Note: This essay was first published by Public Orthodoxy, a blog of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, on March 7, 2016. Republished with permission. The Orthodox world is buzzing with the recent news report on the ordination of deaconesses in the Patriarchate of Alexandria. To the best of our knowledge, the ordination […]
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Five deaconesses consecrated.
“Chrism, distinct from Holy Unction and other blessed oils used in Orthodox Christian rites, contains a number of ingredients, including olive oil, white table wine, benzoin, aromatic incenses extracted in oil, rose oil, basil, balsam, Venetian turpentine, galangal, oils of bergamot, clove, marjoram, thyme and sandalwood, extracts of ginger root, and nutmeg.”
Liturgy in non-liturgical spaces illuminates the qualities of gathering for the privilege of offering liturgy, and embracing the fact that Christian identity need not be shaped solely by a particular parish community.
The use of antiquated liturgical languages for the liturgy is part of the problem; the Church needs to devote energy to thinking and praying about the other parts of the problem.
Orthodox theologians devoted to restoring the order of deaconess have published a book on the ordination of deaconesses and the question of women in ordained ministry dedicated to the Patriarch of Alexandria. This news is significant as it demonstrates that interest in and research on the deaconess is of international concern, and not merely a […]
Today is the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron of the See of Constantinople, the see of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Continuing the longstanding tradition between the Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch, a formal delegation from the Vatican was present at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy, a special message was […]
The question posed to Orthodoxy concerns the exercise of ministry in orders known and recognized by the Church, not the invention of something new.
Breaking news from the East.
The importance of this shared communion agreement cannot be overstated…