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|June 21/July 4, Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia|
Dear Friends of the OCIC,
Today I posted the following articles to the site. I ask for your prayers!
- On the Deadening of the Human Spirit: A Sermon on the Sunday of the Myrhh-Bearing Women, by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov.
- Excerpts from Elder Gervasios (Paraskevopoulos) of Patras, by Hierodeacon Cyril (Kostopoulos). The exemplary life and pastoral work of a parish Priest of our times.
- A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church, from the 2003 St. Herman Calendar.
- O Lord, I Have Loved The Beauty of Thy House: How We Should Conduct Ourselves in Church.
- Chapter One from A Tiny Step Away from Deepest Faith, by Marjorie Corbman. The author, a teenager, is a very thoughtful writer with a capability beyond her years. This profound little book describes her search for meaning, which ended with her reception into the Orthodox Church.
- Godparenting 101, from the parish newsletter of St. George Orthodox Church in Eugene, OR.
- We Were Guests at St. Seraphim's. An account of a pilgrimage to Sarov and Diveyevo, by Dr. A. P. Timofievich.
- The Da Vinci Code: Resources for a Proper Understanding.
- You may have noticed the improved "Related Articles" panel when viewing articles. To improve site performance I now pull in the top five Google search results after the page loads. For my fellow geeks out there, this is my attempt to use some of that nifty AJAX technology that is sweeping the Web (though I didn't use the ASP.NET 2.0 "Atlas Framework"—I wanted to roll my own).
|Dear Friends of the OCIC,|
Today I posted a number of articles on Islam, including two chapters from Serge Trifkovic's new book Defeating Jihad. I think this is the best book on Islam to date. Every adult should read this book in order to understand the threat of Islam per se, not just "radical Islam" (as opposed to the mythical "peace-loving nature of 'true' Islam").
Dr. Trifkovic, a courageous Serbian Orthodox Christian, is a leading authority on Islam. This is the sequel to his first book on Islam, Sword of the Prophet, also published by Regina Orthodox Press.
Pray for Dr. Trifkovic and his publisher, Frank Schaeffer, who could be putting their lives at risk for daring to tell the truth about Islam.In Christ,
Patrick Barnes (patrick@...)
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- Jihad: Chapter 3 from Defeating Jihad, by Serge Trifkovic.
- London's Bombs and Sleepwalkers: Chapter 8 from Defeating Jihad, by Serge Trifkovic.
- Islam and Women: The Christian Science Monitor's Distortion and the Reality, by Srdja (Serge) Trifkovic. This article mentions an important Islamic practice called taqiyya. As Dr. Trifkovic notes on p. 288 in Defeating Jihad, "Islam not only allows, but mandates lying to "infidels" in order to gain political or any other advantage (i.e. Taqiyya,the concealment of one's Islamic beliefs to non-Muslims)." In other words, you should seriously doubt anything a Muslim says about his beliefs if they run contrary to what you know is clearly taught in the Koran. This is something that the pro-Islam elites of our day do not understand or are not willing to admit. They swallow the "Islam is a peaceful religion" rhetoric, and have the resources and clout to foist this view on the masses who are still largely ignorant of the Islamic threat.
- Jihad's Fellow Travelers, by Serge Trifkovic.
- Can a Pious Muslim Become a Loyal American?, by Serge Trifkovic.
December 21/January 3, Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Virgin Martyr Juliana of Nicomedia, and with her 500 men and 130 women.Dear Friends of the OCIC,
Fathers, bless. Warm Nativity greetings to all. I won't attempt a dual-calendar greeting : ). Instead, I pray that the new year for everyone abounds in God's mercy and blessings.
Below you will find today's additions.
Please pray for me, a sinner.
- Frequent Reception of the Holy Mysteries is Beneficial and Salvific: An Excerpt from Concerning Frequent Communion, by Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite.
- Explanation of the Lord's Prayer: An Excerpt from Concerning Frequent Communion, by Saint Nikodemos the Hagiorite.
- Concerning Mortal Sins, Pardonable Sins, and Sins of Omission. Part I, Chapter 3 from the Exomologetarion: A Manual of Confession.
- The Da Vinci Code: Religious Relativism as Pulp Fiction, by Rassaphore-monk Serge (Nedelsky). From Orthodox Life.
