Orthodox Christian Community – UAOC http://uaoc.net/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://uaoc.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Orthodox Christian Community – UAOC http://uaoc.net/ 32 32 Archbishop of Australia meets with Israeli Ambassador https://uaoc.net/archbishop-of-australia-meets-with-israeli-ambassador/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:48:05 +0000 https://uaoc.net/archbishop-of-australia-meets-with-israeli-ambassador/ A meeting took place between Archbishop Makarios of Australia and Israel’s Ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, at the Archdiocesan Residence in Sydney. The meeting, which lasted two hours, was warm and in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, the agenda for discussions between the two men included issues of common interest. The Israeli Ambassador, […]]]>

A meeting took place between Archbishop Makarios of Australia and Israel’s Ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, at the Archdiocesan Residence in Sydney.

The meeting, which lasted two hours, was warm and in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, the agenda for discussions between the two men included issues of common interest. The Israeli Ambassador, who was recently appointed to Canberra to take up his new post, also expressed a desire to meet the Archbishop to exchange views on current issues of concern to Australia and the global community at large, such as the war in Ukraine.

In addition, Bishop Makarios of Australia had the opportunity to mention the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the leading role of Patriarch Bartholomew at the head of the Orthodox Church, while he did not fail to mention the Patriarchate of Jerusalem , headquartered in Israel.

At the same time, Bishop Makarios described to the guest of honor the structure and functioning of the Archdiocese as well as the contribution of the Greek Diaspora to the fifth continent. The ambassador, for his part, underscored the historical ties that unite Greece and Israel and characteristically underlined that “in Australia, we all try to build bridges of unity and mutual support.”

The meeting ended with a dinner hosted by Bishop Makarios in honor of Mr. Amir Maimon. It should be noted that the meeting was also attended by Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis, Archbishop’s Vicar of Canberra, and the Chancellor of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, Father Christophoros Krekelis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne.

]]>
49 more graduate from Orthodox Church-sponsored training courses on care of the injured https://uaoc.net/49-more-graduate-from-orthodox-church-sponsored-training-courses-on-care-of-the-injured/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:05:21 +0000 https://uaoc.net/49-more-graduate-from-orthodox-church-sponsored-training-courses-on-care-of-the-injured/ Moscow, June 27, 2022 Graduates of casualty care courses. Another group of volunteers attended training courses on caring for the wounded, organized by the Training Center of the Metropolitan Central Clinical Hospital of St. Alexiy, Metropolitan of Moscow, and the Synodal Department of Church Charity and Service Social of the Moscow Patriarchate. Another 49 graduates […]]]>

Moscow, June 27, 2022

Graduates of casualty care courses.

Another group of volunteers attended training courses on caring for the wounded, organized by the Training Center of the Metropolitan Central Clinical Hospital of St. Alexiy, Metropolitan of Moscow, and the Synodal Department of Church Charity and Service Social of the Moscow Patriarchate. Another 49 graduates received state-issued certificates. This is the 14th group of students trained in classes since the beginning of May. The certificates were presented to the graduates by the chairman of the Synodal Department for Charity, Bishop Panteleimon de Verey, reports Patriarchia.ru.

During the training, students have mastered the knowledge and skills that will enable them to professionally care for the injured in hospitals. The course included theoretical and practical lessons on the care of bedridden patients: feeding, moving and hygiene of the patient. Classes were conducted by teachers of the training center of St. Alexiy Hospital.

Maxim Yurasov, an orthopedic traumatologist at St. Alexiy Hospital, introduced the audience to the basic concepts of emergency medicine. He completed his residency at the Department of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Military Field Surgery at Yaroslavl State Medical University and worked in emergency trauma for more than 20 years. “As part of a highly specialized multidisciplinary team, he visited Gorlovka in the Donbass twice in the spring to strengthen the city’s medical services in conditions of mass admission of wounded.

During the course, students also studied the psychological aspects of interacting with people in stressful situations. The lecture was given by a crisis psychologist, Candidate of Psychological Sciences Larisa Pyzhyanova. She has been engaged in psychological counseling for over 25 years and worked as a psychologist for the Ministry of Emergency Situations for 10 years. Larisa Pyzhyanova participated in resolving the consequences of 45 emergency situations.

The courses pay particular attention to the spiritual foundations of charity. These classes were led by Bishop Panteleimon and the confessor of St. Alexiy Hospital, Archpriest Sergiy Klyaev. Before taking office, Fr. Sergiy worked as a doctor in the intensive care unit for newborns.

