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Faith & Theology
18 minutes ago
Originally Posted by ajk

The likeness is given back to us in baptism, putting-on Christ [Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε (Gal 3:27)] who saves us, so that it can ever grow to its perfection, the union with God, theosis, deification, becoming through grace what God is by nature.

From an Eastern perspective, is recovery of that likeness or the beginning of deification possible for those who die without baptism? What is the state of a baby that dies unbaptized? Or is that simply a mystery, beyond our knowledge?
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Town Hall
58 minutes ago
Certainly, there is an air of mystery in eastern churches that is often not present in some Catholic and Protestant churches. Add to that too many priests/ministers are essentially social workers preaching the politically correct gospel. I have visited churches both RC and Protestant where I believed I was watching a collection of pious do-gooders who believed in nothing timeless and unchanging. It isn't that way everywhere, thank goodness.

I remember there being one Greek Orthodox church in the region some years ago. Now, there are several Orthodox and two Eastern Catholic parishes. Eastern religion fills a need and it is growing in this Protestant area.
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Church News
3 hours ago
There is no such "joint statement". At most you might say they had a phone conversation. Of course RT are not exactly sticklers for accuracy.
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The Christian East & West
4 hours ago
Look, it doesn't have to be an argument. If someone can produce an example of a Pascha which was calculated according to this alleged not-on-the-Passover rule, resulting in a different date than simply the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, that would settle the question.
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Scripture and Patristic Writings
Yesterday at 07:01 PM
"Now, it is difficult to see the value, the eternal value, when one is immersed in some ongoing pain. And no one seeks out suffering for its own sake. But it is well to remember the Hope that we have in Him when we read St. Paul's line to the Colossians in 1:24."

We must remember what St. James has taught us as well, to consider it joy when we go through trials and tribulations. He teaches us this because we have a tendency to let our feelings dictate our responses. During times as these, we must remember to ask and thank the Holy Spirit for the opportunity to be mistreated as Christ was [and still is]. Sufferings are wonderful opportunities for us to grow in our theosis. Thank you for your post, Theophan.
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Icons & Iconography
Yesterday at 03:49 AM
Icon of Saint Perpetua is attached.
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Church News
Yesterday at 03:19 AM
I share with allof you the following message I sent my own Melkite patriarch, His Holiness JOSEPH.


Patriarch of Antioch and All the East,
of Alxandria and Jerusalem

Christ is Risen! Master, your blessing.

Your Holiness

As a Melkite Greek-Catholic priest who is the retired dean of Eastern Catholic military chaplains in American and Canadian Forces, as well as chairman of the Committee for Eastern Catholics in the Military Services of the United States and Canada, I respectfully, but strongly, take exception to the recent statement of the patriarchs resident in Syria that condemned the actions of the United States and her allies in our careful and precise attacks on the illegal chemical weapons facilities of tbe Assad regime. For 26 years I have personally witnessed the horrifying tragedy and results of war as a military chaplain. I have also seen military members heroicaly put themselves at serious risk rather than harm the innocent, and I have often knelt beside their bloodied or lifeless bodies and attempted to console their widows. War is horrifying and often indiscriminate, but we do the best we can to protect the innocent even when it means placing ourselves in even more jeopardy - which is probably why I find the patriarchal statement so horrendous and offensive,

Syria is a signatory to the conventions banning the manufacture and use of Chemical weapons. I know for a fact, and from unimpeachable sources with access to the highest levels of military intelligece, that the Assad regime is guilty of everything that they have been accused of regarding chemical weapons.

I can only imagine the difficult situation that you are in and I pray daily for you and for the long suffering people of Syria and the Middle East. However, to describe the precision attacks on these illegal weapons facilities as “brutal aggression” is both mistaken and appalling. This one-sided patriarchal condemnation of the allies could easily be seen as akin to if the bishops of had Germany defended Hitler’s gas chambers.

