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    04-21-2017, 06:48 PM
    Stump the Priest: Relics Question: "What is the basis for venerating the relics of saints?" Father John Whiteford responds: The veneration of the relics of the saints is rooted in several Biblical truths, as well as in the Tradition of the Church. 1). Unlike the pagan Greeks, we believe in the goodness of creation. As we are told in Genesis 1:31, when God completed his work of creation:
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    04-20-2017, 09:44 PM
    The First Miracle After the Lord's Resurrection - Entering a Room With Shut Doors By St. Cyril of Alexandria (Commentary on the Gospel of John) John 20:19, 20 - When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said unto them, "Peace be unto you." And when He had said this, He showed unto them His hands and His side. On the selfsame day on which He had appeared unto Mary, and discoursed with her, He also showed Himself to the holy disciples, who dreaded the intolerable attacks of the impious Jews, and were, on that account, collected together in a certain house. For it was not likely that they who had been so instructed, and had often been bidden to make haste to escape from the wrath of their would-be murderers, would be found lacking in proper prudence. Christ miraculously appears unto them. For while the doors were shut, as the Apostle says, Christ unexpectedly stood in the midst, by His ineffable Divine power rising superior to the chain of cause and effect, and showing Himself able to dispense with the design and method appropriate to His action. For let no man say, "How did the Lord, Whose body was of solid flesh, enter without let or hindrance, though the doors were shut?" but rather let him reflect that the Evangelist is not here speaking of one of ourselves, but rather of Him Who is enthroned by the side of God the Father, and Who easily does whatsoever He will. For He that was by nature the true God, was of necessity not subject unto the sequences of cause and effect, as are the creatures that owe their being to Him; but rather does He exercise Lordship over necessity itself, and due and appropriate methods of performance. For how did He make the sea afford a footing unto His Feet, and walk thereon as upon dry land, though we are not so framed that we can tread upon the paths of the sea? And how did He perform the rest of His marvelous works with God-like power? All these things, you will say, surpass man's understanding. Put this miracle of Christ side by side with the rest, and do not, following the opinion of certain men, who, in the folly of their hearts, have been led astray to judge falsely, imagine on account of this very occurrence that Christ rose again without His human Body, wholly bereft thereof, and severed from the Temple that He had taken on Himself. For if you cannot understand the working of God's ineffable nature, why do you not rather cry out against the infirmity of man's reason -- for that would be the wiser course -- and then silently acquiesce in the limit prescribed to you by the Creator? For in rejecting the conclusion of wisdom, you do wrong to the great mystery of the Resurrection, on which all our reliance is fixed. For remember the exclamation of Paul: "If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain, and you are yet in your sins." And again: "Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we witnessed of God that He raised up Christ, Whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead are not raised." For what can be raised up save that which is fallen? Or what restored to life, save that which is bowed down in death? And how shall we expect to rise again, if so be that Christ raised not up His own Temple, making Himself, for us, the First-fruits of them which are asleep, and the First-born from the dead? Or how shall this mortal put on immortality, if, as some think, it be lost in total annihilation? For how shall it escape this fate if it have no hope of a new life? Do not, then, swerve from orthodoxy in the faith, because a miracle was accomplished; but rather be wise, and add this to the other marvelous works that Christ did.
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    04-20-2017, 05:32 PM
    Video of interview here https://vimeo.com/212755977?ref=em-v-share
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    04-20-2017, 05:26 PM
    Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable Amid ISIS attacks, faithful response inspires Egyptian society. JAYSON CASPER IN CAIRO | APRIL 2017 Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response. “The Copts of Egypt … are made of … steel!” he finally uttered.
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    04-20-2017, 02:36 PM
    But your concern remains. We may indeed delude ourselves. That is why we must check our thoughts and beliefs against what has been revealed and maintained and has endured. That which has stood the test of time and has not allowed the gates of hell to prevail over it. The pillar and foundation of the truth which we must run to so that we are not teaching things in vain which are erroneous, which will bring greater condemnation to ourselves. Prayer, fasting, and charity. Through these three we come closer to seeing truths once hidden from us.
