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    More Happenings at Esphigmenou Monastery

      The coming evictions of the monks of the Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou are not a unique occurrence on Mount Athos. In 1992, the monks at the Skete of the Prophet Elias were evicted at gunpoint, on the orders of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The monks were allowed only minutes to gather...
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    Creationism, Evolution, and Orthodoxy

    Blessed Father Seraphim (Rose) on Evolution: Of all the modern philosophies which Alexey Young, as a school teacher and later as a principal, was confronted with, perhaps the most powerful was that of evolution. He could see that most parents were ignorant of the very formidable scientific...
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    Liturgy in Monasteries

    At Jordanville, Vespers and Matins are served everyday (excluding Great Feasts of course-this is "normal" everyday) and 4:00 p.m. This ends at about 6:30 p.m., and is followed by diner served in the monastic trapeza. inner is followed immediately by Compline and Evening Prayers; this service is...
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    Questions about the “Assyrian Church of the East”

      There was a group from the Assyrian Church of the East that converted to the Orthodox Church in 1898. "In the mid 1890's, Abun Mar Yonan, the Nestorian Bishop of Urmia, petitioned the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church that he and his flock be received into the Russian Church. Mar Yonan...
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    Orthodoxy in Australia

    QUOTE: I wanted to know if anyone knows whether this mission is canonical. Certainly is-if you read the website, you will find that it operates "with the blessing of Archbishop Hilarion"-now Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He was the Archbishop...
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    Orthodoxy and Islam

    There is a book entitled, "New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke," which is the Lives of the Saints who were matyred by the Ottoman Turks-Muslims-during the years they ruled parts of Eastern Europe, and probably before. Most of these Lives were written close ot the itmes of these martyrdoms, and gove...
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    What is Orthodoxy?

      QUOTE: Is the ascetic ideal of the Desert Fathers THE definition of Orthodoxy, or is it, when taken in isolation from what I call the incarnational view of Christian life, too narrow a view of the fullness of Orthodox faith and life?     In my experience, those who ask this question usually...
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    Bishop Mecurius of Zaraisk to be included on SCOBA

    -Someone mentioned that they did not know if Patriarch Bartholomew would "approve" of the MP joining SCOBA. You know, I just got through looking at the SCOBA Constitution a few weeks ago, and I didn't see the Patiriarch of Constantinople mentioned anywhere as being "in charge!" -Many people...
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    Romanian Bishop May Be Excommunicated for Catholic Communion

    quote: Fr. Iustin Parvu is not even a bishop, let alone a Synod. augustin717, I do not believe anyone mentioned that Father Iustin Parvu is a Bishop or a Synod. All that was mentioned is that Father Iustin Parvu is a respectred elder who signed a petition asking that Metropolitan Nicolae be...
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    Romanian Bishop May Be Excommunicated for Catholic Communion

    quote: "The same Bartolomeu also proposed the deposition of HG Sofronie of Oradea, because, on the last Theophany, the latter con-celebrated the Blessing of the Waters ( of the local river, more exactly) with the Greek Catholic bishop of Oradea." That would have been a serious canonical...
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    Romanian Bishop May Be Excommunicated for Catholic Communion

    Quote: "Metropolitan Nicolae is no longer mentioned at liturgy in our parish church as our bishop." Romaios, do you know if this was something ordered from above, or a decision of your parish priest, or?   Which Bishop is mentioned during the Services? Do you have any information about other...
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    What is Orthodoxy?

    To facilitate further discussion of this article as something largely separate from ecumenism, I have separated it from its parent thread, Ecumenism: Origins, History, Goals, etc., and moved it here.  -PtA What is Orthodoxy? By Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery On the...
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    Ecumenism: Origins, History, Goals, etc.

    True Orthodoxy by +ARCHBISHOP AVERKY of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery Few people today know that the Orthodox Church is nothing less than that Church which has preserved untainted the genuine teachings of Jesus Christ, the very teachings delivered to every subsequent generation of...
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    Mercenariness & secret eating

    QUOTE: "Normal pride is a wonderful feeling. It is often a feeling of triumph. We take pride in something we have done well, either alone or as a group. We are proud  of our football team, our school, certain personal achievements, the way we've handled things in a crisis, and so on." and so on...
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    Romanian Bishop May Be Excommunicated for Catholic Communion

    All they need to do is access the internet? Oh, yes, the internet is such a wonderful and reliable barometer of what is happening within Orthodoxy, isn't it? Some Old Believers were proscribed from eating, or even speaking with non-Old Believers. Things just aren't like they used to, are...
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    Not posting due to crisis

    To arimethea: You are a bad, bad boy! But I must admit-it is quite hilarious! To The One Not Posting Due to Crisis: Uh, you gotta admit it is hilarious-I mean, if you read through it all it is funny. And although I am not at all disposed to the totalitarian scoundrels who have engineered this...
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    Arranged teen dating by parents

    I once belonged to a parish which had several Palestinian families as members. Our priest had an adopted son, who expressed a desire to date one of the Palestinian girls, who also went to his school. The priest conveyed this message to the girl's father. The father was pretty noncommittal when...
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    Romanian Bishop May Be Excommunicated for Catholic Communion

    QUOTE: But the Orthodox prelate has rejected the idea that he is likely to become a Catholic, saying that he is loyal to the Orthodox Church and will accept the consequences of his actions. If he was truly loyal to the Orthodox Church, he wouldn't have asked to "share" communion... And, to...
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    Ecumenism: Origins, History, Goals, etc.

    Why not some depicitons of what the Ecumenical movement seeks to do as well as what it has done, and then possibly Orthodox responses to those things.  I have seen too much of, from the Traditionalist Orthodox side-"Ecumenism is bad, " with all communication stopped there immediately as the...
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    Patriarch Bartholomew's New Book

      The BIG YAWN on my part is for two reasons:   For those with a plethora of environmental concerns and interests, I am absolutely sure that there are infinitely better and more interesting books available that address environmental concerns and interest. This is no great deduction on my part...
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