Archive for October 2009
|PATRIARCH BARTHOLEMEW MEETS WITH THE ORTHODOX PRIMATES OF THE USA
NEW YORK - (Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release, as found on www.patriarchate.org:) His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave an audience yesterday Tuesday, Oct. 27, to the Orthodox Primates of the USA… Present at the audience were Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Philip (Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Christopher (Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Nicholas (Carpatho- Russian Diocese); Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Jonah (Orthodox Church in America), Metropolitan Constantine (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA); Bishop Ilia (Albanian Orthodox Diocese) and Archpriest Alexander Abramov (Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA). Archbishop Demetrios welcomed His All Holiness on behalf of the Primates. The remarks of His All Holiness follow:
|On Romanian “Unity” CIRCULAR LOGIC
During the past two years Romanians in North America have heard the formula “we should subordinate (”unite”) to the Romanian Patriarchate because this is “good” ad nauseam. The wording may be different at various times, but definitely that is the message. It is a classic example of “circular logic” or “circular reasoning”.
|The following article, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36) first appeared on the AROY website on September 23, 2009 and was taken from AROY News. This article was found on www.orthodoxdetroit.com on October 16 and it is also now found on www.ocanews.org.|
|As we discuss the possibility of our ROEA Episcopate leaving the OCA and reunifying under Bucharest church rule (BOR), it is worthwhile to understand why we left BOR in the first place. It is important to review the Episcopate’s situation in the 1950’s and to understand that history prior to formulating our opinion on the present day church situation, in that history does repeat itself, and we become wiser when we learn from the past.
PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM
O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.
Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.
Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;
for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.
Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.