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    04-20-2017, 02:32 PM
    The short answer is through greater prayer and greater faith. What we can rely on is that the Truth is eternal and is something people will sacrifice their lives for. Look for truths which defy time, such as fulfilled prophecies and age old traditions and belief. That is a great place to start. Then with pure prayer, made possible only in one with a humble and contrite heart, ask God to reveal His will to you. Science, using a sound method, is the way of learning truths about creation and the material world and properties in it. Prayer, with a humble and loving heart, is the way learning truths about divine truths, righteousness, and the spiritual world, and the reason for existence. Just as a bird needs two wings to fly, likewise a man must use his thinking mind and his spirit to raise to the heights of eternal truths and their realities.
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    04-20-2017, 12:37 PM
    This is exactly what I was trying to say in my blabbering post above. Thank you!
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    04-19-2017, 10:01 PM
    We mustn't confuse human reason with divine reason. Just as science is revelations, and valued as a measure of truth, so too God has revealed the measure of all truth. We have the prophets and the Apostles, and above all, we have the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the very Image of the Father, Truth in incarnate human nature. Who the prophets spoke about and hoped to see. (and they did see Him when He carried them out of Hades when He broke the gates of hell through His divine Resurrection). Christ is the Logos of God, the very 'Reason' of God, Who came to fulfill all the prophecies and to restore us and heal our corruptible fallen human natures, to be reborn into sons and daughters of God and to partake in His divine nature, as St. Peter preached. To be one with God, and fulfill the prayer of the Lord which He prayed in the Garden on the night He was betrayed: that "we may be one". The Holy Spirit gives men the strength and the wisdom and the knowledge of God, through prayer, for prayer is the greatest science. It is the science of sciences. Through it, people have been raised from the dead, by the power and mercy of God.
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    04-19-2017, 02:09 PM
    Here is a short video by Rick Stevens about his experience of Pascha celebration in Greece
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    04-19-2017, 01:58 PM
    :) To echo what fisharmor wrote, the Paschal Divine Liturgy is the simply an exhilarating experience. In the first centuries, it was this Divine Liturgy whereby the Christian catechumens first partook of the Holy Eucharist after intense fasting during the preceding Lent. They would be baptized in the middle of the service. That is why we sing the hymn "as many that have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ" during the service. Some of the most dearest spiritual experiences in my own life have taken place during this beautiful service.
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    04-19-2017, 09:46 AM
    THE ROAD TO EMMAUS AND THE EUCHARIST April 19, 2017 Link This week the Orthodox Church reads the account of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. I’ve listened to many sermons on this topic over the years. But I only understood it after I became an Orthodox Christian.
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    04-18-2017, 03:37 AM
    Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection? by Ian Hutchinson, MIT Link http://www.veritas.org/can-scientist-believe-resurrection-three-hypotheses/ I’m a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, and this weekend, I’m celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. So are dozens of my colleagues. How can this be? Hypothesis one: We’re not talking about a literal resurrection. Perhaps it is just an inspiring myth that served to justify the propagation of Jesus’ exalted ethical teachings. A literal resurrection contradicts the known laws of nature. Maybe scientists can celebrate the idea of Jesus’s spirit living on, while his body remained in the grave.
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    04-17-2017, 09:24 PM
    (NPR) - Egypt-born Bishop Angaelos, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K., talks to David Greene about Sunday's attacks on Coptic Christian services in Egypt, and the security of the Coptic minority. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And this is the holiest week on the Christian calendar. And yet, some Christians will not be celebrating. Egypt's Coptic Christians were the victims of horrific attacks this week. Suicide bombings at churches in two cities on Palm Sunday killed nearly 50 people and caused Egypt's president to declare a state of emergency. Those churches will not hold celebrations after tomorrow night's Easter services. Coptic Christians have been around since the dawn of Christianity. Almost all of them live in Egypt. They are a minority in a Muslim dominated country. They have often been persecuted. And now they seem to be a special target of Islamic State militants. The general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, Bishop Angaelos, spoke with us from London. He was born in Egypt and is in constant contact with the Coptic community there. Well, let me start by saying I am so sorry about what your community in Egypt has been through. This has been quite a tragic week. ANBA ANGAELOS: It has been. It's - I've said in past weeks in response to other things that have happened that at times like this we see the very worst and very best of humanity because we see one person or a group of people wanting to cause pain and terror while there are so many acts of graciousness and kindness that happened. But we're very blessed to have so many people praying for us.
