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Orthodox Statement on Las Vegas Attacks

October 2, 2017

Beloved in the Lord,

“The fear of man lays a snare,
but he who trusts in the Lord is safe.”

(Proverbs 29:25)

It is with a troubled and sorrowful heart that I greet you today in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like each of you, I was shocked and greatly grieved to hear of the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas, Nevada, which have killed fifty, and injured over four hundred people.

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QuestionsQuestionsQuestions

Dear Religious Educators,

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)

According to this statement Gospel of Luke, the twelve-year-old Jesus asked a lot of questions.

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Letter from Metropolitan TIKHON/Reflections on 9/11

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today is the Anniversary of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that came down in the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  At the same time that we remember those who lost their lives from these shameful acts of human terrorism, we are praying for the millions of people who have been affected by the on-going onslaught of natural disasters, particularly hurricanes and earthquakes on several continents, including our own.

Even in popular media these multiple events prompt apocalyptic thinking about the end of the world. Read more…

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Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Letter from Metropolitan ALEXIOS on St. Matthew 8:28-9:1

​My Beloved Ones,

Today I wish to discuss a subject the Holy Fathers of our Church understand to draw on the connection between the mind, the heart, and our hands. The Fathers take the nous to mean the way we interact with and experience God. When a thought—pure or otherwise, enters our minds, we have a choice to accept or reject it. In the case of improper thoughts, these might be more difficult to dismiss, because they are so often related to those passions with which we are afflicted (examples might include love of food or drink, lust or gossip, among many other sins).

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