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What Do the Canons Say about the Priesthood of the Twice Married?

Kuriakos Tharakan Thottupuram, Ph.D., D.D. (The following is an editorial this writer wrote a few years ago in connection with a very serious canonical infringement that was about to take place in America. It is republished with few changes in view of the reported violation of Sacred Canons by the Episcopal Synod of Malankara regarding…

“I HAVE NOT COME TO BRING PEACE, BUT A SWORD.” (MT. 10:34)

(By Nakkolackal VL Eapen, Austin, TX) PART ONE Coming as it is, from “The Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6), the above pithy statement is nothing short of a conundrum, a puzzle or a riddle. Sometime back a friend of mine sought to know what it meant. The following is the explanation I provided, proving Alexander…

Phiro d’Kohnutho THE FRUIT OF PRIESTHOOD The Skull Cap of the Syrian Priesthood

By Kuriakos Tharakan Thottupuram, Ph.D., D.D. On many occasions I was asked about the significance of the skull cap worn by the priests of the Syrian Church, both in the Middle East and in India. Recently there were some inquiries about it by our readers. Hence we are trying to educate our readers about the…

Christianity and Biopsychiatry: Are They Compatible?

By Elizabeth Szlek, M.A. Introduction Orthodox Christians living in the West are surrounded by a culture which seems to be at odds with our basic beliefs about God and the nature and destiny of men. Yet, we function amid the science and entertainments of this culture, accepting some parts and rejecting others as inimical to…

Celibacy – A Gift and Calling from God

By Tenny Thomas, New York The notion of celibacy is hard for the modern mind to understand, still less to appreciate. To what end might a man or woman rebuke (so it seem to many) the rich gift of the married life? For what reason might the human person embark upon a life that seems…

The Jesus Prayer and Life Beyond the Grave (Orthodox Life)

In one of the convents of St. Petersburg, in the beginning of the twentieth century, there lived the nun Tatiana. From the vision described by her, it seems that she was not very spiritually advanced. Therefore, the event described was spiritually instructive for her, and for later generations it became an authoritative witness of the…

Concern For Coptic Community This New Year

Collected by George Alexander, Staff Reporter Muslims and Copts have been coexisting harmoniously in Egypt for 14 centuries. And that’s not just the official line; the majority of people, be they Muslim or Copt, will likely agree that for the most part we are tolerant of each other’s faiths. But a recent spate of violence…

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST AND OUR THEOSIS

By Katherine G. Valone The celebration of Christmas is rightly called The Birth of Christ the Savior according to the flesh, and it means Christ existed before his human birth as a part of the Holy Trinity. St. Athanasios the Great of Alexandria (c 295-373), one of the pillars of the Orthodox Church, wrote in…

Supernatural Healing

By V L Eapen Part One God’s Healing Covenant with His people is set forth in Ex. 15:26 as follows: “If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give heed to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will…

Western Europeans in Search of Truth The Nativity of the Mother of God Convent, Asten, the Netherlands

By Sister Cornelia Rees The sunsets and sunrises in this rural, southern part of Holland emanate mystical shades of effervescent pink, a manifestation which has drawn many an artist to these lowlands. And if one were to search all over Holland, it would be difficult to find a place more suitable for a monastery than…

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