‘No law can order us’: Greek Christians defy COVID ban on Epiphany services

Jan 7, 2021 by

By Angeliki Koutantou, Deborah Kyvrikosaios, Reuters: Greek Christian churches held Epiphany services on Wednesday, openly defying government coronavirus restrictions that banned public gatherings including religious ceremonies on one of the most important days of the Orthodox calendar. Despite a plea by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for Church authorities to set an example during a crisis that has killed more than 5,000 in Greece, worshippers attended morning services, although limits...

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Progressive Religion and the Ritual Scapegoating of Sir Roger Scruton

Apr 19, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: “We are not religious,” screech the vulturine volt of jeering, sneering, secular, postmodern, cultural Marxists. The high priests of secularism are pious and pompous, even Pecksniffian, in their iconoclastic vandalism of religion and ritual. Yet, one week before Good Friday, they orgiastically partake in one of the oldest religious rituals—a rite going back three thousand years. In this ancient rite, the people choose a goat. The high priest lays his hands on the...

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Welsh Anglicans gather around ‘Essentials’

Mar 19, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. “If you despise the day of small things, the Church in Wales is not for you”, said the Archdeacon of Cardigan. The comment received a loud ripple of chuckles from the 150 strong assembly of the inaugural meeting of Anglican Essentials Wales on 15th and 16th March. Anglicans in Wales are not numerous, and declining; few congregations number over 100. On one level the modesty is justified. But at the same time, this gathering represents a significant...

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Biggest split in modern Orthodox history: Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

Oct 16, 2018 by

from RT: In the biggest rift in modern Orthodox history, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut all ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, after it accepted a breakaway division of Ukrainian Orthodox Church as independent. The Holy Synod, the governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, has ruled that any further clerical relations with Constantinople are impossible, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, told journalists, de facto...

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Russian Orthodox Church continues to grow, adding 10 new dioceses in last year

Dec 2, 2017 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The Russian Orthodox Church’s expanding reach continues with 10 new dioceses added in the past year alone. On top of this the number of clerics also continued its steady growth with 521 more added in the last year, taking the total to 39,414. Outside of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has spread its influence with 900 ROC parishes and monasteries overseas, according to official figures. ‘Almost every community of the Moscow Patriarchate...

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Greek Orthodox ring bells in mourning and protest over radical transgender law

Oct 24, 2017 by

by Fr Mark Hodges, LifeSite: Christian churches in Greece are ringing their bells in mourning over a radical transgender law passed earlier this month. Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and the clergy of his diocese are ringing their church bells loudly every day at noon for three minutes. “It is an outrageous inspiration for someone to change his gender in a few minutes, with a simple declaration, so contrary to what God has gifted people with,” the clergy of the diocese wrote in a released...

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