Ode to Greatly Saddened, Part II . . .

Ok, let’s try this again.

Here is the new thread we were promising you so that Greatly Saddened can post his threads. Let’s hope that the problems we Monomakhos have had recently don’t happen again.

Thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, things are getting hot and heavy in Ukraine and I’d like to offer my comments in the vlog below on two letters written by Archbishop Anastios of Albania to Patriarch Kirill of Russia regarding this controversy.

Long story short: His Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew is playing with an exceedingly week hand. Worse, he continues to misplay this hand. Let us pray that he pulls back from the brink. More to follow.

As always, your comments and criticisms are welcome.

Monomakhos

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  1. Greatly Saddened says

    Thank you ever so much George and Billy Jack Sunday. God bless the entire family of Monomakhos followers, commenters and their families. It is great to be back!

  2. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA23
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    St. Nicholas: Letter from Port Authority to Archbishop Demetrios
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 7, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222772/st-nicholas-letter-from-port-authority-to-archbishop-demetrios/

  3. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA24
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    Fr. George Kaloudis Priest of 57 Years at Holy Trinity Chicago Speaks to TNH
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 7, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222550/fr-george-kaloudis-priest-of-57-years-at-holy-trinity-chicago-speaks-to-tnh/

  4. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA25
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald. Be sure to take note of the comments below the article. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Archdiocese Announces “Significant” Steps for St. Nicholas
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 6, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222412/archdiocese-announces-significant-steps-for-st-nicholas/

  5. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA26
    Below please find another article from today in The National Herald.

    Chicago’s Holy Trinity Church Receives Judgment of Foreclosure
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 7, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222575/chicagos-holy-trinity-church-receives-judgment-of-foreclosure-2/

  6. Greatly Saddened says

    EP14
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE INTERNALLY DIVIDED ON PROCESS FOR ELECTING PRIMATE OF NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH
    Constantinople; Kiev, December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117750.html

  7. Greatly Saddened says

    UA44
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    ABBOT OF POCHAEV LAVRA APPEALS TO POROSHENKO TO PROTECT MONASTERY FROM THE STATE

    In the 50s and 60s the brethren of the Lavra were called “nationalists” for speaking Ukrainian, now they are called “Muscovites” for their loyalty to the Church.

    Pochaev, December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117754.html

  8. Greatly Saddened says

    UA45
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    STATE SEARCHES OF CHURCHES, PRIESTS’ HOMES ARE “UNPLEASANT, INCOMPREHENSIBLE, PAINFUL FOR THE FAITHFUL”—MET. OF ZHYTOMYR
    Zhytomyr, Ukraine, December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117760.html

  9. Greatly Saddened says

    ACROD1
    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    ANOTHER CONSTANTINOPLE PRIEST IN AMERICA SWITCHES TO ROCOR
    Washington, D.C., December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117748.html

    • Disinformation. From the parish president –“Father sought release from the Diocese eight months ago and has yet to receive a phone call, email or text, despite multiple inquiries. As such, he has sought refuge with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Father acted to preserve his integrity as a Priest, leader, and man, and God will take notice…”

  10. Greatly Saddened says

    EP15
    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    BARTHOLOMEW TO MET. ONUPHRY: YOU ARE UNCANONICAL METROPOLITAN
    Constantinople, December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117747.html

  11. Greatly Saddened says

    AOCBUSA1
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Assembly of Orthodox Canonical Bishops of the United States of America.

    Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America
    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2018/fast-questions-fast-answers-geography

  12. Greatly Saddened says

    RCC1
    Below please find an article from last Friday on the Vatican News website.

    POPE
    POPE FRANCIS – BARTHOLOMEW I – ECUMENISM
    30 November 2018, 14:10

    Pope: Christian unity is hope for suffering, wounded world

    Pope Francis has sent a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the occasion of the Nov. 30 feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Patriarchate.

    By Robin Gomes

    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-patriarch-bartholomew-feast-message-saint-andrew.html

  13. Greatly Saddened says

    OD1
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Orthodoxy in Dialogue website.

    ORTHODOXY IN DIALOGUE PUBLISHED AND EDITED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF ORTHODOX DOCTORAL STUDENTS

    ORTHODOXY AND ECUMENISM: COME NOW, LET US REASON TOGETHER
    DECEMBER 5, 2018 – THE EDITORS

    https://orthodoxyindialogue.com/2018/12/05/orthodoxy-and-ecumenism-come-now-let-us-reason-together/

  14. Greatly Saddened says

    EP16
    Below please find a news release from Wednesday on the Ecumenical Patriarchate website.

    ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE PERMANENT DELEGATION TO THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

    Thronal Feast at the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    December 5, 2018

    https://www.ecupatria.org/2018/12/05/thronal-feast-at-the-ecumenical-patriarchate-2/

  15. Greatly Saddened says

    EP17
    Below please find an article from today on the Interfax-Religion website.

    News
    07 December 2018, 12:09
    Patriarch Bartholomew calls on UOC Metropolitan Onufry to take part in unification assembly

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=14753&fbclid=IwAR2XeQTyvMYc1AicWVTL6ggeEQGQPuHxORrxuns1gyPCYv-aCMS_q3Y6vbI

    • “Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence Metropolitan of Kiev’, in the form of dispensation and mercy, I inform you that after the election of the Ukrainian church head by a body, which will consist of priests and lay people, you will no longer be able from an ecclesiological and canonical standpoint to continue carrying the title of metropolitan of Kiev, which nonetheless you still carry today in violation of the terms outlined in the official documents of 1686,”

      So finally Orthodox Church has been blessed with the supreme leader of unlimited power. Eat your hearts, Latins.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Who says that God doesn’t have a sense of humor? After all these years, decades, centuries even, of criticising the Latins for their papal arrogance, we have one now sitting in Istanbul.

        • Matthew Panchisin says

          Dear George,

          Surely the Greek Priests and bishops in Greece and the U.S.A. etc. are aware of the historical reality you have mentioned, it used to be very ingrained and often expressed by them. Nevertheless with the embracing of ecumenical movements that history seems to have lost it’s significance to the modern minded enthusiast. In fact, when the aforementioned historical reality is brought up, the accusation of being a fundamentalist (along with other harsh invective ) are often hurled. Yet predictably via the Phanar, we are seeing the same sort of results that authentic fundamentalism produces, namely my way or the highway, you are being forced to do this for your own good, etc. That is not just limited to Ukraine, it is everywhere for the E.P. so it is good and important to keep him and all the suffering Greek Bishops and Priests in our prayers.

          Hence you are clearly correct when you mention, “After all these years, decades, centuries even, of criticizing the Latins for their papal arrogance, we have one now sitting in Istanbul.”

          It seems referencing the word irony maybe apropos, some say those in the Phanar actually are cognizant of what they are doing.

          “A literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.”

          This is much worse than a run of the mill Greek tragedy.

          In Christ,

          Matt Panchisin

          P.S. I enjoyed your last vlog.

          • Constantinos says

            Dear Matt,
            Wouldn’t it be nice if the Orthodox Church focused on evangelism instead of all this political chicanery? We hear more about the political machinations of the hierarchy than we do about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A church divided against itself cannot stand. If every committed Orthodox Christian would lead just one person to our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy Orthodox Church, we would be bursting at the seams, but then we would have the hierarchy to ruin everything.. Is it all about poisonous church politics or is it all about our Lord and Savior? If we clip the hierarchy’s wings, focus on repentance, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we could change the world just like the disciples and Apostles once did two thousand years ago. We, the laity, need to take our church back. “The road to hell is paved on the skulls of priests and bishops.”

            • My daily hourly repeated thought from Bulgaria where i live and I am greek. What does all this man made crap that must Crucifixion Christ daily and give Joy to every atheist, say about the Church and what can we say to any you g family struggling in rhe daily reality of here, use, Greece, Ukraine.? Nothing but shame. You wonder why young people say NFI. I do not normally swear burrow else ro express my sadness and despair. Yes I know n I should not despair but I am human. But everybody on this blogs seems totally uninterested in the CHURCH, IRS WORSHIP AND SPIRITUAL LIFE. It’s just a back drip to Politics. Bartholomaios is a disgrace, all these retarded dying middle East Patrarchates are.

            • The Orthodox church lead me to Christ…meaning the Christ of the Gospel after weeding through the political nonsense and unscriptural teachings of this church.

          • Antiochene Son says

            Yet predictably via the Phanar, we are seeing the same sort of results that authentic fundamentalism produces, namely my way or the highway, you are being forced to do this for your own good, etc.

            It seems that Patriarch Bartholomew is taking after his dear friend Pope Francis, who does precisely the same thing. Meek and mild until you disagree!

  16. Christopher says

    There is no “brink” to pull back from. This Church of the East has been applying in an ad hoc manner an ecclesiastical structure (called a “canonical” structure or “law”, though it is not “forensic” in the normal sense of law), agreed in and written for a Roman Empire, to the rise of nation states and national/ethnic “churches” for about a 1000 years now. The EP is doing nothing other than the norm, and for that matter so is the MP. These “crises”, conflicts, and so called ‘brinkmanship’ is the status quo and has been for quite some time.

    These conflicts will continue on indefinitely short of a real ecumenical council that honestly and directly addresses the what, when, and how of Orthodox ecclesiology in the world as it has been for the last 1000 years and what appears to be the norm for the foreseeable future. Yet, how is a council called (and by whom – and who pays for it) when the Empire is long collapsed?

    The inside game between various Patriarchates (today EP vs MP, yesterday Antioch vs. Jerusalem, the day before that “canonical” Orthodoxy vs. ROCOR vs. weakened “official” Russian church vs. underground church vs…..) is somewhat interesting, as a worldly matter necessary, and sure to generate much passion, but it is at the end the day all rather tedious and futile.

