Tag: Sermon

The TikTok “Bishop”
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity

The TikTok “Bishop” The Stabbing of Mar Mari Emmanuel in Sydney, Australia

On April 16, “Bishop” Mar Mari Emmanuel survived a stabbing in his church by a 15-year-old in a “terrorist attack,” according to New South Wales Police. Mar Mari is a charismatic Christian apologist and social media influencer who is anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown and who has attacked Islam, LGBTQ people, and governments and churches that protect…

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Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise
Christian Practice

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise For the Sunday of St. John Climacus

As ever-blooming fruits, you offer the teachings of your God-given book,O wise John, most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance;for it is a ladder from the earth unto Heaven that confers glory on the souls that ascend itand honor you faithfully.  (Kontakion—Tone 1) Have you ever found yourself…

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Humble Abuse and Responsibility
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Public Life

Humble Abuse and Responsibility Some Reflections on the Situation Around the UOC

First, I would like to say two things. From 2009 to 2019, I was quite involved in the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC)—from singing and helping a priest-monk at a local parish near Kyiv to assisting the bishop during international trips to translating for international ecumenical guests at Lavra, the metropolia, and the…

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Church Schisms in Ukraine and Russia: Patriarch Kirill as Comparative Historian
Inter-Orthodox Relations

Church Schisms in Ukraine and Russia: Patriarch Kirill as Comparative Historian

ελληνικά | Русский On January 8, 2023, the Sunday after Christmas Day, Patriarch Kirill preached a sermon in the ancient Uspenskii (Dormition) Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin. The Patriarch presented a very upbeat view of the current state of the Russian Orthodox Church, which—he said—had not only revived but flourished in the post-Soviet period. He…

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Apocalypse Delayed: Patriarch Kirill on Restraining the Antichrist in Ukraine
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life, Religion and Conflict

Apocalypse Delayed: Patriarch Kirill on Restraining the Antichrist in Ukraine

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски On 20 November 2022, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow celebrated his 76th birthday. At a reception to mark the occasion, held in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the Patriarch warned his guests in apocalyptic terms of the current dangers facing Russia and…

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God’s Controversy with the United States
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

God’s Controversy with the United States Rod Dreher and the Orthodox Jeremiad

“Beware, O sinful land, beware;And do not think it strangeThat sorer judgements are at hand,Unless thou quickly change.Or God, or thou, must quickly change;Or else thou art undon:Wrath cannot cease, if sin remain,Where judgement is begun.” -Michael Wigglesworth, “God’s Controversy With New England” (Written in the Time of the Great Drought, Anno. 1662) “Christian faith…

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Patriarch Kirill’s Crusade
Religion and Conflict

Patriarch Kirill’s Crusade

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In 1095, Pope Urban II told a large gathering of knights in Southern France that it was their responsibility to avenge the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land (he did not mention that the conquest had occurred nearly 500 years earlier). Urban’s sermon led to…

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Will There Be a Confessing Church in the ROC?
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

Will There Be a Confessing Church in the ROC?

Русский For centuries, the Orthodox Church has taken the side of its state leadership in times of war, and the further it departed from the pacifism of the first centuries of Christianity, the more militant the rhetoric of the Church became. But the tragic events of the twentieth century posed questions for the Church to…

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Liturgy and the Limits of Minority Rights
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Politics

Liturgy and the Limits of Minority Rights The Opening of the “Taşhoran Church and Cultural Center” in Malatya, Turkey

“To find something that is lost is always a happy occasion!” So said Patriarch Sahak II Maşalyan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, during his sermon at the first Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Malatya, Turkey, in over one hundred years. Reconstructed through joint efforts of the…

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St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic
Church History

St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic

Română | ру́сский In the midst of pandemic and protests over racial injustice, it is important to remember that the connection between disease and racism in North America is not a new one: Europeans extended their domination over the land and the indigenous populations that lived on it in large part through their decimation caused…

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Understanding True Citizenship: Lessons from a Georgian Saint
Religion and Politics

Understanding True Citizenship: Lessons from a Georgian Saint

српски Hieromartyr Archimandrite Grigol Peradze (killed 1942 in Auschwitz) was an eminent Georgian Churchman, theologian, and historian and one of the figureheads of the ecumenical movement in the 1920s.* In the journal “Jvari Vazisa” (“Grapevine Cross”), he published a homily series on the Lord’s Prayer (შინაარსი ჭეშმარიტ მოქალაქეობის [“The importance of the true citizenship”], Paris…

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The Politics of Pascha
Religion and Politics

The Politics of Pascha

Since November 8th, 2016, contributors to Public Orthodoxy have advanced various responses to the unexpected victory of Donald J. Trump. Fr John Jillions proposes that the Church needs to practice a politics of communion, which includes charitable works, prophetic political witness, and renewed ascetical life. Aristotle Papanikolaou asserts that the Church needs to vigorously denounce racist, sexist, and xenophobic…

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