Metropolitan Jonah urges faithful to join DC March for Life

WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] -- Orthodox Christians everywhere -- especially those within driving distance of the US capital -- are being encouraged to bear witness to their faith at the annual March for Life on Friday, January 22, 2010. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah has issued a special invitation encouraging youth and young adults to join him in proclaiming that all life is indeed a gift from … [Read more...]

We’ve moved!

Many thanks to Fr. John Schroedel of Orthodox Internet Services (the man behind the wheel) who loaded the truck and moved us into our new home -- all the way from Hawaii! What will you see? In addition to the great commentary and timely news you have come to expect from the AOI Observer, you should see faster load times, the elimination of time-outs (the dreaded "internal server errors") and a … [Read more...]

Der Speigel interviews Abp. Hilarion (Alfeyev)

Ed. The secularized west meets the Orthodox east. From the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations website. +++++++++++++++++++ Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, answered questions from Der Spiegel magazine. Below is the text of the talk His Eminence Hilarion had with the magazine’s … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse about the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, host of the Shepherd of Souls radio program on Ancient Faith radio, Pastor of St. Michael's Orthodox Christian Church, and occasional contributor to the AOI blog, recently interviewed Fr. Hans Jacobse on the subject of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Listen to the interview: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/shepherdofsouls/sos_2009-12-29.mp3] Fr. Peter blogs at the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church built in the ancient style in Owego, NY

Stone masons build an Orthodox Church in the ancient style, block by block. … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

Met. Jonah explains why he signed the Manhattan Declaration. H/T Peter and Helen Evans Interviewer: Why did you sign the Manhattan Declaration? Met. Jonah: ...I believe in the same basic principles that are enunciated in the Manhattan Declaration. I believe also that many of them are the basic teachings of the Church regarding human life and how we are supposed to live -- first … [Read more...]

Met. Isaiah speaks out against same-sex marriage

Protocol 09–12 September 24, 2009 The Reverend Clergy, and The Pious Faithful of the Holy Metropolis of Denver Beloved in the Lord, Earlier this year I attended the 25th Anniversary Banquet of one of our parishes, and was invited to offer a few remarks before the final prayer, which I did. As I do at all anniversary celebrations of parishes, I express the hope and the prayer that the … [Read more...]

Fr Patrick Henry Reardon: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

Father Pat's Pastoral Ponderings Fifth Sunday of Advent December 13, 2009 As I write these lines, more than a quarter-million people have signed the Manhattan Declaration, released this past November 20. I suppose I should be personally gratified, in the sense that never before have so many people agreed with me! I was, in fact, one of seven Orthodox Christians who went on record to endorse … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: ‘Patriarchate is dying’

’We cannot breathe, the Patriarchate is dying,’ says patriarch ASLI AYDINTAŞBAŞ ISTANBUL - Milliyet Thursday, December 24, 2009 Following criticism of his controversial statement to a U.S. television network describing his community’s problems, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew says his comments were emphasized, but the serious problem of opening Halki seminary needs to be … [Read more...]

Eve of the Nativity of Christ

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2AfqVNs_50[/youtube] Kontakion in the Third Tone On this day the Virgin cometh to a cave to give birth to God the Word ineffable, Who was before all the ages. Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing the gladsome tidings; with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him Who is willing to be gazed on as a young Child Who before the ages is God. … [Read more...]

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia

Source: Voice of America Peter Fedynsky | Moscow 23 December 2009 The second murder of a Russian priest in as many months has prompted a call by the Orthodox Church for Russians to think about their country's spiritual and moral condition. The killings follow more violence this year directed against Muslim clerics in Russia's troubled Caucasus region. Tuesday's shooting death of … [Read more...]

Report: Phanar backtracks on crucifixion remark

From Today's Zaman (Dec. 24). No statement yet on the Patriarchate's site. The patriarchate’s statement said: “There are similar idioms in all languages, and they are not evaluated in their narrow meanings but in their broad sense in that language. While answering questions in that regard, the patriarch obviously did not intend to imply any pressure from our government.” The statement also … [Read more...]

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