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Sharing: Petition – Open Our Orthodox Churches

Sharing: Petition – Open Our Orthodox Churches

“To partake of the holy Body and Blood of Christ is good and beneficial; for He says quite plainly: ‘He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.’ Who can doubt that to share continually in life is the same thing as having life abundantly?” (St Basil the Great).

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (St. John 6.51).

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Sharing: Christians in Times of Epidemic, Then and Now

Sharing: Christians in Times of Epidemic, Then and Now

By Fr. Zechariah Lynch of the OCA.

At current, even within Orthodox circles, the idea is being put forth that if I, as a person, truly cared about others I would stay at home. This staying at home includes forgoing attending church.

Some are saying things like “don’t try to be a hero.” Others are proposing that staying at home is a true reflection of Christian concern and love for others.

In this post I will be addressing this issue and I will be giving an opposing view to those reflected above.

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Sharing: During Times of Plague, Priests Do What Priests Need To Do

Sharing: During Times of Plague, Priests Do What Priests Need To Do

The second wave of influenza in the fall of 1918 was the worst yet. By the time Father Nicola Yanney reached Wichita, Kansas, a citywide quarantine was in effect. A 16-year-old girl had already died, creating a sense of panic. The missionary priest — his territory reached from Missouri to Colorado and from Oklahoma to North Dakota — couldn’t even hold her funeral in the city’s new Orthodox sanctuary. As he traveled back to his home church in Kearney, Nebraska, he kept anointing the sick, hearing confessions and taking Holy Communion to those stricken by the infamous “Spanish flu.”

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