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ROCOR Epistle: On the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Beginning of the Godless Persecutions

NEW YORK: March 10, 2017 Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the 100th Anniversary of the Tragic Revolution in Russia and Beginning of the Godless Persecutions From the Editors: As reported today from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan ... Read More »

A True Member of the Church

An excerpt from Metropolitan Hierotheos Nafpaktos, Entering the Orthodox Church, (trans. Marina Mary Robb), Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (2004), pp. 98-101. A true member of the Church and a real Christian is the person who has the following attributes. First, he remains within the Church, without leaving it through atheism or heresy. He is not cut off from this ... Read More »

A Homily on the Importance of Dogma according to the Three Hierarchs

Introduction.             Moments ago, brothers and sisters, we heard the Holy Apostle Paul offer a hymn in praise of faith: “By faith Moses refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”[1]  By faith kingdoms have been subdued, righteousness has been worked, ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Lenten Greetings 2017

Dear Friends of Taybeh, I started my day by lighting a candle at the Byzantine ruins of Saint George Church asking the Lord to grant all of you a Blessed Holy Great Lenten journey. May  the Lord bless you with many fruits of the Holy Spirit.  And, although I cleaned out my refrigerator of all the cheese and dairy in ... Read More »

Separation from God

It is said concerning Abba Agathon that some monks came to find him, having heard tell of his great discernment. Wanting to see if he would lose his temper, they said to him, “Aren’t you that Agathon who is said to be a fornicator and a proud man?” “Yes, it is very true,” he answered. They resumed, “Aren’t you that ... Read More »

CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF GREAT LENT

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness be with you; Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, With the grace ... Read More »

Development of the Lenten Fast

Fasting, in preparation for Pascha was universal in the Early Church, both in the East and in the West, as evidenced by various second and third century references to the practice. Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical History makes reference to St Irenaeus who had written on the debate regarding the date for Pascha and on the nature of the period of ... Read More »

THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON

  By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia   Sisters and Brothers, In accordance with the order of Feast Days for the Ecclesiastical Year as designated by the Church Fathers (who decreed wisely on all matters!), the Sunday of the Prodigal Son has come upon us once again, with its two ‘Readings’ which are so characteristic, so educational and so necessary for ... Read More »

Stuffed miniature eggplant (melitzanes papoutsakia)

This aubergine-based recipe literally translates to ‘little eggplant shoes’. The original recipe for papoutsakia calls for halved eggplants, but the Ottoman version of this recipe prefers to create incisions in the vegetable and keep the juices in. INGREDIENTS: 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 500g minced beef 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup butter 1 cup milk 2 ... Read More »

Revolution of the Mind Series: Cycle of Insanity and Bloodshed

For a brief moment the Christmas spirit brings out the best in humanity but also reminds us of a growing inequality swept under the carpet. Festive family-gatherings represent one side of the story but there is another side to it; the grim reality of homelessness but also of millions of people living in a nightmare being trapped at the centre ... Read More »