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    04-17-2017, 07:17 PM
    That is awesome to hear! :) It sounds like Orthodoxy is growing in the heartland. I believe Orthodoxy in this nation was planted in Alaska, grew up in the large coastal metropolises, and will mature in the heartland. It is very reassuring that this is taking place. Glory to God for all things!
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    04-16-2017, 12:29 PM
    Lol, I'm cooking a lamb on a spit as we speak!
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    04-16-2017, 10:51 AM
    How Christ Buries Himself In Us In Order To Raise Us By St. Symeon the New Theologian Let us look and carefully examine what is the mystery of that Resurrection of Christ our God that occurs mystically in us at all times, if we are willing. Let us examine how Christ is buried in us as in a sepulchre and how He unites Himself to our souls and rises again, raising us with Himself…. Christ our God was suspended on the Cross and, having nailed thereto the sin of the world and having tasted death, He descended into the nethermost depths of Hades.
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    04-16-2017, 10:48 AM
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    04-16-2017, 07:57 AM
    During the recent renovation of the Holy Sepulcher, in the burial tomb of Christ, the slab of stone which Christ was laid upon by St. Nicodemus was revealed for the first time in many many centuries, perhaps to be covered up for another thousand years. Here is a picture of it. And like the myrrhbearing woman witnessed 2000 years ago, the stone is found to be bare, for He is risen from the dead!
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    04-15-2017, 11:59 PM
    A blessed Pascha/Easter to all! :) Christ is Risen!
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    04-15-2017, 04:56 PM
    TER replied to a thread Easter in Peace Through Religion
    The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church by St John Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of the Saviour, which crush every sin, every death, every devil. Unceasing Resurrection, that is continuous Resurrection, is precisely what the life of all Orthodox Christians in the Church of the Saviour is: it is my life, your life and that of each of us. What is the Orthodox Church? It is the risen Christ Who lives forever. So we who live in it continually overcome sin, death and the devil through the Risen Lord. In this way, we raise ourselves from every grave, led and guided always in this task by the saints whom we praise every day These are the true victors over death, sin and the devil through the Risen Lord and are, at the same time, those who raise us from our graves. Because, what is the aim of our Christian life? To defeat sin, death and the devil and thus to guarantee immortality and eternal life in the heavenly kingdom of the love of Christ. Because victory over any one of our sins is a victory over death, since every sin is our spiritual death. By overcoming sin and death, in reality we defeat the devil, since the devil is a being in whom sin and death and identical. But we people are human only through the Resurrection of the God/Man, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and through His form of immortality. With the Resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of each person, you and me, becomes reasonable and natural, because the human element is a constituent part of the Theanthropic Being. This is why, in the Resurrection of the God/Man from the dead, the power and truth of our own resurrection from the dead are included (cf. (I Cor. 15, 12-16). Indeed, all of us are included in the Lord’s theanthropic nature. And each one of us needs to be resurrected, because Christ rose, and all of us, from Adam to the last person on earth, are in Him, in a mysterious way. The Resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead are both together a theanthropic truth. The dead are resurrected because Christ rose; Christ rose and this is why the dead are raised. It is beyond doubt that Christ did not rise for Himself but ‘for our sake and for our salvation’. And also because the whole of human nature follows the human nature of Christ as its central core. By becoming human, the Divine Word demonstrated that we were created so that in Paradise, with a God-befitting life, there will be an incarnation of God, a body of God. Now the body of God will become really divine only if it is not mortal, if it does not strive to defeat death. But since, because of sin and through sin the human body has become enslaved to death and has become mortal, this is why the Word of God became a body Himself: so that He could save it from death, and save it from sin. This is the aim of the incarnation of the Saviour, which took place because of His love for us. This is why, through His Resurrection, the resurrection of all the dead has been ensured. The whole history of the human race proves and highlights beyond a shadow of doubt that the Lord Christ is a permanent necessity for us in all worlds. Why? Because He gives us eternal life, annihilates death and everything mortal. The mortal element within us is whatever comes from sin, from evil, from the devil.
