Patriarchs H H Karekin II & HB John X elected as new WCC presidents

4/11/13 Ecumenical News Busan: Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians & H.B. John X is Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches elected eight new presidents today during a closed session at its proceedings in Busan, Republic of Korea. According ...

What’s In Elder Paisios’ Lucky Bread?

Christina Flora - 21/8/13 Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, a well-known Eastern Orthodox monk from Farasa, Cappadocia, had made a recipe for Lucky Bread and a disputed recipe is said to be going around. The recipe is supposed to bring luck to whoever uses it to make the bread but a number of variations are being spread so ...

Eastern Orthodox Christians practice ancient faith

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com - 9/8/13 TYLER — Ask most East Texans about the major divisions of Christianity and their response will probably mention only two of the three: Roman Catholics and Protestants. The third branch of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, is relatively unknown in most of the southern United States, but that’s beginning to change. The Rev. John Mikita, pastor ...

Delegations of Eastern Orthodox Churches arriving in Moscow for 1,025 years since baptizing of Kievan Rus

23/7/13 Delegations of the Eastern Orthodox Churches of Jerusalem, Antioch, Romania, and Cyprus arrive in Moscow later Monday to take part in the festivities marking the 1,025 years since the adoption of Eastern Orthodox Christian faith by Kievan Rus. The Jerusalem and Cyprian delegations are led by the supreme hierarchs of these Churches - Patriarch Theophilos III ...

Same-sex marriage not condoned by Eastern Orthodox Church: Messages of Faith

  Plain Dealer guest columnist 21/6/13 Over the last few years I have been asked many times about same-sex marriage. Especially in the last few months, as this issue has become so big, the question repeatedly comes: "What does the Eastern Orthodox Church say about this matter?" Some denominations will now perform such ceremonies. Within some denominations, some pastors ...

An orthodox view: A closer look at the Eastern Orthodox church in Normal

 By Kenneth Lowe klowe@pantagraph.com - 19/5/13 NORMAL — Ginny Bartges kissed one of the many holy icons at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church as she entered the chapel. Such prevalent icons are just one of the characteristics that distinguish the Orthodox church, which has had a building in Normal, at 1670 W. Hovey Ave., for a decade. Though many in ...

P.A. Slams Israeli Attack On Worshipers Marking Eastern Orthodox Easter

7/5/13 The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israeli military and police attacks against Palestinian Christians, diplomats, priests and visitors, celebrating the eastern Holy Fire Saturday, before Easter this past Saturday. The Ministry said that Israeli soldiers and policemen verbally and physically attacked dozens of worshipers and families, and prevented them from participating in ...

Canons and Guns: An Eastern Orthodox Response to a HuffPo Writer

  REV. GREGORY JENSEN - 31/1/13 Several of my friends on Facebook pages posted a link to David Dunn’s Huffington Postessay on gun control (An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons). As Dylan Pahman posted earlier today, Dunn, an Eastern Orthodox Christian, is to be commended for bringing the tradition of the Orthodox Church into conversation with contemporary issues ...

An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons

29/1/13 An Orthodox Christian and independent scholar, writing on public and political theology NRA president, Wayne LaPierre says that instead of banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, we need to do something about violent movies and video games. He is technically correct that the cause of gun violence is not the gun. It's the violence, but sometimes ...

Syrian rebels threaten Christian towns

Michael Collins -22/12/12 "What happens when they start killing Christians?"Michael Collins 8/27 Rebels have threatened to storm two predominantly Christian towns in central  Syria, saying regime forces are using them to attack nearby areas, an  activist group said Saturday. It says such an attack could force  thousands of Christians from their homes. (Image: White House Web Page, ...

Eastern Orthodox Lose Two Evangelical Bridges

Weston Gentry 28/8/2012 Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah follows death of Peter Gillquist. Metropolitan Jonah, by most accounts the highest-ranking, evangelical-friendly archpriest in North America's Eastern Orthodox Church, resigned under duress in July. His removal has observers less concerned about his leadership shortcomings, which allegedly led to his removal, than about the widening gap between conservatives and the Orthodox ...