- Podvig. From The Veil, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer, 2005).
- "All I Can Do Is Pray". From The Veil, Vol. 13, No. 1.
- I Never Learned that in Catechism! From The Veil (Dormition Fast, 2006).
- Establishing Good Habits. From an anonymous source.
- Suggested Reading for Those Confused by the Pope's Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate: The "False Union with Rome" page has been updated after the Pope's recent visit with the Ecumenical Patriarch,
who, in his homily during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St.
Andrew, called the Pope "His Holiness our brother and bishop of the
elder Rome." Many other egregious and un-Orthodox statements were made
during this infamous visit. Judge for yourself by comparing Orthodox writings on Roman Catholicism with the documents from that visit, which are available on the official Web site of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
If you think their meeting was one that follows in the steps of the
Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, please, before deciding
conclusively, read traditional Orthodox writings concerning Rome.
Decide with intellectual and spiritual integrity. These are momentous
- Britain's Oldest Christian Bookshops Remove Koran from Shelves. From Christianity Today.
Mark Brewer, the Texan lawyer and courageous Orthodox Christian
mentioned in this news article, has asked for support in his stance
viz-a-viz the Koran and the SPCK bookstores. Please pray for him: blogs
have mentioned fatwahs being called for on him and SPCK shop managers;
but in general he just needs prayers for guidance and strength in the
work he has been undertaking. Also, please send him words of
encouragement and, if possible, donations to the Orthodox Church
Mission Fund of Houston. His email address is: Brewer [at] bplaw [dot]
- Islamic Settlement Next to an Orthodox Convent Seeks Expansion.
Please pray for Abbess Markella and the nuns at the Holy Monastery of
the Theotokos, the Live-Giving Spring, in Dunlap, CA, which is one of Elder Ephraim's convents in North America.
- Wanted—Volunteers to type and/or scan troparia from the HTM Menaion:
A composer of Byzantine music has received permission from the Holy
Transfiguration Monastery to set to music all the apolytikia, idiomela
and doxastica in their 12-volume Menaion. In order to finish this large
project faster, he is looking for volunteer(s) who could either type or
scan these troparia. There are between 50 and 100 such troparia in each
of the twelve months.
Scanning would involve using an
optical character recognition (OCR) program to convert the image
resulting from the scan into text*. If you are interested in helping
out with this project, please contact Alexandros Andreou at:
aalexandros [at] fastmail [dot] fm
(*Excellent free scanning software is included with later versions
of Microsoft Office (it's called Microsoft Office Document Scanning,
located in the Microsoft Office >> Microsoft Tools group in your
PCs start menu), but you can use any OCR software.)
Posted on January 25/February 7, St. Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople
- AnOpen Letter to the Holy Abbots and the Holy Representatives of theSacred Twenty Monasteries in the Holy Community of the Holy Mount Athos. The So-Called "Kelliotes Letter" (December, 2006).
- The Missionary Origins of Modern Ecumenism:Milestones Leading up to 1920, by Fr. Peter Heers. A talk delivered atthe September, 2004 conference "Ecumenism: Origins, Expectations,Disenchantment", sponsored by the School of Pastoral Theology, TheAristotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Concerning the Intercommunion that Took Place in Ravenna, 2002:An Article and Exchange of Letters. This is a bit dated, but most ofthis has not been posted in English, and thus will be new to manypeople. It is definitely relevant to 2007, especially in light of thePope's visit to the Phanar last year.
|Posted today, June 5/18 (Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre): I apologize that it has been so long since the last update. There is much more to come in the near future! |
Asking for your prayers,
August 28/September 10, St. Moses the Black of Scete.
- Obscuring the Issue: Chapter 1 from Religion of Peace?: Islam's War Against the World,
by Gregory Davis. I recently met Dr. Davis at the pilgrimage for the
25th anniversary of the repose of Blessed Fr. Seraphim of Platina. It
was very encouraging to meet yet another Orthodox Christian involved
with raising awareness in the West about Islam. His book is well worth
reading, and his superb documentary, Islam: What the West Needs to Know, is a "must see". Learn more about his book and video at WhatTheWestNeedsToKnow.com.
|Dear Friends of the OCIC,|
Evlogeite! Today is a major update, with more to come soon.
