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Are you going to object to this too ?  As a person who come from the Middle East where thousands are dying because of denominational nonsense, I'm tried of seeing my Christian brothers and sisters are the same too.  In case you don't know; Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians are dying in the Middle East. Not just Orthodox. Btw, the majority of Christians in Iraq are Catholics.

Every time I talk to some friends about what is happening in the Middle East, I'm reminded that Christians did the same few hundred years ago! And I expect some Christians want that to happen again.



Many Catholics do object to the Pope receiving a blessing from a "schismatic," or anyone, for that matter. In the case of His All-Holiness, though, the Catholic Church recognizes the validity of his Holy Orders, whereas this is not the case with Anglican prelates, so it's a different situation. The Patriarch of Constantinople possesses the episcopate, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury does not.

If the Vatican gave its approval, that is scandalous - we may live in a more ecumenical age, but Luther was a heretic by any reasonable Catholic measure. Of course, it is likely that they were not involved at all. However, I will be shocked if there isn't some Catholic representation when the project is completed and dedicated!
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Faith Issues / Re: The Son of Man and the Holy Spirit
« Last post by Maria on Yesterday at 07:47:53 PM »
Subscribing
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Oriental Orthodox Picture of the Day
« Last post by CopticDeacon on Yesterday at 07:36:31 PM »
From the Oriental Orthodox Con-celebration Liturgy (Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, Ethiopian & Eritrean) held on 29 Aug 2015 in Cairo.









Beautiful!  Is there an album somewhere where we can view more?

Facebook page called "Oriental Orthodoxy"

https://m.facebook.com/OrientalOrthodoxy
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Faith Issues / Re: The Son of Man and the Holy Spirit
« Last post by Antonious Nikolas on Yesterday at 07:34:40 PM »
Hi all,
If Jesus is equal to the Holy Spirit then why a word against Him will be forgiven but against the Holy Spirit will not be?

"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."Luke 12:10

Thank you.

You have to understand what "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" means.  It doesn't mean cursing or speaking against the Third Person of the Holy Trinity or speaking His name in vain.  It means rejecting His work in your life until the very end, rejecting God's reaching out to you.

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So then, why was one sin declared unforgivable?  And what is this sin?  The context of Christ’s declaration reveals it:  the sin against the Holy Spirit is the sin of rejecting Christ as a blaspheming deceiver.  The Pharisees saw Christ’s miracles and His spectacular exorcisms.  They could not deny the reality of the exorcisms; they just said that He could only do such things because He was in league with Satan.  “It is only by Beel-zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons” (Matthew 12:24).  (Note in passing their malevolence and hatred of Jesus:  they cannot even bring themselves to say His Name.  He is “this man”.)  This is not just slander against Jesus, but against the Spirit of God Himself, for it declares the Holy Spirit through which Jesus cast out demons (Matthew 12:28) was an unclean spirit.  Our Lord’s foes were in fact setting themselves against all that God was doing, rejecting His coming Kingdom as a deception and a fraud.  That Kingdom was the only place where grace and forgiveness flowed into the world, so that by continuing to reject the Kingdom, they rejected with it the only source of forgiveness.  Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was not unforgiveable in the sense that God refused to forgive those who repented of it, but because in persisting in this sin they cut themselves off from the possibility of forgiveness.

http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/what-is-the-unforgivable-sin
You are saying that rejecting the Holy Spirit,not saying profanity, is an unforgivable blasphemy? Should the same not be said about Jesus, i.e. if someone rejects Jesus he would reject the Holy Spirit because they are One and the same, especially Jesus is the way to Father! So, why there is a distinction between them?

Andrew, please re-read my post again, inclusive of the bit I quoted from the OCA website.  I believe it answers your question.  As both Mor and I have pointed out to you, it is never wise to contemplate isolated verses from the Scripture outside of their proper contexts.  The Bible is a cohesive whole, not a collection of maxims or mantras.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Oriental Orthodox Picture of the Day
« Last post by CopticDeacon on Yesterday at 07:34:33 PM »
The Copts and Armenians in Cyprus recently had a nice liturgy together.   :)

https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianPrelatureOfCyprus/posts/372922156231066







REALLY digging the Armenian priest's vestments and the Coptic Bishop's epitrachelion.
That epitrachelion is a pretty standard Greek priest's epitrachelion.

Is it funny or sad that I know that haha
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The historic church reopened its doors after extensive renovations and has since been attracting numerous visitors and locals, who hasten to tie pieces of cloth to the branches of the myrtle tree to make their wishes to the Saint.

We must pray to St. Voukolos that the poor myrtle tree does not suffocate.
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Board News / Re: Rules = so confusing
« Last post by TheTrisagion on Yesterday at 07:32:03 PM »
I will only speak to my own posting habits, but I don't pay much attention to what forum something is in. I just try to not be a jerk unless I am in politics in which case I do act like a jerk. I'm pretty sure 95% of my posts are off topic, but until I get green words pointed in my direction, I don't worry too much about it.
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Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Oriental Orthodox Picture of the Day
« Last post by Antonis on Yesterday at 07:27:24 PM »
The Copts and Armenians in Cyprus recently had a nice liturgy together.   :)

https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianPrelatureOfCyprus/posts/372922156231066







REALLY digging the Armenian priest's vestments and the Coptic Bishop's epitrachelion.
That epitrachelion is a pretty standard Greek priest's epitrachelion.
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If there are people close enough to you that they are aware of your struggle, I would just tell them face to face. Otherwise, people can find out when they find out. There is no point in making a big production out of it.

If people had the courage and the humility to be open with their friends as soon as they felt the waters of faith draining out of them, or if they had the humility to seek private help from a priest, then perhaps the issue would not become an uncontrollable flood leading to a loss of faith.

Yes, it takes humility, and I just wish that you, Michael, had approached Mina earlier.

All we can do now is pray for you, but you can still pray and beg God to enliven your faith. Turn on some chant, look at the beautiful sunset, listen to the birds singing outside, go to the beach and listen to the waves, go out to the desert and witness the beautiful heavens and the stars at night far away from the maddening crowds of people and the city lights. But you must do something.

Fall down and beg God to heal you. I have done that and God has answered me. When I feel distant, then I seek help from my confessor, and also beg prayers from my friends. Isn't this what friends are for?
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From the Oriental Orthodox Con-celebration Liturgy (Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, Ethiopian & Eritrean) held on 29 Aug 2015 in Cairo.









Beautiful!  Is there an album somewhere where we can view more?
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