    I did not even click on the video. Is the opinion of a so called “Patriarch of Albania”, a tiny church in a tiny nation that has long ago lost the battle against Islamization (just as the EP and the Empire did) truly worth anything at all? Does he have the Charisma, the spiritual authority to call and organize a real council?? Without even looking, I suspect it is just more pious complaint and support of the status quo, written with much apocalyptic sounding piety that condemns someone else while making the proclaimer appear righteous and humble. In other words, it is essentially hypocrisy of the Pharsitical type.

    • M. Stankovich says

      Christopher,

      May I suggest you repost this in another thread as it deserves to be read & commented upon. Fr. Florovsky has an excellent commentary as to why we have not had a Great Council since 787. Unfortunately, it is within the context of another full essay of which I cannot recall, but I will look for it. This Pharisee agrees with your excellent observation.

    • You say much truth. But I feel I must stick up for Yanoulatos of Albania as a good man and bishop who has helped to Reserrection the Albanian church literally from the dead since the late 1980s. Some things worry me such as use of organ in worship in some areas etc but my point stands.
      However you are correct that however elegantly put, he is stating the Constantinople party view in pious way.
      If the Church does not sort out living in 21c reality it will become humanly speaking, a quaint cultic habit as Fr Alexander SCHMEMANN pointed out. I know he not the flavour of the the day here, but none the less true.

  17. Greatly Saddened says

    EP18
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Orthodoxie website.

    News – Europe – Headlines
    First page of the draft statutes of the “New Autocephalous Church” of Ukraine
    By Emma Cazabonne
    5 December 2018

    https://orthodoxie.com/en/first-page-of-the-draft-statutes-of-the-new-autocephalous-church-of-ukraine/

    • Boy doesn’t this really suck for Ukraine. After bribing Bartholomew with fifty million pieces of treacherous silver, all they get is an autonomous Church along the lines of Crete, still in every way subject and subordinate to the schismatic greedy Patriarch of Istanbul.

      Poroshenko and Black Bart – two thugs that truly deserve one another. Maybe Black Bart can make the Church in Ukraine as vibrant, holy and successful as the GOA is in America.

      • Billy Jack Sunday says

        Michael

        You are totally right

        It won’t be an autocephalous church in the real sense of the word. That will be a front loaded misnomer applied

        Very deceptive and dishonest

        However, I’m wondering if it will even constitute being called “autonomous” (not that they plan on declaring it to be that) as we understand autonomy to be

        It looks to me as if it is being set up as a mere eparchy with yes men – without any real goal of autocephaly or even applied autonomy

        Instead of it being focused on Byzantine nostalgia, it will focus on Ukranian nationalism

        A comparison to the GOA may be appropriate

        George Michalopulos – what do you think? Will whatever monstrosity they are creating be able to even resemble autonomy as we know it?

        • Abd u wonder why people walk away. Of course what use is another future bolshevik Slav patriarchate to Constantinople? Bartholomaios wants souls whose CASH he has access to. Hey the uniates currently have a better deal with Rome.

  18. Greatly Saddened says

    UA46
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.

    UKRAINE
    Ukrainian Police Search Moscow-Aligned Orthodox Churches, Homes Of Priests
    December 04, 2018 04:06 GMT
    By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

    https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-orthodox-police-searches/29636181.html

  19. Greatly Saddened says

    UA47
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    SBU accuses UOC priests of treason
    5 December 2018, 18:05 – Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58067-v-sbu-obvinili-svyashhennikov-upc-v-gosizmene?fbclid=IwAR1kCJu9BMi9-kodM_GXjZf-QdA6rOop404gxUsIfUAOPOrPyOKcMZRY7mk

  20. Greatly Saddened says

    UA48
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Interfax-Religion website.

    Religion 
    Home / Religion / News
    News
    06 December 2018, 11:26
    Metropolitan of Sarny and Polesye asks Putin to release Ukrainian sailors

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=14744

  21. Beryl Wells Hamilton says

    Christopher,

    Is the opinion of a poor fisherman worth a plug nickel?

    Since you did not bother to read Archbishop’s Anastasios’ letter, having decided his opinions are worth nothing, you know, he’s not big enough in your book to “call a council,” here is the full text of his letter:
    Ҡ Anastasios
    Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania
    Nr. Prot. 796/18 Tirana, 7th November 2018
    To His Beatitude, Holy Brother in the Lord,
    the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
    KIRILL

    Dearest Brother in Christ and Co-celebrant,

    “My soul is sorrowful.” A deep pain, worry and embarrassment engulf us too, as we follow the developments in the Ukraine issue, after the decisions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (11.10.2018) and of the Orthodox Church of Russia (15.10.2018), which You record in Your letter of the 29th of October 2018.

    Unfortunately, they corroborate the fears we had expressed to the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (30th of July 2018), namely that the currently planned granting of autocephaly to Ukraine will be a “march in a minefield” with painful repercussions for all.

    At the same time, however, we ought to remark that the latest decision of the Church of Russia is also a source of great concern. It is unthinkable that the Divine Eucharist, the mystery par excellence of the infinite love and the utter humiliation of Christ, could be used as a weapon against another Church. Is it possible that the decision and order of the Hierarchy of the Church of Russia may cancel the energy of the Holy Spirit in the holy Orthodox churches that operate under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate? Is it possible that the Divine Eucharist performed in the Churches of Asia Minor, Crete, the
    Holy Mountain, and elsewhere on earth, may now become unsubstantiated for the faithful Russian Orthodox? And if they come forth “with the fear of God, faith, and love” to partake of the Sacred Gifts, is it possible that they commit “a sin,” which they should confess?

    We proclaim that it is impossible for us to agree to such decisions. It is imperative that the Holy Eucharist, this mystery of unfathomable sacredness and unique importance, remains far removed from all ecclesiastical disagreements.

    However serious they may be, the accumulated questions of jurisdiction on no account may constitute a cause for a Schism of Orthodoxy, anywhere in the world. As we have repeatedly stressed, a possible SCHISM now, will tarnish the beauty of Orthodoxy, will weaken its international prestige, and will deeply hurt the faith of all Orthodox – especially those in the Ukraine, who are of immediate concern – who suffer continuous pressures from multiform atheism and are poisoned by indifference, spread around like radioactive dust.

    It is, therefore, imperative to explore calmly a compromise, aiming at a deep and real pacification of the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine.

    Regarding the Pan-Orthodox Synaxis that You mention in Your letter, we consider that the recent developments have made its convocation extremely difficult. The following questions remain crucial: Will the Orthodox Church of Russia ask the Ecumenical Patriarchate to convene a Pan-Orthodox Synaxis? What will be the criteria of a final decision in favour of peace and unity? The Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania is, in any case, willing to participate in a Pan-Orthodox Synaxis, which will be convoked canonically.

    You know our repeatedly mentioned conviction that the most blessed achievements of Orthodoxy during recent decades were the Synaxes of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches. May we return to them, correcting the omissions and mistakes of the past.

    The worry and embarrassment, which we initially formulated, are healed in a paracletic way by the psaltic verse: “Why are thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

    Always in deep brotherly love
    In Christ our only Lord and Saviour
    † Anastasios
    Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania”

    • Thanks for posting this Beryl Wells Hamilton! It is in the main, the status quo in that it is a pious reflection on the “crises” of unity of the hour. For example, it laments the so called weaponization of the Holy Eucharist, yet even a cursory familiarity with the many crises of unity since the collapse of the Empire reveals that this is par for the course, even mundane. So when he says:

      It is imperative that the Holy Eucharist, this mystery of unfathomable sacredness and unique importance, remains far removed from all ecclesiastical disagreements.

      he is really uttering a *political* (which is to say at root a manipulative) utterance. The intended audience is supposed to understand both the real sacramental truth contained within it, as well as the “do as I say but not as the Church has actually done for a 100 years” hypocrisy.

      Also, his “crucial” questions around a “Pan-Orthodox Synaxis” (tangent: the terminology is instructive: Not simply Orthodox or catholic/universal, but something safer for our modern dis-unity and de facto national church self-sufficiency, something called “Pan-Orthodox”) are themselves on the one hand mundane (i.e. they have been “crucial questions” since the collapse of the Empire) and on the other hand loaded in that behind them are the presuppositions of the EP’s particular “canonical” understanding of his role and authority in a modern (ecclesiastical) world. BUT (but but) these assumptions are exactly where the disagreement (with the MP, myself, etc.) and crucial open questions are to be found. In other words, †Anastasios is simply reiterating the EP’s position, understanding, and preferred path to a ‘solution’.

      If †Anastasios wrote this letter innocently, really meaning it, expecting the MP to in some way be persuaded by it, well then he is profoundly naive – a “true believer”, a faithful soldier in the EP’s campaign (and he will soon be rewarded with a job at party headquarters). That’s not really the case however: this letter is not really meant for the MP, but for the media and the (churched) masses. This letter is propaganda

      Where is the charismatic prophet and Patriarch of a real council, yet to be written cannon, and honest/believable (as opposed to anachronistic) ecclesiology of this Church of the East in the modern world?

      Christopher Encapera

      • Christopher states:

        ” …this letter is not really for the MP, but for the media and the(churched) masses. This letter is propaganda.” and speaks of “weaponization of the Holy Eucharist”

        So who is dividing the churched masses from leadership? From all of us, for that matter, against each other. So they may remain on the high.

        Christopher’s entire post, most likely correct.

        So if one is not a cynic, or does not read between the lines, one is a fool, that allows himself to be lied to, by not questioning the motives of our Church leaders. This is not healthy for anyone.

        What a lovely Church we belong to.

  22. It all depends on whether Moscow and Onuphry keep their heads and insist on the excommunication of the Planar. And given the choices they face, that is where the smart money is.

    Replies to anything the CP addresses to the MP or UOCMP should be short and sweet. “We have nothing to discuss until your public repentance is offered and your excommunication is lifted. You stand in the same shoes as your new Ukrainian friends.”

