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Revolution of the Mind: Death of Democracy in Turkey

My Thought of the Day! Sunday’s questionable referendum results in Turkey, offers Erdogan the opportunity to declare himself the ultimate Sultan of Turkey. When that happens it would be the death of democracy in Turkey and replaced by a dictatorship with many incarcerations of innocent citizens but would also trigger the execution of Erdogan’s perceived enemies. He vowed to bring ... Read More »

Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate: Pascal Encyclical 2017

+IRINEJ By the Grace of God Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the ... Read More »

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese: Pascal Encyclical 2017

Resurrection in the Orthodox ecclesiastical understanding is the removal of sins complete atonement, complete righteousness and complete sanctification. Someone must become the sacrifice of righteousness. Who can be but the Son of God? At each and every Divine Liturgy, we partake of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Thus, Christ is the New Sin Offering – the spotless Sacrificial Bull ... Read More »

ROCOR: Pascal Encyclical 2017

Beloved Archpastors, Honorable Fathers, Dear in the Lord Brothers and Sisters: With a heart filled with the endearing sensation of Paschal joy, I congratulate the hierarchs, clergymen, monastics, parishioners and worshipers of our churches, scattered throughout the whole world, on the joyful celebration of the glorious Resurrection of Christ, and I greet you with the angelic good news: CHRIST IS ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Pascal Greetings 2017

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, The Miracle of the Holy Fire arrived in Taybeh from the Holy City of Jerusalem (via Ramallah) with our cousin Ibrahim and his son Philip approximately at 5:30 pm in the afternoon on this Great and Holy Saturday! A most glorious ecumenical celebration and scouts parade led to placing the flame on the altar of Saint George Greek Orthodox ... Read More »

His Grace Bishop George of Canberra Celebrates Palm Sunday at Strathfield

On 8th and 9th April, the feast day of The Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), His Grace Bishop George led the divine services at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Co-celebrating with His Grace were the Cathedral dean Archpriest George Lapardin, Archpriest Nikolai, cleric of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Priest Adrian Augustus, rector St Michael’s Church, Blacktown, protodeacons, Alexander Kotlaroff, Martin Naef ... Read More »

SUMMARY: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN OBSERVANCE OF PASCHA

The Orthodox date for Pascha (or “Passover”) is based on a decree of the Council of Nicaea, Asia Minor, held in 325 A.D.  According to this decree, Pascha must be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox but always after the Jewish Passover to maintain the Biblical sequence of events of the Crucifixion and ... Read More »

Book Review: A Christian Ending – A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

Brief Facts Authors: Deacon Mark and Matushka Elizabeth Barna Publisher: Divine Ascent Press, 2011 Pages: 196 ISBN: 9780971413962 Reviewed By Matushka Constantina Palmer While the below is a re-post of a book review I did in 2012, I wanted to include it in this year’s Truth of Our Faith series because I believe it is important for Orthodox Christians to know there ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D. “O Gladsome Light, of the Holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly Holy, blessed Jesus Christ!” (Holy Saturday Morning Prayers) Everyone should have a favorite day in the Church calendar and as an Orthodox Christian living in the land of Christ’s Holy Resurrection (in the only all-Christian village still left in Palestine), mine happens to ... Read More »