REVIEW & REFLECTION ON THE BOOK THE UNNECESSARY PASTOR: REDISCOVERING THE CALL BY JOHN G. PANAGIOTOU

OCP News Service - Book Review - 13/2/17 Buy from Amazon here: In Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson’s book The Unnecessary Pastor, we are given an insight into the plight of contemporary pastoral leadership. Originally, the title of this book was taken from a Regent College church leaders’ conference which was led by the authors. The authors ...

The Church is not a human organization

The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – 13/2/17 The Church is not a human organization, but a Divine-Human organism. It is not a human corporation, but the Divine-human Body of Christ. The source of the Church is this God Himself. It is not men’s invention, it is ...

Elder Seraphim Rose: Orthodoxy is life

The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – 13/2/17 Orthodoxy is life. If we don’t live Orthodoxy, we simply are not Orthodox, no matter what formal beliefs we might hold. The martyrs gave their blood for the truth, and you are not able to live an Orthodox life and ...

Be like a king in your heart through grace-given mourning

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The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi - The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos - 13/2/17 Be like a king in your heart, seated high in humility, and commanding laughter: Go, and it goes; and sweet weeping: Come, and it comes; and our tyrant and slave, the body: Do this, and it does it. Only the ...

ITALY IS HOME TO RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH’S FASTEST GROWING FOREIGN DIOCESE

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Pravoslavie.ru - 13/2/17 The head of the administration for Moscow Patriarchate churches abroad Bishop Anthony of Bogorodsk stated in a recent interview with TASSthat the Russian Orthodox Church has nearly 900 parishes in foreign countries, the greatest number of which are in Germany and Italy. While the number of parishes in Germany outnumbers those in Italy, “[t]he ...

Modern Slavery – A Joint Declaration by the Ecumenical Patriarch & Archbishop of Canterbury

The Ecumenical Patriarchate - February 2017 Read: COMMUNIQUÉ: Forum on Modern Slavery Held at the Phanar We, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, and Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England, co-sponsored a special international Forum on Modern Slavery titled “Sins Before Our Eyes” at the Phanar from February 6-7, 2017. The Forum, ...

Priests’ Sunday – Holy Qurobo

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 23/2/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of Priests’ Sunday at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. He was assisted by His Grace Bishop Mor Maurice Amsih, Patriarchal Delegate for the Archdiocese of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates. In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the ...

Venerable Ephraim the Syrian

Church of Serbia - 13/2/17 Saint Ephraim the Syrian, a teacher of repentance, was born at the beginning of the fourth century in the city of Nisibis (Mesopotamia) into the family of impoverished toilers of the soil. His parents raised their son in piety, but from his childhood he was known for his quick temper and ...

Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican to Work Closer on Christians’ Persecution

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Sputniknews - 13/2/17 Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Russian Orthodox Church together with the Vatican will try to institutionalize the joint work on the monitoring of the issue of Christians’ persecutions in the Middle East and other regions. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Orthodox Church plans to strengthen its cooperation with Vatican ...