Concerning Pan-Orthodox Concelebration in 2019
During the first week of the Great Fast, as we are preparing to once again on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, in a visible way with all other Orthodox Christians, celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the Restoration of Icons, the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church hereby notifies its priests and faithful to steadfastly maintain to the current practice of concelebration with other Orthodox bishops, priests and faithful from all the Orthodox Dioceses in the United States of America. In other words, that they do not interrupt any such common fellowship or concelebrations which they have been doing for decades on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, as well as on other feasts and times of the year. It is only through liturgical participation of the people of God which protects the communion with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:13) Continue
Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Christian Monasteries
“Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” is the third essay in a group of mini-reports about Orthodox Church life in America.
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Not many people realize that there are eighty Orthodox Christian monasteries in the USA which represent great variety of ethnic and liturgical traditions. In fact, America is, probably, the only place in the world where - within the same country - one can visit Greek, Russian, Romanian, Serbian Orthodox monasteries and experience their different “ethnic” liturgical styles, worship practices, church architecture, musicology and iconography. Besides worship services, there are many other interesting aspects and facts related to the lives of American Orthodox monasteries. Here are some examples of the questions that are addressed in this report:
- Are there any monasteries that are especially interesting to visit, because of their architecture or religious arts?
- Are there any monasteries that offer some interesting educational programs or workshops?
- Is there anything unique about “economies” of US Orthodox monasteries?
- Are there any monasteries that have some interesting and unusual liturgical practices?
- Are there any monasteries that offer opportunities to experience monastic life for a period of time first-hand?
The report is accompanied by four geographic maps and many photographs depicting every-day lives of US Orthodox monasteries. Read this story and if you have any follow-up questions, please feel free send your inquiries to Alexei Krindatch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian question
The following letter was addressed by Patriarch Irinej of Serbia (on the left on the picture, with Patriarch Bartholomew) to Patriarch Bartholomew concerning the official position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian question.
Greek original here
“Belgrade, February 6, 2019
Re: your December 24, 2018 letter, protocol #1119 regarding your actions in Ukraine
Your All Holiness,
Having received your December 24 letters (protocol #1119), in which you were kind enough to communicate to our humble person what you had done in Ukraine concerning the problems therein existing, and were asking of us and of our Church to accept your acts and measures taken, we now proceed to answer as we should and following our conscience.
First of all, we remind you that the position of our Church, unanimously expressed and in the most official and responsible manner by the Assembly of our Bishops, was communicated to you from the beginning, before the opposition of any other sister autocephalous Church. However, you remained silent as the grave, and the reception of our letter has not even been confirmed by you.
In the same way, the call that followed, or rather the cry of anguish of our permanent Holy Synod was ignored by you. As well as our fraternal request during our meeting and concelebration in Thessalonica for you not to hasten in this matter, but rather to listen to the voices of most primates and synods of local Churches sharing the Orthodox faith, and to consider the matter conciliarly and in a pan-Orthodox way instead of unilaterally and on your own. Continue