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St. Ignatius Orthodox Church Statement on Racism

Christ is in our Midst!

The following was sent to families in the City of Fitchburg who were victims of Racist Letters being sent to their homes:

The Parish of St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church is saddened to learn of the letters of hate against you and your families. Please consider these words from Metropolitan EPHREM of Tripolis, Al-Koura and Dependencies on this matter.

“We as weak and sinful humans, see some people struggle with racism as we ourselves struggle with different sins. As those who believe in Christ we reject racism and fight it with the word of the Gospel: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Christ God came, suffered, was crucified and rose from the dead: all this for the salvation of the world, for the sake of every person. Read more


The Tale of a Lazy Parent

Nichola T. Krause

My husband and I made what I consider in hindsight to be a major mistake in introducing our daughter Katie, now five, to the life of the Church. When she was a toddler, we brought children’s picture prayer books, Bible story books, and religious coloring books with us to services, and encouraged her to sit quietly looking at the pictures or coloring. Read more


Orthodox and Western Theology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

When I am invited to speak to members of the Clergy who exercise the pastoral ministry I usually stress that theology is pastoral and the pastoral ministry is theology. When someone wants to shepherd a particular flock, and when he is shepherding human beings, he must necessarily speak theologically.

Theology, according to Fr. John Romanides, is distinguishing what is created from what is uncreated. Read more


Orthodox Psychotherapy and Western Psychology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

In my previous paper I referred to the difference between Orthodox and Western theology. In this paper we should go on to look at this difference in a practical form, at the subject of how each of these traditions cures people.

Fr. John Romanides stressed emphatically that we can understand whether a theology is true by whether it is able to cure people. Read more


Dormition of the Theotokos

Troparion & Kontakion

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped plant and strengthen the Christian Church by Her presence, Her discourse and Her prayers.

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