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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church - Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy


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Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

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Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

By

Andrea Goodell

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.

Video - Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: "I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"


CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY



Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: 

"I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"

Sunday, April 28, 2019

On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia


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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”

Source:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/104337.htm

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Orthodox Church Quotes: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)



Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

July 12

"Christ is Risen" - The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world


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"Christ is Risen"

The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world

Paschal greeting

The Paschal greeting is a custom among Orthodox Christians, consisting of a greeting and response. Instead of "hello" or its equivalent, one is to greet another person with "Christ is Risen!". The response is "Truly, He is risen!" (or "Indeed, He is risen!"). This greeting is used during liturgical services and informally at other times, starting with the feast of Pascha and lasting until Ascension – the period known as the Paschal season or Paschaltide.

In practice, this greeting is typically used only with people that one already knows are Orthodox. In some cultures (for example in Russia), it was also customary to exchange a triple kiss after the greeting. Orthodox Christians often compile lists of the greeting in various languages, as it is used around the world, and these are sometimes recited in church or in other formal settings as an act of Orthodox unity across languages and cultures.

The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world

Indo–European languages

Greek – Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós anésti! Alithós anésti!)
Slavic languages
Church Slavonic – Христосъ воскресе! Воистину воскресе! (Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese!)

East Slavic

Russian – Христос воскресе! Воистину воскресе! (Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese!)
Belarusian – Хрыстос уваскрос! Сапраўды ўваскрос! (Khrystos uvaskros! Saprawdy wvaskros!)
Ukrainian – Христос воскрес! Воістину воскрес! (Khrystos voskres! Voistynu voskres!)
Rusyn – Хрістос воскрес! Воістину воскрес! (Hristos voskres! Voistynu voskres!)

South Slavic

Bulgarian – Христос възкресе! Воистина възкресе! (Khristos vozkrese! Voistina vozkrese!)
Serbian – Христос васкрсе! Ваистину васкрсе! (Khristos vaskrse! Vaistinu vaskrse!)
Croatian – Krist uskrsnu! Uistinu uskrsnu!

West Slavic

Czech – Kristus vstal z mrtvých! Vpravdě vstal z mrtvých!
Slovak – Kristus vstal z mŕtvych! Skutočne vstal (z mŕtvych)!
Polish – Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Prawdziwie zmartwychwstał!
Albanian (Tosk) – Krishti u ngjall! Vërtet u ngjall!
Armenian – Քրիստոս հարյա՜վ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնյա՜լ է Հարությունը Քրիստոսի: (Khristos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Harouthyoune Khristosi!) – (Lit: Christ is risen! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)

Germanic languages

West Germanic

English – "Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!" or "Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!" or "Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!"
Old English (Anglo–Saxon) – Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! (Lit: Christ arose! Christ surely arose!)
Middle English – Crist is arisen! Arisen he sothe!
Iyaric Patwa – Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!
German – Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Dutch – Christus is opgestaan! Hij is waarlijk opgestaan! (Netherlands) or Christus is verrezen! Hij is waarlijk verrezen! (Belgium)
Afrikaans – Christus het opgestaan! Hy het waarlik opgestaan!
Frisian – Kristus is opstien! Wis is er opstien!
Yiddish – Der Meschiache undzer iz geshtanen! Avade er iz ufgeshtanen!

North Germanic

Swedish – Kristus är uppstånden! Han är sannerligen uppstånden!
Danish – Kristus er opstanden! Sandelig Han er Opstanden!
Norwegian – Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig oppstanden!
Icelandic – Kristur er upprisinn! Hann er sannarlega upprisinn!

Italic languages

Latin – Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

Romance languages

Romanian – Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Istro-Romanian dialect – Uscrâsnit–å Isus Crist! Zaista uscrâsnit–å!
Macedo-Romanian (Aromanian) dialect – Hristolu anyie! De–alihea anyie!
Megleno-Romanian dialect – Hristos anghii! Istana anghii!
French – Le Christ est ressuscité! En verité il est ressuscité! or Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment il est ressuscité!
Italian – Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
Spanish – ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!
Portuguese – Cristo ressuscitou! Em verdade ressuscitou!
Catalan – Crist ha ressuscitat! Veritablement ha ressuscitat!
Galician – Cristo resucitou! De verdade resucitou!
Provençal – Lo Crist es ressuscitat! En veritat es ressuscitat!
Romansh – Cristo es rinaschieu! In varded, el es rinaschieu!
Sardinian – Cristu est resuscitadu! Aberu est resuscitadu!
Sicilian – Cristu arrivisciutu esti! Pibbiru arrivisciutu esti!
Walloon – Li Crist a raviké! Il a raviké podbon!

