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The word "apostle" simply means "someone who has been appointed to deliver a message". The word "disciple" means "follower" or "student". English-speaking people today rarely use the word "apostle" other than to refer to "Jesus's Twelve Apostles", but it's common to talk about people today as "disciples", or to call followers of any religious leader his ...


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Acts 1:20 speaks of what to do with the office of a heretical bishop (Judas Iscariot in this particular case): For it is written in the book of Psalms [108:8]. Be their habitation made desert, and be there none to dwell in it. And his Bishopric* let another take. {*A bishopric can refer to the province of a bishop (diocese) or to his office.} Thus, a ...


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Some hint may be in Mt 16,18-19: (NKJV) 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in ...


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Yes John the Baptist or John the Forerunner is a revered Saint: he is considered the last of the Old Testament saints that went before Christ. There are numerous examples of iconography Saint John the Baptist icon and even Orthodox churches with John as their patron saint e.g. St John the Baptist Church, a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canberra, ...


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Yes This should be obvious, given St. John's prominence in the Bible and the life of Jesus, and indeed a simple google search turns up many, many Orthodox Prayer formulas from a variety of Traditions.


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According to Orthodox teachings, any saint can be called upon to pray to God for you, including Saint John the Baptist. In fact, in the orthodox evening prayers, there is a short prayer dedicated to him: O Saint John, Forerunner of the Messiah, pray to God for me, the sinner. (rough translation)


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums it up: The term "flesh" refers to man in his state of weakness and mortality.1 1Cf. Gen. 6:3 ["My spirit shall not remain in human beings forever, because they are only flesh"], Ps. 56:5 ["What can mere flesh do to me?"], Isa. 40:6 ["All flesh is grass, and all their loyalty like the flower of the ...


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This is going to be tricky. The Orthodox Church's rules on mixed marriages are similar to those of the Roman Church. If a Catholic is marrying an Orthodox Christian in the Church she will be required to agree that the children will be raised Orthodox. This is a major reason why religiously mixed marriages are discouraged, especially if/when both parties have ...


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According to the Catholic Church, your daughter's marriage to a non-Catholic, without her bishop's permission, is invalid; so she would absolutely need to marry in the Catholic Church. From the section "Mixed Marriages" of the Code of Canon Law: Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two ...


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In all books about dogmatics, ascetisism and/or mysticism of the Orthodox Church that I've read, or even web articles, there's no such thing as drawing parallels between the human sexual act and the Holy Trinity. In fact, the only comparisson of the Holy Trinity to something worldly*, that I know of, is made by Saint Athanasius of Alexandria: Adam is ...


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As FMS said - they can speak to the Bishop. Certainly preferences can be discussed and can have influence over the ultimate decision. I go to an Antiochian Orthodox Church - our Priest is from California but serves in Pennsylvania because his wife's family is nearby the area.


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This surprised me a lot. I was under the impression that church law prescribes when to hold a service, up to the time at which it must be held - but maybe I am mixing this up with the prescribed prayer times in monasteries. Or maybe there is really such a prescription for Orthodox churches. I grew up in an Orthodox country, but as an atheist, so my ...



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