The “Father of Fathers, the Thirteenth Apostle and the Judge of the World (as his pheme states), Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, Theodore sent a message to the Muslims of Egypt upon the feast of Ramadan. It is as follows:
“The most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, the chief month of personal worship and great awareness of the Divine for every faithful Muslim ends today with the festive, joyous season of Eid al-Fitr.
But this year’s celebration is of particular importance because it takes place at a time when the blessed land of Egypt is on the verge of history.
At a time in history when all the citizens of the land of the Nile, regardless of religion, in the struggle for a better tomorrow taught the world that the peaceful pursuit of its rights with modesty and dignity is the safest route to freedom.
I wish therefore to express my most heartfelt wishes to our dear Muslim fellow citizens, but also to the beloved Muslims of the entire Arab world with the hope that the two pillars of Ramadan: love and charity, dominate the works and actions of men.
In particular I send a festal greeting to the Supreme Military Council of Egypt, the guardian of the unity of the Egyptian people and guarantor of the transition to Egypt's future, with the hope that he guides the country to the safe harbor of progress and prosperity. (romfea.gr 30.8.2011)
The Ecumenist Patriarchs have inaugurated a new “fashion”. It is not enough that they send festal greetings to the leaders of the heresies of the West (following faithfully what was foreseen in the Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920) but they also send well wishes to the followers of the blood-thirsty Mohamed! In this way they cultivate in the common consciousness the pan-religious idea that “we all believe in the same god.” Is it possible for the Christian God of love to be identified with the blood-thirsty demon which the Muslims worship? Are these the words of an Orthodox Patriarch? Is it possible for “faithful Muslims” to “deeply realize the Divine”? Does He not realize that “all the gods of the nations are demons”? (Psalm 5:5)
Translated from the Greek
A talk delivered by Fr. Maximus (Marretta) to the Inter-Orthodox Conference "Orthodoxy and Modern Ecumenism," University of Chicago, March 5/18, 2007. Read more...
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2021 St. Xenia Camp
Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,
As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]
Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...