“Nothing can replace faith in Christ. I’m talking about a living connection with Christ, living with Christ and in Christ. Of course, natural goodness is present in every person, but if natural virtue – conscience, love of country, love of children and respect for elders – is not based on faith in Christ, then it is difficult to live in the modern world. . Without faith, even his good qualities are distorted, become weak and can turn into evil,” Bishop Panteleimon noted during the classes.

As of June 23, 204 people have been trained in the casualty care courses, organized by the Training Center of St. Alexiy Hospital and the Synodal Department of Charity. Since May 2022, more than 1,100 volunteer applications have been submitted.

“It is a joy that so many people have expressed a desire to devote their free time and energy to charity and help those in need. Many of those who have signed up for the courses have already been trained at the Center training under the Junior Nurse program and have experience caring for seriously ill people in covid hospitals and hospices. Now it is important for them to learn how to care for the injured,” said said Olga Bazhenova, head of the training center.

The Training Center organized the same courses on the care of the wounded in May in Rostov-on-Don. 30 people were trained – sisters of mercy and volunteers from the Mercy-on-the-Don relief service and Rostov parishes.

Currently, Orthodox volunteers help the wounded in Moscow and Moscow region hospitals, in the Rostov-on-Don military hospital, in Novoazovskaya and in Mariupol hospitals.

]]>
Archbishop Makarios of Australia issues message on International Day Against Drug Abuse https://uaoc.net/archbishop-makarios-of-australia-issues-message-on-international-day-against-drug-abuse/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 05:46:56 +0000 https://uaoc.net/archbishop-makarios-of-australia-issues-message-on-international-day-against-drug-abuse/ As we navigate the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Makarios issued a statement on Sunday June 26 to remind Australians that love of our neighbor and compassion are essential to keeping our societies afloat. The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia stressed that to effectively tackle the deadly virus and the […]]]>

As we navigate the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Makarios issued a statement on Sunday June 26 to remind Australians that love of our neighbor and compassion are essential to keeping our societies afloat.

The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia stressed that to effectively tackle the deadly virus and the widespread consequences that come with this health crisis, we need solidarity.

“It is no coincidence that these values ​​are at the heart of our faith and the teachings of the Holy Gospel,” he said in an advertisement published to raise awareness on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse. .

“It is precisely these values ​​that we must have as a guide in all aspects of our lives, especially in the face of the serious social problems that afflict modern societies. One such example is the scourge of drug addiction,” he said.

Read the full statement below:
The United Nations, wishing to raise awareness of the terrible consequences of drug addiction, proclaimed June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Addiction. Unfortunately, despite the systematic efforts of the past decades and the significant steps that have been taken, the issue remains controversial, causing untold pain.

Perhaps the simplest solution is to address only our fellow human beings who are drug addicts, trapped in deceptive promises and dark dead ends. Of course, we will, and we will speak above all to the young people who are the targets of this terrifying nightmare. But the most resounding message must be addressed to each one of us who, denying the alteration of reality that drugs promise, recognize only the “good change” that is taking place in our lives by divine grace. Therefore, we must not be indifferent to our brothers who are at a critical crossroads and uncertain about their future. Let’s not ignore those who have been trapped and are being judged. Let’s not turn our backs on those who walk towards us who have given up their drug addiction and are trying to recover. Let practical love for our neighbour, the love that Christ taught us by his own example, be the answer. Let’s support each other and walk together towards the “good change”. This is my paternal petition on the occasion of today’s international day.

Furthermore, I would like to thank all those who work tirelessly under adverse conditions exacerbated by the pandemic for the success of the sacred goal of our Holy Archdiocese, which is the operation of two drug treatment centers in Melbourne and Sydney. With faith in God, we expect to be able to complete our plans very soon to deliver to the Greek community and wider Australian society, two shelters of refuge; real-life refuges that will be a strong fortress in the fight against drug addiction.

]]>
‘After Shabbat, we will act’: American Jews prepare for wave of post-Roe activism https://uaoc.net/after-shabbat-we-will-act-american-jews-prepare-for-wave-of-post-roe-activism/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:11:22 +0000 https://uaoc.net/after-shabbat-we-will-act-american-jews-prepare-for-wave-of-post-roe-activism/ WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups across the country are taking action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that enshrined the right to abortion in the United States. The 6-3 ruling released on Friday has many Jewish activists wondering how to […]]]>

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups across the country are taking action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that enshrined the right to abortion in the United States.

The 6-3 ruling released on Friday has many Jewish activists wondering how to respond to the explosive decision they find a major setback for women’s rights and, in some cases, a violation of Jewish religious law. .

