Archives for April 2010

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and All Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church Print This Post 3.04.2010 · Passover My dear co-brothers the archpastors, all-honourable fathers presbyters, God-loving deacons, pious monks and nuns, brothers and sisters! On the radiant and world-saving feast of the … [Read more...]

Some random Holy Week thoughts

Lent is usually a struggle, Holy Week, while laborious, is the reward. For many priests, the final Anastasi (resurrection service) is not Saturday night, but the Agape Service on Sunday, maybe because you can finally relax. The gift of Holy Week however, is the text -- the stichoi or verses that recount with penetrating clarity the causes and consequences of the crucifixion of Christ. I study them … [Read more...]

Editorial oversight or back to the future?

For those interested in the diplomatic nuances of church relations, this caught our eye recently: Russian Orthodox Church, Dept. of External Church Relations Primate of the Church of Constantinople extends condolences over tragedy in Moscow Metro A telegram was received by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia from His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople … [Read more...]

Christian faith: Calvinism is back

Calvinism has always struck me as, well, psychologically austere given Calvin's definition of predestination where man, in the end, has no real freedom. Nevertheless, for Protestants raised on the consumer Christianity that has afflicted the Protestant world the last few decades, it's probably a bracing antidote to the search for good feelings reaches almost pathological dimensions. No Starbucks … [Read more...]

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