GB 7-12/2015

  • In this issue
  • View this issue's summary
Title Author Page
The Autocephaly of the Romanian Orthodox Church and its Rank of Patriarchy are the Expression of Responsible Freedom and National Ecclesiastical Dignity
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
13-18

The Autocephaly of the Romanian Orthodox Church and its Rank of Patriarchy are the Expression of Responsible Freedom and National Ecclesiastical Dignity

BACK [X]
Author: † DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
Tags: autochephaly, Romanian Patriarchy, 1885, Ecumenical Patriarchate, National Church.
Excerpt:
The address at Cotroceni Palace, on the occasion of the invitation of the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, to mark the 130th anniversary of the recognition of the autocephaly of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the 90th anniversary of its elevation to the rank of Patriarchate, Wednesday, October 28, 2015. The autocephaly of the Romanian Orthodox Church was officially recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1885, and it received the rank of Patriarchate in 1925, after, earlier, in 1918, Greater Romania was accomplished, when, for the first time in history, almost the entire Romanian people were within the borders of a single state.
HIERARCHAL PASTORAL LETTERS
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church et alii
19-90

HIERARCHAL PASTORAL LETTERS

BACK [X]
Author: † DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church et alii
Tags: pastoral letters, Nativity, diocesan bishops, Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrogea.
Excerpt:
The pastoral letters presents the message of the diocesan bishops of Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrogea: † DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, † Nifon, Archbishop of Târgovişte, † Teodosie, Archbishop of Tomis,† Calinic, Archbishop of Argeş and Muscel,† Ciprian, Archbishop of Buzău and Vrancea, † Casian, Archbishop of Dunărea de Jos,† Vincențiu, Bishop of Slobozia and Călăraşi, † Galaction, Bishop of Alexandria and Teleorman, † Ambrozie, Bishop of Giurgiu, † Visarion, Bishop of Tulcea
on the Nativity of our Saviour Jesus Christ celebration in 2015. Containing short teachings of faith and pastoral exhortations, the letter was read in all the churches in his jurisdiction.
The Educational Mission of the Romanian Orthodoxy through the Parish and the School
† NIFON, Archbishop of Târgovişte, Honorary Metropolitan and Patriarchal Exarch
95-109

The Educational Mission of the Romanian Orthodoxy through the Parish and the School

BACK [X]
Author: † NIFON, Archbishop of Târgovişte, Honorary Metropolitan and Patriarchal Exarch
Tags:
Excerpt:

The challenges of contemporaneity require an emphasis on the collaboration between the Church and the School and a deepening of the parish pastoral mission, which should take into account the increase of the degree of catechetical education, through complex and interdisciplinary programs and projects. This article deepens the perspective, highlighting the historical and current perspective of the collaboration between the Church and the School, along with the main elements of the ecclesial educational mission.

Anthropological Aspects in Dostoevsky's Writings
Priest lect. dr. Corneliu-Dragoș BĂLAN
111-127

Anthropological Aspects in Dostoevsky's Writings

BACK [X]
Author: Priest lect. dr. Corneliu-Dragoș BĂLAN
Tags:
Excerpt:
„If God did not exist, everything would be allowed”, says one of F.M. Dostoevsky’s characters. A phrase with an impressive theological charge, which shows us his Christian character. The deeply Christian belief of Dostoevsky’s novels is that denying the existence of God means throwing the universe into chaos and condemning man to irremediable loneliness. The soul dialectic of the Dostoevsky man is as current as possible, because the main preoccupation of the desecrated and depersonalized contemporary man is the autonomy of the self and individualism.
General Thoughts concerning the Anthropology of Karl Barth
Priest dr. Mihai IORDACHE
129-137

General Thoughts concerning the Anthropology of Karl Barth

BACK [X]
Author: Priest dr. Mihai IORDACHE
Tags:
Excerpt:
We present in this text some important aspects of the anthropology of the Protestant theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968). Barth’s anthropology must be linked to his theological thinking, a broad and complex one, formed in the Protestant theology of the 19th and 20th centuries. His anthropology is characterized, in our opinion, by a lack of thorough knowledge of the Patristic thinking of the early Christian centuries, especially that of the Eastern Fathers, as well as a lack of knowledge of the life and spirituality of the Eastern Church, which has formulated and preserved with holiness, over the centuries, the Christian teaching about the human person. To research anthropological topics, we focused our analysis on his most important works.
The Dichotomous Structure of Man in the Conception of St. Gregory of Nyssa
Dr. Raul-Constantin TĂNASE
139-149

