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Uzbek Orthodox Church Introduces Tests for Would-Be Godparents

May 29, 2012 by  
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The Orthodox churches of Uzbekistan have introduced a new procedure for the rite of baptism which provides for attending 12 Sunday lectures and passing exams. “I have visited Tashkent’s St. Uspenskiy Cathedral Church to find out how to baptise my son and learnt that this is a whole problem,” a 28-year old resident of the Uzbek capital, Olga, has said. Who will agree to become a godfather? According to Olga, would-be godparents will now have to attend Sunday catechetical lectures which will explain  [Read more...]

1,300 Year Old Monastery Found in Scotland

April 26, 2012 by  
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From the Scotsman Online. Experts hail Pictish Royal Monastery find Aerial photographs showing a faint line in fields around a village in Highland Perthshire have mystified archaeologists for decades. Crop marks in the village of Fortingall, famous for its 5,000-year-old yew tree, seem to indicate an ancient boundary long since buried and forgotten. Now an archaeological dig may have uncovered the secret: the site is believed to have been a royal monastery dating from the time when the Picts were converting to Christianity  [Read more...]

The Days of Holy Week

April 10, 2012 by  
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Each day in Holy Week is devoted to a particular theme, and since they pass quickly, here they are for your meditation in advance. PALM SUNDAY: The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Christian Faith, and celebrated with great honor. We commemorate his entrance into His saving Passion for us, and like the Apostle Thomas, prepare ourselves to “go and die with Him,” following the services of Holy Week which follow. A grand procession  [Read more...]

Author James Joyce and Orthodox Holy Week

April 9, 2012 by  
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James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. In a 1922 New York Times profile of Joyce, the following was told of him: “Mr. Joyce has no reverence for organized religion, for conventional morality, for literary style or form. He has no conception of the word obedience, and he bends the knee neither to God nor man.” Yet what we find evident from his own  [Read more...]

Family Life in an Orthodox Rhythm

April 2, 2012 by  
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by Valerie G. Zahirsky Those colorful pages of store ads that come tucked into the Sunday newspaper tell us something about our culture. They tell us that every day has become the same as every other day. Here is the ad for chocolates wrapped in red and decorated with hearts on sale for Valentine’s Day. Identical chocolates but in a different shape and wrapped in red and green were on sale for Christmas. And a month from now, no matter how long it  [Read more...]

On The Duties Of A Choir Singer

March 20, 2012 by  
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Taken from Letters to a Beginner: On Giving One’s Life to God, by Abbess Thaisia. Cursed is the man that doeth the work of the Lord carelessly. (Jer. 48:10) You have begun to sing in the choir; therefore, you glorify the Lord in the image of the heavenly hosts, who ceaselessly sing praise to the glory of their Creator and Lord. How fortunate you are! But do you acknowledge the full sacredness and importance of this godly work, which incomparably more than any  [Read more...]

Orthodox Woman Resigns after being Banned from Wearing the Cross

March 19, 2012 by  
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London, March 19, 2012 A parishioner of the Russian Assumption Cathedral in London had to resign after being prohibited from wearing a cross. “This morning I talked to a woman who was forced to take off her cross at work a week ago. She preferred to resign. And the cross was not even visible! The woman asked to be allowed to wear it, promising to attach it to the body with duct tape to keep it from accidentally slipping from under her clothes,  [Read more...]

Connecticut Diner Observes Orthodox Lent

March 15, 2012 by  
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by Caroline Sadowska For the past eight years, City Limits Diner has observed Greek Orthodox Lent and offered their distinctive Greek Lenten Menu throughout the season. In keeping with traditions of the Greek Orthodox Lenten fast, all dishes are free of meat, dairy, or fish. The full menu is available after 5 pm, while a select number of dishes are available during the day. Chef Peter Assue, executive chef of City Limits, also makes sure they’re available for Sunday brunch when many come  [Read more...]

Authenticity of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

March 7, 2012 by  
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. Authenticity Although it is not certain,  [Read more...]

Priest To Test World’s First Paradrop Church

March 7, 2012 by  
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Priests with the Russian Airborne Troops will take a crash course next week to operate the world’s only paradrop Orthodox Christian church, the military said. The one-week course for the priests, many of whom are experienced paratroopers with more than 500 jumps, will take place at an airborne troops facility in Ryazan region in central Russia, a Defense Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Orthodox Christianity has many rituals utilizing many religious items, which makes catering to the flock without a church impossible, the  [Read more...]

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