Baltic languages

Latvian – Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
Lithuanian – Kristus prisikėlė! Tikrai prisikėlė!

Celtic languages

Goidelic

Old Irish – Asréracht Críst! Asréracht Hé–som co dearb!
Irish – Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!
Manx – Taw Creest Ereen! Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!
Scottish Gaelic – Tha Crìosd air èiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!

Brythonic

Breton – Dassoret eo Krist! E wirionez dassoret eo!
Cornish – Thew Creest dassorez! En weer thewa dassorez!
Welsh – Atgyfododd Crist! Yn wir atgyfododd!

Indo–Iranian languages

Persian – !مسیح برخاسته است! به راستی برخاسته است (Masih barkhaste ast! Be rasti barkhaste ast!)
Hindi – येसु मसीह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! हाँ यक़ीनन, वोह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! (Yesu Masih zinda ho gaya hai! Haan yaqeenan, woh zinda ho gaya hai!)
Urdu – !یسوع مسیح زندہ ہو گیا ہے! ہاں یقیناً، وہ زندہ ہو گیا ہے (Yesu Masih zinda ho gaya hai! Haan yaqeenan, woh zinda ho gaya hai!)
Marathi – Yeshu Khrist uthla ahe! Kharokhar uthla ahe!
Sanskrit – Krista uttitaha! Satvam uttitaha!

Afro-Asiatic languages

Semitic languages

Arabic (standard) – !المسيح قام! حقا قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām!) or !المسيح قام! بالحقيقة قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Bi-l-ḥaqīqati qām!)

Aramaic languages

Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ (Mshiḥa qām! Sharīrāīth qām! or Mshiḥo Qom! Shariroith Qom!)
Neo-Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡܠܗ! ܒܗܩܘܬܐ ܩܡܠܗ (Mshikha qimlih! Bhāqota qimlih!)
Turoyo-Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܝܡ! ܫܪܥܪܐܝܬ ܩܝܡ (Mshiḥo qāyem! Shariroith qāyem!)

Ethiopian languages

Tigrigna – (Christos tensiou! Bahake tensiou!)
Amharic – (Kristos Tenestwal! Bergit Tenestwal!)
Hebrew (modern) – !המשיח קם! באמת קם (HaMashiach qam! Be'emet qam!)
Maltese – Kristu qam! Huwa qam tassew! or Kristu qam mill-mewt! Huwa qam tassew!

Egyptian

Coptic – ΠιχρίςΤος αϥτωΝϥ! ϦΕΝ οΥΜεθΜΗι αϥτωΝϥ! (Pikhristos Aftonf! Khen oumethmi aftonf!)

Caucasian languages

Kartvelian

Georgian – ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა! (Kriste agsdga! Cheshmaritad agsdga!)
Northwest Caucasian
Abkhazian – Kyrsa Dybzaheit! Itzzabyrgny Dybzaheit!

Dravidian languages

Malayalam – ക്രിസ്തു ഉയിര്‍ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! തീര്‍ച്ചയായും ഉയിര്‍ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! (Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayum uyirthezhunnettu!)

Eskimo–Aleut languages

Aleut - Kristusaq Aglagikuk! Angangulakan Aglagikuk!
Alutiq (Kodiak Aleut) – Kristusaq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!
Yupik – Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq!

Mayan languages

Tzotzil – Icha'kuxi Kajvaltik Kristo! Ta melel icha'kuxi!
Tzeltal – Cha'kuxaj Kajwaltik Kristo! Ta melel cha'kuxaj!

Austronesian languages

Malayo-Polynesian

Western

Filipino (Tagalog) – Si Kristo ay nabuhay! Totoo! Siya nga ay nabuhay!
Indonesian – Kristus telah bangkit! Dia benar-benar telah bangkit!
Kapampangan – Y Cristo sinubli yang mebie! Sinubli ya pin mebie!
Cebuano – Si Kristo nabanhaw! Matuod nga Siya nabanhaw!
Chamorro – La'la'i i Kristo! Magahet na luma'la' i Kristo!

Central–Eastern

Carolinian – Lios a melau sefal! Meipung, a mahan sefal!
Hawaiian – Ua ala aʻe nei ʻo Kristo! Ua ala ʻiʻo nō ʻo Ia!
Fijian – Na Karisito tucake tale! Io sa tucake tale!
Malagasy – Nitsangana tamin'ny maty i Kristy! Nitsangana marina tokoa izy!