The National Council of Jewish Women, a Jewish women’s rights group founded in 1893, said it would hold a virtual vigil on Friday afternoon before embarking on actions next week that would include forming Jewish groups on how to overcome challenges.

Receive The Jewish Chronicle Weekly Edition by email and never miss our best stories

“Today is a time of mourning,” said NCJW CEO Sheila Katz. “After Shabbat, we will act.”

The ruling also portends deep differences among Orthodox groups over how to operate in a post-Roe world. Haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America welcomed the decisionwhile the Orthodox Union stood by its statement from May, when a draft version of the ruling was leaked, saying the umbrella group could neither “mourn nor celebrate” the reversal of the 1973 ruling.

But most American Jews support abortion access, and Jewish groups have already moved to counter the ruling after the draft ruling leaked.

RELATED: What do Jews say about abortion? Your introduction as the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. wade

Katz said his group would initiate briefings for Jewish organizations on the ramifications of helping women seeking abortions, state by state.

“We cannot provide legal advice to organizations, but we can recommend that organizations seek legal advice, particularly if they are in states where abortion has been cancelled,” she said, making reference to a number of states that have enacted “trigger” bans. on abortion to take effect once the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. “In some of these states there are legal ramifications for trying to help someone get an abortion and everyone should know what that looks like in their state and how they are affected.”

The Women’s Rabbinic Network, a member of the Reform Movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, pledged in a statement to continue supporting women who seek abortions and those who provide the service.

“We fully support those who have sought and are seeking abortion care and will continue to advocate for a world where they can do so safely, wherever they are, without fear of reprisal,” he said. “We pray for the safety and well-being of abortion care providers and healthcare workers who will be forced to decide what they are willing to risk to serve their patients and communities in places where the Abortion is now illegal.”

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, CEO of the liberal rabbi activist group T’ruah, tweeted: “Remember when Roe v Wade came out the right refused to accept their loss. They have spent 50 years focusing on the loss. We must do the same in order to protect lives and bodily autonomy The road will be long, but we cannot give up or turn back.

While there is a broad Jewish religious objection to abortion in cases without serious cause, Jewish law prioritizes the life of the mother.

Some commentators have already noted how this could allow for Jewish challenges to state abortion bans that will quickly come into place. A Florida synagogue this month sued the state to prevent a new anti-abortion law from taking effect in July. The complaint is filed for religious discrimination.

A number of Orthodox groups and figures argue that liberal Jewish groups exaggerate the protections Jewish law provides for pregnant women. These groups argue that state laws with exemptions considering the life of the mother are adequate and that abortion under Roe v. Wade was made up, devalues ​​life.

The statement from Aguda, the umbrella group of Haredi Orthodox synagogues and organizations, wholeheartedly endorsed the Roe v. Wade as a celebration of life.

“Agudath Israel of America welcomes this historic development,” a statement read. “We pray that today’s decision will inspire all Americans to appreciate the moral magnitude of the abortion issue and embrace a culture that celebrates life.”

Yet even among the Orthodox there were differences and a degree of anxiety that the overthrow of Roe v. Wade could bring. Jewish scholars from all religious backgrounds agree that mental health should precipitate an exemption to abortion bans, although they disagree on what may constitute a mental health crisis. Not all states include a mental health exemption for pregnant women seeking an abortion, and at least one, Georgia, explicitly excludes it.

Some Orthodox scholars argue that rape triggers an exemption; a number of states also do not have a rape exemption.

“Jewish law prioritizes the life of the pregnant mother over the life of the fetus, so that when the pregnancy seriously endangers the physical or mental health of the mother, an abortion may be permitted, or even compulsory, by halakha and should be available to all women, regardless of economic status,” the Orthodox Union said in its May statement.

Rabbi Moshe Hauer, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, said in an interview that states excluding mental health from the calculation of abortion, as Georgia does, would be cause for concern.

“Absolutely, when there are mental health issues that will impact the life of the mother, abortion should be allowed, “and, yes, in that case, we would be concerned about that,” he said. -he declares.

But he added that the court’s decision was an opportunity to consider the value of life in a number of areas.

“You know, there are definitely concerns,” he said. “But there may also be an opportunity here to move the discussion of life into a more responsible space.”

The NCJW was also planning a rally in Washington, DC, when Congress meets again after the summer; their rally in May drew more than a thousand protesters. Democrats said they would make the repeal of Roe v. Wade a problem during the midterm elections.

Katz also wants Jewish organizations to set an example by giving women reproductive leave that would accommodate the extended time it takes to get an abortion, Roe’s reversal. v Wade would trigger.

