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Because the Catholic Church doesn't teach that we attain salvation only through the reception of God's grace by faith. That's why the Protestant teaching is called sola fide! The Catholic Catechism says: CCC 2010 Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the ...


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Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam? The short answer is: It is seriously doubtful. It is seriously doubtful considering that the Prophet Mohammad (c. 570 AD – 8 June 632 AD) only came on to the world scene in the late 6th to early 7th centuries. It may in fact be that the opposite could be true. The Pre-Byzantium Era In the ...


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I'd like to focus on the following part of your question because it is not answered, yet: If ..., why did the Protestant Reformation happen? This question implies that the main reasons for the separation of the Catholic and the Protestant Church were of religious nature. When learning about Luther's time in history lessons in school here in Germany, we ...


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A really interesting question since as a Christian who opposes the use of lethal force by Christians, I have tended to count Leo Tolstoy as an ally of sorts since he also takes Jesus' command to 'love your neighbor as yourself' as foundational to an ethic of sacrificial love. However, upon further research (also here) I realized that you are right on the two ...


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While it is true that one can say the Eastern Orthodox proclaims "salvation by grace through faith", the eastern understanding of what exactly salvation is departs radically from that of western Christianity. This was actually made clear in the local Orthodox Church tract another answer referenced, but seems to have been overlooked (p.78-79): The problem ...


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Orthodox Sacraments are Valid It is well-known that Catholics hold Orthodox sacraments to be valid: These [Eastern] Churches, although separated from us, possess true sacraments, above all by apostolic succession, the priesthood and the Eucharist, whereby they are linked with us in closest intimacy. (Unitatis Redintegratio, 15) (See also, Faith, ...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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It is ok for Russian Church, historically some names, which we can find in ROC calendary, for example: Вѣра (Věra), Надѣжда (Naděžda), Любовь (Ljubovj), Боголѣпъ (Bogolěp), have an other view of their origin names, for those names they are Greek ones: Elpis, Pistis, Agapi, Theoprepios. At the time of Rus Baptial time the greek names yet used in their ...


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I heard the Mount Athos chants recently as well. I'm not familiar with the Greek Orthodox liturgy at all, nor the Greek language, so I'm also having a terribly hard time trying to find reference for the lyrics. This won't be a very satisfying answer, but I thought I would just share the info I found so far. From what I can gather, the first video you linked ...


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Generally, Orthodox weddings are prohibited on at least the following days: Great Lent (variable) Holy Week (variable) Pascha (variable) Pentecost (variable) The Apostle's Fast (variable-June 29) The Dormition Fast (August 1-15) The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (August 29) Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) Nativity Fast (November 14-December ...


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Origen is today considered controversial because of some of his views. (Even Saint Augustine had some views with which the church disagreed). Although he is considered controversial today, during his time he was the definition of theology, whether you agreed with him or not. It still comes down to one qualification. To be canonized in either of the ...


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Is there one guardian angel for each person? According to the Catholic Church, Tradition, St. Thomas Aquinas and other theologians, the answer is yes. St. Thomas states the following in his Summa Theologiae the following: Whether men are guarded by the angels? According to the plan of Divine Providence, we find that in all things the movable and ...


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In Russia, Bibles for personal reading are in Russian. One have to search to find it in Church Slavonic. Memorized prayers are in Church Slavonic. Prayer books, akathists are in Church Slavonic though there are some with translation to Russian. At least one 20th century akathist that I know was written in Russian. Living of the Saints, Philokalia and ...


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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 KJV There is a simple way to know which church to follow and if it teaches based on the scriptures: Scriptures teaches Salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 10:9-10) ...


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All forms of Christianity have to, at some point, base their beliefs in the Bible. If the Bible isn't true, then why are you bothering with any of its tenets, etc? And my problem is this: why must I become a historical and theological scholar to believe in Jesus? You don't need a theological degree to read the Bible. Indeed, most of its teachings are quite ...


