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Icons & Iconography
08/18/19 12:28 AM
Christ is in our midst!!

There is also a miraculous myrrh-streaming icon at a Carpatho-Russian Orthodox parish in Taylor, PA. The story is below. It will make a visit to St. George Orthodox Church, Altoona, AP, on Friday, November 15, 2019. If you Google "miraculous icon in Taylor, PA," you will find a number of witness stories surrounding miracles that have occurred in relation to the icon and the miraculous myrrh that continues to steam from it. The miracle began in 2011.

"Every Wednesday evening, at 6PM hundreds of people flock to. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA to participate in a prayer service – Moleben in front of the Myrrh-streaming icon - the Kardiotissa, “The Tender Heart”. Very Rev. Fr. Mark Leasure, pastor of the Carpatho-Rusyn parish in Taylor, PA, where the icon began to stream myrrh, states that “The Tender Heart” myrrh-flowing, miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary has drawn thousands of people to the parish, all through word-of-mouth. Some call these “weeping icons” or simply “myrrh-streaming”, but nonetheless, these holy icons make miracles happen.

The history of the icon begins with a visit of the Myrrh - Streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos from Hawaii to St. George’s in October of 2011. Fr. Mark, the pastor of the local parish wiped his parish ’s copy of the icon with cotton that was soaked with miraculous myrrh from the Hawaiian icon. Shortly thereafter the parish copy of the icon also started to stream myrrh. Since that time and to this day it has been abundantly streaming. Moleben services are conducted every Wednesday for crowds that fill the church beyond capacity."
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Faith & Theology
08/17/19 10:10 PM

Where do I buy a book on the Byzantine Divine office and instructions on how to pray it?

God bless,

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Town Hall
08/17/19 03:31 PM
Roman Catholicism is all about law. It is about keeping rules and regulations. That is not the way the East looks at our relationship with Christ. For us, it is about theosis, about changing ourselves by cooperating with the Holy Spirit so that we grow in love for God and for our fellow man.

If you are growing in love for God, you do not have to be threatened with "mortal sin" (a concept unknown to the Eastern Church). If a person does not wish to attend Liturgy on Sunday, then perhaps he should really sit down and think about how much he really loves God and wants to please the one who died for him. If you have to be threatened with "mortal sin" to go to Mass, and that is the only reason you go, then you need some spiritual help.
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08/13/19 01:30 AM
Lord have mercy on your servant.
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Church News
08/08/19 04:17 AM
Hmmm, I was thinking today...

At one time the Basilica of Saint Peter was the patriarchal church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, albeit the Latin one, now abolished.

Then I read this:

A patriarchal basilica used to refer to those churches at Rome ceremonially assigned to one of the Patriarchs. It must be distinguished from the concept of a major basilica which is a canonical class of church which includes four of the five patriarchal basilicas (excluding St Lawrence's) but which has been more generally extended to include any of several churches in which the high altar is reserved to the Pope or his representative.

Since the early 13th century, the "patriarchs" referred to in the title Patriarchal Basilicas were the Latin Rite ceremonial Patriarchs who lived as ornaments of the Papal Court and are now abolished, not the Eastern Patriarchs of those same cities. Before the late 20th century there was also a wish, never realised, that the basilicas would be seen as pertaining to the Eastern Catholic (or Orthodox) Patriarchs of the same cities to which the titles applied. In other words, once these Patriarchs were "reconciled" to the Catholic Church, these basilicas would become their Roman bases.

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI formally abolished the title of “patriarchal basilica” previously given to these churches, and they should now be referred to a "papal basilicas". The traditional associations with the Five Ancient Patriarchates remain, but without any official standing.

The name patriarchal referred to these churches each having been assigned to one of the patriarchs. There were five:

San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran, the Pope)
San Pietro in Vaticano (St Peter's Basilica, Patriarch of Constantinople)
Santa Maria Maggiore (St Mary Major, Patriarch of Antioch)
San Paolo fuori le mura (St Paul outside the Walls, Patriarch of Alexandria)
San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (St. Lawrence outside the Walls, Patriarch of Jerusalem)


Having read this, it doesn't seem to be unusual now to me that Pope Francis would gift some relics of Saint Peter to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Maybe His Holiness Francis sees Saint Peter Basilica as belonging to His All Holiness Bartholomew. I know it's a stretch of the imagination, but who knows...
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Town Hall
08/05/19 12:34 AM
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07/29/19 05:30 PM
In your charity please lift up in prayer Bishop JOHN (Elya), who fell asleep in the Lord on July 19th.

May the Lord God grant to His servant, Bishop JOHN, a blessed repose in a place of light and peace.

Eternal Memory!
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Eparchial & Parish Events
07/21/19 10:03 PM
May the Lord God grant to His servant, the priest Richard, a blessed repose!

Eternal Memory! Vičnaja jemu pamjat!
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