Archives for December 2010

Bartholomew I: We will continue to dialogue with the Pope and Islam

HT: Byzantine TX. Source: Asia News Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On the eve of the holiday season, Bartholomew I delivered a major address before an highly qualified audience from the Orthodox world, defending the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s choice for inter-faith dialogue. "We will insist on dialogue, despite the criticism that we suffer," he said. "There is, unfortunately, a certain religious … [Read more...]

Byzantine Chant for Christmas – Christ is born!

HT: Fr. Andrew Damick If you like Byzantine Chant (I do) you will like the hymn (in Greek) of the Nativity. What's with that hats? Actually, they are part of the tradition (see icon below the video, bottom left corner). I realize Byzantine Chant is not everyone's cup of tea, especially in Greek. Still, it's beautiful, at least to my ears. A blessed Nativity to all Observer readers. … [Read more...]

Michael Barone on the recent election

Occasionally I get emails from readers taking me to task for discussing politics on a "religious" forum. It should not be allowed they argue but obviously I don't agree. Politics, culture, religion, values, ideas and so forth overlap in critical ways and ignoring this is, at a minimum, a prescription for ignorance. It's true that religion and partisanship can be a dangerous brew, but here too I … [Read more...]

New Film: “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer”

“Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer: Experiencing the Presence of God and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality” It will be published February 8, 2011 by HarperOne. New York, July 1, 2010 -- A little known 2000-year-old Christian prayer, still used by monks and nuns in far away caves and monasteries, is the subject of a documentary feature film and book slated for early … [Read more...]

Words from Patriarch Kyrill on the Future

Source: Orthodox England Published December 6, 2010 Our Russian Orthodox Church has tens of millions of people living in sixty-two countries. When I think about all these countries and people scattered over different Continents and looking to Moscow as the centre of gravity, that says to me, among other things, that as Patriarch I must try and shape my life around this. Then I realise what a … [Read more...]

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