  23. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA27
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    The nuns left All Saints Monastery in Calverton N.Y. alleging abuse
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 8, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222839/the-nuns-left-all-saints-monastery-in-calverton-n-y-alleging-abuse/

  24. Greatly Saddened says

    ROC3
    Below please find an article from last Monday on The New York Times website.

    A Big Cathedral, a Big Bill, and a Big Debate in Romania
    By Kit Gillet
    Dec. 3, 2018

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/world/europe/romania-bucharest-cathedral.html

  25. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA28
    Below please find an editorial from Wednesday on the Paper Post website.

    The following editorial was submitted by Mr. Nicholas Karakas, a long-time Greek Orthodox Church activist and philanthropist from St. Louis, Missouri who resides in Naples, Florida. The opinions expressed may not necessarily belong to The Pappas Post.

    Greek America Guest Posts & Opinions Religion

    Opinion: Prominent Church Leader Laments Archdiocese Council “Meltdown”
    written by Darden Livesay
    December 5, 2018

    http://www.pappaspost.com/opinion-prominent-church-leader-laments-archdiocese-council-meltdown/

    • His tobacco history a bit worrying. My God u dare not look to far into anything. But above that yes he says truth

  26. Greatly Saddened says

    EP19
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    ETHNO-PHYLETISM AND THE PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE
    Anna Stickles
    12/6/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117674.html

    • As someone living in Bulgaria this is especially relevant and showing the politically motivated role of Constantinople.. Who is the modern Padishah? Well as money came from USA government must be Trump..

  27. Greatly Saddened says

    EP20
    Below please find five videos from Tuesday on the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle – Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate website.

    Five Powerful New Videos to Help You Understand and Explain Key Issues Relating to the Ecumenical Patriarchate Today

    https://www.archons.org/-/five-videos

  28. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA29
    Below please find an article from last Monday on the Greek Reporter website.

    Home – East Coast – New York

    East Coast – New York – News – Religion
    Archdiocese to Resume Construction of Church Destroyed on Sept. 11th
    By Philip Chrysopoulos
    Dec 3, 2018

    https://usa.greekreporter.com/2018/12/03/archdiocese-to-resume-construction-of-church-destroyed-on-sept-11/

  29. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA30
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the New York Post website.

    METRO

    Long Island nuns push for change amid growing ‘#ChurchToo’ movement
    By Melissa Klein
    December 8, 2018 | 7:08pm

    https://nypost.com/2018/12/08/long-island-nuns-push-for-change-amid-growing-churchtoo-movement/

  30. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA31
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.

    Nuns Leave Monastery in NY Alleging Abuse
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 8, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/222842/nuns-leave-monastery-in-ny-alleging-abuse/

  31. Greatly Saddened says

    ROC5
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Romania-Insider website.

    DAILY NEWS  SOCIAL
    Pew Research: Romania is the most religious country in Europe
    7 Dec 2018
    by Irina Marica

    https://www.romania-insider.com/pew-research-romania-religious-country-europe/

  32. Greatly Saddened says

    COG5
    Below please find an article from Friday on the ekathimerini website.

    07.12.2018 : 15:06
    Ieronymos assures clerics their rights will be safeguarded

    http://www.ekathimerini.com/235450/article/ekathimerini/news/ieronymos-assures-clerics-their-rights-will-be-safeguarded?fbclid=IwAR2HilTcX0oOQafobkYOmzx6l-G0j05veET7nY_BQ5ZTBtPGl_2QkkUBLWw

  33. Greatly Saddened says

    UA49
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN METROPOLITAN DENIED ENTRY TO KIEV-CONTROLLED TERRITORY TO CELEBRATE FEAST OF MOTHER OF GOD
    Donetsk, December 10, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117776.html

  34. Greatly Saddened says

    UA50
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    POROSHENKO TURNS TO UKRAINIAN CHURCH FOR HELP IN FREEING SAILORS AFTER DECLARING CHURCH HAS NO BUSINESS IN UKRAINE
    Kiev, December 10, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117782.html

  35. Greatly Saddened says

    UA51
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PHILARET: IF WE DON’T LIKE THE CONDITIONS OF THE “UNIFICATION COUNCIL,” WE SIMPLY WON’T VOTE (+ VIDEO)
    Kiev, December 10, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117797.html

  36. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA32
    Below please find an article and video from Friday on the CBS Channel 2 Chicago website.

    60-Year-Old Greek Orthodox Church Could Be Sold To Pay Off $8 Million Debt
    By Roseanne Tellez
    December 7, 2018 at 6:54 am

    https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/12/07/holy-trinity-greek-orthodox-church-auction-debt/

  37. Greatly Saddened says

    EP21
    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PAT. BARTHOLOMEW’S LETTER ONLY INCREASES MET. ONUPHRY’S STATURE IN ORTHODOX WORLD

    Pat. Bartholomew did not humiliate Met. Onuphry by his letter, but himself.
    Kiev, December 10, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117780.html

  38. Greatly Saddened says

    UA52
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    UOC Synod resolves to consider “Unification Council” as unlawful assembly
     7 December 2018, 18:30  Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58119-sinod-upc-postanovil-schitaty-obedinitelynyj-sobor-nezakonnym-sobranijem?fbclid=IwAR0EIRGzWiVxgqqW-3hUJ105Ti4O3DGY-I-Qxdp7UfJoE3-6nT8Dkxdnqn4

  39. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA33
    Below please find a news announcement from last Wednesday on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

    NEWS – OFFICIAL NEWS – 2018
    Archbishop Demetrios Attends Funeral for George H.W. Bush
    Dec. 5, 2018

    https://www.goarch.org/-/archbishop-demetrios-attends-funeral-for-george-h-w-bush

  40. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA34
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    Fr. Gerasimos Makris Denies Nuns’ Allegations in NY Post
    By TNH Staff 
    December 10, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223032/fr-gerasimos-makris-denies-nuns-allegations-in-ny-post/

    • This priest did the memorial for my late mother in 2012 during my time in States and the Bay Ride Parish was one i loved going to and whose atmosphere felt healthy, very and Orthodox in good way and in worship too.

  41. Greatly Saddened says

    EP22
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodoxia Info website.

    In English

    The Ukrainian autocephaly and its consequences
    English Edition – 10/12/2018 – 18:40

    https://orthodoxia.info/news/the-ukrainian-autocephaly-and-its-consequences/

  42. Greatly Saddened says

    EP23
    Below please find and yet another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    “THE PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE HAS NO CANONICAL RIGHT TO CONVENE ANY ASSEMBLY IN UKRAINE”Resolutions of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, December 7, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117783.html

  43. Greatly Saddened says

    UA53
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Tass website.

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church fumes at Kiev ban on top cleric from crossing disengagement line

    Society & Culture
    December 10, 12:15 UTC+3
    According to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the situation also proves that Kiev continues to pursue its policy of blatant meddling in the affairs of the church

    http://tass.com/society/1035221?fbclid=IwAR160Hs7agFwIx7HyLWOZOBntYtajfEIxuxuvO3l73QJDGu8jjFH2iXQv74

  44. Greatly Saddened says

    OMK1
    Below please find an article from last Monday on the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea website.

    His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew lands in Korea. 
    Posted on December 3, 2018  
    Posted By: Erik Lionberger
    Categories: Posts EN

    http://www.orthodoxkorea.org/kr-hah-visit-2018-03/

  45. Greatly Saddened says

    OMK2
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea website.

    His All Holiness’s visit to Korea: December 5, 2018 
    Posted on December 5, 2018  
    Posted By: Erik Lionberger
    Categories: Posts EN

    http://www.orthodoxkorea.org/his-all-holinesss-visit-to-korea-december-5-2018/

  46. Greatly Saddened says

    OMK3
    Below please find an article from Sunday on the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea website.

    His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrates Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of St. Nicholas Church in Seoul
    Posted on December 9, 2018  
    Posted By: Erik Lionberger
    Categories: Posts EN

    http://www.orthodoxkorea.org/his-all-holiness-patriarch-bartholomew-celebrates-great-vespers-and-divine-liturgy-on-the-occasion-of-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-establishment-of-st-nicholas-church-in-seoul/?fbclid=IwAR1MkZ49WTK6gXt4o1RLLXH5vPCg7KYVPqBGPFcwF-B4pBPPmoJDRbJ5RSY

  47. Greatly Saddened says

    OMK4
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea website.

    President Moon Jae-in meets with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 
    Posted on December 11, 2018  
    Posted By: Erik Lionberger
    Categories: Posts EN

    http://www.orthodoxkorea.org/president-moon-jae-in-meets-with-his-all-holiness-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew/

  48. Greatly Saddened says

    UA54
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    Flashmob launched on the Net in support of the priests summoned to SBU
    10 December 2018, 12:24  Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58155-v-seti-zapustili-fleshmob-v-podderzhku-svyashhennikov-vyzvannyh-sbu-na-doprosy?fbclid=IwAR0hPvzaJmQRRirGrfv4F4YFGLruBAjpsV0brqmyWanEzJnM9nHcH0ODmbs

  49. Greatly Saddened says

    EP24
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    “DEAR LOYAL SUBJECT OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC, MR. BARTHOLOMEW!”An Answer to the Invitation to Constantinople’s Ukrainian Robber Council
    12/11/18

    http://orthochristian.com/117824.html

  50. Greatly Saddened says

    EP25
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Byzantine, Texas website.

    Friday, December 7, 2018
    Chryssavgis putting out “informational” videos on Ukraine

    http://byztex.blogspot.com/2018/12/chryssavgis-putting-out-informational.html?m=1

  51. Greatly Saddened says

    UA55
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    I’M AFRAID “UNIFICATION COUNCIL” WILL END IN A QUARREL – CONSTANTINOPLE-UKRAINIAN HIERARCH
    Kharkov, Ukraine, December 11, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117818.html

    • Ha. They finding out who filaret really is. MOSCOW knew years ago. I am sure Philaret did not agree to this to be robbed a second time to be boss man. I’m sure he discussed with his wife.
      All he cares about or wants is his own power and glory. What are such crooks doing in the Church?. Please do not answer that as may be painful.