About a week after the ruling was leaked in May, the NCJW almost immediately entered into a partnership with the National Abortion Federation, which raises funds for women seeking abortions. This process is expected to become more costly in states where restrictive laws are set to go into effect requiring women who wish to have an abortion to take time off work and pay to travel where permitted.

The funds the NCJW raises for the National Abortion Federation “will help people across state lines, it will help fund abortions for people who can’t afford it,” Katz said.

Minutes after the court’s decision, the Council on Jewish Community Relations of Greater Washington said it was ready to help such actions: Maryland, one of the JCRC’s constituent states, has liberal laws on the abortion and is the closest state of a number of states that do not.

“We will work in coalition to ensure the state is ready to welcome and serve the thousands more women who will come to our state for treatment and to exercise their reproductive rights,” the JCRC said in a statement.

The Washington DC-area JCRC said it would push back against further restrictions on access to abortion in Virginia, and would lobby to prevent Congress, which has some degree of jurisdiction over the district of Columbia, to impose abortion restrictions on an extremely liberal population. who rejects such restrictions.

“We will also engage our local Jewish community at the grassroots level, connecting synagogues and individuals to meaningful opportunities to support women seeking abortions in our area,” the DC chapter statement said.

Such local initiatives may soon proliferate in Jewish communities. “We are outraged by this decision, which we believe does not represent the will of the people and is not in the best interest of the country,” said the Jewish Public Affairs Council, the umbrella body for Jewish groups. of public policy. PJC

]]>
The parish of Our Lady of Lourdes begins the year of the centenary https://uaoc.net/the-parish-of-our-lady-of-lourdes-begins-the-year-of-the-centenary/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 23:07:09 +0000 https://uaoc.net/the-parish-of-our-lady-of-lourdes-begins-the-year-of-the-centenary/ Friday, June 24, 2022 IC photo/Marie Mischel + Expand Pr. Langes Silva, diocesan judicial vicar, presides over the June 20 mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of Notre Dame de Lourdes parish in Price. By Marie Mischel Intermountain Catholic PRIZE – A standing crowd for Mass and a packed parish center for the dinner that followed […]]]>

Friday, June 24, 2022

IC photo/Marie Mischel

+ Expand

Pr. Langes Silva, diocesan judicial vicar, presides over the June 20 mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of Notre Dame de Lourdes parish in Price.

By Marie Mischel

Intermountain Catholic

PRIZE – A standing crowd for Mass and a packed parish center for the dinner that followed were visible signs of the enthusiasm of the Notre Dame de Lourdes parish community as they marked the start of their church’s centenary celebrations.

Mass and dinner on June 20 took place 100 years to the day after the completion of the existing church. The parish itself was founded in 1918.

“As the center of the Catholic community in Price, the parish has offered refreshment, consolation, comfort, guidance, formation and worship to all who have passed through its door, to their neighbors and to the local community,” said Bishop J Terrence Fitzgerald, vicar general emeritus, blessing the new parish library, the first of the June 20 events.

Msgr. Fitzgerald served as a trustee of Notre Dame School from 1964 to 1968; the school closed in 1999.

Following the blessing of the parish center library, Mgr. Fitzgerald blessed a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes that once stood at the school but now stands outside the parish presbytery.

The blessing of the library and statue “begins a year-long celebration of what it means to be a Eucharistic community – a community of faith and a shining example of mission and evangelization in today’s world,” said Msgr. said Fitzgerald.

After the two blessing ceremonies, the community went from the presbytery across the street to the church for the mass presided by Father Langes Silva, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Concelebrating were Msgr. Colin F. Bircumshaw, vicar general, who served as parish priest from 1988 to 1994; Msgr. Fitzgerald; Prof. Donald Hope, who served as parish priest from 2002 to 2015; Prof. Arokia Dass David, the current parish administrator; and several other priests of the diocese. Bishop Oscar A. Solis could not be present; he texted with his regrets and blessings for the community.

Guests included Daughters of Charity Sister Frances Meyer and Sister Jo-Anne Laviolette, who both served at Notre Dame School; and Hieromonk Seraphim (Johns) of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Price.

The hieromonk Seraphim said that he and Fr. Dass David has become good friends and “our two communities try to support each other and be there for each other”.

In his homily, Fr. Dass David said that the last 100 years have been “a century of love. A journey of faith. Price Church is a great gift from the Catholics who lived here 100 years ago – their sacrifice, commitment, faith, devotion and love are expressed in this church.

