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Church Calendars and Lives of Saints
For years this site made use of two Google Gadgets to display the Church calendars, Saints commemorated, daily readings, fasting rules, etc. Google dropped support for this around mid-November 2014. Until a suitable replacement is found for a “widget” to display this information, you can use the following:
* Commonly called the "Old" Calendar, but properly understood as the traditional and canonical Church Calendar, in use by most Orthodox Christians, if not the majority of Orthodox parishes around the world.
** Commonly called the "New" Calendar, but properly understood as a crude combination of the Gregorian, or Civil, calendar and the traditional Paschalian, which was uncanonically foisted upon the Church by the Pan-Orthodox Congress of 1923. It is in use by the majority of Orthodox churches in America, as well as the Churches of Greece, Romania and a few other historically Orthodox countries. Many of us must live with this unfortunate legacy. Let us pray for the restoration of liturgical unity, i.e., the return of the "New Calendar churches" to the traditional Church Calendar. [ Learn more... ]
May 2 / 15. St. Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria.
“Monogamous Communion”: A Defense of “Closed” Communion, by Fr. Michael Shanbour.
Meta-Patristic Theology: Are the Fathers Relevant Today?, by Monk Moses the Hagiorite.
December 16 / 29. Prophet Haggai (Aggaeus) (500 B.C.).
Results of the Petition to Oppose the New Ecclesiology of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
November 16 / 29. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew.
Statement on the Comments of Fr. Robert Arida on Homosexuality. Thank God for clergy such as these who are united enough, and who care enough about their flocks, to take a clear and public stance on this issue. And let us pray for the OCA Hierarchs, that they will be as firm and as bold.
For all those who wonder what happened to the daily Scripture readings and lives of the Saints panels/blocks that appeared above this section for years: these were both Google Gadgets, which Google dropped support of around mid-November 2014. I am looking for a suitable replacement, but this may take some time. If anyone knows of some good options, please let me know. Until I find a replacement you can use the following: Church (“Old”) Calendar | New Calendar | Lives of Saints (Prologue from Ochrid).
July 21 / August 3. Synaxis of saints of Smolensk (movable holiday on the Sunday before July 28th). Prophet Ezekiel (6th c. B.C.).
Against Those Who Have Abandoned the Church and Deserted It for Hippodromes and Theatres, by St. John Chrysostom. A Homily of St John Chrysostom.
July 20 / August 2. Holy Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah) (9th c. B.C.).
Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?, by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis, a Priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (GOA). His courage to be outspoken is much appreciated.
June 22 / July 5. St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker (movable holiday on the Saturday closest to June 19th). Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Samosata (380).
Further Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Today Discussion: The Pope and the Patriarch, by Fr. John Whiteford.
May 28 / June 10. Third Day of the Holy Trinity. Venerable Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon (9th c.).
On the Recent Events in Jerusalem and their Ecclesiological Underpinnings, by a Greek Orthodox Priest.
True and False Unity, a homily by Fr. John Whiteford.
May 4 / 17. Synaxis of New Martyrs of Butovo. Virgin-martyr Pelagia of Tarsus in Asia Minor (287).
Concerning the “Historic Meeting” Between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis (May, 2014), by Patrick Barnes.
April 24 / 11. Bright Thursday. Elizabeth the Wonderworker. Savvas the General of Rome.
Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens: An Encyclopedia of the Royal and Imperial Saints of the Orthodox Church, lengthy excerpts from a new book by Protopresbyter James Thornton. Order from The Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.
April 1 / 14. Holy and Great Monday. St. Mary of Egypt.
A Letter to Pope Francis Concerning His Past, the Abysmal State of Papism, and a Plea to Return to Holy Orthodoxy, by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim, and His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Dryinoupolis, Andrew, both of the Church of Greece.
Shifts in Paradigms: An Orthodox Psychiatrist on Homosexuality, an interview with Dr. Lynne Pappas from Pravoslavie.ru.
The Mystery of Marriage: A Fellowship of Love,
by Hieromonk Gregorios. This excerpt is provided by the translator and publisher, Fr. Michael Monos, the proistamenos of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, MO and founder of Newrome Press.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers, by Hieromonk Gregorios. Published by Newrome Press.
The Orthodox School of Bethany, which is adjacent to the Holy Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, has an immediate and ongoing need for “Suitcase Partners.” Sister Martha has found that shipping to Israel/Palestine is expensive and unreliable. Whenever she needs to make an important order, she tries to ship things domestically to someone whom she knows will be coming to the Holy Land. If you know of anyone who is coming to the Holy Land for pilgrimage or business and might be willing to carry a few items for them, please contact the Bethany School.
Dec 7 / 20. St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (397).
The House of the Father, by Fr. George Florovsky. An important essay on ecclesiology by a tremendous theologian of our times.
Be Ready: An Approach to the Mystery of Death,
by Hieromonk Gregorios. This lengthy excerpt is provided by the translator and publisher, Fr. Michael Monos, the proistamenos of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, MO and founder of Newrome Press.
Repentance and Confession,
by Hieromonk Gregorios. Published by Newrome Press.
Nov 13 / 26, 2013. St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407).
A Response to Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas’ “Clerical Attire in America: Suit or Rason?”, by Fr. Michael Monos.
Nov 7 / 20, 2013. Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene. Venerable Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesion.
Art in Worship, Chapter 6 from Greece’s Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis, by Dr. Anestis Keselopoulos. Translated by Dr. Herman A. Middleton. Find the book on the Publisher’s Site, Protecting Veil Press or Amazon. See also these previously posted excerpts.
What's with the Three Bar Orthodox Cross?, by Matt Swagerty. From OrthodoxRings.com, a site that specializes in the sale of Orthodox wedding rings.
The Meaning and Use of Candles, Incense and Vigil Lamps, from the October, 2013 issue of The Messenger, published by the Paracletos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Abbeville, SC.