Asking for your prayers,
Your servant in Christ,
September 28/October 11, St. Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine.
- Marriage: The Great Sacrament, by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos. This is an excerpt from The Church at Prayer: The Mystical Liturgy of the Heart. Many consider this to be the best statement on Orthodox marriage they've ever read.
- Excerpts from Family Life,
by by Elder Paisio the Athonite. This is a selection of passages
translated by Fr. Luke Hartung, never before seen in English. It is a
- Confession and Repentance: A Talk Given by Fr. Josiah Trenham at the 2006 Antiochian Clergy Conference (Diocese of the West).
- Interpretation of the Prayer - Lord, have Mercy!. An excerpt from the fifth volume of the Philokalia (not yet published).
- Homily for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Given in the Cathedral of Trebinje, 2007, by the Most Reverend Atanasije, Retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina.
- Deaconnesses. From The Veil, Pascha 1998.
- Holy Monastery of the Pantokrator, Thessaloniki, Greece. A wealth of traditional articles and books!
- The Papacy and Its Unholy State: A Worldwide Wake-up Call to Orthodox Leaders, By Raphael Masterjohn, from "The Light of Orthodoxy," Vol. 1, No. 1 (07/15/2007).
- Ecumenism and the Orthodox Church,
by Protopresbyter Theodore Zissis. This article by one of the foremost
theologians and professors in Greece rightly criticizes the 2006
meeting in Constantinople of Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict
- Ostrov (The Island), (DVD) NTSC version with English subtitles (2006). I keep running into people that have never heard of this movie, let alone seen it. This is a must-see Orthodox movie! Ecumenical News International wrote: "Patriarch Alexei II, and other senior clerics, praised Ostrov for its profound depiction of faith and monastic life. Addressing a church conference on 29 January, the Patriarch called Ostrov a 'vivid example of an effort to take a Christian approach to culture'." Here's a good review of the movie by Fr. Stephen Freeman.
- Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West (DVD).
This movie was released September 11, 2007. Buy a copy or two and share
with friends. Help the West wake up to the reality of Islam. Yes, there
are moderate Muslims; but there is no moderate Islam! Learn more about
why we are not at "war with (nebulous) terror," but rather at war with
an imperialist political ideology that is Islam.
- Days Made of Fear (DVD),
Ninoslav Randjelovic. This is an important collection of short
documentary films on war-torn Kosovo. Buy this video and help spread
the word about the tragic things that have happened, and are still
happening, to the suffering Orthodox people in this Serbian Holy Land.
To order contact Most Holy Theotokos Church, 2148 Michelson Dr.,
Irvine, CA 92612.
|Dear Members of the OCIC Update List,|
Greetings in Christ! I posted the following new articles to the site today.
Asking for your prayers,
October 31/November 13, Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles and Aristobulus of the Seventy.
- On Miracles and Signs. From the Essays of Bishop Ignatius (Brianchaninov).
- Visions Outside the Church, by Monk Gorazd.
- A Private Letter Concerning Ecumenism, by Blessed Elder Paisios the Athonite.
- Introduction to The Œcumenical Synods of the Orthodox Church, by Fr. James Thornton.
- Is There Spiritual Life and Sanctity Today? A talk given by the Very Reverend Archimandrite Kyrillos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Essex.
- On Television: Comments by Various Saints and Holy Elders.
Dear Friends of the OCIC,
Greetings in Christ. I have just posted the following items, with more to come in the next few days as I help announce two important new books distributed by Uncut Mountain Supply. Excerpts will be provided, as well as other new articles.May God help us all to begin well the coming Great Fast.
Asking for your prayers,Patrick Barnes
February 22/March 6, Opening of the Relics of Holy Martyrs at the gate of Eugenius at Constantinople.
- Feasts and Holidays. An Excerpt from With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, by Blessed Elder Paisios the Athonite (+1994).
- "Liturgy and Spirituality", by Hieromonk [now Bishop] Athanasije JEVTI´C. Chapter 8 from Christ: The Alpha and Omega.
- Theosis: The True Purpose of Human Life, by Archimandrite George, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Gregorios of Mount Athos. Available in nine Languages!
- The Rule of Fasting in the Orthodox Church, by Father Seraphim (Rose) of Platina.