Every element of the church, from the stained glass windows to the baptismal font to the confessional “has a story to tell”, he said. “I cannot imagine the number of baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, sacraments of anointing and funerals that have taken place in this church. It is the place where our own people have loved, cried, celebrated the most important moments of their lives.

At the start of the Mass, a brief history of the parish was read, acknowledging that the parish “reflects a mixture of many ethnic groups: French, Hispanic, Italian and Slovene make up the majority of the population”.

Further acknowledgment of this history came with the presentation of gifts. A miner’s lamp was brought forward, symbolizing that Jesus is the light of the world. A shepherd’s crozier was also brought forward to symbolize that the shepherds who built the church realized that Jesus is the Good Shepherd; an image of Our Lady of Lourdes to symbolize the importance of Mary, the Mother of God, to those who built the church; and historical objects to symbolize the generations who have continued the faith of those who built the church.

At the end of the Mass, Fr. Silva, speaking on behalf of the Bishop, noted that the event was “a celebration of each one of you, who have come here every day, every week, to feed your faith”. He thanked those present “for your presence here in this church, for your smile, for your service, for your faith. The Church cannot be without you. So I want to thank you, each one of you, for being our parishioners, for being our friends and our family.

During the dinner that followed the mass, the hieromonk Séraphin presented an icon of Our Lady, Immortal Rose, to the parish, and diptychs for the bishop and to Fr. Das David.

In his comments over dinner, Fr. Hope said the community had experienced differences over the years, “but when things were tough, we all pulled together. And those I baptized in the 80s and married in the early 2000s and those who are now my “grandchildren”, you are my family. And it’s been a privilege to spend 25 out of 100 years here with you.

Sister Frances, in her comments, said “the Daughters of Charity are praying for you and have fond memories of their time here in Price, Utah.”

The events of June 20 marked the beginning of the centennial celebration. Other events planned to celebrate 100 years of the parish include a beer festival, a centenary rosary and candlelight procession and a spiritual retreat at the start of the new year. Also in 2023, a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes is planned for the days preceding the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The parish also plans to distribute 100 trees to plant for the centenary, among other events before the closing mass on June 20, 2023. The closing celebrations will include a re-enactment of the history of Lourdes, the placement of a time capsule and the publication of a souvenir book.

The parish asked ministers who served there to send a letter about their time at Notre Dame Parish to put in the remembrance book.

]]>
Archbishop calls for ‘urgent’ action to save Christian properties from Jewish settlers – Middle East Monitor https://uaoc.net/archbishop-calls-for-urgent-action-to-save-christian-properties-from-jewish-settlers-middle-east-monitor/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:56:00 +0000 https://uaoc.net/archbishop-calls-for-urgent-action-to-save-christian-properties-from-jewish-settlers-middle-east-monitor/ The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem called for urgent and unified action to quash suspicious deals through which significant church-owned property in occupied Jerusalem was apparently sold to illegal settler associations. Bishop Atallah Hanna insisted that this is a political issue and not a legal one. In a public statement, the Patriarch […]]]>

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem called for urgent and unified action to quash suspicious deals through which significant church-owned property in occupied Jerusalem was apparently sold to illegal settler associations. Bishop Atallah Hanna insisted that this is a political issue and not a legal one.

In a public statement, the Patriarch explained that the Orthodox properties that the illegal Jewish settlers stole from their owners are an integral part of the Christian quarter and the Orthodox patriarchy. It was a reference to the Imperial and Petra hotels and other Palestinian-owned properties in the Jaffa Gate area.

“We do not believe that the recent decision of an Israeli court is the end of the road. The question of these real estates is not a legal question, but rather a political question and a question directly linked to the ancient Christian presence and genuine in this sacred place in the world,” Father Hanna said. “Anyone who leaked this real estate is not authorized to do so and has no such powers.

Christian endowments in Palestine are not a commodity offered in a public auction, he added, but are part of the history and heritage of the holy city and every corner and every inch of the city of Jerusalem. means “history, heritage and authenticity” for Palestinians. .

READ: The attack on Al-Aqsa is an attack on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The archbishop said there was a need for political pressure, as well as the movement of international churches. The Orthodox Church, he pointed out, also relies on King Abdullah II of Jordan, whose kingdom is the official custodian of holy sites and Islamic and Christian endowments in Jerusalem, in addition to the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. “There is a need for pressure from multiple parties to undo these sinister and illegal agreements.”

Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to overturn the seizure of three properties by the settler organization Ateret Cohanim in the Jaffa Gate area of ​​occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. All Israeli settlers and the settlements in which they live are illegal under international law.

