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Convert Issues / Re: My wife wants to convert problem...
« Last post by Jbhk1976 on Today at 08:08:53 PM »
Thank you for the replies,
I thought of baptism in both churches, but.thenbi thought.it wouldnt be honest to either the Father or the Bishop.
The Russian church l am fine with as well as the Greek church, there is more of a connection with the Russian for me as i've been going almost a year.
Unfortunately with my wife its not, and its the Greek church or nothing, anyone that is married knows that there are just  some fights you are not going to win...
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Religious Topics / Re: Being gay and Christianity.
« Last post by ahmad seraphim on Today at 07:54:52 PM »
If we say that the change comes about through divine grace received through repentance and the Holy Mysteries, yes.  We repent because God provides us with the grace allowing us to recognize our sins and repent of it; 

The idea that anyone can attain such a state of perfection that they no longer require divine grace, was anathematized at the Council of Orange in the ancient period. 

It sounds to me like we are sinners, and we will remain sinners till we die.  Trying to create a hierarchy of sinners or sins seems rather pointless, in that context.

If we was all sinners, then we all must go to hell.
God say: Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Umm.....where did you get the idea that we aren't all sinners?  Paul called himself the chief of sinners.  Is he in hell?

St. Ēlias Mēniatēs say that all born from Adam until today men, women, children, youngster, old people, righteous man and sinners - all will become in one age and in one condition with one difference: of their own deeds.
St. Apostle Paul say that because of his humble, not because he is a sinner.

I'm sorry I 'm just trying to understand ....
So, the opposite of the sinner is the righteous man ?

I translated it so, it says righteous people in the original.

So it makes the righteous man are free from sins.
Who are the righteous men? Are they still alive?
I'm confused

The Bible says that there is no righteous people without sinning at all.

If you agree with that, then you and James are essentially in agreement. One can''t go to Heaven based on what they've done because they will always also sin. That's what grace is for. It's unearned.
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Convert Issues / Re: My wife wants to convert problem...
« Last post by TheTrisagion on Today at 07:53:24 PM »
If your current priest is a good priest, he will be overjoyed that you will be entering the Church, even if it is not in his parish.
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Orthodoxy is extremely Eucharistic.

I would wager that the differences that arise in Catholicism, whether perceived or actual, are largely cultural.

Are you referring specifically to American Catholics? I would be curious to find out if this attitude is true in other countries as well.
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Religious Topics / Re: Being gay and Christianity.
« Last post by Volnutt on Today at 07:39:13 PM »
If we say that the change comes about through divine grace received through repentance and the Holy Mysteries, yes.  We repent because God provides us with the grace allowing us to recognize our sins and repent of it; 

The idea that anyone can attain such a state of perfection that they no longer require divine grace, was anathematized at the Council of Orange in the ancient period. 

It sounds to me like we are sinners, and we will remain sinners till we die.  Trying to create a hierarchy of sinners or sins seems rather pointless, in that context.

If we was all sinners, then we all must go to hell.
God say: Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Umm.....where did you get the idea that we aren't all sinners?  Paul called himself the chief of sinners.  Is he in hell?

St. Ēlias Mēniatēs say that all born from Adam until today men, women, children, youngster, old people, righteous man and sinners - all will become in one age and in one condition with one difference: of their own deeds.
St. Apostle Paul say that because of his humble, not because he is a sinner.

I'm sorry I 'm just trying to understand ....
So, the opposite of the sinner is the righteous man ?

I translated it so, it says righteous people in the original.

So it makes the righteous man are free from sins.
Who are the righteous men? Are they still alive?
I'm confused

The Bible says that there is no righteous people without sinning at all.

If you agree with that, then you and James are essentially in agreement. One can''t go to Heaven based on what they've done because they will always also sin. That's what grace is for. It's unearned.
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This is a summary of the results of the Pope’s investigation into Fr Bishoy Andrawes, as reported to the congregation of St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Washington, D.C. by H.E. Metropolitan Serapion and H.G. Bishop Karas in a meeting on 4/2/2016.

Update on Fr Bishoy Andrawes, Atef Aziz and St Mark’s DC

1. Fr Bishoy has been moved to St Mary and St Mercurius in Belleville, New Jersey (www.smandsm.org).

2. The investigation uncovered many other Coptic parishes in North America that have been in contact with Atef Aziz and/or his followers, adopting their teachings. Anba Serapion observed that Atef Aziz seems to be targeting college age youth, young priests and their wives. H.E. will explore the idea of publishing a book about Atef Aziz’s wrong teachings.

3. Anba Serapion has been in touch with the OCA, an Eastern Orthodox jurisdiction where Atef Aziz is currently a monk of the Monastery of St John of San Francisco, but does not reside in the monastery. H.E. met with Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West (OCA) who had tonsured Atef Aziz as a monk. Archbishop Benjamin told him that he didn’t know about Atef’s history, and that he would recall Atef back to the monastery.

4. Anba Serapion specified the wrong teaching as being extreme asceticism – the goal of the spiritual life should be to discipline our bodies against the passions of the flesh, not to beat our bodies up.

Anba Serapion also wrote to the Metropolitan of the OCA, Tikhon (Mollard), informing him that Atef Aziz was targeting the Coptic youth and that if this continues it will put a strain on the relationship between the Coptic Church and the OCA.

Apart from this public meeting, reliable sources have also informed us that Atef Aziz has been actively bringing his followers from Egypt to America in order to infiltrate Coptic parishes. American disciples of Fr Bishoy are also spreading this spirituality abroad; anecdotally, one youth moved from DC to California to start his own discipleship group there.

Restore the unbelievers; may the schisms of the Church cease. Strip the vanity of the heretics, and count us all in the unity of godliness.

http://returntoorthodoxy.com/update-bishoy-andrawes-atef-aziz-st-marks-dc/

Good.  I am sure the OCA will take appropriate action.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Oriental Orthodox Church Directory
« Last post by RaphaCam on Today at 06:51:51 PM »
AFAIK, there is only one Coptic cathedral in Brazil, located in São Paulo with Bp. Agathon, in R. S. Borjas, 201.

Bp. Nareg has more than one Armenian parish but I think they're all in São Paulo and the vicinities: Av. Santos Dumont, 55; R. Carlos da Costa Ramalho Júnior, 497. Most Brazilian Armenians seem to be EC, I'm not sure whether this was due to a specific EC region where Armenian emigrants came from or if the RCC organised this upon the arrival of OO Armenians.

Syriacs, on the other hand, are very widespread: https://igrejasirianortodoxa.com/paroquiascomunidades/

I've seen vagante priests claiming to be Syriac, but if I were to guess, they more probably have succession from the Brazilian Catholic Church then from the SOC. There are some crazy Rastafarians claiming to be Tewahedo on the internet too, but there are no Tewahedo priests in the country and I'm not sure if these guys are organised.
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please Pray For Me
« Last post by Alkis on Today at 06:46:21 PM »
Saint John the Sinaite in his work "Ladder" explains that these thoughts are made by the demon of blasphemy. It is not your fault. You want to worship God, you believe in God... It is demons that want to reduce our faith.
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As a Catholic and an Orthodox-inquirer, it doesn't seem that Orthodoxy shares this. That last bullet point is perhaps a very obvious problem with that attitude - if Mass is "valid," that's all that matters, right? Who cares about the rest of it? And so the Western liturgy continues its decay...
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please Pray For Me
« Last post by LizaSymonenko on Today at 06:30:20 PM »

May the Lord strengthen you, that you may believe.  May He grant you guidance and wisdom.

Lord, have mercy!

(...and don't berate yourself...many of us have these episodes.)
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