Saturday, March 12, 2016

Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday

An Advance Sharing: (with a photo-copy of the liturgical text of an earlier English translation): **Sunday March 20th:Triumph of Orthodoxy Service [Torzhestvo Pravoslavie]** important to read

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Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 07:59:37 -0500
Subject: **Sunday March 20th:Triumph of Orthodoxy Service [Torzhestvo Pravoslavie]** important to read
From: ilarion.maharadze.marr

The Triumph of Orthodoxy is a very important Service that is celebrated once every year on the First Sunday of Great Lent and always only in the presence of a bishop. Specifically, it is called 'The Order of THE SERVICE OF SUPPLICATION FOR THE CONVERSION OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY' - Saint Petersburg 1902.
[see the attached document of the Service plus the explanation of the Orthodox Three-Bar Cross]  This service is different than the Triumph of Orthodoxy done in every parish without a bishop.  Because of this, many Orthodox Christians  are not aware of it and yet they should as it further enhances one's knowledge of the Truth, the Orthodox Faith.  Only in the presence of a bishop can this service be done because he is the teacher of the Truth, an apostle.

Your attention is especially drawn to the Prayer read by the bishop [pages 12 & 13 of the attached] wherein one asks the Lord to strengthen us in Orthodoxy and to enlighten those who have gone astray.  This is followed by a deacon who reads the Nicene Creed, then the Anathemas [to those whose practices and beliefs are contrary to the True Faith and thus cannot be members of the Church of Christ, that is are excommunicated], and Memory Eternal, which is the annual commemoration of all who defended the Orthodox Faith, ending with the Hymn of Saint Ambrose of Milan.

During the reading of the Anathemas it is to be noted that the bishop sits on the throne of the cathedra in the middle of the Church holding his staff [in Russian zhezla] in hand. This is the only time that a bishop holds a staff and sits on the throne of the cathedra.  All staffs show a Cross at the top and many indicate two serpents on each side representing an attack on the Holy Church. In this manner the Cross is a manifestation that the Holy Church will never be vanquished, the bishop is a defender of it, and is a consolation for the Faithful.  As guided by Saint Philaret, Metropolitan of New York, one is not to cross oneself as the anathemas are read, but to do so as the Memory Eternal commemorations are read. The attached version [1967] does not include the anathemas of those who practice ecumenism nor sergianism which have been subsequently added.  
1.  Here is the text for ecumenism-from the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia [ROCOR] 1983:
 ‘To those who attack the Church of Christ by teaching that the Lord's Church is divided into so-called "branches" which differ in doctrine and way of life, or that the Church does not exist visibly, but will be formed in the future when all "branches" of sects or denomination, and even religions, will be united into one body, and who do not distinguish the priesthood and mysteries of the Church from those of the heretics, but say that the baptism and eucharist of heretics is effectual for salvation; therefore, to those who knowingly have communion with these aforementioned heretics or who advocate, disseminate, or defend their new heresy of Ecumenism under the pretext of brotherly love or the supposed unification of separated Christians: Anathema.'

2. And here is the text for sergianism-from the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad took place on October 10\23, 2012, in the Synod Office in Odessa:

“To those that call the godless authority of antichrist blessed rather than a trial alllowed by God, to those that subjugated the Holy Church to that authority in order to preserve an external structure, to those that scorned God's commandments, the holy canons, patristic tradition and the sobornost of the Church, to those that denied the Holy Martyrs and Confessors of Christ and blasphemed their holy struggle and gave them over to their tormentors, to those that justify this mentality and these actions, akin to those of Judas, as a "special wisdom" for the sake of the "salvation of the Church"; to give in to the temptation prepared by the Antichrist to revere the leaders as being sent from God, to the sergianists, the new renovationists—Anathema.” 

The following is an excerpt from Saint Philaret's 1985 sermon on the Triumph of Orthodoxy: 

"...The Apostles, especially St. Paul still warned the Christians that among them people would appear who did not reason or teach correctly, and this also came to pass. Immediately after the Apostles, and even during their times, the first heretics appeared with their incorrect reasoning and false teachings. Initially, heresies did not greatly trouble the Church, but when the period of persecution ended, the era of heresy began. Heresies were more dangerous than persecution of the Church. Persecution was oppression from outside the Church; the faithful had nothing to fear from persecution. The Church during the period of persecutions was merely embellished by the blood of the martyrs. On the other hand, heresies destroyed the Church from within."

The Triumph of Orthodoxy Service and An Explanation of the Russian Orthodox Three-Bar Cross.pdf
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