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Other Topics / Re: All Things Cats
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 02:29:25 PM »
Cats are predators, so they act according to their nature. Feeding them doesn't curb their need to hunt, they just don't need to eat their prey.

If there are mice, lizards or other ground vermin around, cats are more likely to go for them, as they're easier, but their fascination with birds never wanes.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Ethiopian/Eritrean Church relations
« Last post by Jackson02 on Yesterday at 02:25:16 PM »
I was surprised to read that only 43.5% of the population of Ethiopia is Ethiopian Orthodox.  What is the attitude of the current government towards the Ethiopian Orthodox Church?  For example is the government  positive or neutral towards the church?

I'd say for the most part it's neutral. Though the Government did intervene when Abune Takla was elevated as Patriarch.
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Other Topics / Re: All Things Cats
« Last post by Orthodox_Slav on Yesterday at 02:15:51 PM »
In the US at least cats are a leading cause of deaths for backyard birds so your dad isn’t wrong.

its the same in the UK
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this does seem to be a confusing situation to be in!
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Religious Topics / Re: Abba Heraclius and black demon
« Last post by Orthodox_Slav on Yesterday at 02:13:33 PM »
well in orthodox icons the demons are depicted as pitch black with big lips and small eyes which tends to cause controversy in the west because it looks like a stereotypical black man!
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Liturgy / Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Last post by hecma925 on Yesterday at 02:11:32 PM »
Could Vatican II be considered a liturgical mishap story?

Not if it's what they wanted.
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Religious Topics / Re: Abba Heraclius and black demon
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 02:11:05 PM »
Fwiw here's the Benedicta Ward English translation from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (p. 72):

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A brother who was attacked by the devil unburdened himself to Abba Heraclides. He told him the following in order to comfort him: 'An old man had a disciple who for many years had obeyed him in everything. Now one day when he was attacked by the devil, he made a prostration before the old man, saying, "Let me become a monk on my own." The old man replied, "Survey the district and we will build a cell for you." So they found a place a mile away. They went there and built the cell. The old man said to the brother, "What I tell you to do, do it. Each time you are afflicted, eat, drink, sleep; only do not come out of your cell until Saturday; then come to see me." The brother spent two days according to these orders, but the third day, a prey to accidie, he said to himself, "Why did the old man arrange that for me?" Standing up, he sang many psalms, and after sunset he ate, then went to lie down on his mat to sleep. But he saw an Ethiopian lying there who gnashed his teeth at him. Driven by great fear, he ran to the old man, knocked on his door and said, "Abba, have pity on me, open the door." The old man, seeing he had not obeyed his instructions did not open it till morning, very early; then he opened it, and found him outside imploring him to help him. Then, full of pity, he made him come inside. The other said, "Father, I need you; on my bed I saw a black Ethiopian, as I was going to sleep." The old man replied, "You suffered that because you did not keep to my instructions." Then, according to his capacity, he taught him the discipline of the solitary life, and in a short time he became a good monk.'
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Other Topics / Re: Random Postings
« Last post by Dominika on Yesterday at 02:00:41 PM »

And apparently back in the days it was also very potent time to perform various small rituals for young women to see their future spouse. A lot more convenient really than Tinder other modern means.
Here too.

How were they in Poland? Up here they usually involve sauna, nature or Midsummer Fire. Like as many times cuckoo sings as many years will go until until you meet your spouse or to which direction the Midsummer Fire will collapse from that direction your spouse will come.
We call it "Noc Świętojańska" ("Night of st. John") or "Wianki" ("Wreaths"), as one of the main points is to put wreaths with candles inside by virgins waiting for getting married on water (usually a nearby river) at night. If the wreath goes far, there is a hope for the girl who put it on water. Another versio of this ritual is that boys are waiting on the anotehr bank of the river and are trying to catch the wreaths and then identify the owner of the wreath - it used to be a way to get enganged.
There are also other names like "Sobótka" ("little Saturday", or maybe, a vigil"), "Kupała" (maybe that comes from taking a bath - probably because it was the first day, or actually ngiht, when taking a bath in a river/lake/sea was allowed, actually it was for practical reasons ;) ).

Nowadays oficial parties by cities are organised with some concerts, e.g in Warsaw:
http://wawawianki.pl/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/WiankiWarszawa/photos/?tab=albums

this sounds a bit pagan!

Beacuse it has pagan roots. Don't know about Russia, but in Serbia for this feast there are also wreaths, that may be blessed in church. Church - as with many other feasts and tradition - was wise to not fight with that, but to christianise it.

remember the Baltic crusades? thousands of Eastern European Christians both Catholics and Orthodox brutally slew all the pagans. until recently there were  no pagans in Russia now we have the Rodnovery or Slavic native faith in Russia you can look it up if you wish!

I mean that Church has adopted various pagan traditions and give them Christian sense.
As I said, the wreaths are blessed by the Serbian Orthodox Church, they're called ivanjski venčići (Little wreaths of st. John).

THere is also blessing of herbs for the Dormition feast, in Serbia and Poland. There is blessing of basil for the Exaltation of the Cross feast in Greek traditions.
Blessing koliva for the departed has also Pagan roots. And so on.
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Other Topics / Re: Random Postings
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 01:51:41 PM »
Hot take of the day: I don't care about kids reading Harry Potter or playing DnD, but anyone who lets their kids watch Tana Mongeau on youtube is a bad parent. Fact.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Ethiopian/Eritrean Church relations
« Last post by IreneOlinyk on Yesterday at 01:43:20 PM »
I was surprised to read that only 43.5% of the population of Ethiopia is Ethiopian Orthodox.  What is the attitude of the current government towards the Ethiopian Orthodox Church?  For example is the government  positive or neutral towards the church?
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