the Church in an instance.  They had to be tested.  Today, not so much. ...
  8. FatherHLL

    Sharing sacraments?

    You don't have to be that depressed.  The discussion died in 2010, so it really was not that "hoppin'".    You don't have to lean toward apokatastasis.  Some people are evil.  Period.  Go volunteer at a serious prison and get access to really bad people.  You would change your mind.  You are...
  9. FatherHLL

    My thoughts on calendar issue

    Understood.  "Liturgical unity" is of itself a conceptual mesteno.  The fourth century was filled with Saints, and with controversies.  It was also filled with local churches that, all in communion with one another, followed different calendars, celebrated nativity on different dates, had...
  10. FatherHLL

    My thoughts on calendar issue

    Based on this, you are an anti-states rights federalist.  A majority of local churches are revised Julian, even if a majority of Orthodox Christians are within local Churches that mandate the old Julian reckoning.  Rome is anti-states rights federalist in ecclesiology. 
  11. FatherHLL

    Priest saying Christ is Risen to the congregation while censing

    I rarely log in any more but this one was worth it, since Mor Ephrem has hit the nail on the head in this whole thread.  Saying "Christ is Risen" throughout Paschaltide when censing is a Slavic tradition, but not restricted to Slavs.  It is common to see it in parishes of ACROD, OCA, and...
  12. FatherHLL

    Old vs. New Calendar?

    Hey Mockingbird, how about 2016 where RC/Protestant Easter falls nearly a month before Passover?  Clearly for most of Church history the concern has been that it falls AFTER the first day of Passover, since Christ rose AFTER 14 Nisan (eve of Passover).  In fact, in the correspondences regarding...
  13. FatherHLL

    Are angels persons?

    I am not sure about the question.  NicholasMyra pointed out that the translation of my post is "Word of God."  Jesus Christ is the sole exact hypostatic Image of God.  It is by and in Him that humans and angels were created. 
  14. FatherHLL

    My biggest stumbling block, now: The Eucharist

    The message that Christ gives us in John 6 is this:  That the thing which was ordinary bread becomes the Bread from heaven (Christ Himself), and the common "fruit of the vine" (ordinary wine) becomes the fruit of the True Vine (who again is Jesus Christ).  The miracle of the Eucharist is not...
  15. FatherHLL

    "Why We Need an All-English Liturgy"

    Most English words come from somewhere else.  The fact is that Theotokos is now an English word.  People can look it up in an English dictionary.  We don't have to italicize it any longer.  Besides the now English Theotokos, neither Greek Theotokos nor Slavonic Bohoroditce (Boghorotitse) have an...
  16. FatherHLL

    Are angels persons?

    Right.  St. Athanasius' point was that, while humans and angels are created in the image of God, neither is the actual image of God--the Logos Incarnate fills that position and alone can thus provide salvation.   
  17. FatherHLL

    Are angels persons?

    You are being ridiculous.  That is like saying "setting aside questions about fins and gills, we are discussing what makes a fish."  NO.  St. John of Damascus defines it quite clearly.  St. Greg Palamas backs him up.   
  18. FatherHLL

    "Why We Need an All-English Liturgy"

    Theotokos is now an English word in the Oxford dictionary.  Of course, "Theotokas" is not. 
  19. FatherHLL

    Former Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant.

    Says jurisdiction "Anglican Church."  Not many years ago a friend that I know walked into an Anglican church and was asked (after reading card):  "what are you doing here.  our members are mostly of English descent."  :P  Get off your high horse. 
  20. FatherHLL

    Old vs. New Calendar?

    "But if you still don't believe me..."  lol.  Yes, this is all about YOU and YOUR input.  :'(    As you know, for the Hebrews, the rule was better late than early.  For Christians all the more since fasting is involved.  The ancient Hebrews would delay by one month where doubt was involved. ...
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