The interview was broadcast live on February 9, 2020, on Ancient Faith Radio's Everyday Orthodox show with Elissa Bjeletich. Elissa with her wonderful conversational gift has managed to make this interview a unique experience that will stay with the listener forever!
Kievan Rus’ since the time of her reception of Christianity, has possessed a direct relationship with the Church of Antioch, and the ancient people of Syria. Yet so few realize that the very first Metropolitan of Kiev was a Syrian—and yet this is a historical fact.
Much has already been said about the unfortunate events in the Church life of the much-suffering Orthodox people in Ukraine, and it seemed that the Patriarchate of Constantinople had already exhausted all its arguments to justify the unjustifiable. However, the representatives of Constantinople are now trying to prove that the “Russians” did the same thing in the past, they say, as they, Constantinople, are doing now.
On January 21, 1059, the Patriarch of Constantinople Michael I Cerularius died. In the eleventh century, this wonderful man began the battle against the claims of Papal supremacy, which led to the Great Schism of the Churches in 1054. Today we will talk about these fateful events.
St. Seraphim! How much this name means to the Russian heart. I don’t know if you’ll find an Orthodox person in Rus’ on whom at the mere mention of this name you won’t see the furrows disappear from the brow, the bent gait straightened, and the eyes liven up with inner light and warmth. What is the secret to this all-encompassing veneration of this God-pleaser?
The schism between the Russian and Polish Churches continued for twenty-four years, ending when the Polish Church offered its repentance to the Russian Church and sought to heal the existing wound, though the Patriarchate of Constantinople continued in its errors.
Viewing the entirety of the ROCOR mission in India, we can see that the Synod took the project very seriously at every stage and demonstrated both dynamism and caution in equal measure as it sought to reunite the separated Saint Thomas Christians with the Orthodox Church.
Among the Christian saints was a man who, with the help of his personal authority, was able to create a new model of relations between Rome and Christians, which led to the collapse of pagan religion, and basically became one of the harbingers of the end of Roman civilization.
Watch it without bias. If you feel your responsibility before God, then you shouldn’t pass any judgment before you are convinced of the truth yourself and hear the voice of the Church in this case. This is something we are waiting for, too.
The story of ROCOR’s mission in India is one of frustration, missed opportunities, and unfortunate errors, as well as great piety, ascetic struggle, and witness to the Gospel precepts, with the characters that come and go ranging from great examples of faith and holiness to the shady and downright bizarre.
When speaking about the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church 800 years ago, one always has in mind that the history of events related to St. Sava is quite well known to the general public, but this time, what has particularly caught my attention is the question of how the autocephaly of the Serbian church and the surrounding events can be a paradigm of the canonicity of the acquisition of autocephaly?
On October 29, 2019, the United States House of Representatives, by a vote of 405-to-11, officially recognized the 1915 genocide perpetuated by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) against its Armenian population. In the years that followed, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians perished.