  52. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA35
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    St. Nicholas Feast Day Marks New Beginning for National Shrine at the WTC
    By TNH Staff 
    December 11, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223166/st-nicholas-feast-day-marks-new-beginning-for-national-shrine-at-the-wtc/

  53. Greatly Saddened says

    UA56
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN PRIESTS, LAITY SUPPORTING PRIESTS ACCUSED OF TREASON ARE ADDED TO GOV’T DATABASE OF ENEMIES OF UKRAINE
    Rivne, December 11, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117834.html

  54. Greatly Saddened says

    UA57
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN CHURCH IN 2018: 7 NEW MONASTERIES, DOZENS OF NEW CHURCHES, 89 NEW MONASTICS, 100+ NEW CLERGY
    Kiev, December 11, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117835.html

  55. Greatly Saddened says

    RF1
    Below please find an article from Friday, November 30th, on The Moscow Times website.

    NEWS
    Nov. 30 2018 – 16:11
    Russia’s New Military Cathedral Will Train War Priests — Reports

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russias-new-military-cathedral-will-train-war-priests-reports-63671

    • Billy Jack Sunday says

      “Russia’s New Military Cathedral Will Train War Priests”

      Will they look like Gandalf? That’s all I’m seeing

      YOU SHALL NOT COMMUNE!

      Might be a bit awkward standing in the front of that line

  56. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA36
    Below please find a press release from Monday on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

    NEWS – OFFICIAL NEWS – 2018
    The Feast of Saint Nicholas marks a new beginning for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the WTC
    Stavros Papagermanos
    pressoffice@goarch.org
    (212) 570-3530
    December 10, 2018

    https://www.goarch.org/-/the-feast-of-saint-nicholas-marks-a-new-beginning-for-st-nicholas-greek-orthodox-church-and-national-shrine-at-the-wtc

  57. Greatly Saddened says

    OMK5
    Below please find a press release from Monday on the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea website.

    His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the DMZ 
    Posted on December 10, 2018  
    Posted By: Erik Lionberger
    Categories: Posts EN

    http://www.orthodoxkorea.org/his-all-holiness-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-visits-the-dmz/?fbclid=IwAR2flFPAKg37o86nbCPwig6FCN7w2NornKjt29O9WRjz8yU-3ZDf1kTGaj8

    • Billy Jack Sunday says

      Greatly Saddened

      “His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the DMZ”

      Thankfully, the South Koreans were able to stop Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from his sudden impulse to cross the DMZ and attempt to invade North Korea as well

      • Greatly Saddened says

        BJS … with the way he is going, who knows what country may be next!

        • Billy Jack Sunday says

          Greatly Saddened

          Isn’t there something said about never invading Russian lands – especially in winter?

          Also

          At this point, I’m not sure if the EP would invade Tibet or just find the Dali Lama in exile and proclaim him a Metropolitan

  58. Greatly Saddened says

    COG6
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the ekathimerini website.

    NEWS 11.12.2018 : 08:20
    Senior clerics meet to discuss church-state deal

    http://www.ekathimerini.com/235562/article/ekathimerini/news/senior-clerics-meet-to-discuss-church-state-deal?fbclid=IwAR1yNY7c_SHGvcgQrRnxGiJSO-DCjNXc_XK8pIlUh9Un4z2BN3T4GC-d2fo

  59. Gail Sheppard says

    UA58

    “. . . The aspiration of Poroshenko and his cronies is to become in some sense the Palestinians of Europe, victims of Russian aggression, just as the actual Palestinians are perceived as being victims of Israel. Defeated by superior force, they want the E.U. to adopt them and make Ukraine a black hole for billions of dollars and euros, with no end in sight.

    The fact is that despite international support, Kiev lacks the means to preserve Ukraine as a unitary state. Therefore, Poroshenko’s survival is predicated on defeat.

    Just as in the case of the Palestinians, whose every defeat functions as a catalyst to attract worldwide sympathy and international donors, the continuation of hostilities, for Poroshenko, is an inevitable necessity. This should explain indiscriminate bombing of East Ukrainian cities and a recent border incident between Russian and Ukrainian forces. . .”

    Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/america_crimea_and_ukraine_the_desirable_over_the_achievable.html#ixzz5ZTpO5QQN

  60. Greatly Saddened says

    RSK1
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Yanhop News Agency website.

    All Headlines
    Moon seeks support for ‘peace initiative’ from Orthodox Church leader
    17:28 December 07, 2018

    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20181207010900315

  61. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA37
    Below please find an article from Monday on the Daily Mail (UK) website.

    Nuns start social media campaign using #ChurchToo hashtag after their priest returned to Brooklyn pulpit despite admitting to ‘inappropriate’ encounters with women

    By Khaleda Rahman
    For Dailymail.com10:35 EST 10 Dec 2018,
    updated 20:29 EST 10 Dec 2018

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6479157/Nuns-start-social-media-campaign-using-ChurchToo-hashtag.html

  62. Greatly Saddened says

    BOC1
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    BELARUSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CONDEMNS CONSTANTINOPLE’S ANTI-CANONICAL ACTIONS IN UKRAINE
    Minsk, December 12, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117852.html

  63. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA38
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald. Also, take note of the comments below the article.

    Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Nuns Notified Archbishop Demetrios about Archimandrite Gerasimos Makris Sexual Misconduct
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 12, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223290/nuns-notified-archbishop-demetrios-about-archimandrite-gerasimos-makris-sexual-misconduct/

  64. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA39
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Analysis: Another Embarrassment
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 12, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223301/another-embarrassment/

  65. Greatly Saddened says

    UA59
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    OVRUCH DIOCESE EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR CANONICAL STATUS OF UKRAINIAN CHURCH AND MET. ONUPHRY

    The priest do not want to go to hell for the sin of shism.
    Korosten, Ukraine, December 12, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117841.html

  66. Greatly Saddened says

    UA60
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    FIGHT BREAKS OUT IN CHURCH AFTER UKRAINIAN PARISH MOVES FROM ONE CONSTANTINOPLE JURISDICTION TO THE OTHER (+ VIDEOS)
    Vinyantintsi, Ukraine, December 12, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117843.html

  67. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA40
    Below please find a “Letter to the Editor” from yesterday in The National Herald, by Presbyter Christopher Xanthos of Cheyenne, WY.

    Letter to the Editor: From a Spiritual Child of Fr. Makris
    December 12, 2018
    Presbyter Christopher Xanthos
    Cheyenne, WY

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223262/letter-to-the-editor-from-a-spiritual-child-of-fr-makris/

  68. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA41
    Below please find an article from Tuesday in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    The Front Page of the New York Post…Again
    By Antonis H. Diamataris 
    December 11, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223168/the-front-page-of-the-new-york-postagain/

    • Gail Sheppard says

      GS, this looks like what George is talking about. There are two of your posts they put through today with just the number. Did you forget to attach the article or do you think you attached it but it was dropped? George will need to know this.

      • Greatly Saddened says

        No. Gail. I happen to notice the sequence of numbers at times seems to get out of order. So, when I do notice it, I make a correction with a reply to bring the sequence back in to its proper numerical order.

    • Greatly Saddened says

      The above should be corrected to show its original number of GOA41. Thank you!

      • George Michalopulos says

        I can correct the problems for you GS, but I’m still confused. GOA42 is level above where you replied. Are you wanting me to correct the post you just replied to? In other words the one with the number GOA42 and nothing else? It won’t help to sequence anything because the system orders the posts by the date and time the post was approved. Unfortunately, they are not approved in the sequence they were submitted and the approver sees the latest pending post, first, and will work backward until all the pending remarks are approved for that sign-in session. – I’ll reorder the numbers for this thread and remove the placeholders. Hopefully, this will help.

  69. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA42
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Metropolitan Nathanael Speaks to TNH about the Troubled Holy Trinity Parish in Chicago
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 13, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223387/metropolitan-nathanael-speaks-to-tnh-about-the-troubled-holy-trinity-parish-in-chicago/

  70. Greatly Saddened says

    UA61
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE-UKRAINIAN HIERARCH AWARDS FORMER CIA HEAD FOR SUPPORTING PUSH FOR UKRAINIAN NATIONAL CHURCH
    Kiev, December 13, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117882.html

  71. Greatly Saddened says

    UA62
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    BISHOPS OF UOC CONTINUE TO RETURN CONSTANTINOPLE’S INVITATIONS TO “UNIFICATION COUNCIL”
    Kiev, December 13, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117875.html

  72. Greatly Saddened says

    UA63
    Below please find yet another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    47 Ukrainian Deputies ask court to declare Parliament’s appeal for autocephaly unconstitutional
    Kiev, December 13, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117874.html

  73. Greatly Saddened says

    EP26
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MET. KALLISTOS (WARE): “I AM NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT THE POSITION TAKEN BY PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW” (+ VIDEO)
    London, December 13, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117867.html

  74. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA43
    Below please find an article from today on the ABC Channel 7 Chicago website.

    RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY

    ABC7 EXCLUSIVE: ‘Christmas Miracle’ appears to save historic NW Side Greek Orthodox church

    https://abc7chicago.com/4896628/

  75. Greatly Saddened says

    I have this funny feeling that possibly some of my posts may be falling off the radar screen. This is just a huntch!

    • George Michalopulos says

      You mentioned this before, GS, and it concerns me. My staff says the only posts they’ve deleted are the ones where the number appears, e.g. UA47, E56, etc., and nothing else. They’ve also been deleting duplicate posts (this is for everybody), thinking the author posted the same thing twice by mistake. I’ve told them to start putting everything through until we get to the bottom of this. As I’ve said before, we’ve been having problems and are looking into it.