- A Study of English Orthodox Theological Terms Compared to the Original Greek, by the Holy Monastery of St. Gregoriou, Mount Athos.
- Saint Seraphim of Viritsa's Spiritual Testament: "This Was From Me", by Metropolitan Manuel Lemeshevsky. An edifying message for handling trials and temptations.
- Photos from My Recent Pilgrimage to Greece and Romania,
by Patrick Barnes. Enjoy hundreds of new photos from Greece and Romania
in the newly overhauled OrthodoxInfo Photo Albums on Picasa. Prints of
select photos are available for sale. Please inquire if interested.
- Lenten Resources, a superb collection from Monachos.net.
- Letter from Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus (Church of Greece) to the Papist Bishop of Syros Island. Translated from the Greek newspaper Orthodox Press,
November, 2007. In these confusing times of "ecumenical dialog," thank
God for Orthodox Hierarchs who clearly state the Church's position
viz-a-viz Roman Catholicism. This Bishop knows and acts upon what
another Bishop recently and so eloquently stated:
"True love for a Christian is to secure eternal life for one's
neighbor, which means you straightforwardly say he is in error, and try
to return him to the truth, directing him onto the path of salvation."
- Postcards from Greece, a podcast by Fr. Peter Heers. I highly recommend this superb new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
- Ora et Labora.
This is the best blog I've seen on Orthodox Christianity. The blogger,
a Russian Orthodox clergyman who wishes to remain anonymous, posts
frequently and with considerable insight and erudition.
Dear Friends of the OCIC,
I hope Great Lent is going well, and that you are reaping the fruits of your spiritual labors.
I just posted a major update. Details below. In a few weeks I will have more to post, including excerpts from the forthcoming book by Fr. John Romanides entitled Patristic Theology. You can read a little about the book on the distributor's Web site (Uncut Mountain Supply).
I ask for your prayers.
March 10/23, Second Sunday of Great Lent. Martyrs Codratus (Quadratus) and with
those with him.
- Announcing an important new book: The Boundless Garden: Selected Short Stories, Volume I, by Alexandros Papadiamandis. Read the Introduction and one of the stories entitled "A Village Easter: Memories of Childhood".
- Another noteworthy new book is The Life and Teachings of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.With thirty-one short chapters on a variety of topics, such as peace ofsoul, the light of Christ, tears, repentance, fasting, guarding themind, etc., this book is sure to have a little something for allreaders. Here is an excerpt:
13. On feats.
Itis not advisable to undertake excessive feats but to do one's best tomake our friend – our flesh – loyal and capable of performing virtues.
Itis necessary to follow the middle path, 'turn not to the right hand,nor to the left.' (Prv., 4, 27): to give the spirit the spiritualnourishment, and the body – the bodily nourishment, which is needed forthe maintenance of this temporary life. One should not reject thelawful demands of the public life, following the words of theScripture: 'Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's;and unto God the things that are God's.' (Math. 22, 21)
Oneshould be lenient towards the weaknesses and imperfections of one's ownsoul and endure one's own shortcomings as we tolerate the shortcomingsof our neighbours, and at the same time not become lazy but impeloneself to work on one's improvement incessantly.
Whetheryou have eaten too much or you have done something else of this kind,because of the weakness of human nature, do not become indignant, donot add another harm to the harm which has already happened, but impelyourself manly to correct it and at the same time to preserve peace ofsoul, following the words of the Apostle: 'blessed is he thatcondemneth not himself ….' (Rom. 14, 22). These words of the Saviourhave the same meaning: 'Except ye be converted, and become as littlechildren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.' (Math. 18, 3)
Abody which is exhausted by labour or illness should be fortified bymoderate sleep, food and drink, without even taking into account whattime of the day it is. Jesus Christ, immediately after He raisedJairus' daughter from the dead, ' he commanded to give her to eat.'(Lk., 8, 55)
We should refer any success in anythingto God and say with the Prophet: 'Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, butunto thy name give glory' (Ps. 115, 1).
Before theage of 35, that is, the middle of his life, man needs to undertakeheroic efforts in order to preserve himself, but many at this age strayoff the path of virtues, and become corrupted and follow their ownwishes. Saint Basil the Great attests this (Homilies): many havecollected a lot in their youth, but when they reached the middle oftheir life and the cunning spirits attacked them, they could not standthe tumult and lost everything they had collected.
