November 1, 2014

Met. Hilarion: Unbelief is Spiritual Blindness

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church, Department of External Church Relations Dear Brothers and Sisters, today we heard during the Gospel Reading the story of how the Lord Jesus Christ healed a blind man who was sitting at roadside, asking for salvation and healing. The Lord said to him, Go, your faith has healed you (Mk. 10:51-52). These words of our Saviour point to the direct relationship … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah addresses inter-Christian assembly in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Nov. 2010) [VIDEO]

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On November 5, 2010, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah traveled to Grace Lutheran Church, in Tulsa Oklahoma, where he had been invited to speak on Orthodox Christian Spirituality. His talk, entitled "Do Not React, Do Not Resent, Keep Inner Stillness." From the Holy Apostles Orthodox Church website: We were blessed to receive an archpastoral visit from His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah this … [Read more...]

Mattingly on Fr. Siarhei Hardun, the Presbyterian Assembly, and the press

Journalist Terry Mattingly edits the blog "Get Religion" which examines religion in the media. The blog is a great read and worth a (repeating) look. A few excepts from Mattingly's commentary on Fr. Hardun's recent comments at the Presbyterian assembly (see: MINNEAPOLIS: Presbyterian gay measures criticized by visiting (Orthodox) priest): As you would expect, the only place one can find … [Read more...]

Christianity is a spiritual path

“Buddhists aren’t the only ones who talk about consciousness. Tibetan monasteries were Christian before they were Buddhist.” Metropolitan Jonah, March 2010. Lenten Retreat with His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah given at Saint Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, MD on March 13, 2010. Listen here: Part 1 Part 2 … [Read more...]

The world is losing its sacred character without meeting any resistance…

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H/T: jbburnet.com Before our eyes the world is losing its sacred character without meeting any resistance. Formerly the sacred was a sign formed by the matter of this world and reflecting a “wholly other”, translating this and testifying to its presence by means of the sign. Does this “wholly other” speak to man today? For him the transcendent no longer transcends anything; it has lost all … [Read more...]

Jacobse: Sunday of Orthodoxy sermon

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Yup, it's a bit long and even though I am a believer in short sermons, it held the audience nevertheless. I gave it yesterday at the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Paul Antiochian Church in Naples, FL. Sunday of Orthodoxy February 21, 2010 On this day we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the commemoration of the defeat of the heresy of iconoclasm. The word “heresy,” as we know, means … [Read more...]

St. John Chrysostom on fasting

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DO YOU FAST? Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all the members of our bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah addresses St. Tikhon’s seminarians

Practical, pragmatic, teaching drawing deep from the Orthodox tradition yet contexutalized to our present circumstances, particularly our interior life. This man fulfills his apostolic calling to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion: Christianity is a religion of the people of spirit

Many ask: what does it mean to be a Christian? This is what we read in the 3d century manuscript known as ‘A Letter to Diognetus’ and ascribed to St. Justin the Martyr: ‘there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can … [Read more...]

The DECR Chairman: “We vigorously oppose atheism perceived as a ‘common denominator’ of all religions”

We vigorously oppose atheism perceived as a ‘common denominator’ of all religions, as secular politicians sometimes try to present it, saying, ‘There are differences among religions; therefore, let us proceed from atheistic prerequisites so that no religion feels offended.’ This position is absolutely false and unacceptable to us. We state that traditional religions have much more in common rather … [Read more...]

“The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs.” Just How Remains to Be Seen

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ROME, January 25, 2010 – This evening, with vespers in the basilica of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls, Benedict XVI is closing the week of prayer for Christian unity. There are some who say that ecumenism has entered a phase of retreat and chill. But as soon as one that looks to the East, the facts say the opposite. Relations with the Orthodox Churches have never been so promising as they … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church opens seminary in France

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H/T: Byzantine, TX The Russian Orthodox Church has opened its first seminary outside the former Soviet Union - in a small French town outside Paris. The institution is starting modestly but has big ambitions: to serve Russia's growing diaspora and foster closer ties between Eastern and Western Christian churches. It is a bitterly cold afternoon, but the large stone building in the heart of … [Read more...]