The patriarchal statement is easily seen as merely giving support to a corrupt dictatorial regime and a “too easy” one-sided condemnation of those who are standing up against Assad’s illegal and immoral actions. In issuing their one sided condemnation, the patriarchs have seriously compromised their own moral authority and createdan ethical and moral dilemna for those American Eastern Catholics who serve in the armed forces of our nation and who through the years, have repeatedly sent money to help alleviate the sufferings of the Syrian people. When you speak we hope to hear the universal apostolic voice of our “Shepherd of Shepherds” serving the whole international communion of the Melkite Church and not a voice justifying the immoral actions of a corrupt dictatorial regime.

I continue to pray for peace and justice in Syria, in Palestine and throughout the Middle East.
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Parish Life & Evangelization
04/17/18 07:11 PM
One of the reasons why Byzantine Churches and her members are declining in numbers is because of a lack of evangelizing. Eastern Christianity is the best kept secret of Christendom. The reason it is a secret is because we do not wish to evangelize, nor do we make any real effort. I was a member of a Ruthenian Byzantine parish a few years back and I mentioned the possibility of rounding some of us up and going throughout the neighborhood and going door-to-door and sharing the Gospel and Jesus, and then having an Inquirer's Evening. You should have seen the reaction! It was as though I had asked to take one of The Doors home with me. Initially, I was upset with this. But I had to take some things into consideration:

1.] One, is I am a revert to the faith. Though I am a Byzantine according to Canon Law [my Father was Byzantine my Mother Roman Catholic], I was raised in the RC Church and then was a Protestant for years. Both Western approaches emphasize the role of the laity. So I ended up being a Eucharistic Minister and starting Men's Bible Studies--which I still do.
2.] Two, as a revert to the Faith, I was ignorant of the roles, or lack of, of the laity in the Eastern Churches.
3.] Our ancestors in the respective Eastern Churches were not really challenged to evangelize the faith as is necessary today. They did not have to;nor they dare not try to. During times when Socialist and Communist regimes were in power, our ancestors practiced their faith privately in underground churches in fear of their lives. Icons, prayer books, etc. had to be hidden from government emissaries. And during times of non-Communist regimes, everyone was a baptized Christian practicing either Orthodoxy or Byzantine Catholicism; everyone knew who Jesus was, no need to tell them. Correction of incorrect behavior would be the type of "evangelizing" engaged most often.
4.] Most parishioners I have personally encountered believe the way a church is to grow is by making sure their children get married and have more children. This will indeed spread the Tradition among family members, but what about neighbors who do not know the love of Jesus??

So I asked the Lord for forgiveness of my harsh judgment and now just pray for our Churches.
So we all need to be evangelized anew. Christians are to be knowing, loving, and serving God by being in communion with Him.
We have become too comfortable in America. We need to be cognizant of the fact that we are not here to live the American Dream; nor to waste excessive time and money on sports and entertainment; nor have a Nationalist attitude; and certainly not seeking a life of comfort. Our loyalty is to the Cross.

I challenge all clergy who may read this post to pray about emphasizing this in their respective Parishes. St. Paul admonishes us in his First Letter to the Corinthians by writing: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" [I Cor. 9:16]. Jesus Himself taught that "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also confess him before My Father..."[Matthew 10:32]. Powerful words. Public sharing of Jesus is NOT an option.

And I also pray for and challenge all laity who read this post to open up their Bibles. Read it. Pray it. And share Jesus with those you work with, or family members who have left the faith... again, this is not an option.

Christ is Risen!!
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04/17/18 05:06 PM
Please pray for Fr. Andriy Chirovsky of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tucson.
He has recently had open heart surgery. Pray for a healthy recovery.

God Bless you all.
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Faith & Theology
04/17/18 12:34 AM
Is this available?
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04/16/18 10:17 PM
Χριστός Ανέστη! Alice, my unworthy prayers are with you!
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04/13/18 03:26 PM
Glory to God!
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