Archive for December 2009
|About the American Autocephaly- an historical perspective
In Orthodoxy, Autocephaly is the status of a Church whose Senior Bishop does not report to any higher-level Bishop. The original Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem were followed by those of Cyprus and Georgia, and for the most part, Orthodoxy stayed this way until the second millennium. Newer autocephalous Churches then started being formed, and they all recognized a basic Orthodox tenet, that these Churches have to be local, an expression of the fact that the Church is the Body of Christ, the totality of the faithful.
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.