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    First Holy Comminion formula

    Does your priest say "...for the remission of sins and life everlasting," or just "...for life everlasting," when serving the first Communion to the "Newly Illumined?"
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    Eastern Orthodoxy on "Facebook"

    I am listing several groups on "Facebook" I have ""Liked," that I feel are in need of some of the talent I've come to know from here, "OC.net"  There's a lot of what I will refer to as silly questions, and there are a lot of faithful who must have come to Orthodoxy from Protestant denominations...
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    What is a Parochial Vicar?

    I read a Death Notice today for a Roman Catholic priest I knew.  The Death Notice listed 4 or 5 parishes to which he had been assigned.  Each of the assignments reported that he was the "Parochial Vicar" at the particular parish.  None of these parishes was a cathedral.  I didn't know him well...
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    Byzantine Rite Under Roman Pontiff Understanding of Their Religious Affiliation

    I give the tours of my GOAA church during our annual Grecian Festival.  In the course of the tours, I explain the symbolism behind the architecture and iconography of the church.  It ends up being a 40 minute summary of an understanding of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  When I get to the Bishop's...
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    "Reforms" for the Curia?

    What are these reforms for the Curia the media keeps mentioning?  What is needed?  How did Pope Benedict feel about the issues?  What did he do about them?  (I have no idea what the media is talking about.)
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    Kondratick Dismissed as Administrator of Holy Spirit Church, Venice, Florida

    "Voices from Russia" is reporting the dismissal of RSK, but without explanation or details, yet.
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    Draft Posts "Fly" to Oblivion

    Any thoughts about why, frequently, when I click "Save as Draft," my draft post doesn't go to "Drafts" and seemingly disappears into cyberspace?  Any suggestions about attempting to retrieve these lost drafts?  It's irritating.
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    Hurricane Affects to Orthodox Church HQ's in U.S.

    I checked, everything is ok at 10 East 79th St (GOAA) except that employees and others from boroughs are having trouble getting there, and some problems with telephone lines. Does anyone know of what may have happened at other headquarters of our church, Englewood, Oyster Bay Cove (Syosset)...
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    OCA Bishop Matthias of Chicago Takes Leave of Absence

    "Monomakhos" is reporting today that His Grace Bishop Matthias of Chicago has taken a "leave of absence" pending an investigation that he did not investigate a sexual impropriety allegation about a priest in his diocese.  "Momomakhos" has not yet reported who is the "Locum Tenens," neither has...
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    Grecian Festival in Northeast Ohio this Weekend

    Grecian Festival featuring exceptional authentic Grecian cuisine this week from 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th, daily, through Sunday evening July 22nd at 9:00 p.m.; all other days closing is at 11:00 p.m.  At Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4548 (West) Wallings Road, North Royalton, Ohio...
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    Memorial Services for Deceased Roman Catholics?

    What practices or traditions do Roman Catholic have for their deceased loved ones?  I know that they say Masses, but what makes it a Mass in memory of someone--I've only noticed that their  names are noted in the bulletin; are there prayers for the deceased said during a Mass in memory of...
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    Fr. George to be Chancellor of the GOAA Holy Metropolis of Pittsburgh

    In his first keynote address to the Clergy-Laity Assembly of the Holy Metropolis of Pittsburgh several weeks ago, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh announced that he is naming Fr. George Callos, second priest of the Annunciation Church in Akron, Ohio, Chancellor of the Holy...
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    "First Among Equals;" Title Accorded to Ecumenical Patriarch, When...

    When was the title "First Among Equals" accorded to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and by which entity was it accorded or ratified?  (I've done an internet search and cannot find out when the title was assigned to him and who assigned it, even if he simply took it on, I assume the...
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    February 29th, Patriarch Bartholomew's Birthday

    Happy Birthday to His All Holiness, Bartholomew, "Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome; and Ecumenical Patriarch." His All-Holiness was a leap year baby; this is his 72nd year.  Chronia Pola, Panagiotate! "Bartholomew, the All-Holy and Ecumenical Patriarch, Many Years!"
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    OCA's Fr. Alexander Garklavs Transfering to Midwest Diocese

    It looks like former OCA Chancellor Fr. Alexander Garklavs will be released from the Omorphorion of Metropolitan Jonah to the Omorphorion of Bishop Mathias of Chicago to be assigned as rector of the Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Trinity in Cleveland's largest suburb, Parma, Ohio...
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    "Frontline" "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" PBS series

    Has anyone seen this program?  I just watched Part 2 this evening. For those who didn't recognize it, throughout much of Part 2, a women is singing background music; she is singing the hymns of "The Lamentations" of Holy and Great Saturday Orthros, in Greek, and also in Arabic, I think. I...
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    OCA Deacon Uses Beautiful Gates Entrance to Sanctuary

    Question:  (I couldn't wait to get on "OC.net" all afternoon due to this matter.) My GOAA parish's presiding priest was on vacation today.  My parish also has an Antiochian priest, who is a St. Vladimir Seminary graduate, as its Liturgical Assistant, assisting during Divine Services. A...
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    Feast Day of St. Demetrios the Great Martyr; Name Day of Archbishop Demetrios

    Happy Name Day and Many Years to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who for the past 12 years has served with dedication and dignity upon the Archdiocesan Throne of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, President of the Holy...
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    Successor Hierarch for the ACROD?

    Does anyone have any information or a basis for speculation as to who will succeed Metropolitan Nicholas, of blessed memory?  A friend who is in ACROD told me there is no obvious candidate of whom he is aware.
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    Ecclesiastical Day for Compline, Presanctified, and Salutations...Services

    Which day's saints does your priest commemorate at the following services: A. Compline, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Monday or Tuesday? B. Presanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m., Wednesday or Thursday? C. Salutations to the Theotokos, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Friday or Saturday?
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