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 on: Today at 10:09:24 AM 
Started by littlepilgrim64 - Last post by littlepilgrim64
Received an email from my friend, Catherine, that her hip "popped out" and she is back in the hospital today.  She will have to undergo another surgery.

Please remember her in your prayers.

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 on: Today at 09:55:54 AM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by pensateomnia
In one of the discussions at Aarhus, the first unofficial consultation between OOs and EOs, Fr. Georges said that it is not enough to say Christ did not sin, but was without Original Sin.  I don't want to enter into discussion of "Original Sin" vs "Ancestral Sin", or what that means, but I want to know what Fr. Georges meant when he said it.  What is his teaching on "Original Sin" in brief?

I believe Fr. Florovsky brought up the issue because "original sin" (or "ancestral sin" -- the distinction between them is a later construct) is an important concept in St. Maximus the Confessor, and hence in late Byzantine theology more broadly. It has implications for the doctrine of the will, and also soteriology. Florovsky in particular was very adamant about the unfallen nature of Christ's humanity, as you can see in his essay "Redemption."

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 on: Today at 09:25:33 AM 
Started by Cyrillic - Last post by Cyrillic
Tap dance

Soccer or futbal?

Football. The sport in which you kick a ball with a foot.

Spaghetti or pizza?

 14 
 on: Today at 09:00:32 AM 
Started by Cyrillic - Last post by minasoliman
Tap dance

Soccer or futbal?

 15 
 on: Today at 08:51:03 AM 
Started by Justin Kissel - Last post by john_mo
Canada is not problem free.  Some shots were fired at or near Parliament this morning:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/americas/canada-ottawa-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Given how prevalent such attacks have been around the world, we knew it was "when" not "if".

On Monday an off duty soldier was killed near a base in Quebec. Clearly a terrorist act. I'm sure there is some connection to Monday's and today's incidents.

Still plenty of questions to be raised and answered before the whole story is known.

The answer is Muslim.

The answer was obvious.

 16 
 on: Today at 08:44:19 AM 
Started by vladf - Last post by Jonathan Gress
The closest thing to an "Orthodox Rosary" I'm familiar with is using your prayer rope to say sequences of "Most Holy Theotokos, save us", besides the usual Jesus prayer. You can also repeat "Saint such-and-such, pray for us". I know some who have rules involving alternating sequences of Jesus prayers and invocations to the Theotokos or the saints.

LBK is right, though, that mental effort should be spent just on the meaning of the words of the prayer, rather than trying to envision scenes from the Passion or whatever.

I recall being surprised when reading a translation of "Brothers Karamazov" to hear talk about "rosaries", when I realized they just meant Orthodox prayer ropes. I guess for many Westerners "rosary" is the closest term for it they would recognize.

 17 
 on: Today at 08:37:47 AM 
Started by Maria - Last post by biro
Suscribed. I'm planning my wedding.

Mazev tov!

 18 
 on: Today at 08:26:30 AM 
Started by Skydive - Last post by sakura95
Where does lust come from? Why do we lust? Is lust a sin? What is worse of a sin to have lust and continue to lust or to have lust and satisfy your lust?

I would postulate that "lust" is the product of humanity's Fall when Adam and Eve partook of the Fruit in the Garden. It is a manifestation of humanity's Sinful Nature.

Personally, I don't think that "Lust" is a Sin but rather, giving into the sensation of it is. Hence it is better to lust and continue to lust than to lust and strive to satisfy it.

 19 
 on: Today at 08:20:18 AM 
Started by Opus118 - Last post by kijabeboy03
Primarily local news: Fourteen priests and monks suspended for desertion.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/oct/22/church-suspends-chaldean-priests-across-western-un/
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/22/patriarch-sako-chaldean-isis-decree-suspension/

"In his decree, Sako named a dozen monks and priests living outside Iraq who, he said, dishonorably left the country and abandoned their posts. “The objective of our decree is to end the illegal exit of the priests from their eparchies.” An eparchy is equivalent to a diocese.

In an interview published Wednesday in the Christian news outlet Aleteia, Sako condemned the departure of priests to the West. “A priest has given himself to the Lord and to service. He shouldn’t seek his freedom, his security. His future is found in fidelity to Christ and his people, not in America or Australia,” Sako said."



This raises a series of troubling questions. Are Chaldean priests married? What are they to do if their flock has fled? Should  they stay to be martyred? Is there an Orhodox counterpart these congregations could turn to? If there are 250,000 here in the USA that would make them probably the largest Eastern Catholic group here. Keep them in our prayers, life has been difficult for certain. Lord have mercy.

Good point Pod! Sako, like John Ireland, could end up becoming a father of Orthodoxy in the USA if he doesn't backtrack.

The Chaldean Catholic Church uses the East Syrian Rite, also known as the Thomasine Rite which is most commonly associated with the Church of the East. As far as I know, there aren't currently any Orthodox (EO or OO) churches that use it, but there is no reason why it couldn't be used in an Orthodox setting, and I for one hope it gets revived in Orthodoxy alongside the Western Rites. The Antiochians have already set up a Western Rite Vicariate (AWRV). Maybe they could set up an Antiochian Far Eastern Rite Vicariate (AFERV?) for any Chaldeans who want to come over?

Who at the Archdiocese would one need to contact to suggest such an option, I wonder? I do think this is a big opportunity and the Orthodox really ought to reach out to the Chaldeans who are affected by this order.

If not Antioch, maybe the EP or OCA would be open to such an option? The Russian Orthodox Church received a few "Nestorians" in the 19th century while allowing them to keep their existing liturgy, so there seems to be precedent for allowing the East Syrian Rite, at least within the Russian tradition of which OCA is a part.

If Chaldean Catholicism in metro Detroit is anything to go off of the rite used by the Chaldean Catholic Church has been reformed since Vatican II. The parishes in Michigan feel more like modern Roman Catholic churches than Assyrian ones...

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 on: Today at 08:18:21 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by Arachne
Today is Nemzeti ünnep and Chulalongkorn Day. Cheers!

Today is also Diwali. Light up! Wink


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