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Met Georges Khodr: The Question of Life

This is the question of life: who is my neighbor? People think that the neighbor is a spouse, a child or an uncle, all those we call “relatives,” and people distinguish between neighbors and strangers. A neighbor is someone with whom we share our tastes, our religion, or kinship and a stranger is someone with whom we differ and whom we find foreign.

Here the teacher of the law comes to Jesus, a theologian in Israel who had to have known the answer to the question before asking, and so the Bible says that he came to test Jesus and asked him, “How may I be saved?” Jesus replies, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” The man knew that the Law of Moses commands love, but it distinguishes neighbor from foreigner. The Law says, “Only love the Jew.” Non-Jews are called “gentiles” and Jews had nothing to do with them.

Why is psalm 103, which speaks of the creation of the world, placed at the beginning of vespers?

The worship of the Orthodox Church is closely connected with the sacred history of the Old and New Testaments. It as if illustrates this history from the very beginning, symbolically and spiritually, deeply connected with it.    

That is why the rite of the All-Night Vigil begins with the doxology to the Holy Trinity: “Glory to the Holy, Consubstantial, Life-Creating, and Undivided Trinity, always, now and ever and unto ages of ages!” That is, God has always been: before time, before the creation of the world, and we must glorify Him. The choir answers on behalf of the people, “Amen,” which translated from Hebrew means “Truly,” or “Let it be.” Then is read the prayer of worship of the Holy Trinity, “O come let us worship…” and the 103rd psalm is sung, during which the priest and deacon perform the censing of the entire church and the congregation.

Weekly Diocesan Bulletin - Sunday, November 19, 2017

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: SAINT PAUL THE CONFESSOR, PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE; VENERABLE BARLAAM, ABBOT OF KHUTYN

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE SEVEN: By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! For the myrrh-bearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that Thou art risen, granting the world great mercy!

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Under the patronage of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovakia Mr. Marko Madjaric, a promotion of the publication of the Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia was held in the University Library of Slovakia in Bratislava on 9 November 2017.

The present publication on the Serbian manuscripts in Slovakia is a result of the work of a scientific commission of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate.  All the known Serbian medieval manuscripts located in Slovakia are exposed and scientifically described in this book.

When Do Tourists Become Pilgrims?

When Do Tourists Become Pilgrims?
When Do Tourists Become Pilgrims?
When Do Tourists Become Pilgrims?
When Do Tourists Become Pilgrims?

Igumen Daniel (Irbits), Abbot of the Monastery of St. George in Götschendorf (Germany), analyzes the characteristics of Christian pilgrimage, and when it has a good effect and when a harmful effect on the human soul.

Saint Peter of Cetinje

Saint Peter of Cetinje
Saint Peter of Cetinje
Saint Peter of Cetinje
Saint Peter of Cetinje

Saint Peter was born in Njegushi, Montenegro on April 1, 1747. He was tonsured a monk and ordained to the diaconate when he was only seventeen. He accompanied his uncle Bishop Basil to Russia the following year in order to study there. His uncle died within a year after arriving in Russia, and so Peter was obliged to return to Montenegro.

Weekly Diocesan Bulletin - Sunday, October 29, 2017

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: HOLY MARTYR LONGINUS THE CENTURION  

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR:
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is Risen, granting the world great mercy.