Orthodox Theology … in chairs

WordPress has apparently made some changes so that now one has to upgrade in order to upload video clips. Or maybe I’m not able to figure it out.

Anyway, I found this video on YouTube this morning which is actually from earlier this year. Click on the image for a link to the clip:

Monastics and family

I have a funeral in my parish. One of the sisters of the deceased is a nun. I was reminded of this quote from an unnamed monk from the Valaam Monastery I read in Serbian church magazine.

When asked about the importance of monastics and monasteries he said, among other things:

“….How many monasteries did Russia have! And every family, where there were at least nine children, would necessarily dedicate at least one child to God and give them to the monastery, so that the family would have an intercessor before God. This shows the deep spirituality of the people. Everyone knew that a monk would pray for the forgiveness of sins of family members up to the seventh degree.”

Is it Gerasenes or Gadarenes?

The following is taken from BibleGateway.com (here)

Gadarenes, Girgesenes, Gerasenes

(These three names are used indiscriminately to designate the place where Jesus healed two demoniacs. The first two are in the Authorized Version. (Matthew 8:28; Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26) In Gerasenes in place of Gadarenes. The miracle referred to took place, without doubt, near the town of Gergesa, the modern Kersa, close by the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and hence in the country of Gergesenes. But as Gergesa was a small village, and little known, the evangelists, who wrote for more distant readers, spoke of the event as taking place in the country of the Gadarenes, so named from its largest city, Gadara; and this country included the country of the Gergesenes as a state includes a county. The Gerasenes were the people of the district of which Gerasa was the capital. This city was better known than Gadara or Gergesa; indeed in the Roman age no city of Palestine was better known. “It became one of the proudest cities of Syria.” It was situated some 30 miles southeast of Gadara, on the borders of Peraea and a little north of the river Jabbok. It is now called Jerash and is a deserted ruin. The district of the Gerasenes probably included that of the Gadarenes; so that the demoniac of Gergesa belonged to the country of the Gadarenes and also to that of the Gerasenes, as the same person may, with equal truth, be said to live in the city or the state, or in the United States. For those near by the local name would be used; but in writing to a distant people, as the Greeks and Romans, the more comprehensive and general name would be given.–ED.)

Awesome photos of the revestment of St. John the Wonderworker


The official website of the Western American Diocese offers a photo-report of the revestment of the relics of St John

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, in accordance with a decision by the Diocesan Council of Western America, clergymen of the diocese performed the rite of revestment of the uncorrupt relics of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco. This special rite was headed by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America in San Francisco’s Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow.”

Having made confession in advance and asking forgiveness of each other, the archpastors and priests performed a moleben to St John at 9 pm, after which they proceeded to perform the rite of changing the vestments. Every priest participating in the Pastoral Conference of the Western American Diocese was given the opportunity to participate in this rite. The attending protodeacons then intoned the corresponding prayers after the revestment of the holy man’s relics.

Serbs Want to be Russian

H/T: Theology and Society (here)

Throng of Kosovo Serbs Seek Russian Citizenship; 21,733 Request Citizenship for Russian Protection

The Russian website RIA Novosti reports on November 15, 2011 that more than 21,000 Kosovo Serbs have applied for Russian citizenship, according to Zlatibor Djordjevic, a spokesman for the Old Serbia movement.

“We have handed over 21,733 Russian citizenship requests to the Russian embassy in Belgrade,” Djordjevic said.

He said the letter — addressed to the Russian State Duma — will be delivered to the lower chamber of the Russian parliament via the Foreign Ministry. Djordjevic added that more Serbs may turn to Russia for protection.

“By all possible means, we tried to get protection from our country, but it pushes us back into the state which we refuse to recognize,” Djordjevic said.

Kosovo — a state comprised mainly of Albanian Muslims — seceded and declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. About 10 percent of Kosovo’s two million people are Serbs, who are primarily of the Eastern Orthodox faith.