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Some Notes on the History and Liturgical Practice of the Orthodox Church of France

Some Notes on the History and Liturgical Practice of the Orthodox Church of France Fr. Francis DesMarais Among the many attempts to re-establish a truly Western Orthodox ecclesial witness in the countries whose churches were influenced by, and attached to, the Church of Rome prior to the schism between East and West, or established under Rome's canonical supervision through missionary activity since that time, none have become enracinated more completely and fruitfully than the restored Ortho... +

The Frequent Communion

THE FREQUENT COMMUNION Mgr John, bishop of Saint-Denis The frequent communion, same daily, is true to the teaching of Fathers of the Church and to the Holyed "Canons"... The primitive Church, as well as the majority of Fathers of the Church, called believers to the same and frequent communion daily. Fathers of the Church, such that Tertullien, Clement and Origène of Alexandrie, holy Cyprien, holy Cyrille of Jerusalem, holy Ambroise, saint Hilaire of Poitiers, Chromacé of Aquilée, Augustin,... +

Towards an ecclesiology for the west

TOWARDS AN ECCLESIOLOGY FOR THE WEST Germain, Bishop of Saint Denis Translated from the French by Sithuraj Ponraj, JCD Editor’s Note Every Christian has the need for a space that is spiritual, sacramental and linked strongly to apostolic Tradition that will allow him to worship the Divine Trinity in a manner that is ‘worthy and right’, according to his own sensibilities and at the geographical location where Providence has placed him. The role of a bishop is to proclaim true doctrine (T... +

Dogmas

DOGMAS Dogmas antinomiques proclaimed during the large councils oecuméniques to struggle against heresies are not truths to believe, but in experiment. Based on the Disclosure, they express the reality divino - human and guide the human being to the contemplation of That that appears. They make the object of a knowledge existentielle, not of a knowledge abstracted. Fundamental dogmas: 1 - The Christ is not a creature: It is the unique fathered of the Father (Council of Nicée - 325) This fir... +

Sacraments

SACRAMENTS Majorities Sacraments - or Mysteries - are to the station of the life of the Church. They reset the man created to the image of God and support it to get) Its resemblance, become - " god by the Grace " -. The main sacraments are: the baptism, the chrismation, the eucharistie, the penance or conversion, the unction, the priesthood and the marriage. Are added numerous blessings: of churches, crosses, icons, houses, members (water, earth, firing), fruit of the earth, animals, the v?u... +

Homily of Pascha

Homily of Pascha The Resurrection – Source of our Liberty CHRIST IS RISEN ! VERILY, HE IS RISEN ! In the Resurrection of Christ we celebrate with joy the holy Pascha, the Passover (passage) from death to new life. It is the Pascha of Liberation, for Christ has liberated the Nations. It is the day of resurrection from the life of bondage to the new life of freedom in Christ. Pascha is the hour of our deliverance. We do not sufficiently celebrate and thereby understand fully the fullness of t... +

The keeping of lent

The keeping of lent Fr. Francis DesMarais Each year, Christians throughout the world celebrate what is primarily a season of preparation for the approaching yearly reliving of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, The Great Pascha - the Christian Passover. Through the centuries this time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving has been celebrated in many different ways, for different reasons, at different times, and for different lengths of time. But the message of Lent has been and cont... +

The Divine Liturgy of Saint Germanus of Paris

The Divine Liturgy of Saint Germanus of Paris THE SAINT VENANTIUS PRESS ALBANY, NEW YORK August 1996 Explanatory Note The basis of the Divine Liturgy given here, often referred to as the Gallican Liturgy, is attributed to Saint Germanus (Germain) of Paris, a leading bishop and liturgist of the Church of Gaul during the sixth century. As with other liturgies which are given identifies under the names of leading hierarchs of the local churches during the first millennium of Christianity, this a... +

Apology for western orthodoxy

Apology for western orthodoxy Vladimir Lossky In 1925, Eugraph Kovalevsky, the future Bishop Jean of Saint-Denis, founded with his brothers and some friends the " Confraternity of Saint Photius," the goal of which was to work toward the independence and the universality of orthodoxy. Here is its Manifesto : " We proclaim and we confess that the Orthodox Church is the one, true Church of Christ ; that she is not only the Church of the East, but that she is the Church of all peoples of the ea... +