Dechani Monastery Launches English-language Website
Monday, February 4, 2019
Visoki Dečani, a 14th century Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Kosovo (known as Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian tradition), has unveiled a new website in English and several other languages.
The long-awaited site contains regularly updated news about the life of the monastery in Serbia’s turbulent breakaway region of Kosovo, along with many scans of materials from the monastery’s library, audio recordings from Divine services, professional photographs of items from the monastery treasury, and an online store from which monastery products can be ordered to be shipped all over the world.
Visoki Dečani (pronounced as Visoky Dechani) is of particular interest both because of its past and its present. Founded by the Serbian medieval king, St. Stefan III Dečanski in 1335, the monastery is the only Serbian monastery to have been continuously inhabited during the dark centuries of Ottoman occupation and subsequent years of communist oppression. This unbroken monastic presence endows the monastery with an immensely rich historical and spiritual treasury, including breathtaking, exquisitely preserved frescoes, intricate centuries-old liturgical objects, and many pages of both beautiful and historically significant manuscripts, all of which can now be viewed online at the monastery’s new website. Continue
Statement on the Sanctity of Life
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic.
While recognizing that there are rare but serious medical instances where mother and child may require extraordinary actions, the Assembly of Bishops is deeply concerned that the taking of innocent life through abortion has become an acceptable cultural norm. This phenomenon – increasingly prevalent throughout contemporary societies – was exacerbated by a recent law of the New York State Senate (Bill S.240). The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America categorically denounces these adverse developments that allow for abortion, under certain unjustifiable circumstances, even within the third trimester of existence.
The Assembly of Bishops further reminds the faithful that Christ is a beacon of hope in this challenging world. Accordingly, the Church is always prepared and willing to support women who are considering abortion to find alternative avenues to alleviate any burden, physical and spiritual. The Church is ever a mother – loving, understanding, nurturing, praying, and protecting all human life.
Fast Q&A About Georgraphy of Orthodox in America
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
“Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America” is the second essay in a group of mini-reports about Orthodox Church life in America. Surprising, stimulating, and, at the same time, important facts about the geographic distribution of Orthodox parishes and church members in America are discussed in this essay. Continue