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...Not for the preservation of a single cross erected by sectarians...

The original cross was constructed and erected by authorities of an idolatrous, pagan state egged on by unfaithful "sons of Aaron".

And the original cross was laid before the foundations of the world. Christ makes the Cross. Without Christ, it isn't what it is anymore.

I agree, which is why I find your calling it "stones and dust" to be rather disgusting for a professing Christian. 
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Religious Topics / Re: Relationship/dating question
« Last post by DeniseDenise on Today at 09:51:02 PM »
Apparently some people think I have a plan/threat to release secret information on them. Response is twofold:

1. Lol. Really?
2. This is not the case.

You have dated enough people to have secret info on them?????


(if its not about former dates...then relevance to thread?)

A mod told me that my post #34 has been construed as a threat to release secret information on posters.

There is nothing like a threat there. In any case, I've no information to release beyond what the public board already has on it.


oh and here i thought you were the dating champ..


o well...
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Pure hubris, this idea that some upstart foreign sect could do the work of the Church and the Russian people better than they themselves can, or should do it for them at all.
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So, there's a Syriac parish in São Paulo where a deaconess seems to actually be the female counterpart of a deacon. Her name appears in every pamphlet of the parish aside the priest's, and, although I don't have videos to be sure, she seems to have liturgical functions* from the pictures. Since Thomas Daniel said they were only chantresses nowadays, I'm curious about how usual this is inside the SOC.

The "vestments" look like a variation on what Syrian deaconesses ("chantresses") wear elsewhere, but I don't recognise the liturgical actions in either of the last two photos. 
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But instead the Orthodox Church in many of those countries seems to be preaching mostly nationalism and xenophobia... anything but the Good News of Jesus Christ. [...] The Gospel, the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, is being co-opted by nationalist interests of the myth of "Holy Russia".  I'd say that's reason enough to evangelize.
Do you actually know Russia? It sounds an awful lot like you're prejudicedly setting the most publicised problems of the Church as some kind of hegemony, as if there were 10 Dugins for each babushka there.
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As I use them, "Vespers", "Evensong" and "Evening Prayer" are interchangeable terms, except that I am more likely to call it "Evensong" when there will be music.

Pre-reformation practice in parish churches and secular cathedrals was to lump all the day's services into blocks.  Typically there would be two main blocks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  So "Evensong", the afternoon block, normally would have had Vespers and Compline back-to-back, possibly with Sext and Nones before tacked on before Vespers.  The Prayer Book services continue this tradition, but with a single rite morning and evening, rather than with several distinct rites amalgamated.
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As far as I can tell it is just a communion wafer and wine mixed in a cup ... Does it turn into the blood of Christ after you drink it? ...

Are you baptized, chrismated, and confessed?
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Back on topic, either way: The Tbilisi event and speeches like it are anti-Christian, evil. They do not constitute merely being controversial, tone-deaf, over the top, hard. Nor is this a matter of sensitivity or political correctness. Rather, anti-Christian evil that must be rejected on the grounds that it is wicked and unjust.

It is worse for the church to harm the people of this order than for the people of this order to harm the church.

It is worse for the church to scandalize the people of this order through unrighteousness than for the people of this order to scandalize the church through unrighteousness.

It is worse for the works of Ba'al, Hestia or Mars to be done in the name of Christ than for those works to be done in any other name.

You seem to be forgetting that there is more at stake than the two supposed opponents in this supposed battle. Namely, the welfare of people of all kinds, and the glory of God. If we look at the world in terms of favorite controversies, we will always be blind to true needs and true answers.
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Lord, have mercy.
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Back on topic, either way: The Tbilisi event and speeches like it are anti-Christian, evil. They do not constitute merely being controversial, tone-deaf, over the top, hard. Nor is this a matter of sensitivity or political correctness. Rather, anti-Christian evil that must be rejected on the grounds that it is wicked and unjust.

It is worse for the church to harm the people of this order than for the people of this order to harm the church.

It is worse for the church to scandalize the people of this order through unrighteousness than for the people of this order to scandalize the church through unrighteousness.

It is worse for the works of Ba'al, Hestia or Mars to be done in the name of Christ than for those works to be done in any other name.
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