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To answer your main question: The Council of Laodicea, being a regional council, would only have been binding on the Faithful living in the region (specifically, on areas that were represented by their bishops). Being only a regional, and not an ecumenical council, it is not binding on all the Faithful. For your question about scripture, the answer is a ...


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Fortunately, The Kingdom of Armenia: A History (by M. Chahin) has an online extract that covers this very issue. On page 261, Chahin says tradition has it that King Abgar of Edessa (c. 5 BCE-32 CE) wrote to Jesus begging him to cure him of a malady. The allegedly written reply, along with His portrait (painted by Abgar's messenger, Ananias), purports to ...


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So, the short answer is that the Church suffers as a participation in the redemptive suffering of Christ. As the Church is Christ's body, that means that she must suffer as he suffered. So if he meant that the Church suffers as Christ the answer is "yes, and many agree". This provides us with some useful information, including the JPII quote: For, ...


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St. Augustine taught one can lose their salvation by their actions (which protestants call 'works') even if they have the faith - this contradicts the five solas and Luther's concept of Simul Iustus et Peccator (at the same time just and a sinner) St. Augustine on how mortal and venial sins are forgiven “But do not commit those sins on account of ...


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Best I can make of it is that it began with the 1979 revision of the (Episcopalian) Book of Common Prayer, when the liturgists decided since Eucharist was replacing Morning Prayer as the standard Sunday worship service, there needed to be a more formal introductory rite. In the 1928 Prayer Book (and in earlier books), the rubrics assume that Morning Prayer ...


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In short, the "mainline" Christian denominations/religions existed before the "Great Awakenings," although smaller denominations/religions such as the LDS, the Seventh Day Adventists, the JW emerged through these periods of revival. The "Evangelical" denominations emerged out of a separate revivalist tradition centered on the West Coast around the turn of ...


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Yes. A letter written by the bishops gathered at Constantinople in 381 (where the second version of the creed was drafted) uses the term "persons" and affirms its consistency with the original Nicene Creed: What we have undergone -- persecutions, afflictions, imperial threats, cruelty from officials, and whatever other trial at the hands of heretics -- ...


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This site provides a copy of the purported prison diary written by Saint Perpetua, written around 203 CE. The diary forms part of the non-canonical Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas, also known as The Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas, and their Companions. It is a beautifully crafted story and many believe Perpetua and Felicity really existed and that ...



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