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 on: Today at 12:02:34 AM 
Started by Vlad - Last post by Nephi
I'm going to steal that diorama. Just FYI.

You can try, but it would probably be easier and friendlier to just buy one on Ebay.  Wink A couple: here, and here.

Although no matter how much I look I can't find one that corresponds to mine directly. The text at the bottom saying "Thy Kingdom Come" and "100 Days Indulgence" is different on others, as well as the background picture and the various pieces. The others tend to look like the two I linked above, with much smaller variations like colors etc. And in case anyone is interested, these shadowboxes were originally made to honor Pope Piux IX's 50th anniversary in 1877 since his ordination (as a bishop, I believe).

A couple years later and I still can't believe I picked this up at a flea market for less than $20.

 on: Today at 12:00:39 AM 
Started by lovesupreme - Last post by dzheremi
I just tell anyone who asks that I'm Orthodox. I don't have to explain anything about Egypt, since I'm not Egyptian. Wink

But no, not a lot of people know about the Coptic Orthodox Church. Ditto the Syriac Orthodox Church, which is the other church in our communion which is not referencing an existing country. (And in fact they changed their official name in English a few years ago specifically to disassociate from the modern country of Syria.)

And Nephi, you are absolutely right regarding Catholics. Having been one before converting to Orthodoxy, I can say at least in my own experience that it is super-tiring to have to listen to my former co-religionists (co-confessionalists?) blather on about the Catholics in every country you might mention, even though they've asked you about your own church, not their Catholic knock-off churches. "Oh, you're Coptic Orthodox?" "Yes." "Did you know there are also Coptic Catholics?" "Yes." "So...are you like Coptic Catholics? What do you think about the Coptic Catholic patriarch (who I can't name)? What do you think about the Pope? ... What do you mean 'Roman' Pope? There's another one? Well that's wrong...quit trying to legitimize your tiny church nobody's ever heard of by saying you have the Pope. That's offensive. Only we have the Pope. [...] So, how soon do you think you'll reunite with us? I think it will be really, really soon."

Sometimes there are worse things than being relatively unknown.

 on: Yesterday at 11:59:55 PM 
Started by EY - Last post by rakovsky
Hello everyone,

I was recently informed by a Roman Catholic apologist that he did not become Eastern Orthodox in his conversion to Christianity because, historically, the conditions for the ecumenicity of a Council were already traditionally established, and since the Council of Florence met this criterion, the Eastern Orthodox had no consistency in turning their backs on it, and this pretty much sealed the deal for him.

Could anyone offer a response, or provide a source to this seeming issue? Thanks
It wasn't ecumenical because it didn't represent the people's wishes in the Orthodox church, nor many of their church leaders'. It was extremely unpopular.

For a Council to be Ecumenical, it has to represent a general consensus of the church leaders, like the council of Nicea did.

It sounds to me like the person wanted to look for an easy way to dismiss Orthodoxy. There are other issues more important than Florence.

 on: Yesterday at 11:59:52 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by Justin Kissel

QFT. (Quoted here rather than there because I didn't want to go off topic. I never go off topic. Ever.  Grin)

 on: Yesterday at 11:58:39 PM 
Started by Jonathan Gress - Last post by TheTrisagion
I always tape my encounters and send them to Mt. Athos for proper vetting.  You can never be too careful about falling into unintentional wickedness.

 on: Yesterday at 11:57:57 PM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by Altar Server
Lord, Have Mercy!

 on: Yesterday at 11:53:11 PM 
Started by quietmorning - Last post by yeshuaisiam
This thread is great.  Prayer is such a wonderful thing to do, and do frequently.   For me it brings me a closer feeling to God and less of a feeling of "it's all on my shoulders".  It helps my faith in God as well.

 on: Yesterday at 11:51:53 PM 
Started by Anastasios - Last post by Anastasios

 on: Yesterday at 11:50:30 PM 
Started by Misplaced Book - Last post by lovesupreme
I love how the author is going against forums...on a blog post. At least with forums, if you say something dumb, 10 people are going to argue with you. On a blog,  you can delete the comments that aren't supportive, if you are so inclined Wink

I am thinking about writing a response to this essay/post...

I too noticed the irony.

 on: Yesterday at 11:50:16 PM 
Started by Vlad - Last post by kelly
I'm going to steal that diorama. Just FYI.

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