Orthodox churches find it difficult to overcome differences

The Orthodox churches are struggily mightily with whether to have a great church council (in the works since the 1970s), whether they need to be more coordinated or even centralized to speak with one voice in today’s world, how the Orthodox churches relate to each other, and in what order of precedence the various churches are commemorated liturgically in the diptychs. Story here.

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  1. I had a limited and non-liturgical idea of “diptych” and had to find out what I had confused, so I thought I would share.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA: Diptych refers to official lists of the living and departed that are commemorated by the local church. The living would be inscribed on one wing of the diptych, and the departed on the other. The inscribing of a bishop’s name in the diptychs means that the local church considers itself to be in communion with him, the removal of a bishop’s name would indicate breaking communion with him. The names in the diptychs would be read publicly by the deacon during the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist), and by the priest during the Liturgy of Preparation. Diptychs were also used to inscribe the names of the saints. Although the wax tablets themselves are no longer used, the term is still used in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches to describe the contents of the diptychs, with all the same connotations.
    A diptych is also a type of icon whereby two panels are joined together with a hinge, so that they may fold together for protection when traveling, and then be unfolded for veneration when one’s destination has been reached. Such diptychs are also called “traveling icons”. Often the subjects on the two panels will be a matched set, such as Christ and the Theotokos, or the Annunciation (with the Archangel Gabriel on one side and the Virgin Mary on the other), or Saints Peter and Paul.

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