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Christmas Encyclical (2016): Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate

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  The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2016 +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 ... Read More »

Pan Orthodox Synod: THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE AND ITS IMPEDIMENTS

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*I. On Orthodox Marriage *(1.) The institution of the family is threatened today by such phenomena as secularization and moral relativism. The Orthodox Church maintains, as her fundamental and indisputable teaching, that marriage is sacred. The freely entered union of man and woman is an indispensable precondition for marriage. *(2.) In the Orthodox Church, marriage is considered to be the ... Read More »

Pan Orthodox Synod: AUTONOMY AND THE MEANS BY WHICH IT IS PROCLAIMED

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The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church concerned itself with the matter of Autonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed.  Therefore, the respective document, which was submitted by the Fifth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, October 10-17, 2009) was discussed and was approved with some minor amendments as follows: The questions of the text examined by the ... Read More »

Pan Orthodox Synod: THE ORTHODOX DIASPORA

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The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church concerned itself with the matter of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora. Therefore, the respective documents were discussed concerning the Orthodox Diaspora and the Rules of Operation of Episcopal Assemblies in the Diaspora, which were submitted by the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, 2009), and by the Synaxis of Primates ... Read More »

Pan Orthodox Synod: Relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian World

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*(1.) The Orthodox Church, as the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical self-consciousness, believes unflinchingly that she occupies a central place in the matter of the promotion of Christian unity in the world today. *(2.) The Orthodox Church founds the unity of the Church on the fact of her establishment by our Lord Jesus Christ, and ... Read More »

Pan-Orthodox Synod: THE IMPORTANCE OF FASTING AND ITS OBSERVANCE TODAY

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  *(1.) Fasting is a divine commandment (Gen 2:16-17). According to Basil the Great, fasting is as old as humanity itself; it was prescribed in paradise (On Fasting, 1, 3. PG 31, 168A). It is a great spiritual endeavor and the foremost expression of the Orthodox ascetic ideal. The Orthodox Church, in strict conformity with the apostolic precepts, the synodal canons, ... Read More »