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    Who Reads the Gospel?

    I was trying to figure out your post. Now it makes more sense. The big question is why there are two different people reading the Gospel at different times. The Gospel is not always part of Matins, but rather it is added to Matins at feasts of doxology rank or higher, but it is always a core...
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    Father Nathan Monk stepping down from priesthood in support of LGBTQ?

    Stuff like this is why Bishop Jerome (Shaw), who was then Bishop of Manhattan and Vicar for the Western Rite, was told to retire by a vote of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops. He is a nice guy, but does not appear to understand people very well.
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    Who Reads the Gospel?

    The priest was reading the Gospel at the Divine Liturgy with a deacon present? That is unusual, but sometimes happens if the Gospel is read in multiple languages at the same service (deacon in English, priest in Slavonic). In ROCOR and OCA, I've always seen the deacon reading the Gospel at the...
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    Who Reads the Gospel?

    Interesting. I never heard that explanation before. I might ask my question on deacon.ru, but I have no idea what the liturgical specialists there might reply.
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    Where do Orthodox Singles Meet?

    Congratulations! Godspeed in your relationship with him. I knew that Poles and Ukrainians were different people, but never to the extent that each would be wary of the other. At least its not to the extent of how either of those peoples would look at the Roma.
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    Where do Orthodox Singles Meet?

    Interesting. Have you met up with Orthodox men who were not Polish? Quite a few Ukrainians visit Poland every year to work, and most are Orthodox.
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    Metropolitan Hilarion

    Memory Eternal! Christ is Risen, Vladiko!
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    The Trolley Problem

    I agree. If you look at the trolley exercise logically, it is a very contrived dilemma that does not really allow for out of the box solutions like sacrificing oneself, throwing a barrier in front of the tracks, or throwing the trolley into reverse. I could come up with an even more bizarre...
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    Who Reads the Gospel?

    I've read the liturgical directions for different services on reading the gospel, and have noticed that the deacon does it during the Divine Liturgy, but at most other times, including Matins, it is the priest. Is there any liturgical reason for this?
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    The Trolley Problem

    My hope is that having passed through me, enough of the trolley's momentum will be dissipated that it does not harm anyone else. If I were a wizard, I would conjure a barrier so that the trolley hits that, and avoid that problem.
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    The Trolley Problem

    If nothing else works, I would run onto the tracks to stop anyone else dying. Hopefully this situation never comes to pass.
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    "Eastern" Orthodox Church?

    Eastern Orthodox Church as a term came about as a contradistinction to the term Roman Catholic Church, and as an indication of the historical origin of the Orthodox Church from the local churches of the Eastern Roman Empire. The OCA was originally the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    I would wager that as it did not initially have a set tone, there was some period of experimentation where different churches and composers had it performed in different tones. Then, in specific churches, a certain practice became standard through common use, and that use became fixed in the...
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    Links for Byzantine Music

    Interesting. Another Byzantine-Slavic difference in liturgical practice. This bears further investigation.
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    The Liturgy of the Presanctified of St. James

    sticheras on stichovna = aposticha. ROCOR borrows the Greek term here. Antiphonal singing I haven't heard, but they do sing Kathisma 18 in the OCA for the regular Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. It would be interesting to see what the differences are.
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    Bilingual Romanian - English services

    That is wrong. Orthodox clergy should seek to minister to any faithful, even those of a different background. The Russian Orthodox Church Diocese of Budapest and Hungary has some Hungarian-language parishes, some combined (Holy Trinity/Holy Dormition Cathedral in Budapest has both clergy who...
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    Sigh. Another Non-Denominational Church...

    The original quote can be attributed to the Lord himself. "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to do all things, whatsoever I have commanded you". (Matthew 28:19)
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    Sigh. Another Non-Denominational Church...

    I don't think that hecma925 was being totally serious. I agree with you that quite a few Orthodox churches are ethnic clubs, and we need to make a concerted effort to shed that perception. Try to have a balance between English and the old world liturgical language. If there are 2 (or more)...
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    Education for EO priests

    There aren't that many Orthodox Universities in Western countries. That is because Orthodox Christians are a minority in the West. Thus, Orthodox education in the West will prioritize training Orthodox clergy. The United States is lucky, because they have 7 seminaries and a number of theological...
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    Old vs. New Calendar?

    Fixed. We will not rely on anyone outside the Orthodox communion to solve our calendar issues. Only Orthodox churches will be involved in deciding on a new calendar, if one is to come to pass. In the absence of any calendar reform, I would revert to the Julian Calendar, as that would be more...
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