CWN - Most of the world’s Orthodox leaders have responded to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI with statements of praise for the outgoing Roman Pontiff—although a few prelates have issued sharply critical statements.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople referred to Pope Benedict as “a friend of our Church and a faithful servant of the sacred proposition for the union of all.” He said: “His writings will long speak of his deep theological understanding, through his knowledge of the Fathers of the undivided Church, his familiarity with contemporary reality, and his keen interest in the problems of humankind.”

Speaking for the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chief of external affairs for the Moscow patriarchate, said that Pope Benedict deservedly “enjoys great respect in the Christian world,” and said that the Pope had shown as “sensitivity that makes it possible for him to build relations with the Orthodox Church.”

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church, who has remained cool toward ecumenical gestures from Rome, took a very different attitude. Metropolitan Jeremias of Gortys and Megalopis asked rhetorically why so many people were concerned about the departure of an arch-heretic. Metropolitan Serapheim of Piraeus attributed the papal resignation to the scandals engulfing “the heretical religious society of Roman Catholicism.”

 

 


Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Holy Angels

O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, * that through your prayers you may surround us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.” (ep. 243)