  76. Greatly Saddened says

    George … please, in no way did I mean this to be critical. I fully understand there have been problems. It’s just at times, the numbers for some reason or other, seem to get out of sequential numerical order. Wish I knew why!

  77. Greatly Saddened says

    I think I may have figured it out. By looking at the most recent GOA posts (i.e. GOA41 and GOA42), it seems that posts for a day, depending on the last time the website was updated can be delayed in posting and when I look back to assign a sequential number, there are still posts which have yet to be posted for that day. I try to wait at least one, if not more update cycles before adding additional posts. Please forgive me for the confusion.

  78. Greatly Saddened says

    FYI … just an observation. I have noticed lately when I sign on to “Monomakhos” the number of comments showing for example. “Ode to Greatly Saddened … Take Two” is for example is 91 comments and when I go in to “Ode to Greatly Saddened … Take Two” it shows 104 comments.

    • George Michalopulos says

      That could be because the approvers have approved new comments but the dashboard hasn’t caught up. There are a lot of moving parts and they don’t always move together. I think I fixed the numbering problem for you. GOA39 is now followed by GOA40, . . .41, . . .42, . . .43, & . . .44.

  79. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA44
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    Holy Trinity Chicago Saved by Christmas Miracle Donation
    By TNH Staff 
    December 14, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223556/christmas-miracle-for-holy-trinity-church-in-chicago/

    • It is such a pleasure to hear good news. Thanks be to God for His wonderful gifts. Thank you, GS, for sharing this.

  80. Greatly Saddened says

    UA64
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    SECURITY SERVICE KIDNAPS UKRAINIAN BISHOP “TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT”
    Chernivitsi, Ukraine, December 14, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117918.html

  81. Greatly Saddened says

    UA65
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN CHURCH RESPONDS TO YET ANOTHER VIOLATION OF ITS CANONICAL RIGHTS BY CONSTANTINOPLE
    Kiev, December 14, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117915.html

  82. Greatly Saddened says

    EP27
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    TOMOS OF AUTOCEPHALY TO BE PRESENTED JANUARY 6, SAYS CONSTANTINOPLE BISHOP
    Kiev, December 14, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117907.html

  83. Greatly Saddened says

    UA66
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN FAITHFUL BRAVE COLD, SNOW TO PRAY FOR NON-INTERFERENCE OF STATE IN CHURCH AFFAIRS OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT (+ VIDEO)
    Kiev, December 14, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117900.html

  84. Greatly Saddened says

    UA67
    Below please find an article from today on the NBC News website.

    WORLD

    Ukraine moves to create its own Orthodox church out of Russia’s orbit

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes the potential outcome of Saturday’s meeting represents an “opportunity that arises once in a millennium.”
    Dec. 14, 2018 / 6:56 AM ET / Updated 9:05 AM ET / Source: Reuters
    By Yuliya Talmazan

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ukraine-moves-create-its-own-orthodox-church-out-russia-s-n947451

    • Billy Jack Sunday says

      Greatly Saddened

      “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes the potential outcome of Saturday’s meeting represents an “opportunity that arises once in a millennium.”

      That is an extremely comical statement

      Once in a millennium

      1054 A.D.

  85. Greatly Saddened says

    UA68
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    Donbass bishops regained demarcation line passes
    11 December 2018, 21:03  Editorial board UOJ 71

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58222-arkhijerejam-donbassa-vosstanovili-propuski-cherez-liniju-razgranichenija?fbclid=IwAR3ZwTB0JZ2C7cM5ZfD2L0H8W6l3Pxs4SB4UtFLKLnFzUt42HByVmgrW1Ho

  86. Greatly Saddened says

    MP3
    Below please find an article from today on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    Pat. Kirill appeals to world leaders in connection with pressure on UOC
    14 December 2018, 20:31  Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58283-patriarkh-kirill-obratilsya-k-mirovym-lideram-v-svyazi-s-davlenijem-na-upc?fbclid=IwAR1wNevPE-UnoOozVy5LSzDAjodPzFBxruybgJbqgTgZ1l7kO-RZWn_OwXs

  87. Greatly Saddened says

    UA69
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Bristol Herald Courier (VA) website.

    AP
    Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

    https://apnews.com/b29240505c6745309f40bd9751444749

  88. Greatly Saddened says

    UA70
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    UOC protests against Phanar’s service on its canonical ground
    13 December 2018, 20:04  Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58267-upc-vyrazila-protest-protiv-sluzhenija-fanara-na-jeje-kanonicheskoj-territorii?fbclid=IwAR3x9SLMRix-tmnbaYjGgNERnqKrA2KQSrl7e9zP25cIofUtbb16lUZtOZQ

  89. Greatly Saddened says

    EP28
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS REPORTEDLY ARRIVED IN KIEV FOR “UNIFICATION COUNCIL”
    Kiev, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117928.html

    • Billy Jack Sunday says

      PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW HAS REPORTEDLY ARRIVED IN KIEV FOR “UNIFICATION COUNCIL”

      Did he arrive by Empirial Shuttle escorted by Tie Fighters?

  90. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA45
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    Former Members of the Holy Trinity Parish Council Speak Out
    December 14, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223552/former-members-of-the-holy-trinity-parish-council-speak-out/

  91. Greatly Saddened says

    UA71
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    SCHISMATICS SEIZE UKRAINIAN CHURCH AS PAT. BARTHOLOMEW’S “COUNCIL” GETS UNDERWAY
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117927.html

  92. Greatly Saddened says

    UA72
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    AUTOCEPHALY POSSIBLE THANKS TO FOREIGN DIPLOMATS, WAS IMPEDED BY “KIEV PATRIARCHATE” LIES, CONSTANTINOPLE-UKRAINIAN LEADER SAYS
    Kiev, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117931.html

  93. Greatly Saddened says

    UA73
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    “UNIFICATION COUNCIL” CHOOSES KP HIERARCH AS PRIMATE FOR NEW CHURCH
    Kiev, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117934.html

  94. Greatly Saddened says

    UA74
    Below please find an article from today on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine website.

    Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko) becomes Primate of One Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine
    15 December 2018, 17:26
    National religious question

    https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/state/national_religious_question/73918/?fbclid=IwAR1LzDsfpTEijFsxhtLOL6Q9eIICDfydQi-mHqnopvvP6GUm64BiQSOryBY

  95. Greatly Saddened says

    UA75
    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    TWO METROPOLITANS LEAVE UKRAINIAN CHURCH TO JOIN NEW NATIONALIST CHURCH CREATED BY CONSTANTINOPLE
    Kiev, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117938.html

  96. Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) says

    The “Ecumenical” (!!!) Patriarch, a bull in the china shop who goes to bed with his mantra: “My Name in Lights!”, rather than stringing pearls for the glory of ‘Heaven makes a malodorous mess, but he’ll soon have to run behind the coulisses again when Mme. Timoshenko returns to kick Poroshenko off the stage…

  97. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA46
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald, by the Associated Press.

    AP on Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago
    By Associated Press
    December 15, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223626/ap-on-holy-trinity-greek-orthodox-church-chicago/

    • Maybe this decline should be the concern of every body on this blog. I do not know how wide it is and I hope there are many notable exceptions.
      I believe we are coming to an end in the USA however, with degenerated ethnic parishes that are a pale imitation of the old world and irrelevant to the new.
      By ethnic I do not mean any particular set of customs or food as why would these things be problematic? But I mean the continued use of a language as the main one of use that no one understanding and allied to an attitude of ‘ this is for there, not here’ and with concerns rooted elswhere.
      Above all, because language not a panacea, look at the Catholic church, it’s an attitude where the Faith is a badge and not a living belief, where as I saw in Uk, the Parish president can be an Easter only attender, outside of the social events.
      And we have to face facts that fasting and prostrations and spiritual discipline as opposed to pic and mix not in fashion in Trump’ s USA or Clinton ‘s. NOR WAS CHRIST REMEMBER. But running after the ‘ mood of the moment ‘ will only add contempt on to things.
      There is no easy fix but a mentality that looks to the Church for entertaining, gas to change and maybe a simpler humbled church will come from this minus grand building and plays. Those who understanding know that those first liturgies in a HALL or western church with some icons added, were often the most meaningful. God bless.
      Oh. Some spiritual unit would help but I am not even going there.. And return to ortho- praxis in worship.

  98. Greatly Saddened says

    BulgarianOC1
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    BULGARIAN METROPOLITAN: UKRAINIAN “UNIFICATION COUNCIL” IS NON-CANONICAL
    Vidin, Bulgaria, December 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117941.html

  99. Greatly Saddened says

    UA76
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodoxie website.

    News – Europe – Headlines
    Draft statutes of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine available online
    By Emma Cazabonne
    15 December 2018

    https://orthodoxie.com/en/draft-statutes-of-the-orthodox-church-in-ukraine-available-online/

  100. Greatly Saddened says

    EP29
    Below please find a news release from yesterday on the Ecumenical Patriarchate website.

    News Releases
    COMMENT BY METROPOLITAN SOTIRIOS OF PISIDIA REGARDING THE CELEBRATION OF THE DIVINE LITURGY AT BELEK BY A RUSSIAN PRIEST WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN ANTALYA
    12/14/18

    https://www.patriarchate.org/-/scholio-tou-metropolitou-pisidias-soteriou-sten-eidese-teleses-leitourgias-sto-belek-apo-rosso-ierea-me-ten-yposterixe-tou-rossikou-proxeneiou-tes-ant?fbclid=IwAR0H7SKwGVZ5oAGTqWeU9K2FaGiWx0IX0B-oAmWo-EWgV-GSP0n3zvoDQTc

  101. Greatly Saddened says

    UA77
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    “KIEV PATRIARCHATE” OUTMANEUVERS CONSTANTINOPLE AT “UNIFICATION COUNCIL”
    Kiev, December 16, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117947.html

  102. Greatly Saddened says

    UA78
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Kyiv Post website.

