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    Padre Pio Credited With Orthodox Parish's Conversion

    the orthodox church "produces" in every decade several outstanding saints,..there's (probably) one "Padre Pio" within the roman catholic church in the 20th century, but dozens of orthodox elders & saints, who smoothly can keep up with the life & charismatic gifts of Padre Pio...
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    What makes Christianity different?

    Once I started the following thread: The saints are the proof that orthodoxy is the truth!(?) http://forums.orthodoxchristianity.net/threads/the-saints-are-the-proof-that-orthodoxy-is-the-truth.48775/ I tried different religions /denominations out with their inherent methodology. But...
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    Pondering trying elsewhere

    I was in the same situation with such feelings and thoughts. Especially because of my 10 year regular struggle with pornography; and my difficulties in studying and in work life. My parish priest gave me the blessing to confess my sins in other parishes when there is a service during the week...
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    Where to buy icons?

    Once I wanted also to purchase an icon from this website, but I didn't because: The current status of the monastery is unclear, as it no longer appears on the Bulgarian Diocese website. Timeline 1986 Jun - Fr Simeon goes on a retreat to Boscobel, erecting a chapel. People from the surrounding...
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    Where to buy icons?

    or on www.etsy.com one may find some good icons too... And I forgot this important one - mounted and painted icons: https://catalog.obitel-minsk.com/icons-prav/painted-icons.html
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    Where to buy icons?

    handmade, painted icons (high quality): http://www.tamarapaint.com/icons1.html (I purchased an icon of saint Tamara +1) https://www.artofcontemplation.co.uk/ (I purchased an icon of Mother of God +1) also: https://www.holyassumptionmonastery.com/iconcommissions mounted icons...
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    66% of Orthodox Christians are not really Orthodox and should be excommunicated?

    Many orthodox are "just" baptised and traditional orthodox people, who go to church just on Eastern and Christmas day...
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    Woke Homily at Vespers

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    Woke Homily at Vespers

    Some liberal people are just narrow-minded...the following clip explains its absurdity and tragedy: Nathanael: You have already posted this video in another forum on OC.net, so this is very close to (if not actually already) what we sometimes refer to as cross-posting, which is not permitted...
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    Woke Homily at Vespers

    Our home is in heaven (and in our deep heart). God is on the throne and Jesus is on the right side of the father. 🙌 We are just passing thru like the old ppl say. Also just passing thru different kinds of parishes - sometimes never finding one which fits "absolutely" our needs & expectations...
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    Woke Homily at Vespers

    I parish shouldn't be divided because of different political views, but the clergy should be also very cautios in sharing their own political views especially during a public homily.
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    (Re)baptism or corrective baptism

    Or I like also to say that I'm still not able to pray for my or that bishop with tears, so I have no inner spiritual strength to rebel against or to judge him. Or I would like to say ironically to the person in question, who I marvel how much & with deep compassion he prays for his bishop, so...
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    (Re)baptism or corrective baptism

    You are totally right. I mean 95 % of all orthodox bishops don't rebaptise in such cases (except in ROCOR) , if I'm right. So to think that we are more enlightened than them, is not really a sign of realizing our christian duty, especially if we are not theolgians and "only" laypeople. When we...
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    (Re)baptism or corrective baptism

    Second Council, 381 A.D. Canon VII (7) As for heretics who convert to Orthodoxy and join the portion of the saved, we receive them in accordance with the following procedure and custom: We receive Arians, and Macedonians, and Sabbatians, and Novatians who call themselves Catharoi and...
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    (Re)baptism or corrective baptism

    In orthodox spirituality we don't put pressure on someone to do something. We give an adivse and after that we respect the freedom of the other person. That's it. And the person who advises you to rebel against your bishop (which may end in excommunication) is just a sign that this person never...
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    Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral reposed in the Lord

    A bishop full of inner power, hesychast prayer and meekness! Memory eternal!
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    Local Parish Apparently Declining

    Finding 10-20 people who are together with you willing to launch a new english speaking parish, which you all are ready to support financially. And then mailing a signed letter to different bishops and praying you may find one who is willing to support your request...
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    Local Parish Apparently Declining

    Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of St. John of San Francisco, St. Sophrony & Silouan the Athonite and by the prayers of all your Apostles, have mercy upon us & help us.
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