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Browsing Archive: March, 2014

Prayer is the Test of Everything....

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 30, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 


"Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong." — St. Theophan the Recluse

Perhaps the most popular and basic definition of prayer is that it is a conversation with God. While this is essentially true, Orthodox Christianity looks upon prayer as something deeper than "conver...

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BOOK REVIEW: Early Christian Doctrines

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, In : Book Reviews 
If this classic work on the formulation of basic Christian doctrines teaches its reader anything, it is that Christian men and women once worried incessantly and carefully about matters that we moderns and post-moderns too quickly dismiss as quibbles. One can consider this obsessive and even perverse, yet it stands in stark contrast to an approach to Christian theology that is perhaps best described as careless.

A read through Kelly's more than five hundred pages of classic exposition o...
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The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
 An Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A “Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches” released on March 9th stated that “the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church … will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016.” This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as far as the 1920s,...
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Pan-Orthodox Council planed for 2016

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will preside over a pan-Orthodox council in 2016, according to a statement from the patriarchate.

The decision to hold a pan-Orthodox council-- officially called the “Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church”-- was announced at the conclusion of a meeting of all the heads of the Eastern Orthodox churches. During the meeting, the leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

The Catholic Church has held 21 ecumenical ...


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Byzantine Daily Prayer Basics - How to Pray

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Daily prayer is essential to a healthy Christian life. It is not an option. Why do we pray, How do we pray, When do we pray and Where do we pray are questions we address below.

icon cornercross Why do we Pray?
Christ asks us to pray. He tells us in the Gospel of Luke, How much more will
   the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:13).
   We pray ...


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FREE FORMATION CATHOLIC CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, In : OLP Newsline 
The course is informal in the sense that it is built around ten booklets which were written   precisely as booklets rather than as course lessons.  These booklets are arranged in logical sequence so that they provide a series of readings in the basic beliefs of Catholics.  Numbered from One to Ten, the lessons are sent out in sets of two.  Each lesson comes accompanied by a Lesson Summary and Questionnaire booklet and a test sheet, which is based on the material in the corresponding le...
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