Inorder not to experience such a transformation, one should examineoneself as one measured by ordeals and pay heed to oneself during one'sentire life, following the words of Saint Isaac the Syrian: 'Everyoneshould weigh his life as if on the scale.' (Homily 40)
- A Guide to Confession. A helpful set of questions to help one prepare for the Mystery of Confession.
- The Lord's Prayer: A Homily by Archimandrite George, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Gregoriou, Mount Athos. Available in four Languages!
- Thoughts on Fasting and Temperance, by Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich.
- The Condition of Society, by Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich.
- Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich: Honoring an American Apostle, by Hieromonk Damascene.
- Metropolitan Laurus, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia: May his memory be eternal! Extensive coverage of his repose and life can be found on the Ora Et Labora blog.
- The Monk's Mission, by Elder Paisios the Athonite.
- Agrassroots movement to establish a unified and autocephalous OrthodoxChurch in North America seems to be gaining momentum. I was awakened tothis by the outstanding series of interviews that Kevin Allen conductedon his engaging and informative "Illumined Heart"podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. I have gathered the key resources Icould find in order to learn more about this challenging problem. Findthem in the new section on the "Orthodoxy in America" page.
- In the last update I neglected to add a link to this article by Fr. Theodore Zissis, which he wrote after the Letter from Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus (Church of Greece) was published.
- If anyone has an extra copy, or would be willing to part with, the issue of Divine Ascent: A Journal of Orthodox Faith dedicated to St. Nikolai of Japan, please let me know.
|Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!|
April 16/29, BRIGHT TUESDAY. Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene of Lesvos. —Announcing another important new book: Patristic Theology - The University Lectures of Father John Romanides. Read the following excerpts: —On "Scientific" Theologians, by Photios Kontoglou. An excerpt from Meetings with Kontoglou, by Constantine Cavarnos.
—Against Materialism. An Excerpt from Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, by Constantine Cavarnos.
"Beloved brother, after the recently celebrated Feast
of the Ascension of the Lord, after the joy of Christ's Resurrection,
now that the path of asceticism has opened up also for you, you should
likewise continue in prayer in anticipation of that great and crowning
feast of Holy Pentecost. Of course, ever since that first Pentecost in
the time of the holy Apostles, the Holy Spirit has continuously and
consistently been and ever will be in the Church, and His grace,
without ever diminishing, performs all the Mysteries through the course
of the year. But know that on the Feast of Holy Pentecost, when the
Holy Church triumphantly celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
upon the Church, this is not only a remembrance of a past event—even
though this particular event in time was of great significance both for
the past and for the present and for the future (all feasts and
mysteries celebrated by the Church possess significance for the
future)—but this is also a special and most abundant outpouring of the
Holy Spirit in the Church, when His grace is signed most powerfully
upon all those who on that day come to church with prayer, and, bending
their hearts and knees, pray to receive the Holy Spirit into their
souls and a blessing upon their lives.
"The holy Apostles, as we said, continued in prayer and
supplication, awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit. So likewise do
you, following their example, pray in advance and with fervent prayer
prepare yourself in such a way that the grace of the Holy Spirit not
only touch you but that it come to abide constantly in your heart. Do
not think that the time between Ascension and Pentecost is some kind of
empty space. No, this time is given to us with a purpose, that we might
prepare ourselves to receive a great gift and mystery. Further, it does
not say in Scripture that, awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit, the
Apostles continued in prayer and fasting, as they did on other
occasions (Acts 13:3; 14:23; I Cor. 7:5; II Cor. 6:5, 11:27). It says
simply that they continued in prayer and supplication, and that their
waiting for this great gift (Acts 11:20) was not joined with any labors
or difficulties; their ascesis in this case was only spiritual. The
descent of the Holy Spirit was the beginning of a New age, the
foretaste of a blessed life in heaven, where there will be rewards for
ascetic labors but not the labors themselves; it will be a time of rest
and tranquility, not labors and battles... And of you is required, now,
no fasting or prostrations, but only the joyous anticipation of grace
and an abiding in prayer. Take care that you are not negligent in this
regard. Like Christ's holy disciples in ancient times, so too, you, who
are also Christ's disciple, remain in church, praising and blessing God (Luke 24:53).