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    04-15-2017, 12:15 PM
    A Second Century Paschal Miracle in Jerusalem In the second century, there was a Bishop of Jerusalem whose name was Narcissus, that is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on August 7th. Saint Narcissus is noted for working many miracles in his lifetime, some of which were recorded for us in the early fourth century by Eusebius of Caesarea in his Ecclesiastical History (Bk. 6, Ch. 9). There he records a miracle that took place in the year 162, during the Paschal Vigil of Holy Saturday. Eusebius writes: They say that the oil once failed while the deacons were watching through the night at the great paschal vigil. Thereupon the whole multitude being dismayed, Narcissus directed those who attended to the lights, to draw water and bring it to him. This being immediately done he prayed over the water, and with firm faith in the Lord, commanded them to pour it into the lamps. And when they had done so, contrary to all expectation by a wonderful and divine power, the nature of the water was changed into that of oil. A small portion of it has been preserved even to our day by many of the brethren there as a memento of the wonder.
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    04-15-2017, 11:51 AM
    Holy Saturday in Fourth Century Jerusalem According to Nun Egeria LINK Egeria was a nun who authored a detailed account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the early 380s, making it the earliest of the kind. Regarding the Saturday of Holy Week, she writes: Saturday of Holy Week Paschal Vigil.
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    04-15-2017, 11:49 AM
    Iraqi Orthodox Bishop: The West Cares More About Frogs Than Us The Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Mosul, whose flock are among the last people who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus, criticises the West for placing animal rights ahead of the wellbeing and survival of Christians. By Edward Pentin Link Security and the rule of law are what Christians most need in Iraq, but it seems no one wishes to offer them, says Metropolitan Nicodemus Dauod Matti Sharaf, the Orthodox Syriac Archbishop of Mosul.
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    04-15-2017, 11:40 AM
    TER replied to a thread Easter in Peace Through Religion
    Is Easter (Pascha) a Pagan Holiday? Many of us have read articles or seen memes floating around the internet that attempt to tie the celebration of Christ’s resurrection to some form of paganism. It seems to me that these rumors are perpetuated by a lack of knowledge regarding ancient Christianity, history, linguistics, and paganism. THE ORIGIN OF THE NAMES First of all, according to all ancient accounts of which I’m aware, Jesus Christ was crucified during the time of the Jewish Passover, which in Hebrew is called Pesach, and in Aramaic Pascha. The timing of the Jewish festival is tied to the cycle of the moon, but always lands somewhere in the spring. Christians from the most ancient times have seen Jesus’ death and resurrection as the fulfillment of the Passover holiday and have therefore kept the transliterated name for Passover, which is usually a derivative of the word “Pascha.” Therefore, nearly every culture around the world (unless heavily influenced by German or American missionaries) calls this holiday something similar to “Pascha.”
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    04-15-2017, 09:23 AM
    The Holy Light has descended once again! Glory to God! Christ is Risen! See link for video: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2017/04/a-first-look-at-holy-light-holy-fire-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mystagogy+%28MYSTAGOGY%29
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    04-15-2017, 09:20 AM
    Below is a beautiful documentary on the Orthodox observance of Holy Week for those who are interested:
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    04-15-2017, 12:08 AM
    Those are all on my dream list, with the addition of St. John's Monastery on Patmos and St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
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    04-14-2017, 11:51 PM
    One year, we must go to Jerusalem for Holy Week.
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    04-14-2017, 11:42 PM
    :eek: :D the Church building is usually much more packed these Holy Days, like it is on Christmas, but I haven't heard it where a procession didn't get a chance because of the sheer volume! It sounds like your local Church is growing! :)
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