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Tithing

All for money?!

Question Why is 10% tithing being pushed by the OCA and some other church leaders? The reason I ask this is that although 10% is required in Old Testament times, so is stoning for adultery and other rules we don’t follow now. How do we tell what is valid today and what is not? Answer Tithing, as you correctly observe, ... Read More »

September 1: The Ecclesiastical New Year

September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox ecclesiastical year. According to Tradition, it was on September 1 that our Lord and Saviour entered the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth and was given to read a scroll from the prophet Isiah. It was customary at that time for the Jewish male to read in the synagogue once he had ... Read More »

Greece: The Freedom-of-Speech Canary Died

  By Maria Polizoidou – August 29, 2016 In coalmines, from 1911 to 1986, canaries operated as an early warning system for the leakage of hazardous gases. Whenever the birds showed signs of distress, the miners knew trouble was coming. Greece has deep problems. Greece is presently in the “coalmine” of an endless economic and immigration crisis. This month, for ... Read More »

Christians as “Target Practice” Muslim Persecution of Christians 2016

By Raymond Ibrahim – August 28, 2016 at 6:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8771/christians-target-practice “We will show the Armenians and the Christians who we are… We have been ordered not to leave any Armenians in the area.” — Islamic rebels, Aleppo, Syria.   Thousands of Christians are fleeing Eritrea due to extreme persecution. A report describes Eritrea as “one of the world’s fastest ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Holy Mother celebrated in Jerusalem

It was a beautiful and solemn procession at four in the morning to walk the icon of the Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, from the monastery next to the Holy Sepulchre all the way down the via Delorosa to reach the empty tomb of the Virgin Mary at the bottom of the hill below the Russian Orthodox Convent at ... Read More »

Reading Scripture in Tradition: Why Sola Scriptura doesn’t work

By Gabe Martini Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of Sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or “summit”1 of holy tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct, nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple: the scriptures are a witness to divine revelation, given from God to mankind (and ... Read More »

THE LIFE AND LABORS OF ST KOSMAS OF AETOLIA

By Athanasios Zoetakis (Translation by OrthoChristian.com) PART 1 In 1714, in the small mountain town of Megalo Dendro in Aetolia,[1] a boy was born. Little could anyone have guessed that this child would someday become not only a great Orthodox saint, but also a historical figure, who would determine to a great extent the fate of the Balkan region. Little is ... Read More »

Dumped files show influence of George Soros on Western politics

The Australian – 22 August 2016 Jennifer Oriel In perhaps the biggest political scandal since WikiLeaks, a group of hackers has dumped hundreds of files exposing the influence of socialist billionaire George Soros on Western politics. The files show Soros has established a transnational network that pressures governments to adopt high immigration targets and porous border policies that could pose ... Read More »

BISHOP SILUAN OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND CONSECRATED

During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated in the Cathedral of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade by Serbian Patriarch Irinej and concelebrating Hierarchs, the new Serbian Bishop of Australia-New Zealand Siluan (Mrakic) was consecrated Bishop. The Primate of the Church concelebrated with 21 Hierarchs, a large number of priests and deacons. The responses were sung by the First Belgrade Singing Society. ... Read More »

REVOLUTION OF THE MIND: QUARRIES – THE RAPE OF AKAMAS

Article Two (of III) Andreas C Chrysafis A crime is about to be committed in the heart of Akamas and yet the government, politicians and political parties take no initiative to avert this catastrophe. Like true hypocrites, come election-time they will wake up from their deep hibernation full of promises attempting to win votes so they can continue the charade ... Read More »