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Other Topics / Re: Birthdays
« Last post by LizaSymonenko on Yesterday at 09:18:20 PM »

You humble me.

I love you all more than you realize.

May God bless you, and take care of you....and grant YOU ALL peaceful, happy and healthy lives!

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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Question about Armenian traditions
« Last post by minasoliman on Yesterday at 09:12:26 PM »
Alright, I'm confused.

A common occurrence when certain posters like to interject

Better an honest confusion than a misplaced certainty.

Don't kid yourself.  Fr. Thomas Hopko at least makes a lot more sense than you do, and does not like to just say things to stir the pot.

I find that a little pot stirring often keeps people honest.
but is it done to keep people honest or just to enjoy the stir?  That's rhetorical.
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Religious Topics / Re: Women’s Headcoverings
« Last post by Alxandra on Yesterday at 09:10:10 PM »

I think dress codes that go beyond basic modesty are kind of silly in this day and age. Is there really any developed, nominally Christian culture left on earth that honestly thinks a woman is naked or a whore because you can see her hair (besides, apparently, backwoods Romania based on some of the anecdotes in this thread)? I would hate to force this stumbling block on a woman for no good reason.

"As to the fatalism of those who believe that man must be a slave to the "spirit of the age " ,it is disproved by the experience of every christian worthy of the name - for the christian life is nothing if it is not a struggle against the spirit of every age for the sake of eternity "  Fr. seraphim Rose

I think modesty and head coverings have a larger importance and meaning than we realize because we are unfortunately influenced by this age. As I said previously, it reflects an attitude of the heart and this effects a women's family and children. Small traditions are important even if we can't see why :)
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Some Catholic apologists say that if the Pope was just the first among equals, not universal jurisdiction, then why didn't the Church ask the apostle John, who lived much closer to Corinth (on a deserted Greek island, because of banishment) to settle the issue of unjust removal of presbyters in Corinth? After all, John was an apostle, so by non-RCC standards, he would have had greater authority than Clement had. Why did they have to go all the way to Rome and ask Clement?

Is there any weight to this argument? I read 1 Clement myself, and personally, I don't see any indication of Papal Supremacy in the text. I think it's also reasonable to assume that the Corinthians may have lost contact with John at the time, because of his banishment.
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Liturgy / Re: Links for Slavonic Music
« Last post by Pellegrino on Yesterday at 09:06:47 PM »
Valaam Chant, "Rejoice Thou Bride Unwedded" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6EurgsdeF8

This is so beautiful it could move you to tears.  We sang this last night in English for Annunciation, but we were not in the same league as these Russian monks from Valaam monastery.  There is a strong connection from Valaam to America via St. Herman and the First Mission to Alaska, so thank you so much, Valaam.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Question about Armenian traditions
« Last post by Volnutt on Yesterday at 09:00:21 PM »
Alright, I'm confused.

A common occurrence when certain posters like to interject

Better an honest confusion than a misplaced certainty.

Don't kid yourself.  Fr. Thomas Hopko at least makes a lot more sense than you do, and does not like to just say things to stir the pot.

I find that a little pot stirring often keeps people honest.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Question about Armenian traditions
« Last post by Volnutt on Yesterday at 08:58:42 PM »
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK, a book on ritual, says that the lamb is given a handful of salt blessed by the priest  to eat to "cleanse" it and bring it to "perfection".

Well, of course in a purely physical sense, such a handful of salt does not make an animal physically "pure". It is only "pure" in some ritual, metaphysical sense, like the lamb for Yom Kippur had to be "without blemish". So again this goes back to the ancient Mosaic concept of ritual cleanliness of animal sacrifices.

So when a chef says something along the lines of, "and now we add just a dash of pepper to make everything perfect," you think he's saying that the meat is now immaculate and free of all possible contaminants?

That's like saying that praying for those travelling during the litany makes it physically impossible for them to them to have an accident. Forgive me, but I think that you're being far too literal and maybe even lapsing into superstition.
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Christian News / Re: Falling Asleep of HH Mar Dinkha IV
« Last post by Jeffrey on Yesterday at 08:50:49 PM »
Memory Eternal to a pious and traditional Christian man and hierarch, very much loved of his people.
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Religious Topics / Re: Women’s Headcoverings
« Last post by Volnutt on Yesterday at 08:47:15 PM »
Did you miss anyone what? I'm in favor of women being able to choose to wear one or not, I did not mean to give the opposite impression.

I think dress codes that go beyond basic modesty are kind of silly in this day and age. Is there really any developed, nominally Christian culture left on earth that honestly thinks a woman is naked or a whore because you can see her hair (besides, apparently, backwoods Romania based on some of the anecdotes in this thread)? I would hate to force this stumbling block on a woman for no good reason.
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Christian News / Re: Falling Asleep of HH Mar Dinkha IV
« Last post by Antonious Nikolas on Yesterday at 08:44:59 PM »
May the Lord repose him.

May the Lord repose his soul. May God give the Assyrian Church a good shepherd that would help further the cause for discussions between our churches.

Amen and amen.
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