Christmas x 2

For as far back as I can remember real icicles, angel hair ornaments and tacky silver tinsel, I got to celebrate Christmas twice each year: the first on December 25th with most of the Christian world, and the second on January 7th with other Orthodox families. I didn’t really care why I celebrated twice, but I was told we followed a different calendar.

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The Temptation of Sunday

"Diveevo. The Troitsk cathedral". By Sergei Glushkov

I talked further with this simple brother who gave me shelter and he told me about his life and his ideas. «I had quite a good position in the life of our village,» said he. «I had a workshop where I died fustian and linen and I lived comfortably enough, though not without sin. I often cheated in business. I was a false swearer, I was abusive, I used to drink and quarrel. In our village there was an old dyachok who had a very old book on the Last Judgement. He used to go from house to house and read from it, and he was paid something for doing so. He came to me too…

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For every Turkish DITIB mosque in Germany build one Christian church in Turkey!

Moschee der türkisch-islamischen Union (DiTiB)...

Mosque in Germany

by the Society for Threatened Peoples

The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) welcomes in the spirit of religious diversity and tolerance the construction of places of prayer for all faiths in our country. It is worth noting that the new mosque in Duisburg falls under the jurisdiction of the Islamist society DITIB, which with its 880 branches is an arm of the Turkish «Ministry of Religious Affairs» in Ankara. At the same time the Turkish administration persecutes and suppresses to the present day the Christian minorities.

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Saints are the Aristocracy of Mankind

By Evagelos Sotiropoulos

When Ian Miller’s parents visit his son’s soon to be in-laws in the 2002 blockbuster movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, they’re introduced to no less than 10 Nicks.

While overlooking the exaggerated (albeit not by much) tradition of naming a child after its grandparent, there’s actually a more profound, religious reason behind Greek – indeed all Orthodox Christian – names.

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Guidelines for funerals

….all things should be done decently and in order…. (1 Corinthians 14:40)

The Orthodox Liturgy of Death (a term used to describe all services – panikhidas, requiems, Divine Liturgies – that are usually celebrated in connection with death) presupposes that the deceased had been baptized, was a communicant of the Eucharist and, in life, strove to be obedient to the Lord’s commandments in pursuit of that «holiness without which no one will see God» (Hebrews 12:14).
Through prayer and remembrance, the function of the Liturgy of Death is to incorporate and affirm the departed in the death and resurrection of Christ, which are the very content of the life of the Church. The primary – and probably only – function of the Liturgy of Death is to make and proclaim that connection – and even identification – between the death of each Christian and Christ’s death. «Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life» (Romans 6:3).

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Resolutions…

Metropolitan Philaret Voznesensky, the New Confessor:

1. Remember, you are a son (daughter) of the Orthodox Church. These are not empty words. Remember the commitment this entails.

2. Earthly life is fleeting; one is hardly aware of the swiftness of its passing. Nevertheless, this transient life determines the eternal destiny of your soul. Do not forget this for a moment.

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«It’s Just Another Day For You and Me In Paradise»

I’ll never forget what I heard one cold winter day on the radio while attending seminary over twenty years ago. . . A man was found frozen to death this morning just outside Fenway Park. Perhaps, loneliness and indifference are the greatest of sins that plague our present time. Years later, a popular song spoke of this indifference, «Think twice . . . It’s just another day for you and me in Paradise.» For Christians, our «Paradise» is not found in life’s comforts but in spirit and truth. Paradise is the person, Jesus Christ and His living in and among us. We are living in «Paradise» through our life as members of the body of Christ – as His Church on earth.

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