Na-Dené languages

Athabaskan

Navajo – Christ daaztsą́ą́dę́ę́ʼ náádiidzáá! Tʼáá aaníí daaztsą́ą́dę́ę́ʼ náádiidzáá!
Tlingit – Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot! Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!
Niger–Congo languages
Gikuyu – Kristo ni muriuku! Ni muriuku nema!
Igbo – Jésu Krísti Ébilíwõ! Ézia õ´ Bilíwõ!
Lugandan – Kristo Azukkide! Kweli Azukkide!
Swahili – Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!

Turkic languages

Turkish – Hristós diril–Dí! Hakíkatén diril–Dí!
Azeri – Məsih dirildi! Həqiqətən dirildi!
Chuvash – Христос чĕрĕлнĕ! Чăн чĕрĕлнĕ! (Khristós chərəlnə! Chæn chərəlnə!)
Uyghur – !ئەيسا تىرىلدى! ھەقىقەتىنلا تىرىلدى (Əysa tirildi! Ⱨəⱪiⱪətinla tirildi!)

Uralic languages

Estonian – Kristus on üles tõusnud! Tõesti, Ta on üles tõusnud!
Finnish – Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totisesti nousi!
Hungarian – Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt!
Meadow Mari – Христос ылыж кынелын! Чынак ылыж кынелын!

Other living languages

Basque – Cristo Berbistua! Benatan Berbistua!
Japanese – ハリストス復活!実に復活! (Harisutosu fukkatsu! Jitsu ni fukkatsu!)
Korean – 그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다! (Kristo Gesso Buhwal ha sho sumnida! Chamuro Buhwal ha sho sumnida!)
Mandarin Chinese – 基督復活了 他確實復活了 (Jīdū fùhuó le! Tā quèshí fùhuó le!)
Quechua – Cristo causarimpunña! Ciertopuni causarimpunña!

Constructed languages

Esperanto – Kristo leviĝis! Vere Li leviĝis!
Ido – Kristo riviveskabas! Ya Il rivivesakabas!
Interlingua – Christo ha resurgite! Vermente ille ha resurgite! or Christo ha resurrecte! Vermente ille ha resurrecte!
Quenya – Tengwar Rendering (Ortanne Laivino! Anwa ortanne Laivino!)

Source:

OrthodoxWiki

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith


HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD


The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith

The Virgin Mary is the woman God chose to bear His Son in this world. The Orthodox believe in the ever-virginity of Mary. Since God chose her to manifest His presence among men, she is called, " All Holy" and the bridge between God and man. For this reason, she is highly praised and venerated in the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox always pray to the Virgin Mary, beseeching her to intercede for us to God. The Orthodox do not worship the Virgin Mary-worship is do to God alone. The Orthodox make a distinction between worship and intercessory prayer. Just as we ask other people to pray for us, we ask the Virgin Mary, for she has found favor in God's eyes and has a very unique relationship with God, to pray (intercede) for us. It should be noted that the Virgin Mary and all the saints are ceaselessly praying for all of us.

Source:

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http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/Orthodox_Church/The_Virgin_Mary.shtml

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Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland, Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)


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The Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl, Poland


Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland,

Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)

February 4

Anthony of Supraśl (Polish: Antoni Supraski) was a Ruthenian monk and martyr, now venerated in the Polish Orthodox Church.
Anthony was born on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into an Orthodox family, although his social status and lay name remain unknown. According to tradition, in his youth he was known for his angry character, having eventually killed a man in a bar brawl. Wishing to atone for sin, he entered the Supraśl Orthodox Monastery some time before 1506, where he received the name Anthony.

Considering his penance insufficient, Anthony asked the abbot for permission to go to a Muslim country, where he might receive martyrdom, which was then refused. Anthony had only received permission to go to Mount Athos, where he made his vows of Great Schema and took the name Onuphrius. He then went to Thessalonica, into the Church of the Theotokos Acheiropoietos, which had been converted into a mosque, and began to pray demonstratively. He was arrested and thrown into prison, demanded by the kadi to convert to Islam, which he consistently refused while attacking the religion. Finally, he was sentenced to be burned at the stake. Going to the place of execution, Anthony continued to denounce Islam, and even spat on the face of one of the guards. At this point, he was fatally hit by a club. His body was burned.

