"So, celebrating the Divine Liturgy at the Psychoneurological Home and taking care of the handicapped children fills your heart with an abundant grace of God that can otherwise only be acquired through pilgrimages to holy places, or the conversations with holy elders.”
The 7th of September will go down in history as a lamentable date. On this day, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew proclaimed and signaled a schism in Universal Orthodoxy, along the liberal and conservative lines. And he is officially headed in a liberal direction.
We have made this statement today in the hope that they will reconsider their decision, that no exarchs will go to Kiev. However, in the event that the decision is not reconsidered, we will be forced to think of retaliatory measures. At the moment, such measures are being discussed by our Holy Synod.
How can you find God if you can’t see and hear anything? True, even sighted people never saw God and hearing people never heard Him. Yet all of them see the beauty of His creation and hear its sounds, and it seems that it is easier for them to believe that all of this was created by God…
Christ tells the Pharisees and Sadducees who came to Him, “Ye can discern the face of the sky,” that is, tell what the weather will be; “but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” In other words, He’s telling them that this has nothing to do with science, or with knowing our place in the world, or anything of the sort.
During his five day visit, Jackson spent most of his time at the Vatopedi Monastery in the Monks Republic Mount Athos to honour the Dormition of the Virgin Mary but also visited the Xenophontos and Simonopetra Monasteries.
All of the women I know personally who veil themselves in church do not intend thereby to make a statement about women like Kelaidis’ grandmother, one way or the other. They are grateful, I suspect, to have the choice about whether or not to veil themselves, and they make their choice.
The 1030th anniversary celebration of the Baptism of Rus’ revealed new tendencies in the church life of Ukraine, made manifest in the hidden attitudes of society towards the church. What were the spiritual results of this anniversary? Has the danger of the non-canonical legalization of the schism ceased? What is the spiritual status of the Ukrainian flock? When will peace finally come to Ukraine?
The History of the Russian Church, as well as that of the Kievan Metropolis, separated between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, can be characterized mainly in the light of: a) The weakness at the center of the Patriarchate of Constantinople; and b) The strong influence of Catholicism on the Ukrainian lands controlled by Poland.