]]>
FOI-RUSSE.COM https://uaoc.net/foi-russe-com/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:41:00 +0000 https://uaoc.net/foi-russe-com/ Surrounded by Republicans Most of my worst suspicions were confirmed by the January 6 committee meetings. And I just hope my fellow Americans watch them. Trump is a longtime fan of Putin, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping. I believe he also wants to establish himself as a dictator, filled with toads jostling to embrace […]]]>
Surrounded by Republicans

Most of my worst suspicions were confirmed by the January 6 committee meetings. And I just hope my fellow Americans watch them. Trump is a longtime fan of Putin, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping. I believe he also wants to establish himself as a dictator, filled with toads jostling to embrace his self-centered delusions. The power of the majority of the people was trampled under his rule by the minority, the proud “evangelical” right, on January 6. I would like to draw attention to a website that I have been visiting for years.

He is faith-russian.com This is a website that promotes fear, racism, misogyny and misplaced pride

and hatred under the guise of the Russian Orthodox Christian faith. Almost all of Alex Jones’ and Tucker Carlson’s rants seem to reflect values ​​based on fear, hatred and disparagement of “the other” that are promulgated on the aforementioned site. Putin and Kirill use this site to REACH to evangelicals in the United States, even citing examples of peaceful, happily married Americans who settled there. I doubt the authenticity, but here goes… Please investigate this site and all the different platforms promoted on it.* You will be shocked at how tied they are to “republican” views. Where do these Jan 6 politicians, journalists and insurgents get donations/money from to fund all this dangerous sedition? Do you think there’s a connection to the funding of American politicians and others who believe that the will of most people in the United States is weak and that their intelligence is weak enough to be persuaded to give up the Constitution separating religion from political movements? Unlike Putin’s loyal oligarchs, Russian citizens did not thrive on Putin’s reign of terror. Lately things haven’t been so comfortable for his toads either.

I hope that our country’s judicial system will mete out harsh sentences to the perpetrators of this vicious attack on democracy. I want them behind thick steel bars.

Our system has the capacity and hopefully the will to do so.

Respectfully submitted.

PS Do you think this is a conspiracy theory? He is. January 6 confirmed the fact of a conspiracy. It may just have more tentacles than we think. You may also want to check out some “evangelical Christian” church sites. Or not…

]]>
UK government sanctions Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill https://uaoc.net/uk-government-sanctions-russian-orthodox-church-leader-patriarch-kirill/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:20:00 +0000 https://uaoc.net/uk-government-sanctions-russian-orthodox-church-leader-patriarch-kirill/ “We won’t get tired of defending freedom and democracy, and keeping the pressure on Putin, until Ukraine succeeds.” The Russian Orthodox Church is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with approximately 150 million members, representing more than half of the world’s Orthodox Christians. The war in Ukraine strained the relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with the […]]]>

“We won’t get tired of defending freedom and democracy, and keeping the pressure on Putin, until Ukraine succeeds.”

The Russian Orthodox Church is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with approximately 150 million members, representing more than half of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

The war in Ukraine strained the relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with the other Eastern Orthodox Churches.

It also prompted Catholic bishops across Europe to urge Kirill to speak out against the invasion. These include Polish Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Luxembourg Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and Irish bishops.

In an interview published in May, Pope Francis explained that he expressed concern about Patriarch Kirill’s stance on the war during a March 16 videoconference.

The pope added that he and Kirill had canceled a meeting scheduled for June 14 in Jerusalem, saying “we agreed it might send the wrong message.”

Pope Francis said in an interview published this week that he hoped to meet Patriarch Kirill in Kazakhstan in September.

“I had a 40-minute conversation with Patriarch Kirill. In the first part, he read me a statement in which he gave reasons justifying the war. When he finished, I intervened and said to him: ” Brother, we are not clerics of the state, we are pastors of the people,” the pope recalls.

“I was supposed to meet him on June 14 in Jerusalem, to talk about our common problems. But with the war, by mutual agreement, we decided to postpone the meeting to a later date, so that our dialogue would not be misunderstood.

“I hope to meet him at a general meeting in Kazakhstan in September. I hope to be able to greet him and talk a little with him as a pastor.