"And so, after the Lord's Ascension in the flesh and until
Pentecost, the holy Apostles awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit had not yet descended, the Church had not yet
received that invaluable, precious gift. The Body of the Church was
still soulless, inanimated, as it were. The Holy Spirit had not yet
come to give life to and to animate the Church of Christ; the heart of
the Church had not yet begun to beat.
"O Holy Spirit, come and enter into the heart of the Church of the
Son of God! O Holy Spirit, come also into our earthly temples and into
our hearts! Yes, brother, the Holy Spirit will come into God's temples.
Take care that He likewise come into your soul and body. You know that
the Church is there where the Holy Spirit dwells; without the Holy
Spirit there is no Church. For this reason heretical assemblies cannot
be called the Church, even though their external form might resemble
the Church. Know that this is merely a corpse without life. The Holy
Spirit is there where there is correct faith and unyielding
confirmation in virtue and truth. It is about such a Church that the
Lord testifies as of His Bride, addressing her prophetically: Thou art all fair, My companion, and there is no spot in thee (Song of Solomon 4:7)." (From Reflections of a Humble Heart, pp. 33-35)
|Warm greetings in Christ, |
Bless, Fathers! Just a quick note to inform you of this latest addition. It's been a very busy summer so I've had little time to add much more, but some big site changes are in the works. By your prayers and with God's help, I shall complete these changes as soon as possible.
- My Debate with a Reformed Protestant.
On July 2, 2008 I was invited to participate in a three-way discussion
with two brothers, Robin (Protestant) and Patrick Phillips (a convert
to Orthodox from Protestantism). We had a friendly exchange that, I
hope, clarified Robin's understanding of the Orthodox Church and Her
claims. Thank you, Robin and Patrick, for this opportunity.
|Posted tonight on the Orthodox Christian Information Center site:|
Wishing everyone a most joyous Nativity of Our Lord,
- Shine As the Sun: C.S. Lewis and the Doctrine of Deification, by Chris Jensen (Road to Emmaus). One of the best articles I've ever read on C.S. Lewis.
- Notes on the Jesus Prayer, by Fr. Artemy Vladimirov (Road to Emmaus).
- What Beef Have Women Theologians with Divine Order? Orthodox Theologies of Women and Ordained Ministry, by Rebecca Herman. A response to Dr. Valerie Karras's argument for women Priests in Thinking Through Faith—New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008).
- Photos from Feast Day of St. Paisius Convent in Safford, AZ,
November 28, 2008. These photos show the tremendous progress the nuns
have made in building their beautiful Byzantine-style church (modeled
after St. Nicholas Church at St. Anthony's Monastery in Florence, AZ). They need a plasterer!
The convent is in great need of a real plasterer (i.e., not a stucco
man—there is a difference). The plasterer does not need to have any
experience with limestone plaster specifically. They just need to be
able to screed a wall flat (using beads is normal), watch the curing in
order to add a second color coat on top of the first at the right time,
etc. Anyone who has experience with traditional plaster should be able
to learn how to apply the product they are using. The convent is
willing to pay for travel. If you can help or know of anyone that can, please contact them.
|Greetings in Christ,|
The following new items were added today to the Orthodox Christian Information Center Web site:
A blessed Apostles' Fast to all.
- A Hermenueutic of the Old Testament
(MP3), Three Audio Lectures by Archpriest Joseph Hirsch. A superb set
of talks on the Orthodox principles of interpretation of the Old
- Spiritual Study, By Elder Paisios the Athonite (+1994). An Excerpt from Spiritual Awakening.
- Connecticut's 5th Century Church, By John Gallager. A fascinating article about Orthodox Christians in North America over 1500 years ago. From Ancient American, Issue #54.
- A Lenten Commentary on Humor, Laughter, and Frivolity, By Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna.
- The Person of the Theotokos in Protestant Theology, By Presbyter Basileios A. Georgopoulos, Th.D.
- Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, by George Karras. This is a summary of the classic book by Jerry Mander.
- Photos of the Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring. See also the new pictures in the photo album for Saint Anthony the Great Monastery, especially those of the recently built Chapel of the Holy Prophet Elias.
