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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Men’s Retreat Weekend at the Antiochian Village

For both Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox Christians (if they want to come) to attend.

Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration
August 5, 2011 through August 7, 2011


This is an excellent opportunity for men to lay aside their earthly cares and
concerns in order to:
1. Have fellowship with God and like minded men;
2. Make time for peaceful reflection and connection with God;
3. Develop a new capacity to better know and love God.


The retreat will begin with check in at the
Antiochian Village Conference Center
between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Friday,
August 5 and will conclude after Divine
Liturgy and brunch on Sunday August 7.
Room and board will be provided as follows:
$231.00 - for single occupancy
$165.00 - for double occupancy
$143.00 - for triple occupancy
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Western Rite Orthodox Mass

I don't know if this is Saint Tikhons(A revised Anglican Liturgy) or Saint Gregorys(An old Roman Catholic Liturgy) western rite Mass. Maybe someone who is more informed can let us know.

Easter Mass 2011, Holy Incarnation Orthodox Church, Fr. John Fenton, Lincoln Park, Michigan from Jobst Media on Vimeo.

Deification in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Biblical Perspective

I just got it yesterday


Deification in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Biblical Perspective




A review of the book:

This leads on to the final chapter of the book where Thomas engages with the event in the Gospels which scripturally reveals the hope of our deification in the story of Christ's transfiguration on Mount Tabor in which the three Apostles see what true restored humanity looks like in the vision of Christ's human body radiating with divine light. Thomas' exegesis of this passage is made even more interesting through the way in which he constructs a multi-faceted perspective on the Transfiguration through narrating the viewpoints of the three Apostles and eye-witnesses that Christ took with him up the Mountain, St. Peter, St. James and St. John. Thomas then goes on to show how their witness of this extraordinary vision, together with Paul's vision of the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus, transformed their theology and their lives through analysing the epistles that the apostles wrote after Christ's Resurrection. Thus, to take just a few examples that Thomas explores in greater depth, in his second Epistle St. Peter writes that through Christ we might 'escape from the corruption … and become partakers of the divine nature' (2 Pet. 1:4) and John the theologian's speaks more poetically of our 'abiding in the light' of Christ to become children of light bearing the same light that Christ showed on Mount Tabor and finally St. Paul, after his Damascan vision of Christ's light, speaks of our being 'changed into his likeness from one degree of glory into another' (2 Cor 3:18). As these few examples indicate, through his full analysis of the writings of the New Testament Thomas demonstrates, against certain Protestant concerns, that the Orthodox belief in deification is clearly biblically grounded.

Thus although from the dust jacket, scholarly ring of the title and formal presentation of the text it might be easy to overlook Thomas' study as another arcane academic tome, I found Thomas' study to be an ideal introductory book to the faith for interested Orthodox lay people, catechumens and non-Orthodox enquirers. For in the course of exploring the Biblical grounds of the Orthodox understanding of deification, Thomas' provides an accessible and luminously clear account of many basic theological and practical issues of Orthodox belief and practice. Moreover, at the end of the book he has also usefully provided a lengthy appendix with helpful bibliographical suggestions of where the interested enquirer can look next.

To read the rest please visit St. GEORGE ORTHODOX INFORMATION SERVICE
Monday, July 18, 2011

Why Albert Doesn't Take Zeitgeist Supporters Seriously

Albert is a classical Anglican/Episcopalian




Part 2:
http://youtu.be/WheulGs6QEo

Part 3:
http://youtu.be/UxBbl_48quo

Part 4:
http://youtu.be/4HcBdompPU4



Albert's Contra Zeitgeist series:
http://www.youtube.com/user/labarum312#g/c/3816CCC6BFA0F976


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Defending Constantine & persecution of the early Christians

Orthodoxy gets foothold in Cuba

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Church of England could be 'extinct in 20 years' as elderly congregations die


As seen by the dailymail.co.uk:

Quote:
"The Church of England could be virtually extinct in 20 years as elderly members die, an Anglican leader has warned.
The average age of worshippers has risen to 61 as the Church has failed to attract younger followers, its National Assembly was told.
Church leaders now face a 'time bomb' as numbers 'fall through the floor' over the next decade.

Bleak projections for the future came during exchanges at the General Synod in York yesterday.
The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond, from Norwich, told members of the Church’s national assembly that they were facing a 'perfect storm' of ageing congregations and falling clergy numbers.
He said: 'The perfect storm we can see forming on the far horizon is the ageing congregations we have heard about - average age is 61 now, with many congregations above that.'
The Church was accused of 'impeccably' managing itself into failure."


Visit the site to read the rest.


The sad thing is there are some Orthodox in America who want to be just like them:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/182867891733063


The facebook group that oppose them:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/200212643361559


Also more info about the topic:
Guest Essay: “Same-Sex Marriage and the Revolt Against Metropolitan Jonah”




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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Where Does Sola Scriptura Come From? The Humanist Origins of the Protestant Reformation

The link:
http://orthodoxbridge.com/?p=161






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Calvin Versus The Icon: Was John Calvin Wrong?

The link:
http://orthodoxbridge.com/?p=119






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A Coptic Monk's Life

He was an atheist, and now he is Fr. Lazarus ELAnthony, a hermit coming from Australia to live in St. Anthony's Monastery in the deserts of the Red Sea, Egypt.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Russia is Watching!

They know what's going on. Which is a good thing!
The link:
http://www.pravmir.com/let-your-yea-be-yea-and-your-nay-be-nay/




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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Go Hope

“Same-Sex Marriage and the Revolt Against Metropolitan Jonah”

Now we know why they attacked him.

The link:
http://www.ocatruth.com/?p=1030



Someone needs to get this news out to Russia for Metropolitan Jonah is going to need some serious help here in the States!
Saturday, July 2, 2011

GRATIA ET CERTAMEN - by D. OGLIARI

I am really enjoying this book. It's going to be an awesome resource!

Gratia et Certamen: The Relationship Between Grace and Free Will in the Discussion of Augustine with the So-Called Semipelagians

As seen from Amazon.com
"Product Description
The issues involved in the discussion between the monks of Hadrumetum/Marseille and Augustine range from questions of initium fidei and naturae bonum, to the understanding of predestination. The monks' reaction to Augustine's doctrine of absolute sovereign grace must be seen as a plea in favour of a harmonizing approach, where human commitment is also envisaged as playing, at times, a primary role. In the light of a dialogical synergism, of a unitarian and cosmic view of God's oeconomia salutis, and relying on a strong ascetic framework, the monks biggest fear was that the implications of Augustine's predestinarian view would jeopardise the importance of the struggle for perfection, the meaning of God's universal salvific will, of Christ's redeeming action, and finally of the Church. The different theological traditions to which Augustine and the monks appealed play also a significant role, as do the specific social and religious context in which they respectively moved."


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