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  1. Andrew21091

    Fr. Thomas Hopko Has Died

    He was a wonderful man. May his memory be eternal.
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    Picture of the Day

    Mainly the use of the phelonion. The furry mitre is hit or miss.
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    Picture of the Day

    I wish that hierarchs would re-adopt the older style vestments.
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    The Sedlec Ossuary

    I misread the date of when the bones were actually assembled, hence my cleared post. It seems František Rint was simply trying to mimic the Capuchin crypts in Italy.
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    The Sedlec Ossuary

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    Holy Cross Monastery, ROCOR, in Wayne, WV

    I have visited the monastery three times (each time staying for a week or more). I love it there. It is a very holy place. The community there is wonderful. To visit them, just get in contact with the guest-master. They have a very nice guesthouse you will stay in and they typically allow for...
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    The rise of Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses in the Caucasus

    "Armenia and Georgia were the first to adopt Christianity as their state religion; now, American evangelical sects beckon July 5, 2014 5:00AM ET by Tara Isabella Burton In the Armenian town of Artashat, a grid of Soviet concrete and corrugated tin roofs an hour from the capital city of...
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    What is everyone reading?

    The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day
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    Great fear with meeting between Pope Francis and EP....

    All joking aside. I am nobody really. I'm only a lay person (a janitor at that!) and have no place to tell bishops what to do. I also don't have a place to compare myself to any Saint.
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    Great fear with meeting between Pope Francis and EP....

    But who condemned him? I suppose my whole point is that we need to be careful to judge bishops. Obviously, we can criticize their actions, but assuming that we know better is a delusion from the evil one. You can say bishops are light posts to hell all you want, but following our own wills is...
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    Great fear with meeting between Pope Francis and EP....

    St. Mark was a bishop. Who are you?
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    Great fear with meeting between Pope Francis and EP....

    I often wonder why we even have bishops at all. We all know more about the Faith than they do. All this paranoia about bishops. No faith in Christ or the Church at all.
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    What is everyone reading?

    Living Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom The Life of the Sudanese Mahdi by Haim Shaked
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    English speaking orthodox monasteries?

    The Hermitage of Holy Cross is English speaking. I have been there three times for extended visits. Its a wonderful place. http://holycross-hermitage.com/
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    Ready to receive Monastic tonsure

    Orthodox monasteries also have the novitiate. Meaning that there is a period of time where one lives as a novice before considering profession as a monk.
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    Ready to receive Monastic tonsure

    It is indeed and to acquire the Spirit takes effort. To live as a monk requires a life of obedience and struggle. It isn't something that one can just jump into. To accept monastic tonsure is a life-long commitment and its important to know whether or not you can handle that life. Its impossible...
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    Converts from Catholicism...Do you still pray the rosary?

    In reply to the OP, I never learned the Rosary when I was Catholic at a child, but later picked it up after praying it at my grandfather's funeral visitation. I pray it occasionally, though not as often as I should. It has brought me much comfort.
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