Asking for your prayers,
September 4/18, The Holy Prophet Zacharias, Father of the Venerable Forerunner.
- The Unity of the Church and the World Conference of Christian Communities [MP3 Audio Book],
By Saint Hilarion (Troitsky). Read by Patrick Barnes. This is the first
audio book offered by the Orthodox Christian Information Center. Please
send your feedback!
- Heresy vs. Truth: A Response to Dr. Peter Bouteneff [PDF and MP3],
By Patrick Barnes. This is my response to Dr. Bouteneff's two-part
Ancient Faith Radio podcast episode on ecumenism. This is the first
time I have offered an article in both audio and text formats. I did an
audio version because I am replying to Dr. Bouteneff's audio comments.
I am also considering a podcast series for OrthodoxInfo.
|Dear Friends of the OCIC,|
The following articles were posted today.
Thank you for your prayers,
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September 30/October 13, The Holy Hieromartyr Gregory the Enlightener, Catholicos of Armenia.
- An Open Response to Patrick Barnes,
by Dr. Peter Bouteneff. I am grateful to Dr. Bouteneff for taking time
out of his busy schedule to respond to my criticism of his podcasts. I
will be posting a "response to his response" in the near future.
- What Pan-Orthodox Decision?,
by Fr. Anastasios K. Gotsopoulos, parish Priest of St.Nicholas' Church,
Patrae, Greece. This is a response to the Ecumenical Patriarch's harsh
criticism of the "Confession of Faith Against Ecumenism". Links in this
article will help those who wish to study this matter understand what
is taking place in Greece concerning ecumenism. Awareness of this
"Confession" is spreading to America, as is the debate. The entire
matter is of utmost importance and worthy of the attention of all
Warm greetings in Christ! Posted tonight, November 5/18 (Martyrs Galacteon and his wife Episteme at Emesa):
Please pray for me, a sinner.
Dear Friends of the OCIC,
Warm greetings in Christ! I hope this finds you well. The following was just posted to OrthodoxInfo.com.
Asking for your prayers and wishing you all a joyous Nativity,
December 5/18, Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified.
- A Strange Miracle of St. Nicholas, translated by Moses Hawk.
- Holy Scripture and the Church,by New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), Archbishop of Verey. This is anespecially important article for Protestants to read. From The Orthodox Word, Issue #264-265, Jan-Apr 2009.
- Preaching the Gospel of Christ in the Modern World, by Hieromonk Damascene. From The Orthodox Word, Issue #250, Sep.-Oct. 2006, Vol. 42, No. 5.
- Edifying Blog on the Writings of Elder Paisios the Athonite and Living an Orthodox Life.Fr. Luke Hartung is translating some of the writings of Elder Paisiosas well as posting some helpful things about life in the Church. Wellworth reading and following.
December 18/31, Martyr
Sebastian at Rome and his companions: Martyrs Nicostratus, Zoe,
Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus, Mark, Claudius, Symphorian,
Victorinus, Tiburtius, and Castulus (287).
- John the Blessed,
a special story by Photios Kontoglou for the Civil New Year and Feast of St. Basil. Translated by Archbishop
Chrysostomos of Etna, who noted elsewhere: "The story, whatever the
time of year, is a charming statement about those who, so rare in
today's world, sense the presence of God, live simply in concord with
the world as He created it, and show that joy which comes from a wholly
natural and simple way of life." If you enjoy this story you should
also read the short stories of Alexandros Papadiamandis: The Boundless Garden.
Dear Friends of the OCIC,It's been the longest interval ever since my last update to the site. I apologize for this. It's very difficult to find time these days to focus on the site's upkeep and new content. But I do have some good articles and audio books in the queue and will have another update very soon when Fr. Josiah Trenham's new book and media venture is ready to be unveiled.
I also have been chipping away at a major upgrade to the site, porting it from ASP.NET to Drupal so that it becomes a true Content Management System, with lots of other great new site features. I'm making progress, but due to increasing commitments and economics I can only devote so much free time to it.
Aside from the new articles (below), I fixed the related articles search panel and the search engine page, broken for some time due to changes in the Google Search mechanism.
Please remember me in your prayers.
September 10/23, Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora at Nicomedia (305).
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