(R)evolution in Literature: Kyriacos Markides and the Hieros Gamos

Lisa Paul Streitfeld Art critic, curator and New Media artist 17/7/2012 While the Cypriot monastery has no apparent connection to Mesopotamia, where the icon of the hieros games (sacred marriage) was born, Markides' new release on his trilogy on the Eastern Orthodox faith takes the reader into its rebirth as a 21st century archetype through a spiritual pilgrimage ...

Maloney Meets With Patriarch Bartholomew I

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney met last week with His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.

6/6/2012 Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, met last week with His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, a major leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith who serves as Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, as she was attending an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey jointly hosted by ...

Eastern Orthodox Christians in Gaza Prepare for Holy Week

8/4/2012 On Friday I went with a friend to the Eastern Orthodox Church in the Old City of Gaza, to help make palm crosses for Palm Sunday which, for them, is tomorrow. The place was a hive of activity, with many young people busily making crosses and other decorations from palm fronds, under the tutelage ...

Most Americans believe in resurrection of Christ, polls show

8/4/2012 Nearly a third of humanity is celebrating the central tenet of the Christian faith this Easter season: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Polls suggest Americans' belief that Christ was physically raised from the dead has slipped somewhat in recent years but remains strong. A 2010 Rasmussen Reports survey found that 78 percent of Americans believe ...

Outremont bans annual Eastern Orthodox parade

Michael Metni and his St. Nicholas church will be forced to suspend its longstanding parade tradition next week, following a ruling that sprouted from a dispute between the borough of Outremont and the local Hasidic community.

7/4/2012 MONTREAL — Eastern Orthodox worshipers celebrate their holiest days of the year next week but parishioners at one Russian Orthodox Church in Outremont won't be allowed to hold their procession planned for next Saturday night. That's because the borough of Outremont has banned parades and processions, including those for Eastern Orthodox Easter. The ban resulted after strained ...

Easter around the world

2/4/2012 At this time of year it is fascinating to observe how different countries embrace different Easter celebrations. Kathryn Borg writes. Easter in Russia: Easter in Russia is celebrated according to the rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Apart from rites and rituals, the difference between Western Christians (Roman Catholics and Protestants) and Eastern Orthodox Christians is ...

Eastern Orthodox members trying to grow in Jacksonville

Peyton Tosh reads aloud during a Vespers service for the Jacksonville Eastern Orthodox Church with her brother Gabriel and sister Lydia in the chapel at Grace United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. The Eastern Orthodox church is trying to build a larger community in Jacksonville.

By STEVEN SPEARIE The State Journal-Register 25/2/2012 JACKSONVILLE — For Karen Woods of Jacksonville, attending Divine Liturgy, the primary worship service in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, has meant making a 90-minute trek one way to Quincy’s St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission Church each Sunday. Woods, a convert to Orthodoxy along with her husband, Martin, and son, Andrew, 18, ...

The Meaning of Hanukkah

By JON D. LEVENSON 15/12/2011 A celebration of religious freedom, the holiday fits well with the American political tradition. The eight-day festival of Hanukkah, which Jews world-wide will begin celebrating Tuesday night, is one of the better known of the Jewish holidays but also one of the less important. The emphasis placed on it now is mostly due to ...

Top Bulgarian Landmark Honors Patron Saint

23/11/2011 The world-famous St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is the landmark not only of Sofia but of all of Bulgaria, is marking Wednesday the day of its patron – the Pious Prince St. Alexander Nevsky. The temple is the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral on the Balkan peninsula. It holds, according to estimates, anywhere between 5 000 and ...

Bulgaria’s Top Landmark ‘St. Alexander Nevsky’ Falling Apart, Without Owner

18/11/2011 The world-famous St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is the landmark not only of Sofia but of all of Bulgaria, has got no owner to take care of it. The largest Bulgarian Orthodox and one of the largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals in the world is without a title deed, and at the same time is in a ...