]]>
John C. Vouvalis 1932-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs https://uaoc.net/john-c-vouvalis-1932-2022-news-sports-jobs/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 05:05:25 +0000 https://uaoc.net/john-c-vouvalis-1932-2022-news-sports-jobs/ YOUNGSTOWN – John C. Vouvalis, 89, of Youngstown, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. John was born on December 15, 1932 in Kalymnos, Greece, the son of the late Charles and Anna Houllis Vouvalis. He emigrated to Tarpon Springs, Florida […]]]>


YOUNGSTOWN – John C. Vouvalis, 89, of Youngstown, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

John was born on December 15, 1932 in Kalymnos, Greece, the son of the late Charles and Anna Houllis Vouvalis. He emigrated to Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1946. He graduated from Tarpon Springs High School class of 1953 and attended the University of Tampa.

John served in the United States Army and National Guard, then became part owner of Olympic Painting and Sheeting. John was a life member of Painters Local 476 and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

John loved Ohio State football and its Greek heritage. He also loved dogs, especially his little puppies, but above all he loved his family.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara Mays Vouvalis, whom he married August 30, 1959; his son, Nicholas (Grace Kocsko) Vouvalis of Spring Hill, Florida; two daughters, Aristea Vouvalis and Anna Vouvalis, both of Youngstown; two brothers, Manuel (Beverley) Vouvalis and George Vouvalis, both of Florida; four grandchildren, Anastasia (Dario) Delcik, Eleni (Eric) Bates, Christopher and AlexandraVouvalis; and two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Evander Bates.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his son, Charles Vouvalis; sister and brother-in-law, Nomiki (Soteri) Kyriakou.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut St., Youngstown, followed by a service at 11 a.m., also at the church.

Interment will be in Belmont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Arrangements are through Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Online condolences can be submitted at www.vaschak-kirilafh.com.

(special notice)

]]>
Mission…To Jerusalem – A TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis https://uaoc.net/missionto-jerusalem-a-tnh-documentary-by-clelia-charissis/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 11:09:16 +0000 https://uaoc.net/missionto-jerusalem-a-tnh-documentary-by-clelia-charissis/ The heart of Christianity and Orthodoxy beats in Jerusalem every Easter! We have been blessed to witness in the troubled and holy land of the Middle East, where our Messiah was martyred, crucified, buried, raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. The biblical locations of Jericho, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, where Christians, Jews and Muslims […]]]>

The heart of Christianity and Orthodoxy beats in Jerusalem every Easter!

We have been blessed to witness in the troubled and holy land of the Middle East, where our Messiah was martyred, crucified, buried, raised from the dead and ascended into heaven.

The biblical locations of Jericho, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, where Christians, Jews and Muslims constantly compete to claim the Holy Land as their own, are brought to light as the great acts of our Lord are re-enacted for Easter.

On Holy Saturday in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as the acts unfolded, the silent pain that resides within the sacred pages of Holy Scripture could be heard… transforming the dark background of the Crucifixion into a spirit of enthusiasm and devotion – and the glory of the resurrection.

Greek Orthodox Christians believe that the candle by which the Holy Light is transmitted to the faithful every year just before the celebration of the Resurrection is miraculously lit in the Holy Sepulcher and that the miracle only occurs in the presence of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem describes it on its website as a “miracle, which cannot be doubted”, and it is reported that the place is monitored by non-Orthodox jurisdictions “to certify that there is no no lighted candles or other sources of ignition”. .”

However, today several people, including hierarchs whom we had the chance to meet and who figure prominently in the ceremony, maintain that the annual appearance of the Holy Light in Jerusalem does not take place by lighting candles held by the Patriarch in a miraculous way, but that the believed miracle lies in the sanctification of the natural flames on the chandelier which is inside the Holy Sepulchre.

There are different versions among the Orthodox on how the miracle happened, but this in no way negates the sanctity of the place. It’s something to see, feel and experience!

Mission… in Jerusalem

For nine full hours, and despite the measures taken due to the pandemic, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., thousands of pilgrims, including us, in the presence of many soldiers present to prevent any incident, waited for their feet to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the former Church of the Resurrection, where the liturgy of the Resurrection was to take place.

The unveiling ceremony, which is the sole privilege of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, takes place at noon on Holy Saturday during the Liturgy of the Resurrection at the Holy Sepulcher of Christ and consists of three stages: the procession, the entrance of the Patriarch in the Holy Sepulchre, and The Litanies for the Exit of the Holy Light.

On Holy Saturday morning, before the unveiling, the Holy Sepulcher is thoroughly inspected and immediately sealed with beeswax.

The inspection is done to confirm that there is nothing in the Holy Sepulcher that could produce a flame. Once in place, the authorities place their seals on the wax.

Other denominations, which have acquired rights to the Holy Sepulchre, are also very interested in the inspection. This interest is not accidental, because if it happens that one year the Orthodox Patriarch cannot bring out the Holy Light, then others will take the lead in the ceremony of the Holy Light.

