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    The First Image of Atoms and a Molecule

    Other chemistry nuts may find this fascinating. Glory to God for all things, and the knowledge of His universe! "It may look like a piece of honeycomb, but this lattice-shaped image is the first ever close-up view of a single molecule. Scientists from IBM used an atomic force microscope (AFM)...
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    Prayers for my neighbor's family

    Last Wednesday, we left our house to find ambulances in front of our neighbor's door (whom we've known for 10 years), who is a single mom with a 17 year old daughter. The mother was found by her daughter the next morning aspirating blood, and reposed this past Friday despite the best medical...
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    Prayers for College & Military

    On Saturday morning I leave to start college in Vermont (see avatar), and to live in a military environment as a second-class citizen to all the upperclassmen on campus. I unworthily ask for your prayers that I can get through the first year, and that my parents will be able to make it through...
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    Moral Dilemma: Which Church to Attend?

    I've thought about this for 48 hours, and after much prayer, still have no clear answer. I'm hoping you folks can help: I just got back from visiting my college campus in Vermont which I'll be attending in less than a month. There are three Orthodox churches in the state, one in Burlington...
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    Prayers for a strained (perhaps broken) friendship

    Well, in my three years on this forum, I've never asked for a prayer here, but I think now is as good a time as any: I guess it all started a week ago. I'm apart of a circle of 4 friends, one of which (a female) has recently become desperate for attention, the reasons still being unknown. I...
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    Non-Virginity of the Theotokos?

    Sorry if this was discussed somewhere else. Couldn't find one in the search. I know that we say "most holy, pure, an ever-virgin Mary" in Liturgy, but I came across this some time back and meant to ask about it: "And he knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son" (Mt. 1:25). The...
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    The Unforgiveable Sin?

    I need help justifying something. Tonight at Bible Study, we were asked by the priest if Jesus ever condemned anyone (Hell condemning, not scolding). Most people said the usual responses: Pharisees, the rich, etc. I then countered by saying that Jesus never condemned a person to hell, as that...
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    Ack! Urgent help needed!

    I'm scheduled to do the reading tomorrow while the Bishop is at our parish, but I've noticed conflicting sources as to which passage I'm supposed to read. The GoArch website says that on March 9th we read St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-10. However, the Liturgy book from my church says...
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    Iconostasis without Icons?

    I couldn't help but notice that, when looking at floor plans of the Hagia Sophia as it appeared originally, that the Iconostasis as we know it had no icons, but merely open space separated by columns. In fact, it appears to be more of a Chancel Screen seen in some very old Catholic churches...
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    A Question about Chanting

    So, my priest wants me to start chanting in church on Sunday by myself on a few sections, and though I'm excited to learn how, there's one part that troubles me. When my time of the month comes to read the Epistle, I'm going to chant the opening lines from whichever psalm is chosen, then switch...
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    No Orthodox Chapel at Naval Academy

    Hello Everyone, From what I've seen online, the Naval Academy doesn't have an Orthodox chapel on its grounds. I'm going there for a 5-day Summer Program this Saturday, so I'll be able to see for myself. However, though I would like to go there for college, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do...
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    Far-Eastern Orthodox Churches

    Hi All, One of the members on this forum, though the name eludes me, has an avatar that looks to be of far-eastern decent, perhaps Japanese, of the Theotokos and Christ. I've always had an interest in "Oriental" Orthodox art, and the history of the churches in that area. Sadly, not much...
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    Skipping Breakfast before Liturgy

    Hi everyone, Ever since I started taking communion a year ago, I've always abstained from breakfast before going. However, lately, that's been a problem. I recently started exercising more often in preparation for the Naval Academy, so my metabolism has gone up. As such, whereas I used to wake...
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    Anglicans to reunite with Catholics!

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1403702.ece Churches back plan to unite under Pope Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has...
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    A Good Sermon Today

    Hi all. My priest gave a very good sermon today regarding the true meaning of Lent. Ill paraphrase it below: "Lent is not a time for just fasting, nor a time for judgment. To condemn any man because he eats meat and you do not is a sin worse than any. This is a time for Justice and Love, not...
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    Downloading Orthodox Music?

    Hi all, I'm just wondering if there's any Orthodox music on the Internet for download. I'm really just looking for a nice download section of hymns that have been donated by churches. Please, no places where you're supposed to buy but they let you download. Thanks! -Will
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    Regarding Statues and Icons

    Well, I've been wondering this for some time now, though I can't find a definitive answer on the internet. I know that Catholics use statues in worship for veneration. We use icons. However, is there really a RULE against statues, or is it just culture? I know the "Graven image" thing, but...
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    Questions about the Priesthood

    FrChris is probably the resident expert on this, but I'm interested in getting everyone's thoughts. After converting, I've had a slight nagging in the back of my head about the priesthood. I know this isn't post-conversion zeal; that went away last Winter. It's gotten to the point where I've...
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    Orthodox Ethnic Divisons- Why so bad?

    Well, from what I've heard from a lot of Orthodox to Protestant/Catholic conversions, they say their main dislike for Orthodoxy was the Ethnic divisions and how its not universal. However, I've never quite understood this. After all, isn't the most beautiful aspect of Orthodoxy the fact that...
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    Heaven, Hell, and Condemnation

    Ive been wondering for some time now what the Orthodox's opinion on salvation is. I know that the Protestants preach the line "Nobody sees the father except through me", however, I cant help but feel sick when I think that Ghandi or a good athiest would go to Hell. Ive always thought that...
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