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ALL THE MOMENTS JAPAN IS IN MY HEART – ORTHODOXY (Japanese etc.)
Orthodox Japan

THE SMILE OF GOD IN YOUR HEART

CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS

ARGENTINA DE MI CORAZÓN - ARGENTINA OF MY HEART (Spanish etc.)
ORTHODOXIA - Orthodox Argentina

NEDERLAND VAN MIJN HART - NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART (Dutch etc.)
ORTHODOXIE - Orthodox Netherlands

ประเทศไทยในใจฉัน - อีสเทิร์นออร์ทอดอกซ์
THAILAND OF MY HEART
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH (Thai etc.)
Orthodox Thailand - Η Ορθοδοξία στην Ταϊλάνδη

POLSKA MOJEGO SERCA - POLAND OF MY HEART (Polish etc.)
PRAWOSŁAWIE - Orthodox Poland

我的心臟台灣和香港
TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART (Chinese​, etc.​)
东正教在中国
台灣基督東正教會
Orthodox Taiwan & Hong Kong

WASHINGTON OF MY HEART 
Orthodox Washington

나는 한국을 사랑한다 KOREA OF MY HEART (Korean​ etc.​)
동방 정교회 Orthodox Korea

ශ්‍රී ලංකා – නැගෙනහිර ඕර්තඩොක්ස් සභාව 
SRI LANKA OF MY HEART (Sinhala etc.)
Orthodox Sri Lanka

PILIPINAS NG AKING PUSO - PHILIPPINES OF MY HEART (Filippo​ etc.​)
SIMBAHANG ORTODOKSO NG SILANGAN
Orthodox Philippines

ROMÂNIA INIMII MELE - ROMANIA OF MY HEART (Romanian etc.)
BISERICA ORTODOXĂ
Orthodox Romania

TRUTH TARGET - ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΑΠΟΛΟΓΗΤΙΚΗ (Greek)

ANIMALS OF MY HEART
Animals & Orthodoxy

DEUTSCH ORTHODOXE WEBSEITEN (German)

한국의 KOREAN ORTHODOX SITES (Korean)

中国的 CHINESE ORTHODOX SITES (Chinese)

NEW YORK OF MY HEART
Orthodox New York

СРБИЈА ТВОГ СРЦА - SERBIA OF YOUR HEART (Serbian, etc.)
СРЦЕ ПРАВОСЛАВНО - Orthodox Serbia

ԵՍ ԻՄ ԱՆՈՒՇ ՀԱՅԱՍՏԱՆԻ - I LOVE MY SWEET ARMENIA (Armenian, etc.)
ARMENIA OF MY HEART
ՈՒՂՂԱՓԱՌ ԵԿԵՂԵՑԻՆ - Orthodox Armenia

PORTUGAL DO MEU CORAÇÃO - PORTUGAL OF MY HEART​​ (​Portuguese​,​ ​etc.)​
IGREJA ORTODOXA - Orthodox Portugal

CATECISMO - IGLESIA ORTODOXA (Spanish)

ΚΑΤΗΧΗΧΗ - ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ (Greek)

CATECHISM - ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY (English)

NEW ZEALAND OF MY HEART
​Orthodox New Zealand

DIVINE LITURGIE ORTHODOXE (French​)

ÉIRE MO CHROÍ - IRELAND OF MY HEART (Irish​, etc.​)
EAGLAIS CHEARTCHREIDMHEACH 
Orthodox Ireland

NORGE AV MITTE HJERTE - NORWAY OF MY HEART (Norwegian​, etc.​)
ORTODOKSE KIRKE I NORGE
Orthodox Norway

日本正教会 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN JAPAN (Japanese)

CANADA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Canada

ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA

WHAT ABOUT YOGA

IRELAND & BRITISH ISLES
Orthodoxy

HAWAII OF MY HEART
Orthodox Hawaii

ITALIA DEL MIO CUORE - ITALY OF MY HEART (Italian​,​​ etc.​)
ORTODOSSIA - Orthodox Italy

РОССИЯ МОЕГО СЕРДЦА - RUSSIA OF MY HEART (Russian​,​​ etc.​)
ПРАВОСЛАВИЕ - Orthodox Russia

წმიდა ნინო და საქართველო ჩემს გულს 
SAINT NINA & GEORGIA OF MY HEART (Georgian​,​​ etc.​)
მართლმადიდებლური რწმენის შესახებ
Orthodox Georgia

USA OF MY HEART
Orthodox USA

ORTHODOX SAINT VALENTINE

ROMAN CATHOLIC​S​ MET ORTHODOXY

ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

VIỆT NAM CỦA TRÁI TIM TÔI - VIETNAM OF MY HEART (Vietnamese​ etc.​)
CHÍNH THỐNG GIÁO ĐÔNG PHƯƠNG​
Orthodox Vietnam

GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
Orthodox Great Britain

VIDEOS OF MY HEART
Orthodox Videos

NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

私は日本が大好きです I LOVE JAPAN - ORTHODOXY 日本正教会 (Japanese etc.)
日本正教会 Orthodox Japan

ENGLISH ORTHODOX SITES (English)

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ (Greek)

HEART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Orthodox Q&A

HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART (Spanish​,​​ etc.​)
ORTODOXIA - Orthodox Latin America

AMERICA OF MY HEART
Orthodox America

AFRICA OF MY HEART (Afrikaans​, Swahili,​​ etc.​)
Orthodox Africa

ARIZONA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Arizona

EDELWEISS MEINES HERZENS - EDELWEISS OF MY HEART (German​, etc.​)
ORTHODOXIE 
Orthodox Germany, Switzerland & Austria

FRANCE DE MON CŒUR  - FRANCE OF MY HEART (French​,​​ etc.​)
ÉGLISE ORTHODOXE

SAINTS OF MY HEART

ALASKA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Alaska

ΑΘΕΪΣΜΟΣ - ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΕΙΣ (Greek)

SCHISMATICS RETURN TO CHURCH

ÉGLISE ORTHODOXE (French)

东正教在中国 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHINA (Chinese)

ORTHODOXE KIRCHEN (German)

동방 정교회 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN KOREA (Korean)

日本人 JAPANESE ORTHODOX SITES (Japanese etc.) 日本正教会

CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART
Orthodox California

ΑΓΙΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ (Greek)

ΑΓΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ ΚΕΛΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ & ΠΑΝΤΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ (Greek)

SAINTS BOOK - ORTHODOXY (English)

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM QUOTES

地球上の天国 – 日本 – 正教会 HEAVEN ON EARTH – JAPAN – ORTHODOX CHURCH (Japanese etc.)

Poetic Collection “Leaves…”
Poems of Abel-Tasos Gkiouzelis (English)

Ποιητική Συλλογή «Φύλλα…»
Ποιήματα του Άβελ-Τάσου Γκιουζέλη (Ελληνικά)

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ (Greek)

SAINT BASIL THE GREAT – QUOTES

SITES ORTHODOXES EN FRANCAIS (French)

Friday, March 8, 2019

The successors to the Apostles


PROTESTANTS MET ORTHODOXY


The successors to the Apostles

The fact that the Protestant model suddenly appeared in history during the 16th century A.D. - obviously not within the historical continuity of the original Christian world – made them feel free to arbitrarily appoint “elders” and to arbitrarily perform congregational services.  Their claim is that by simply being Christians and hence members of a certain general Priesthood, justifies them as having the authority to do this.

In this study, we shall examine the issue in more detail, by determining exactly how the Apostles’ authority passed down to their successors, thus defining the ecclesiastic order that prevails in Orthodoxy to this day.

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1.  The Protestant objection

The majority of Protestants use the Scriptural references of “Elders”, “Bishops” and “Deacons” to support their view that the current Orthodox ecclesiastical order is not a continuation of the order that the Apostles left us.   They say this, because in the New Testament it is clearly apparent that although the three terms of “Bishop, Elder and Deacon” are mentioned therein, the concepts of “Bishop” and “Elder” are presumed identical and not separate offices, as is the case in the Orthodox Church.  Thus, it is impossible for these people to accept succession in the Church’s Bishops, because they consider succession to be an arbitrary decision.

What Protestant interpretation has overlooked, is how the office of Bishop was established during the late apostolic period, which was around the end of the first century to the beginning of the second century A.D.

It was imperative that ecclesiastic order undergo certain changes, as the head Apostles would eventually be departing from this world.  Someone had to continue their work, and this could not possibly be done, while the head Apostles were still alive and in active duty.

2. The Order of Prophets

Protestants are in general aware that “Prophets” who were gifted with prophetic charisma are mentioned in the New Testament.   What they probably do not realize is that – apart from those prophets - the primeval Church also had certain other “prophets” who obtained this charisma through ordination ( the laying on of the hands ).  These comprised the Order that we refer to as “The Order of Prophets” today.

The Order of Prophets had immense authority in the Church during the first two centuries.  It was actually the second office in authority, after that of the Apostles, as evidenced in the following verses of the New Testament :

Ephesians 4/IV 10 - 1: ΄΄…and He gave (to us) the Apostles on one hand, and on the other, the

Saturday, January 26, 2019