This particular inspection begins at 10 a.m. on Holy Saturday morning and ends at 11 a.m., during which time Arab Orthodox youths demonstrate inside the church in support of the rights of Orthodox Christians.

The inspection of the Holy Sepulcher is attended by representatives of other faiths, such as the Armenian Church.

Mission… in Jerusalem

According to tradition, at noon on Holy Saturday, the Orthodox Patriarch, together with his entourage (bishops, priests and deacons), and the Armenian Patriarch enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, while the bells ring sadly.

From the inner entrance to the Chapel of St. James, the Patriarch ascends the sacred step of the Katholikon and sits on the Patriarchal Throne. Representatives of Armenians, Arabs, Copts and others pass by and kiss the hand of the Patriarch, so that they can then receive the Holy Light. According to the rules of privilege, if they do not kiss the hand of the Orthodox Patriarch, they have no right to receive the Holy Light from his hands.

Immediately after, the Holy Litany begins, which goes around the Holy Sepulcher three times, then the Patriarch stops in front of the Holy Sepulchre, where the officials are.

After the litanies, the Holy Sepulcher is unsealed and the patriarch takes off his priestly robes and remains only in his white “sticharion”.

The Patriarch of Jerusalem then receives the extinguished candles and enters the Holy Sepulcher to pray, accompanied by the Dragoman of the Armenians. All the candles are extinguished and supposedly nothing is lit in the Holy Church.

It should be noted that there is no electricity or electric lighting in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

2:30 p.m.…

Thousands of eyes are turned towards the Holy Sepulchre. The sound of the drums evokes a strong sense of anticipation. Countless voices cry out impatiently. The hands are raised vertically towards God…

The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus III comes out of the Holy Sepulcher holding in each hand 33 lighted candles (as many as the years of the life of our Christ), distributing the Holy Light to the pilgrims who approach for the invocation “Come and receive the Light ,” as well as the message of the Resurrection for mankind.

Suddenly, everything becomes a party!

Mission… in Jerusalem

Screams, the sound of musical instruments, candles multiplying the Holy Light with the speed of the wind, one hand next to the other – one cannot perceive individuals but only masses of people! Groups of people united in the Light! People becoming one to welcome the Resurrection of the Man-God!

Christians of all denominations and even non-believers are amazed by this invisible yet powerful source of energy. The space is filled with horizontal blue-white streaks of lightning-like light, rotating reflections of color and moving flames – no one knows where they came from – captivating all of us who are there!

Witnesses report that the candles and lamps of many worshipers ignite spontaneously, while the flame does not burn them for the first few minutes. Among these testimonies is our own program, since during the filming we captured on video a monk who passed the Holy Light continuously on him – but it does not burn…

Following the unveiling, Patriarch Theophilus III will hand over the ever-burning Light to the representative of the Greek State, Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis, in a ceremony to be held at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in front of the Exarch of the Holy Sepulcher carries him to Athens in a special lantern.

The plane that will carry the Holy Light should arrive at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport at 6:00 p.m. and then the distribution of the Holy Light throughout Greece will begin.

The transport of the Holy Light from Israel is carried out by a special flight of a Greek airline at no cost to the Greek state.

And just like that…within 24 hours…between sunrise and sunset on Holy Saturday…the Holy Light is everywhere.

The most powerful moment of Orthodoxy, the omnipresent Resurrection of the Man-God, becomes each year the occasion of the passage from the cave of our corruption to the gardens of Eden of our eternity!

OUR CELEBRATION

Easter Sunday was celebrated by the New York team of the National Herald with a beautiful excursion to the “Miami of the Mediterranean”… ​​Tel Aviv! It is Israel’s most modern and liberal metropolis, the so-called White City in recognition of its popular Bauhaus architecture as well as its vast coastline of golden Mediterranean beaches, palm trees and skyscrapers. The southern and oldest part of the city, Jaffa – with its countless art galleries – ranks Tel Aviv as one of the most cosmopolitan places in the Eastern Mediterranean, combining the most modern with the oldest and most traditional in a unique harmony!

And of course… there is a Greek element… the Greek taverna on the golden sands of Tel Aviv beach dominates the Israeli trails with a crown of tastes, sounds and… traditional blue and white colors!

Christ is risen!

Follow us on: Instagram: ethnikos_kirikas, thenationalherald, clelia_charissis

Special thanks to: Travel Bizz Travel Agency, SEAJETS, RentPhotoVideo, Peugeot Hellas, Mikelina Boutique, Shop&Trade, Cozybox and Saucony

]]>