    Unification Council elects head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church
    By Toma Istomina.
    Published Dec. 15. Updated Dec. 15 at 6:09 pm

    https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/unification-council-elects-head-of-ukrainian-orthodox-church.html

  103. Greatly Saddened says

    UA79
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.

    RUSSIA
    Russian Orthodox Church Asks UN, Western Leaders For Help In Ukraine
    December 14, 2018 09:42 GMT
    By RFE/RL

    https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-orthodox-church-asks-un-western-leaders-for-help-in-ukraine/29656026.html

  104. Greatly Saddened says

    UA80
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    U.S. EMBASSY CONGRATULATES UKRAINIANS WITH CREATION OF NEW CHURCH
    Kiev, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117972.html

    • Billy Jack Sunday says

      Greatly Saddened

      Dr. Evil, speaking for the US Embassy, said:

      Congratulations on your [air quotes] “Chuuurch”

      He was also quoted as saying:

      “Autocephalous”

      Riiight

  105. Greatly Saddened says

    UA81
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CLERGY, PARISHIONERS LEAVE VINNITSA CATHEDRAL AS MET. SIMEON ANNOUNCES HE HAS JOINED NEW NATIONALIST CHURCH
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117968.html

  106. Greatly Saddened says

    EP30
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE’S WESTERN EUROPEAN ARCHDIOCESE COULD JOIN MP, ROCOR, OR ROMANIAN CHURCH
    Paris, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117967.html

  107. Greatly Saddened says

    UA82
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    DISPLEASURE IN CONSTANTINOPLE AS NEW UKRAINIAN PRIMATE SKIPS COMMEMORATION OF PAT. KIRILL AT LITURGY (+ VIDEO)
    Kiev, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117973.html

  108. Greatly Saddened says

    UA83
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN DEPUTY SAYS “HUNTING” PRIESTS OF CANONICAL CHURCH IS PLEASING TO GOD
    Kiev, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117985.html

  109. Greatly Saddened says

    UA84
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN CHURCH OFFICIALLY DISMISSES TWO METROPOLITANS WHO JOINED NEW SCHISMATIC CHURCH
    Kiev, December 17, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117980.html

  110. Greatly Saddened says

    UA85
    Below please find an article from today on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.

    Holy Synod of the UOC elects a new hierarch of Vinnitsa and Bar
    17 December 2018, 17:17  Editorial board UOJ

    https://spzh.news/en/news/58409-svyashhennyj-sinod-upc-izbral-novogo-arkhijereja-vinnickogo-i-barskogo?fbclid=IwAR2q_fflDESF1YeJAr7TAI1v0n9TZkLC-Is3vdCZx6WZsObiLWXmCuSSsbc

  111. Greatly Saddened says

    UA86
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodoxia Info website.

    In English
    Autocephaly Tomos to be granted to Ukrainians January 6
    English Edition 16/12/2018 * 13:06

    https://orthodoxia.info/news/autocephaly-tomos-to-be-granted-to-ukrainians-january-6/

  112. Greatly Saddened says

    EP31
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodoxia Info website.

    In English
    New Ukrainian primate’s name commemorated in Constantinople
    English Edition 16/12/2018 * 18:58

    https://orthodoxia.info/news/new-ukrainian-primates-name-commemorated-in-constantinople/

  113. Gail Sheppard says

    UA87
    Appeal of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and Faithful, as of December 17

    “. . . Pitifully, among the initiators of today’s trials of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which argues for its right to interfere in our church affairs by asserting that our Church was once in its jurisdiction. In this connection, we would like to remind you that the Russian Orthodox Church had to declare its autocephaly because of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s betrayal of the Orthodox faith by singing union with Rome at the Ferrara-Florence Council in 1439. This spiritual betrayal of the Orthodox faith became the principal reason for the Metropolis of Kiev, too, to separate itself from Constantinople. The unia caused a break in the church relations and distrust to aggravate later by the fact that for centuries the Church of Constantinople failed to provide appropriate pastoral care and help in the gravest times of trial for Orthodoxy in our lands. Exhausted by the religious confrontation with the Uniates, devastated by wars, especially after the 1596 Union of Brest, the Metropolis of Kiev joined the Russian Orthodox Church in the late 17th century with the aim to preserve the Orthodox faith. That is why today the Patriarchate of Constantinople has no moral and canonical rights to interfere in the internal affairs and spiritual life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Moreover, the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople have already led to the situation in which the possibility for unity of the Orthodox in Ukraine has been thrown away for long, if not forever. . .”

    https://mospat.ru/en/2018/12/17/news168041/?fbclid=IwAR0NHcF1cfT8v92d0argGH8hX5Znu1SgVzCV1GHGmIa6S778JhAatCr5pss

  114. Greatly Saddened says

    MP4
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    RUSSIAN CHURCH LAUNCHES ENGLISH AND GREEK VERSIONS OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE
    Moscow, December 18, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118005.html

  115. Greatly Saddened says

    UA88
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodoxie website.

    News – Europe – Headlines
    The council started late
    By Emma Cazabonne
    15 December 2018

    https://orthodoxie.com/en/the-council-started-late/

  116. Greatly Saddened says

    UA89
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    U.S. DEPT. OF STATE CONGRATULATES UKRAINE WITH CREATION OF NEW CHURCH
    Washington, D.C., December 18, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118010.html

  117. Greatly Saddened says

    UA90
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PHILARET FORCED LEADING CANDIDATE TO STEP DOWN FOR WEAKER EPIPHANY TO WIN PRIMACY, SAYS HE WILL STILL RULE THE UKRAINIAN CHURCH

    “The Patriarch remains for life and controls the Ukrainian Orthodox Church together with the primate,” Denisenko said.
    Kiev, December 18, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118018.html

  118. Greatly Saddened says

    UA91
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN BISHOP REPLACING DEFECTOR IS JOYFULLY GREETED BY NEW FLOCK (+ VIDEOS)
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 18, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118017.html

  119. Greatly Saddened says

    UA92
    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE’S ACTIONS ON EVE OF “COUNCIL” INVALIDATE CLAIM THAT THREE BRANCHES OF UKRAINIAN ORTHODOXY WERE UNITED
    December 18, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118015.html

  120. Greatly Saddened says

    UOC1
    Below please find an article from today on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church website.

    Address of The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of 17 December 2018 to the hierarchy, clergy, monastics, and faithful
    Tuesday, 18.12.2018 11:25

    http://news.church.ua/2018/12/18/address-of-the-holy-synod-of-the-ukrainian-orthodox-church-of-17-december-2018-to-the-hierarchy-clergy-monastics-and-faithful/?lang=en&fbclid=IwAR14A94RAuelu2PxjgZKzRDPOc8DhFbQ2zaOjLIpqhThRr0zNHWekO2wYHs

  121. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA47
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Also, take note of the comment below the article. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Analysis: Temporary Solution, Purge is Needed
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 18, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/223897/temporary-solution-purge-is-needed/

  122. Greatly Saddened says

    MP5
    Below please find a news release from today on the Moscow Patriarchate website.

    Main / Local Churches
    Primate of Polish Orthodox Church expresses support for Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine
    18 December 2018 year 11:52

    http://www.patriarchia.ru/en/db/text/5325518.html?fbclid=IwAR2zEaTENHE9KioXXaCavBsqwnZ6v2vCqxgP8ONrluy2DUL8mwt85tfjLPg

  123. Greatly Saddened says

    UA93
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE SCHISM: HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS
    Priest Mikhail Ulanov,
    Doctoral Candidate in Theology
    Translation by Matfey Shaheen
    Pravoslavie.ru
    12/18/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/117974.html

    • GS,
      This is an outstanding article. Well worth the read. Thank you again for all you do and to George for hosting it.

  124. Greatly Saddened says

    UA94
    Below please find an article and video from Monday on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.

    UKRAINE
    Ukraine Church Head: We Need To Build ‘Our Future Together’
    December 17, 2018 10:47 GMT
    By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

    https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-church-head-we-need-to-build-our-future-together-/29660601.html

  125. Greatly Saddened says

    UA95
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    45 priests who followed bishop into schism have already returned to Ukrainian Church
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 19, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118038.html

  126. Greatly Saddened says

    UA96
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Unian website.

    Vicar of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra to be summoned to testify as witness in “inciting hatred” probe
    19:10, 18 December 2018 UKRAINE

    SBU security service investigators will question Pavel in the coming days.

    https://www.unian.info/society/10382031-vicar-of-kyiv-pechersk-lavra-to-be-summoned-to-testify-as-witness-in-inciting-hatred-probe.html

  127. Greatly Saddened says

    UA97
    Below please find an article from today on the Christian Headlines website.

    Ukraine Orthodox Church Splits from Russia to Achieve ‘Spiritual Independence
    Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/this-day-will-go-into-history-as-a-sacred-day-ukraine-orthodox-church-breaks-away-from-putin-and-russia-to-achieve-spiritual-independence.html

  128. Greatly Saddened says

    UA98
    Below please find an article from Monday on The Christian Post website.

    CP CURRENT PAGE: WORLD 
    MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

    ‘A church without Putin, Moscow poison’: Ukraine elects new Orthodox bishop in major Christian rift
    By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/a-church-without-putin-moscow-poison-ukraine-elects-new-orthodox-bishop-in-major-christian-rift.html

  129. Greatly Saddened says

    UA99
    Below please find an article from today on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine website.

