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    Ripple effect of schism: Visits of myrrh-streaming Iveron icon

    With ROCOR declaring that it has severed Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, does this mean that the miraculous myrrh-streaming of the Hawaiian Iveron icon of the Mother of God will no longer be visiting Greek Orthodox parishes in the USA or of any other...
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    Armenian Great Entrance (veraperoom) with canopy

    I saw this video posted on the FB page of the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem: https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianPatriarchateJerusalem/videos/562238477319195/ I presume it's the Great Entrance (veraperoom) during the Soorp Badarak, but it's the first time that I have seen it so...
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    Tomb of Christ to be restored!

    Wonderful news! Finally! The 3 Christian communities (Greek Orthodox, Franciscan (Roman Catholic), and Armenian Apostolic) have agreed to the restoration of the aedicule that houses the tomb of Our Savior. Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem...
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    May 18: Feast day of Our Lady of the Inexhaustible Cup

    This Monday, May 18th, is the feast day of Our Lady of the Inexhaustible Cup (OLIC). I discovered recently the following online article on the icon: http://www.vidania.ru/icon_neupivaemayachasha.html Is there anyone on this forum who understands Russian who would be kind enough to translate...
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    Pope Francis declares Armenian Apostolic saint as Doctor of the Catholic Church.

    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church.  Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed...
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    Pope Francis lifts restrictions on married Eastern Catholic priests.

    Just came out today. Source: http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2014/11/14/francesco-da-il-passaporto-ai-preti-sposati-orientali-valido-in-tutto-il-mondo/
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    Program for Pope-Patriarch Ecumenical Celebration at Church of Resurrection

    The following link leads to the official Missal for the Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Francis to the Holy Land: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/2014/documents/messale20140524-26_terra-santa.pdf Scroll down to page 77 of the missal and you will find the format for the scheduled...
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    Is this a Byzantine Catholic or an Eastern Orthodox church?

    These photos are used on the main page of Catholicmatch.com:Photo 1 and Photo 2 The mystery is where this beautiful church is located and to which jurisdiction does it belong. Ukrainian Catholic? Ukrainian Orthodox? Russian Orthodox? Looks like Saint Vladimir is depicted on the wall and it...
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    Pope Francis honors Saint Josaphat, Martyr of Unity

    On Monday, November 25, 2013, on the day of the liturgical remembrance of St. Josaphat according to the old calendar, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church under the leadership of its Father and Head, His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) marked the 50th anniversary of the placing of the relics of...
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    Catholic Mass celebrated in an Orthodox church?

    There are examples where the Divine Liturgy is or has been celebrated by Eastern Orthodox priests in Roman Catholic churches, either on a temporary, frequent, or regular basis. A good example would be the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari. I am interested to know if there are examples of...
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    Giving Holy Communion kneeling in the Soorp Badarak

    I would like to know if it is still common practice in the celebration of the Soorp Badarak for the priest to kneel when distributing the Holy Eucharist. Here are some examples: http://vultus.stblogs.org/ethiopian-armenians-02.jpg http://www.epilgrim.org/photo_archives/badarak/DSC01597.jpg...
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    Pre-sanctified Liturgy outside of Great Lent?

    Is it permissible for Eastern Orthodox parishes to celebrate the Pre-sanctified Liturgy outside of Great Lent? A Russian Orthodox cathedral had Pre-sanctified liturgies during this past Nativity fast and a Greek Orthodox parish has a Pre-sanctified liturgy scheduled only two days before the...
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    Is this Armenian Eucharistic adoration?

    The photo shown below is from the interior of Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in Montebello, CA. It is the cathedral of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Church in America. To a Roman Catholic, this looks like a monstrance used for Eucharistic adoration behind the candles.  In fact...
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    St. Seraphim's "Joys of All Joys" icon to visit Ukraine

    The beloved icon of Saint Seraphim will be visiting Ukraine from November 22 to December 6. http://sobor.in.ua/node/1009 http://orthodoxy.org.ua/tn/node/12071 The icon is currently kept in a chapel at the patriarchal residence of the Moscow patriarch and brought to the Epiphany cathedral in...
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    Which date to celebrate an Orthodox saint of recent repose?

    I have a devotion to Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr, who has become one of my favorite saints. Today (July 5) is her feast day according to the New Calendar. The OCA website lists today as the feast of Saint Elizabeth. Yet, today is not actually the day she was martyred, is it. Here is what...
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    Saint Seraphim of Sarov's "Joy of Joys" icon

    I was under the impression that the "Joy of Joys" icon that belonged to Saint Seraphim of Sarov was enshrined at the Diveyevo Convent according to the wishes of Saint Seraphim after his death. But it appears that the icon is currently at the patriachal residence of Patriarch Alexei. Does...
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    Greater and lesser consecrations of Orthodox Churches

    I would appreciate it if someone could explain to me the differences involved with the rites of greater and lesser consecrations of an Orthodox Church. The Church of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God at the Martha-Mary Convent in Moscow was first blessed on December 21, 2007  (...
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    Saint Alexei Trupp: A Roman Catholic glorified by ROCOR

    ROC and ROCOR are setting up a commission to work out a common calendar of saints: It surprised me to read that ROCOR glorified a Roman Catholic as a new matryr. I am assuming that ROCOR thought he was Russian Orthodox at the time of glorification. In fact, ROCOR also glorified another...
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    Catholic veneration of Saint Seraphim of Sarov

    On page 18 in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, the Servant of God Pope John Paul II of blessed memory states: Man achieves the fullness of prayer not when he expresses himself, but he lets God be most fully present in prayer. The history of mystical prayer in the East and West attests...
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    Looking for photo of Paul VI kissing the feet of Metropolitan Meliton

    Hello all, Does anyone know where I can find the photo of Pope Paul VI kissing the feet of Metropolitan Meliton of Chalcedon? Is there one on-line or in a book or journal? I've seen it before, but am looking for a copy to show to my Church History professor. Your help will be greatly...
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