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Liturgy / Re: Icon processioned to the analoi during the Polyeleos
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 11:11:19 PM »
Found it!

At vigils on the eves of great feasts and in honor of saints, at the beginning of the singing of the polyeleos, an icon of the feast or saint is carried into the center of the temple and placed on an analoy (currently this icon is often already in the center of the temple on an analoy), and before it, following the completion of the polyeleos, the[/size] [/size]megalynarion [/size]to the feast or saint is sung together with a selected psalm.[/size]
Liturgy / Re: Icon processioned to the analoi during the Polyeleos
« Last post by Svirsky on Yesterday at 11:06:54 PM »
I have no idea when the tradition developed, but it seems like this act further directs the liturgical mood during the the singing of the Magnification of the Feast/Saint. Presumably it developed during the synthesis of the Sabbaite and Cathedral typika during the 8th century - I highly doubt that it's as ancient as the Sabbaite or the Studite typika. We also know that it had to have developed prior to the 10th century since the ritual appears deeply entrenched in Greek and Slavic rubrics alike. It's certainly possible that this similarity is due to the Nikonian Reforms, but this seems insufficient to explain why it shows up in Slavic rites where those reforms were never in effect.

Moving on, it's done in my parish (although we rarely celebrate Polyeleos or Vigil-ranked Matins), and it should be done in others since it's appointed by the Typikon. If you want a little more commentary, although there's not much, you could read Archbishop Averky's "Liturgics" with his commentary.
Liturgy / Icon processioned to the analoi during the Polyeleos
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 10:42:07 PM »
A friend of mine asked me to open a topic in this forum questioning about the widespreadness, meaning and origin of a certain liturgical act present in some Orthodox traditions: the solemn procession of a feastal icon to a central analogion during the Polyeleos. He is refering to what they are doing in the first moments of this video:
Religious Topics / Re: Medical Marijuana?
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 10:38:10 PM »
So this thread is for you to defend your marijuana use? I think the fact that you felt compelled to do such a thing shows what the Orthodox attitude is to recreational drugs.

Recreational marijuana use is contrary to Christian conscience and is a sin. Getting a marijuana medical card does not hide an individual's malintention from God.

May I take this as a challenge?

I'll compose a list of all of the "perceived" benefits which I receive from using marijuana. The Pros and Cons. All of them.

Just a wink and a nod will do. I may have already undertaken bespoke activity. I hope you are prepared. ;)
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by HaydenTE on Yesterday at 10:34:05 PM »
Religious Topics / Re: Medical Marijuana?
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 10:15:30 PM »
I think maybe nobody wants to tackle the difficult questions, like if marijuana is an effective remedy for man's ailments, to what extent should it be sought out?

Eh. I think it's more likely a question for you yourself. How does your marijuana use affect you and your life and your relationship to others and your relationship to God? You need to find honest answers to these questions, with the help of your spiritual parent. And, yes, I do think it would profit somebody to forego recreational intoxication on fast days, replacing it with prayer.

Dear Porter,
What if my honest opinion is that all of these things are generally improved? Because that's my honest opinion. I wonder if I could get a religious expemption in my non-medical state.  :-\

I never meant to mention it, fwiw.

Also, maybe it's weird that I have a ready answer, but I do.
Religious Topics / Re: Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome
« Last post by Velsigne on Yesterday at 10:11:53 PM »
Incorporation of Rights

The First Amendment initially only applied to the federal government. The Mormons could challenge the Anti-Bigamy Act because it was an act of Congress, the only governmental body named in the First Amendment.

But following the Civil War, the 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution. Among its provisions was the due process clause: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .” Beginning in the 1920s, the Supreme Court began to interpret the due process clause as incorporating the fundamental rights of the Constitution and thus protecting individuals against the actions of state and local governments. On a case-by-case basis, the court has decided which rights are incorporated into the 14th Amendment’s due process clause. Once a fundamental right has been incorporated, it protects persons from unconstitutional laws and actions of their state and local governments and not just the federal government.
Religious Topics / Re: Fr Josiah Trenham in Tbilisi: Homofascists not Welcome
« Last post by Velsigne on Yesterday at 09:59:57 PM »
Mina, I would contend that inner intent isn't that important at this stage. I mean if someone is causing a lot of damage, the first priority is to get it shut down, intention analysis can come after if at all.

I don't disagree, and in this particular example of him in Georgia, it is something that requires a strong response from us.  But in the meantime, everything else you mentioned needs backing.  You can't convict the person unless you are able to show the damage it is causing and what exactly he is doing.
Shut it down! A strong response! Kristallnacht!

Have you even watched the video? The whole video? He used the term "homofascist" a total of one time to describe legislative efforts on the part of the gay lobby to restrict religious freedom in California and in particular, Christian schools in California.

Although so far it hasn't passed, California Senate Bill 1146 would substantially interfere with the ability of faith-based colleges and universities to teach religion, hold chapel services, and maintain separate bathrooms based on sex. The provisions of the proposed bill represent a dramatic narrowing of religious freedom in California.

He is using the term "homofascist" to describe a well-organised LGBT lobby that is fighting to promulgate that agenda that would restrict freedom of religion. His speech to the World Congress on Families was very well received; this is the second time he has been invited to speak.

Now, I know there is a considerable contingent here at that is sympathetic to the homosexual lobby and would react at any public denunciation of their agenda. Orthodox priests like Father Trenham are always going to be their bête noire because he advocates a traditional Orthodox view of sex and marriage. However he says it, they are going to fulminate against him.

I don't agree with Father Trenham on everything and I am actually fine with legalised gay marriage. But I appreciate his perspective and he is right to use the term "homofascist" in this context to describe a well-organised lobby with a radical agenda that would circumscribe freedom.

And I would hope that more level-headed posters would actually consider the context of the comments before they start breaking glass.

Thank you very much for pointing out yet another attempted encroachment on not only on our religious freedom, but on educational freedom as well. 

I posted an article sometime back about an Orthodox woman who was denied her graduate degree at the last moment because one lesbian who actively proselytized in the high school took offense when the grad student privately questioned her whether it was right to be promoting a clearly political sexual agenda in a school.  The lesbian lobbied the university, gave the woman who had always had stellar grades and reviews a fail, and demanded she be removed from the program just prior to graduation.  The grad student filed suit after investing a tremendous amount of money in her degree with a private "Christian" school who were all to happy to bend to the gay sex political agenda.     

These types of these religious bigotry cases have been tried before the Supreme Court in US history and have not been upheld, but they also had a Supreme Court of a different type of mind:

The Gay Lobby is in company with the Ku Klux Klan with the Masons who made many assaults on Catholics, but actually took over the State government in the 1920s and attempted to enact laws that banned private schools outright.  The nuns stood up to them and won:


I have no personal criticism or opinion of Fr. Josiah if that is the true topic of this thread. 

Religious Topics / Re: Medical Marijuana?
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 09:37:12 PM »
Am I having too much fun? I don't want to recuse myself, though.
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