    UOC MP SET UP MOBILE GROUPS TO BLOCK TRANSFER OF COMMUNITIES TO ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE
    19 December 2018, 11:22 | Religion and society

    https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/community/religion_and_society/73976/?fbclid=IwAR3DukOuvAnhmTb0EPlUlGeEdGxLnOw8Hzpo30z_GlpfaSKncSvjOGjKXIA

  130. Greatly Saddened says

    ROCOR1
    Below please find an article from last Thursday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    12/13/2018
    “MY PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU”
    Epistle of the Synod of Bishops to the Clergy and Flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

    On December 9, 2018, the eve of the feast of the icon of the Mother of God “Of the Sign” the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia signed this epistle to the flock. These words overflow with pastoral care and true concern for those suffering under the current persecutions and disasters.

    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you (John 14:27).

    http://orthochristian.com/117868.html

  131. Greatly Saddened says

    UA100
    Below please find an article and video from Tuesday on The Daily Telegraph of Australia website.

    Leader of New Ukrainian Church Calls for End to ‘Occupation’ of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/leader-of-new-ukrainian-church-calls-for-end-to-occupation-of-crimea-and-eastern-ukraine/video/78f49157d32a6b27a92e508057b5e996

  132. Greatly Saddened says

    UA101
    Below please find an article and video from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    NEW BISHOP CONSECRATED TO REPLACE METROPOLITAN WHO JOINED UKRAINIAN SCHISMATICS (+ VIDEO)
    Kiev, December 20, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118060.html

  133. Greatly Saddened says

    RF2
    Below please find an article from. today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT CONSIDERING MEASURES TO GRANT RUSSIAN CITIZENSHIP TO PERSECUTED UKRAINIANS
    Moscow, December 20, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118057.html

  134. Greatly Saddened says

    UA102
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    IF NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH CHANGES ITS STATUTES, CONSTANTINOPLE WILL CHANGE ITS TOMOS—CYRIL HOVORUN
    Kiev, December 20, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118074.html

  135. Greatly Saddened says

    UA103
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    FIGHT BREAKS OUT AFTER UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES TO FORCE UKRAINIAN CHURCH TO CHANGE ITS NAME AS PRETEXT TO CHURCH SEIZURES

    UOC priests will also be prohibited from carrying out chaplaincy ministries.
    Kiev, December 20, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118072.html

  136. Greatly Saddened says

    UA104
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MOSCOW COMPANY REFUSES TO FULFILL ORDER FOR EPISCOPAL CROZIER FOR UKRAINIAN SCHISMATICS
    Moscow, December 20, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118071.html

  137. Greatly Saddened says

    RF3
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.

    Putin Says Patriarch Bartholomew Wants to Make Profit from Ukrainian Church Subjugation
    By TNH Staff 
    December 20, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224190/putin-says-patriarch-bartholomew-wants-to-subdue-ukrainian-church-profit-from-it/

  138. Greatly Saddened says

    MP6
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL SENDS LETTERS TO PRIMATES OF LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES CONCERNING “UNIFICATION” PSEUDO-COUNCIL HELD IN KIEV
    Moscow, December 21, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118088.html

  139. Greatly Saddened says

    UA105
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    VINNITSA CATHEDRAL TAKEN BY SCHISMATICS WITH PAT. BARTHOLOMEW’S BLESSING

    Constantinople is violating its own call to refrain from church seizures.
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 21, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118095.html

  140. Greatly Saddened says

    UA106
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    “ONLY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS CAN CHANGE THE CHURCH’S NAME”—UOC LAWYER
    Kiev, December 21, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118103.html

  141. Greatly Saddened says

    UA107
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PRIMATE OF NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH EXPRESSES THANKS FOR U.S.’S ROLE IN PHONE CALL WITH SEC. OF STATE POMPEO
    Washington, D.C.; Kiev, December 21, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118102.html

    • Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster says

      Do those revealing comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the deposed Ukrainian cleric Makary Maletich constitute a “smoking gun” for unwarranted U.S. “meddling” in the internal affairs of the Orthodox Church in a foreign country?

  142. Greatly Saddened says

    UOC2
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church website.

    The Verkhovna Rada adopts a scandalous Draft bill regarding the renaming of religious organisations
    Thursday, 20.12.2018 21:26

    http://news.church.ua/2018/12/20/the-verkhovna-rada-adopts-a-scandalous-draft-bill-regarding-the-renaming-of-religious-organisations/?lang=en&fbclid=IwAR04dTJWcOVyDwbZoFWpcCtNbdIjciIMedy01wLLrY0ck5ZuryPToYJZXvM

  143. Greatly Saddened says

    UOC3
    Below please find another article from Thursday on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church website.

    The Primate led the episcopal consecration of the newly elected vicar of the Kyiv Metropolis (+ video)
    Thursday, 20.12.2018 16:07

    http://news.church.ua/2018/12/20/the-primate-led-the-episcopal-consecration-of-the-newly-elected-vicar-of-the-kyiv-metropolis-video/?lang=en&fbclid=IwAR2XXwo-E2kfnHEiuWCsEcAkVftdIeUdYFySjHw4pQ04J_8MBlgqw4ji_bc

  144. Greatly Saddened says

    In my most humble opinion, Patriarch Bartholomew should finally do the right thing for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and for its faithful. The Patriarch should select and confirm His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea as the next Archbishop of America.

    First and foremost, His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios is “Christ Centered.” In addition, he is well educated both in Greece and here. As well as pastored in Greece and in the US. He has the education, the experience, is familiar with the workings of the archdiocese and along with God’s help, he will truly be a blessing to us all from above!

    The time has come to finally put the “right” hierarch here to oversee the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s largest and most financially supportive eparchy in the proper hands!

    Below please find a bio of His Eminence Ambrosios of Korea on Orrhodox Wiki.

    https://orthodoxwiki.org/Ambrose_(Zographos)_of_Korea

    • Greatly Saddened says

      Oh, yes, and one more thing I failed to mention above. His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea is full of humility! Something which I believe in my most humble opinion is vital, along with the fear of God. Both which seem to unfortunately be missing from our present day hierarchs here in the US.

  145. Greatly Saddened says

    EP32
    Below please find an article from yesterday by the Associated Press in The National Herald.

    AP: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Sues Princeton over Allegedly Stolen Manuscripts
    By Associated Press 
    December 21, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224138/ap-bartholomew-sues-princeton-over-allegedly-stolen-historic-manuscripts/

  146. Greatly Saddened says

    EP33
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE FORCED THROUGH UNIFICATION OF GROUPS THAT CANNOT WORK TOGETHER—CYRIL HOVORUN
    Kiev, December 21, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118122.html

    • Gail Sheppard says

      And this is why this should never have happened. How are they going to work together going forward if they can’t get the most important thing that ever happened to them right?

  147. Greatly Saddened says

    MP7
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Interfax Religion website.

    Home / Religion / News
    News
    20 December 2018, 18:11
    Patriarch Kirill urges heads of other Orthodox Churches not to recognize Ukraine’s new church (updated)
    Moscow, December 20, Interfax

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=14795

  148. Greatly Saddened says

    UOC4
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.

    The Church of Ukraine Becomes Autocephalous, Elects its New Plelate
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 23, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224440/the-church-of-ukraine-becomes-autocephalous-elects-its-new-plelate/

  149. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA48
    Below please find an article from yesterday in the New York Post.

    METRO

    Port Authority wants to rescue half-built Greek Orthodox church
    By Melissa Klein
    December 22, 2018 | 10:50pm | Updated

    https://nypost.com/2018/12/22/port-authority-wants-to-rescue-half-built-greek-orthodox-church/

  150. Greatly Saddened says

    UA108
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    METROPOLITAN ONUPHRY’S PASTORAL LOVE FOR THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE
    Jesse Dominick
    12/24/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118133.html

  151. Greatly Saddened says

    UA109
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    IN TRUE BORGIA STYLE
    The “unification council” in Kiev: how it went, conclusions and prospects
    Taras Melnick
    Translation by OrthoChristian.com
    Pravoslavie.ru
    12/22/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118113.html

  152. Greatly Saddened says

    MOC1
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE’S LUST FOR POWER IS CATASTROPHIC FOR ORTHODOXY—MET. AMFILOHIJE OF MONTENEGRO
    Bandić, Montenegro, December 24, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118141.html

  153. Greatly Saddened says

    To my brothers and sisters in Christ. Hoping you and your families had a belated blessed Nativity of Our Lord and Savior. Christ is born … Glorify Him!

  154. Greatly Saddened says

    UA110
    Below please find an article from Monday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    POROSHENKO SIGNS ANTI-CHURCH BILL INTO LAW—PRETEXT TO CHURCH SEIZURES
    Kiev, December 24, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118147.html

  155. Greatly Saddened says

    UA111
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN STATE PLANNING TO TAKE 8 MONASTERIES FROM CANONICAL CHURCH TO GIVE TO CONSTANTINOPLE—UKRAINIAN MEDIA
    Kiev, December 26, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118213.html

    • “UKRAINIAN STATE PLANNING TO TAKE 8 MONASTERIES FROM CANONICAL CHURCH TO GIVE TO CONSTANTINOPLE”

      Where will they find the monks to repopulate those monasteries?

