Совместима ли церковь с детскими площадками?

Originally posted by ycnokoutellb at Совместима ли церковь с детскими площадками?
В последнее время антиклерикалы не слезают со своего любимого конька: "РПЦ против детей". Ими усиленно внедряется в сознание людей мысль о том, что церковникам важно только понастроить свои храмы, чтобы иметь с них прибыль, а о детях они вообще не думают. Надеюсь что следующая подборка покажет вам более объективное отношение Церкви к детям.
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It happened!

Division between the Russian Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) has been overcome and the glory of Christ, which had been overshadowed by this division, has again shone in America!
On May 24/11, the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and namesday of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the first joint hierarchal liturgy of the OCA and the ROCOR since 1943 was celebrated at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York.
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Right after the feast the bishops departed from New York to participate
in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America in Chicago.

Congratulations to all Orthodox Christians on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick first stepped onto the shores of the Emerald Isle at the age of 16 years as a slave who had been kidnapped by Irish pirates. He managed to escape from Ireland and his fate, but on the orders of an angel he returned to Ireland as a Christian bishop, after which Ireland exploded with monks and missionaries, scholastics and theologians, historians and scribes. They were the ones who, after being baptized at the hands of St. Patrick, became the baptizers of the rest of Western Europe. Christian Ireland sent out missionaries to the remotest corners of Europe, unable to contain their adoration for the beauty of Christ that Saint Patrick had impressed upon them. They founded monasteries and Christian communities, created Christian schools that later became the basis of European universities and wrote books and collected libraries that helped Europe emerge from the barbarism into which it had plunged after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Even in Italy the monastic tradition was established by a follower of St. Patrick – St. Columban. He founded the famous monastery of Bobbio, whose monks re-baptized the Apennines, who had been captured by Arians and pagans, while the Pope, a subject of the Byzantine emperor at that time, belonged rather to the Eastern Christian tradition. In addition to this the disciples of St. Patrick played a prominent role in the Christianization of Russia, as they were the ones who baptized the cousins of Saint Vladimir of Kiev - the Vikings of Denmark and Norway. Even now, the influence of St. Patrick and the momentum he imparted to the Irish Church has not exhausted itself, and can be felt in the farthest reaches of the earth.


Despite the fact that initially America decided to roll out the red carpet for me, I figured out very quickly that I had just arrived in a place where the culture shock was bound to be particularly painful. I kind of took it for granted - America is America, and the Christian culture of Russia is Russian, and never the twain shall meet. And I was thinking like this until I met this man. For a second he showed me the world he was able to see as clear, as I can now see the keyboard. And the shining city that is set on a hill – The United States of America.
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Priory of Rhedae

The village of Rennes-le-Château, from the time of antiquity to the Albigensian Crusade, was called Rhédae and was a large city that stood at the crossroads of culture and commerce. The most prosperous time for Rhédae seems to have been in the fifth century, when the city became the capital and “Fort Knox” of the Visigoths after they had captured and looted ancient Rome, allegedly grabbing the Jerusalem Treasure brought to Rome by Emperor Titus Vespasian.
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Chariots of Blood on the Way of St. James

Rennes-le-Château is a village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the border of France and Spain. Through this village runs one of the most important pilgrimage routes of the Middle Ages – from the Languedoc to Santiago de Compostela, the city to which according to legend the relics of St. James of Zebedee, after having been put in an empty boat, floated at will from Palestine. In this regard, Santiago de Compostela became a destination of Christian pilgrims when Palestine appeared to be out of reach because of the Moslem conquests and the reliquary of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela became the most revered shrine in Western Europe after the relics of St. Peter in Rome. That explains why this road running from France through Rennes-le-Château to Santiago de Compostela was called the "Way of St. James".
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The British Myth of Languedoc and the Impossible Lightness of Being a Templar Knight.

The limited size of this book does not allow any substantial commentary on the Crusades except to mention some facts that influenced, in one way or another, the development of Western European Christian art. The cultural exchange between two Abrahamic religions – Islam and Christianity – happened in more or less peaceful conditions on the background of the Byzantine Empire, Spain and the Kingdom of Sicily, while the non-stop slaughter of the Crusades had few cultural benefits. Nevertheless, the Crusades caused one really important development in the life of Western Europe, including its art – the emergence of military monastic orders, two of which rose to early prominence: the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (Order of the Hospitallers), founded in 1113; and the Order of the Temple, founded in 1119. While the Order of Hospitallers initially was a medical order, later it began to guard pilgrims and give them refuge in so-called hospitals in the desert. Meanwhile, the Order of the Temple, from the very beginning, was created by Hugo Debyn as an order of military ascetics carrying Christianity at the tip of their swords, and that was essentially a new development in Civilization Christianity: the turning of its theology into a military science.
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Lie: Rite against Light

Roger II’s artistic program was undoubtedly the swan song of Byzantine art in Western Europe. It was followed by Gothic art, which was the first specifically Western European art. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming influence of the anti-Gothic propaganda during the Renaissance, the philosophy of Gothic art remains unknown. Only recently, due to the work of the outstanding American art historian Irvin Panofsky, has the smog of wrong interpretation begun to disappear and the understanding of the true symbolism and logic of Gothic art become clearer. Meanwhile, the dominance of Gothic art appears to be a key element in understanding Western European mentality, and thus it is possible that the art of this period influenced Western Europe more than that of the Renaissance. It is enough to say that the so-called international Gothic style created a unified cultural space of Western Europe and was responsible for the formation of Civilization Christianity as a worldview.
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Great schism: Yehoshua Ha-Notzri against Jesus Christ.

It is absolutely impossible to consider from a canonical point of view such an anti canonical event as the Great Schism, but when in 1054 the legate of Pope Cardinal Humbert entered Hagia Sophia during the celebration of the liturgy and placed on the altar the Bull of excommunication from the Roman Church to all Orthodox Christians who denied the supremacy of the Pope, he made the dichotomy between two substantially different subjects of history – the Orthodox Christian East and the Roman Catholic West obvious. This event signaled the beginning of the drifting away of Western European art from Orthodox Christian art, which simultaneously became the time of the West’s greatest artistic achievements, but also the one shouldn't forget that the top of the mountain is the place from which one can only go down.
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Western Christianity: culture against civilization.

Establishing a consolidated position of the Church on the question of “what is an icon - a work of art or just an object of worship?” - is all the more urgent because this issue has geopolitical implications and is closely intertwined with the attitude of Eastern Christians to Western European Christianity. Indeed, it was the heresy of iconoclasm that provoked the "Great Schism" and the emergence of Roman Catholicism, thus giving birth to the West as a catholic civilization.Collapse )