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Liturgy as Communion in theory and practice

This paper has been presented on the conference «Theology of Communion» in the monastery of Bose, Italy, October 20-23, 2014. I am a parish priest in Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and in this paper I’d like to highlight some questions about …

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“The fast is for man, not man for the fast”

By Fr. Phillip Parfenov The “Minor Forty-Day Fast” This fast, as it is today in the Orthodox Church, became part of its tradition relatively late. The first mention of a fast preceeding the Nativity feast appears only at the end …

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“You’ve gone mad—creating a family without trying it out first?”

By Fr. Igor Prekup You sample, others sample you…soon there will be nowhere to place a stamp of approval and you’re still sampling each other? Such is the preliminary tasting. But in order to define the flavor, you must have …

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Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Essential Writings (REVIEW)

Fr. Roman Rytsar (31.07.2011)

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Essential Writings: Selected and Introduced by Gillian Crow (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010), 189 pp. Published Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Vol. 52 (2011) Nos. 1-2, pp. 173-174. Gillian Crow is author of four …

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Gillian Crow, Orthodoxy for Today (review)

Fr. Roman Rytsar (29.07.2011)

Gillian Crow, Orthodoxy for Today (London: SPCK, 2009), 160 pp. Gillian Crow, the biographer of the late Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (Anthony Bloom), has in this new book followed a «Bloomian» line of argumentation. (Her earlier book was This Holy …

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On Formation of Jurisdictional Limits of Eastern Churches in 4-5th Centuries

Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, PhD Period of the 4-5th centuries was probably the most crucial in formation of different aspects of life in the Christian communities in both West and East. Needless to say how dramatic was the development in the …

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A Proposal for Renewing Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century

About three years ago, my grandfather, a Ukrainian Orthodox priest for over 50 years, gave me a book. The book was written by a Russian priest of the nineteenth century, and provides basic rubrics for clergy and choir directors in celebrating the liturgical year. When my grandfather handed me the book, he said, «this is for you: here is the liturgy of our Church, completely unchanged for 2,000 years.»

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The First International Conference on The Spiritual Legacy of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

Fr. Roman Rytsar (30.08.2010)

Anthony Bloom is one of the most prominent Orthodox personalities of the twentieth century. He influenced not only Eastern Christians but also many others, especially Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Britain, Russia, and North America.

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Gillian Crow, This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony (Review)

Fr. Roman Rytsar (30.08.2010)

When I first picked up Gillian Crow’s biography of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, I was surprised at the title «This Holy Man.» My surprise was twofold: first, it seemed to me a marketing mistake to use such a title insofar as many modern readers may likely dismiss with a smile or complaint any biography with the word «holy» in the title. The second source of my surprise was my own study of the metropolitan’s life and works.

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CIRCULAR LETTER: The Manner of Reading the Prayers of the Divine Liturgy


The Sacred Synod of the Church of Greece desires to inform you, by way of this letter and through you and to «the whole glory of our Holy Church of Greece» the following, which relates to the manner of reading the prayers of the Divine Liturgy.

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Our ‘Post-ecclesiological’ Age


In the article its author argues that we live in a post-ecclesiological age due to our loss of sense of the local church belonging in a particular place. He also analyses the ways in which overlapping ‘co-territorial’ Churches define themselves by use of particular rites (Catholic), by confession (Protestant), or, in the case of the Orthodox, by ethnic origin.

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Why the Incarnation?

Every year, because we keep two calendars in this church, the feasts of Christmas and Theophany, or Epiphany, are somehow meshed together: we celebrate one after the other and one before the other. But it is important to remember that this overlap is not out of place.

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First international conference on the legacy of Metropolitan Anthony Moscow, 28-30 September 2007


A very striking feature of the event was its informality, which in itself is a rare thing in Russia, combined with an exceptional feeling of friendship, companionship, community — we were all there because we wanted to share our experience of following the teaching of a great man.

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The Orthodox World Is Reconfigured According to the Political Events

From the book: Antoine Arjakovsky. Church, Culture, and Identity: Reflections on Orthodoxy in the Modern World. Lviv: Ukrainian Catholic University Press 2007.

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«Always everyone together for one and the same thing» — The Ecclesial and Sacramental Vision of Nicolas Afanasiev

The paper presented on the theological conference of Russian Orthodox Church ‘Orthodox Teaching on the Sacraments of the Church’, Moscow, November 2007.

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Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: «An inter-orthodox problem»

Interview by Robert Moynihan, «Inside the Vatican».
«The absence of the Moscow Patriarchate from this stage of the work of the Mixed Commission, in my opinion, makes the whole work of the Commission problematic».

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Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church. Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority


The first document adopted by the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Ravenna, 13 October 2007.

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Marriage and Possible Alternativees: The Pursuit of Wholeness and Holiness

John H. Erickson (08.12.2005)

An article by Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary presented at SVS Summer Institute, June 2004.

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St Herman of Alaska and the Kyivan Missionary Vision


Alaska was the final frontier of the vast expanse of the Tsarist Russian Empire. Like Siberia, it was a place to which Kyivan missionaries were sent to introduce Orthodoxy and Christianize the native peoples.

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The Jewish world at the time of Jesus

Juan Mateos, S. J. (24.08.2005)

At the birth of Jesus, Herod I the Great, an ally of the Roman emperor, reigned in Palestine. At his death in 4 BC, the kingdom was divided among his sons, with the consent of the emperor…

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