  156. Greatly Saddened says

    MP8
    Below please find an article from Monday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    RUSSIAN CHURCH READY TO DIALOGUE WITH CONSTANTINOPLE BUT NOT TO REJECT TRUTH
    Moscow, December 24, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118155.html

  157. Greatly Saddened says

    UA112
    Below please find an article from Monday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    VINNITSA AUTHORITIES DEMANDING PRESSURE AGAINST CANONICAL PRIESTS, PROVOCATIONS AGAINST THEIR PARISHES
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 24, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118160.html

  158. Greatly Saddened says

    COG7
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    GREEK METROPOLITAN: WHAT IS HAPPENING IN UKRAINE IS REGRETTABLE, THREATENS TO CAUSE FURTHER SCHISM
    Corfu, Greece, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118175.html

  159. Greatly Saddened says

    MOC2
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    POROSHENKO 2.0: MONTENEGRIN PRESIDENT INTENDS TO SEEK AUTOCEPHALY FOR MONTENEGRIN CHURCH
    Podgorica, Montenegro, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118178.html

  160. Greatly Saddened says

    COG8
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MET. SERAPHIM OF KYTHIRA: CREATION OF NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH UNDERMINES UNITY OF ORTHODOX CHURCH
    Kythira, Greece, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118190.html

  161. Greatly Saddened says

    UOC5
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    WE HAVE TO SOFTEN ON LGBT TO NOT BE LIKE RUSSIAN CHURCH—HEAD OF NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH
    Kiev, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118195.html

  162. Greatly Saddened says

    UA113
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MET. ONUPHRY: THE LORD GIVES US TO DRINK THE CUP OF SORROW, AND WE HUMBLY DRINK IT
    Kiev, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118196.html

  163. Greatly Saddened says

    GeorgianOC1
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    GEORGIAN HOLY SYNOD TO DISCUSS UKRAINE ON THURSDAY
    Tbilisi, December 25, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118197.html

  164. Greatly Saddened says

    UA114
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UMAN DIOCESE EXPRESSES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR CANONICAL UKRAINIAN CHURCH AND MET. ONUPHRY
    Uman, Ukraine, December 27, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118236.html

  165. Greatly Saddened says

    GeorgianOC2
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    GEORGIAN CHURCH WILL VOICE ITS OPINION ON UKRAINE IN JANUARY
    Tbilisi, December 27, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118268.html

  166. Greatly Saddened says

    MP9
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    PAT. KIRILL FEARS BLOODY CONFLICTS AFTER LAW DEMANDING THAT UKRAINIAN CHURCH CHANGE ITS NAME
    Moscow, December 27, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118263.html

  167. Greatly Saddened says

    UA115
    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN DIOCESES REAFFIRMING FIDELITY TO CANONICAL CHURCH AND MET. ONUPHRY
    Ukraine, December 26, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118206.html

  168. Greatly Saddened says

    RF4
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.

    RUSSIA
    Giving Tanks At Grand Russian Military Cathedral
    December 27, 2018 17:12 GMT
    By Tony Wesolowsky

    https://www.rferl.org/a/giving-tanks-at-grand-russian-military-cathedral/29679918.html

  169. Greatly Saddened says

    UA116
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine website.

    LAW ON RENAMING CHURCHES BECOMES EFFECTIVE
    27 December 2018, 11:23 | Legislation

    https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/state/legislation/74082/?fbclid=IwAR3378OHU0WaxK6OSK-qHkHQfbWOUXlfI0kbn9teaW4PS1VmT0pvMfVQ1Kk

  170. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA49
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    The Theological School in Dire Financial Straits
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 28, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224807/the-theological-school-in-dire-financial-straits/

  171. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA50
    Below please find another article from yesterday in The National Herald. Also, take note of the comments below the article.

    More in the NY Post about St. Nicholas, Port Authority and Archdiocese
    By TNH Staff December 28, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224893/more-in-the-ny-post-about-st-nicholas-port-authority-and-archdiocese/

  172. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA51
    Below please find yet another article from yesterday in The National Herald. Once again, take note of the comments below the article.

    The Archons of the Patriarchate Respond to Putin’s Allegations Against Patriarch Bartholomew
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    December 28, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224805/the-archons-of-the-patriarchate-respond-to-putins-allegations-against-patriarch-bartholomew/

  173. Greatly Saddened says

    BulgarianOC2
    Below please find an article from today in the Orthodox Christianity website.

    A BULGARIAN HIERARCH SPEAKS OUT REGARDING THE PHANARIOT CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE
    Metropolitan Daniil of Vididn to glasove.com: The assembly in Ukraine is uncanonical
    12/29/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118238.html

  174. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA52
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.

    Person of the Year – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
    By TNH Staff 
    December 29, 2018

    https://www.thenationalherald.com/224811/person-of-the-year-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew/

  175. Greatly Saddened says

    UA117
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    UKRAINIAN VINNITSA DIOCESE REPORTS ABOUT THREATS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 27, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118261.html

  176. Greatly Saddened says

    TheWashingtonPost1
    Below please find an article from last Sunday on The Washington Post website.

    Opinions
    Churchgoers, cut the ‘Chreasters’ some slack
    By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Columnist
    December 23

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/churchgoers-cut-the-chreasters-some-slack/2018/12/23/53822ca4-0645-11e9-b5df-5d3874f1ac36_story.html

  177. Greatly Saddened says

    OCL1
    Below please find an article and video from Thursday on the OCL Facebook website.

    VIDEO | Syrian Christian town where Jesus’ language remains in use celebrates Christmas
    BY WEBMASTER ON DECEMBER 27, 2018
    ORTHODOX NEWS, ORTHODOX NEWS TOP STORIES

    http://ocl.org/video-syrian-christian-town-where-jesus-language-remains-in-use-celebrates-christmas/?fbclid=IwAR2hq4Mk0G5ZtaGGpyZ7mzs_2-qYJQ1sf8-Z8VeeWlfzv19KS8yu2MmN26c

  178. Greatly Saddened says

    OCL2
    Below please find an article from Thursday, December 20th, on the OCL Facebook website.

    The Making of an Archon
    BY WEBMASTER ON DECEMBER 20, 2018
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY ESSAYS, GOVERNANCE & UNITY NEWS

    A Case Study: Tarpon Springs, Metropolis of Atlanta
    by Nicholas Bouzos

    http://ocl.org/the-making-of-an-archon/?fbclid=IwAR2uuwTdFoyML-EopvyhxlhFxmd5PxLJAi0I-QKfISKVdO6vp58yVWt7xZA

  179. Greatly Saddened says

    UA118
    Below please find an article from Friday, December 14th, on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.

    RUSSIA

    Russian Orthodox Church Asks UN, Western Leaders For Help In Ukraine
    December 14, 2018 09:42 GMT
    By RFE/RL

    https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-orthodox-church-asks-un-western-leaders-for-help-in-ukraine/29656026.html

  180. Greatly Saddened says

    UA119
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    5 dioceses declare loyalty to canonical Ukrainian Church and Met. Onuphry
    Kiev, December 31, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118358.html

  181. Greatly Saddened says

    MOC3
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MONTENEGRO EXPELLING 50+ CLERICS AND MONASTICS OF SERBIAN CHURCH AS PRESIDENT AIMS FOR AUTOCEPHALY
    Podgorica, Montenegro, December 31, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118357.html

    • George Michalopulos says

      I want to be charitable here and assume that the EP is starting to feel some regrets about this unfortunate chain of events. I want to be charitable.

      • George the EP feels no regret. He is too busy counting his fifty million treacherous pieces of silver. Like Judas he has already given saintly Metropolitan Onuphry a treacherous kiss. I predict he will never know a night of peace until his dark soul heads to its dark master.

  182. Greatly Saddened says

    Wishing my brothers and sisters in Christ, a very Blessed and Happy New Year filled with all of life’s best … faith, health, happiness, love and peace. God bless you and your families!

  183. Greatly Saddened says

    ROCOR2
    Below please find an announcement from Friday on the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia website.

    CHURCH LIFE
    MOSCOW: December 28, 2018
    The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church confirms the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) as Bishop of Syracuse

    http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2018/20181229_enarchimlukeelect.html?fbclid=IwAR0rf0OcRBwdC7ywCy631BIecrV_1-G6yeg-aA6yiOZi7AS58OEVYDGEquc

  184. Greatly Saddened says

    MP10
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Inter-fax Religion website.

    2018-12-29 17:49:00
    Russian Orthodox Church laymen allowed to have communion in St. Panteleimon Monastery on Athos

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=14830

  185. Greatly Saddened says

    MP11
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Inter-fax Religion website.

    2018-12-29 17:53:00
    Structures of Russian Orthodox Church to open in all localities that have Constantinople parishes

    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=14831

  186. Greatly Saddened says

    UA120
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    APOSTATE BISHOP BRINGS CLAIM AGAINST UKRAINIAN CHURCH TO DEFEND HIS “HONOR”
    Vinnitsa, Ukraine, December 31, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118361.html

  187. Greatly Saddened says

    UA121
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    CONSTANTINOPLE’S NEW UKRAINIAN CHURCH DOESN’T COMMEMORATE MOSCOW DUE TO SECULAR POLITICS
    Kiev, January 1, 2019

    http://orthochristian.com/118370.html

  188. Greatly Saddened says

    MP12
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE ESTABLISHES EXARCHATES IN WESTERN EUROPE AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA
    Moscow, January 1, 2019

    http://orthochristian.com/118369.html

  189. Greatly Saddened says

    UA122
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    ZHYTOMYR DIOCESE REAFFIRMS LOYALTY TO CANONICAL UKRAINIAN CHURCH AND MET. ONUPHRY
    Zhytomyr, Ukraine, January 1, 2019

    http://orthochristian.com/118368.html

  190. Greatly Saddened says

    UA123
    Below please find an article from yesterday on The New York Times website.

    As Ukraine and Russia Battle Over Orthodoxy, Schism Looms
    By Andrew Higgins
    Dec. 31, 2018

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/world/europe/ukraine-russia-orthodox-church-schism.html

  191. Billy Jack Sunday says

    George Michalopulos

    Hi George

    I imagine take 2 comments are about to close

    Could you post take 3 soon – so maybe there won’t be any posting delays for Greatly Saddened, please?

    This may be especially important as it is only a few days away from the scheduled tomos

    My thanks to you and Greatly Saddened

  192. Greatly Saddened says

    UA124
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.

    WHY I AM STAYING WITH MY CHURCH
    Vladimir Kovalenko
    Translated by Jesse Dominick
    Pravoslavie.ru
    12/31/2018

    http://orthochristian.com/118251.html