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There is a core set of beliefs that all branches of Christianity hold in common - such as Jesus being both God and man, dying on the cross for us, rising from the dead, and one day returning to end the world. And there are the things that different denominations hold different views on, but still consider each other as fellow Christians - episcopal vs ...


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John 15:26 seems to be the basis upon which the Eastern Orthodox Church believes the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone. Here is a partial quote from an article regarding the Eastern Orthodox teaching about the Filioque, although it should be noted that it makes no reference to any biblical text: The position of the Eastern Orthodox Church ...


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Who was Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu? St. Raynerius was Benedictine monk. He served at Beaulieu, near Limoges, France and died in 967. His feast day is celebrated on February 22. The above information is about the most you will be able to glean off the internet. One source has this to add: Let me introduce you to the Blessed Rainer. Rainer’s cult ...


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CuriousDannii's answer is quite good, and well researched. I'm adding an answer that is perhaps more conceptual and experiential. Firstly, there's a number of reasons for the Reformation on grounds other than salvation by grace through faith: e.g. originally the abuse of indulgences (not strictly doctrinal), then Papal supremacy, the role of tradition in ...


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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit? From a Catholic perspective the sacraments of the Eastern Orthodox Churches are valid and licit. Please allow me to explain. The question of validity is rather simple to ascertain. In fact, the Catholic Church permits Catholics to receive communion in Orthodox Churches, the sacraments ...


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The word "saint" can historically and philologically be shown to originate in the Greek texts that would later be bound together as the NT, although Christianity retroactively applied the title to non-humans in the OT (like angels, as in St Michael). The invocation of saints is a phenomenon that started in the Roman period, so clearly something changed ...


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On the surface, ancient-future churches claim to speak across generations and draw equally upon ancient (hymns, chant, candles, communion) and techno-modern (alt. rock, art, ambient, projection, video) sources. An American example of this would be the hi-tech megachurches that host anything from rock concerts to communions. Underneath that modern, millenial-...


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According to current Catholic Canon Law, sharing a space in the manner proposed would pose problems. Canon 1205: "Sacred places are those which are designated for divine worship or for the burial of the faithful by a dedication or a blessing which the liturgical books prescribe for this purpose." Canon 1210: Only those things which serve the ...


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No, prosphora is not intended to be bought or sold! Prosphora is an offering, prayerfully baked by a parishoner, never for pay. Part of the bread becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, and part of the bread is set aside for antidoron and distributed after Divine Liturgy. Sometimes some of this bread is taken home and eaten by those who ...


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Roughly how many churches were built in each century? This question is actually impossible to answer, even remotely. To put it bluntly: It is complicated! To even try to estimate this, even roughly would prove to be not possible. To start with we should consider that as Christianity advanced in it evangelizing of the people of the known world, it would need ...


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The celebrant’s position and proximity to the participants? There is certainly not enough historical evidence to give an exact date on this usage within the Holy celebration of the Mass. It may in fact have come from the Apostles, but we just do not have the proper data at hand. What is certain, is the fact that this practice existed very early within the ...


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To answer the original question: "Is there a biblical basis for the assignation and invocation of patron saints?" It is important to clarify the terms patron saints and invocation, and to consider the relevant related bible scriptures. Patron saints can be defined as heavenly advocates of a nation, place family or person. Bible scriptures related to this ...


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Is there a biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints? First of all, I will not be dealing with the Biblical bases for praying to saints in general because that has been answered in the following question: What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints? The Orthodox think along similar lines in this regard as ...


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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church? The short answer is no. Been a Catholic all my life and I have never heard or read about a practicing Catholic makes such a bizarre claim against the Catholic Church. In fact, no teaching from the Popes or the Teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church has ever been forthcoming. ...


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I think it is correct to say that prior to the great schism there really weren't only two sides in exactly the sense you suggest. Dating to at least the time of the 1st Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, 325), those Churches which subscribed to the seven Ecumenical Councils were divided administratively into five (5) "Sees": Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, ...


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