When Human Life Begins

From The American College of Pediatricians – March 2017 ABSTRACT: The predominance of human biological research confirms that human life begins at conception—fertilization.  At fertilization, the human being emerges as a whole, genetically distinct, individuated zygotic living human organism, a member of the species Homo sapiens, needing only the proper environment in order to grow and develop. The difference between the individual in its adult stage and in its zygotic...


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Prophecies of the End Times Revealed to St. Ambrosy of Optina (d. 1891)

Prophecies of the End Times Revealed to St. Ambrosy of Optina (d. 1891)

My child, know that in the last days hard times will come; and as the Apostle says, behold, due to poverty in piety heresies and schisms will appear in the churches; and as the Holy Fathers foretold, then on the thrones of hierarchs and in monasteries there will be no men to be found that are tested and experienced in the spiritual life. Wherefore, heresies will spread everywhere and deceive...


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Miracle of the Cloud on Mt Tabor, Israel

Miracle of the Cloud on Mt Tabor, Israel

Every year the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate celebrates the Feast Day of the Transfiguration in their monastery on the top of Mount Tabor in Israel. Every year, around the time of serving Holy Communion a miraculous cloud appears over the Orthodox monastery (from a crystal clear night) and moves around wherever it wishes. Scientists can’t explain the phenomenon, as it’s meteorologically impossible.


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THE CHURCH IS ONE

THE CHURCH IS ONE

The essay we present here is one of the most unusual and provocative treatments of a theological subject ever penned. It was written in 1844 or 1845 but did not appear in print until 1863‐three years after the author’s premature death. It is an all-the-more amazing document because Alexei Stepanovich Khomiakov, who wrote it, was a layman with no official theological standing. Despite the fact that by profession Khomiakov was...


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On Sufferings

“Sufferings for God and for His sake are more precious to God than any prayer or offering; and the smell of their sweat is better than any incense” —St. Isaac of Syria “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” — Psalm 125:5 “And the Word was made flesh and He pitched up His tent and dwelt among us.” God the uncontainable condescended and became a man like unto...


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