Q:I was wondering if you know any sites where I could read up on the archangel michael
Hello dear Anon. :)
Firstly, I have the tag “Archangel Michael" on my blog where you can find information and many icons.
To make it easier I will just link you to the most imformative articles of this 13 pages of the tag:
- A small article about Archangel Michael -here-
- I reblogged the article of Andrew’s now deactivated blog with a lot of information -here-
- A video about Archangel Michael (starts with the story of a woman in which he intercessed and helped her but then there will be information) -here-
- Archangel Michael in Jude and Zachariah -here-
- Archangel Michael and the “cup of death” -here-
- Saint John of Kronstadt on the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the heavenly hosts -here-
- Post about the icon “The assembly of Archangel Michael/Archangel Michael and the Synaxis of the Archangels” -here-
- Post about the icon of “Michael Archistrategos/Archangel Michael of the Apocalypse” -here-
- The miracle of Archangel Michael at Khonae -here-
- Recent Miracle of Archangel Michael’s icon weeping at Rhodos -here-
- Archangel Michael’s icons mouth moving as a woman prayed to it -here-
- A miracle on the island of Symi (Simi) at Panormitis Monastery -here-
- A miracle as Archangel Michael appeared to a pilot as he was about to crash -here-
- Here are some links to hymns (text form) 1 2 3
- Epic chant for epic angel -here-
I have many bookmarks but it would take too long to go through them but I plan to post more. :)
I hope this helped, may God bless you and Archangel Michael be your sword.
Q:Can a Roman Catholic partake in the Blessed Sacrament at an Orthodox church? and does the Orthodox Church hold councils among themselves apart from Rome? This is coming from someone who has little idea of what the last council the east and west had together was and why they stopped.
No, a Roman Catholic cannot partake in the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist) at an Orthodox Church. The Eucharist is something that can only be practiced exclusively within the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I wont make any judgements of wheter or not the Eucharist is truly present within the Catholic Church, but it isn’t exactly a magic formula where if one says the right prayers, the Eucharist will become what it is truly meant to be. The Church does not exist for the sole purpose of maintaing truth, but distributing the Sacraments to the faithful which are part of the Church.
Since the Eucharist, if not taken in worthiness, is dangerous, it can only be said that those who have been recieved into Christ’s Church can partake of it, lest they suffer.
As for Councils, our circumstances have made it very difficult to hold Councils since the first Seven. Not only was the Pentarchy unable to operate, but there wasn’t too much of an immediate need for Councils, since the Councils adressed heresies that popped up, and there hasn’t been anything too major as of late that affects the Church as a whole as opposed to particular local Churches.
There isn’t much reason why there shouldn’t be another one although I’ve heard several reasons why the Church is not currently in the spiritual state to have another Council. I’d actually like to see some answers from other Orthodox Christians who are more knowledgable on this topic.
Naturally, if there is another Council, it will be held apart from Rome so far as Rome remains in schism.
Q:I enjoy your site immensely! I'm an Orthodox Priest from Ohio - your Tumblr will be a great resource for me, and others. Not really a question, I suppose, but I just wanted to throw that out there. :-)
Thank you for visiting and liking my humble page. :)
I made this blog for the purpose of being a resource about the Orthodox faith and I am very happy how it develops and that people actually read it.
Greetings from Germany, God bless you! :)
"We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible."
These opening words of the Nicene Creed, the central doctrinal statement of Christianity, affirm that the One True God is source of everything that exists - both physical and spiritual, both animate and inanimate. The Holy Scriptures begin with a similar striking assertion: “In the beginning God made heaven and earth.” St. Basil declares:
In the fear that human reasonings may make you wander from the truth, Moses has anticipated inquiry by engraving in our hearts, as a seal and a safeguard, the awesome name of God: ‘In the beginning God created.’ It is He - beneficent Nature, Goodness without measure, a worthy object of love for all beings endowed with reason, the beauty the most to be desired, the origin of all that exists… - it is He who ‘in the beginning created heaven and earth.’
The ever-existent Almighty God was not forced to create the universe. Rather, in His goodness and lovingkindness, He freely chose to do so. And the fact that the Lord created the universe out of nothing states in clear contrast to the creation myths of the surrounding cultures, in the ancient world.
The central role of Jesus Christ, the Word of the Father, in the creation of all things is plainly stated in the first chapter of the apostle John’s gospel, where it is written, “In the beginning was the Word,… All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” And the specific role of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Undivided Trinity, in the creation of the world is seen in
The earth was invisible and unfinished; and darkness was over the deep. The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water.
(see also Psalm 103:30
(104:30)depending on Bible version,
30 You shall send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created,
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Psalm 32:6 (33)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were established, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.)
Regarding questions about the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of creation, and about various viewpoints concerning evolution, the Orthodox Church has not dogmatized any particular view. What is dogmatically proclaimed is that the One Triune God created everything that exists, and that man was created in a unique way and is alone made in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26-27). The Church Fathers also consistently affirm that each species of the animate creation came into existence instantaneously, at the command of God, with its seed within itself.
The development of life was not by accident. Rather, Supreme Intelligence and Impenetrable Wisdom were at work in the creation and sustenance of all that exists. In discussing various scientific theories of this day, St. Basil the Great declared, “If there is anything in this [or any other] system which seems probable to you, keep your admiration for the source of such perfect order - the wisdom of God.” He also wrote, “We must still remain faithful to the principle of true religion and recognize that all that exists is sustained by the Creator’s power.”
The repeated affirmation “and God saw that it was good” in Genesis 1 underscores the intrinsic, fundamental goodness of matter and the whole created order, even after the Fall. This understanding is the basis for a sacramental world-view - that the created order not only is good, but also can be a means for communion with God, by virtue of being created by the All-Good God. Moreover, the astounding beauty, intricate order, and sublime harmony of all aspects of Creation, as well as the tremendously vast expanse of the universe, are intended to draw mankind to awareness of and appreciation for the Creator, and to the worship of Him - and Him alone
(see Psalm 18:1-4 (19)
1 For the end, a psalm by David.
2 The heavens declare the glory of God;
The firmament shows the creation of His hands.
3 Day to day utters speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
4 There is no speech nor language
Where their voices are not heard.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,).
From the Orthodox Study Bible
CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX BAPTISM EXPLAINED IN ENGLISH
The Icon of St. Nicholas I bought today.
Brother, we are equally insane in icon-shopping. :D
I really want to by a St. Nicholas icon. >< I have been going nuts looking at this website day after day: http://www.holytrinitystore.com/ Where did you buy that icon, btw?
I can get you one at my church if you like. It might take a bit since I have to send other icons, first. :)
While they were in the church that night, suddenly above the iconostasis stood a woman in the air, dressed as a nun and blessing the crowds with her two hands the way a bishop does. However, only the children could see her.
"Panagia! It’s Panagia!" all the children began to shout at once. The Lady Theotokos came down from the air and started walking through the crowds. The children kept calling out, "Panagia! Panagia!"
"Where? Where is Panagia?" the adults asked.
"There she is! Over there!" the children would call out.
She walked through the crowds, blessing everyone, and then she disappeared. Sr. Evlogia said she even remembers the church officials coming and writing down the faithful’s accounts of the miracle.
"What did she look like?" I asked, wide-eyed and excited.
Sr. Evlogia shrugged. “Like a nun,” she said. “She had on a headscarf like we wear and long robes. She looked like a nun.”
(Psalm 135/136, depending on the translation of the Bible)
If you read Seraphim Roses “The Soul after Death” you will understand. :D