First Sunday of Lent

Almighty God,
whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit
to be tempted by Satan:

Come quickly to help us who are assaulted
by many temptations;
and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us,
let each one find you mighty to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,

now and for ever.

Amen.
Book of Common Prayer

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Scurte consideratii personale despre recent incheiata Conferinta IOTA de la Iasi

Conferinta a fost foarte bine organizata si suportul asigurat de Arhiepiscopia Moldovei surprinzator de profesionist, in ciuda rezervelor unora mai conservatori de acolo fata de IOTA (perceputa ca fiind prea radicala).

Discursul Mitropolitului Kallistos, care poate fi urmatit pe canalul youtube al IOTA, a fost foarte transant si totusi a fost aplaudat la scena deschisa de participantii la deschiderea oficiala a conferintei, la Teatrul National, in prezenta participantilor si a multor personalitati iesene.

Desigur, asa cum era de asteptat, numarul femeilor care au prezentat lucrari in cadrul conferintei a fost mult mai mic decit cel al barbatilor, dar prezentarile lor, cel putin cele la care eu am assistat, si am incercat sa vad cit pot de multe dintre ale lor, au fost substantiale si au nascut dezbateri foarte serioase.

Prezenta observatorilor ecumenici, si a unor prezentari facute de ne-ortodocsi a fost importanta si, din cite imi spunea Paul Gavrilyuk, intr-o scurta convrbire, ceva ce va continua.

In sectiunile legate de ecumenism au fost numai prezentari facute de ne-evanghelici. Desigur, era mai ‘safe’ asa, data fiind tendinta anti-ecumenica din ortodoxia din aceasta parte de lume, dar este ceva ce ar trebui evitat in viitor, din motive de credibilitate.

A fost, pentru mine, o ocazie de a intilni, la mine acasa, o multime de prieteni ortodocsi, din diverse parti ale lumii. Sper ca povestea va continua, caci otodoxia din partea noastra de lume are nevoie de asa ceva ca de aer pentru a iesi dn autosuficienta pe care i-o da statutul de religie majoritara si de aflarea in proximitatea toxica a puterii politice.

Intr-o nota personala, ma bucur ca textul meu, modest, legat de perichoresis in Dogmatica lui Staniloae a fost primit foarte bine.
Doamne-ajuta!

HE Kallistos Ware – Unity and Conciliarity in the Orthodox Church, IOTA Conference, Iasi, 2019

3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy


ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now ever. Amen.

(source, here)

1st Sunday of Advent

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A Prayer for the 1st Sunday of Advent

Good and gracious God,

It is never easy to wait…
that may be
why Advent
is so hard for us.

But Loving God,
it is not so hard for you.

You wait for us
to turn from our old ways
toward the life you desire for us.

You wait for us
to admit what we have done,
and what we have failed to do,
so we might be freed
toward the life you know
we can have here on Earth.

But our fears and our failures
get in the way.

We lose sight of hope
and find ourselves
stuck in what we see
as impossibilities.

We lose sight of joy
and wallow in
what is wrong.

We lose sight of love
and focus on the things
that frustrate and anger us.

We lose sight of peace
and bind ourselves up
in the things that divide us.

This Advent season
give us pause to rest,
to wait,
to be still
and know that you are God.

Lend us perspective
this Advent
and call us back to be the people
you created us to be.

As we wait
for Hope Come Down
may we learn to practice hopefulness
and may that hopefulness
teach us to fear less
and love more.

May it strengthen us
and encourage us
as we ourselves
strive to be a people of hope
in a far too fearful world.

Amen.

(Source, HERE)

IX. Crezul creștin – Biserica

Teologul Danut Jemna se apropie de finalul seriei lui de scurte meditatii despre crez, abordind in aceasta tema Bisericii.

via IX. Crezul creștin – Biserica

VIII. Crezul creștin – Persoana și iconomia Duhului Sfânt

Comentariul teologului protestant Danut Jemna la Crez abordeaza aici sectiunea de pneumatologie a textului patristic sinodal.

via VIII. Crezul creștin – Persoana și iconomia Duhului Sfânt