What a beautiful Church!

A friend sent a photo of the Holy Trinity Cathedral recently built in the Republic of Georgia. It is beautiful. I had no idea it even existed. Flickr has some great shots. … [Read more...]

Patriarchal flag to fly over GOA churches?

Word on the street is that Met. Methodios of Boston (GOA) told his priests yesterday that each parish must start flying the patriarchal flag. The Archons are donating the flag pole. … [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...]

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...]

Attn: New Yorkers. Book party for Wesley J. Smith

Attention New York readers: Wesley J. Smith, author and occassional commentator on the AOI Blog will be in New York on Thursday, March 4 to sign his new book. From First Things: First Things and Encounter Books Invite You To An Evening With Wesley J. Smith To celebrate the publication of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement Date: Thursday, March … [Read more...]

Relics, icons, and crosses onboard International Space Station

HT: Byzantine TX Moscow, Russia, Jan 20, 2010 / 12:11 am (CNA) - The Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the True Cross have been taken aboard the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), a Russian cosmonaut has reported. A photo taken by the station crew shows an icon and a crucifix floating in zero gravity in the ISS. Writing on his blog at the website of the … [Read more...]

SCOBA: Sunday of Orthodoxy Encyclical

The Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy - February 21, 2010 (Encyclical here) Now to Him Who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21). The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the … [Read more...]

Church of England to push ahead with plan for women bishops

The (liberal) Anglicans won't quit until their Church becomes completely unrecognizable. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Women bishops could be in place by 2012 The Church of England is to go ahead with the plan to create women bishops without giving in to demands from traditionalists for a separate structure of bishops and archbishops untainted by the hands of a woman. Traditionalists … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill: Russian Church, Pope agree on many contemporary issues

Interfax Moscow, February 2, Interfax - When it comes to fighting today's challenges, the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church stand side-by-side on a number of issues, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "We [together with the Roman Catholic Church] have similar positions on many problems facing Christians in the modern world. They include aggressive secularization, … [Read more...]

March for Life – 2010

Early reports indicate that the Orthodox had a good showing at the March for Life in Washington DC today. Orthodox leadership was represented by Met. Jonah (OCA) who was a featured speaker at the event. Peter and Helen Evans, participants in the march and editors of the website PeterandHelenEvans.com (check out their interviews with signers of the Manhattan Declaration) sent along some pictures … [Read more...]

Antiochian Church defends life

Of the Big 3, the OCA and Antiochian jurisdictions stand solidly within the moral tradition and are clear on its teaching. The GOA, by its silence, equivocates. January 17, 2010, is the Sunday that precedes the 35th anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court Decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. This Supreme Court decision overturned all moral and logical … [Read more...]

A Hierarch that pierces through the fog of political correctness

In this brief statement on environmental care, Abp. Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church correctly challenges two axioms of the environmentalist agenda: 1) stewardship and exploitation of the earth are synonymous, and 2) calls for population control are not to be challenged. Archbishop Hilarion: Human beings initiate ecological problems unless they see in environment a sphere of their … [Read more...]