The Dichotomous Structure of Man in the Conception of St. Gregory of Nyssa

BACK [X]
Author: Dr. Raul-Constantin TĂNASE
Tags:
Excerpt:

The concern for highlighting the importance of the personality and work of St. Gregory of Nyssa has been a constant for Orthodox theology, as his message acquires a particular significance for the authentic knowledge and experience of saving truth in the framework of the Church. Despite these efforts to highlight the special contribution that the Cappadocian father made to patristic theology, the process of interpreting and deepening the theological message of St. Gregory knows a permanent dynamic, given the topicality and importance for completing his teaching. The present study aims to bring to the fore the main elements of the doctrine of St. Gregory of Nyssa on the dichotomous structure of man, body and soul, parts of the human being inextricably linked and endowed with specific works.

The Editions of Romanian Breviary (Ceaslov)
Priest dr. Grigore-Alexandru MEȘTEROAIE
151-196

The Editions of Romanian Breviary (Ceaslov)

BACK [X]
Author: Priest dr. Grigore-Alexandru MEȘTEROAIE
Tags:
Excerpt:

According to the specialized works cited in the present text, in the period 1678-2014, 156 editions of the Romanian Breviary saw the light of day. This study briefly presents each of these editions, which constitute a true ancestral cultural treasure of Romanian literature in general and especially religious, being an authentic evidence of linguistic evolution and the manifestation of divine worship.

2015 – The Commemorative Year of St. John Chrysostom and the great Guides of Souls from the Dioceses
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
203-207

2015 – The Commemorative Year of St. John Chrysostom and the great Guides of Souls from the Dioceses

BACK [X]
Author: † DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
Tags:
Excerpt:
Address given at the opening of the works of the Autumn Pastoral-Missionary Conference of Clergy of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, sessions in Bucharest (November 23, 2015), Ploiesti (November 24, 2015), Vălenii de Munte (November 26, 2015). The text reviews the main qualities of St. John Chrysostom. As a model of spiritual fatherhood, the Saint is considered the shepherd of souls, being a great teacher of prayer, repentance, and almsgiving
Characteristics of the Great Guides of Romanian Souls
† TIMOTEI PRAHOVEANUL, Vicar-Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest
209-216

Characteristics of the Great Guides of Romanian Souls

BACK [X]
Author: † TIMOTEI PRAHOVEANUL, Vicar-Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bucharest
Tags:
Excerpt:

The text brings before the participants of the Autumn Pastoral-Missionary Conference of the Clergy of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, the sessions in Bucharest (November 23, 2015), Ploiești (November 24, 2015), Vălenii de Munte (November 26, 2015), the main characteristics of the great shepherds of Romanian souls. The author divides the saints and the great shepherds of Romanian souls into several categories: (a) those who distinguished themselves by the sanctity of life: Saint Hierarch Calinic from Cernica, Saint Hierarch Grigorie Dascălul, Father Hieroschemamonk Paisie Olaru (1897-1990) ; (b) teachers: Metropolitan Varlaam of Moldavia, father of the Romanian book and language (1632-1653), Holy Hierarch Dosoftei of Moldavia, Holy Hierarch Antim Ivireanul, Patriarch Nicodemus (1939-1948), spiritual father Archimandrite Ilie Cleopa; (c) apologists: The Holy Confessing Hierarchs of Transylvania: Ilie Iorest, Sava Brancovici and Joseph the Confessor, the Holy Hierarch Andrei Saguna, Patriarch Justinian Marina; (d) people of peace: Metropolitan Iosif Naniescu (1875-1902), Patriarch Iustin (1977-1986), Patriarch Teoctist (1986-2007), Father Sofian from the Antim Monastery.

Saint John Chrysostom, Teacher of the Christian Family
Priest asist. dr. Alexandru Atanase BARNA
217-223

Saint John Chrysostom, Teacher of the Christian Family

BACK [X]
Author: Priest asist. dr. Alexandru Atanase BARNA
Tags:
Excerpt:

The text stops on the writings of Saint John Chrysostom about the family, addressing the following aspects: the relationship between the small family and the large family; the relationship between family and city; the family must be a place of peace and unity; the Christian family is the altar of merciful love; practical pastoral aspects, about the family, inspired by the work of Saint John Chrysostom.

The Priest's Relation to Spiritual Models in Pastoral Care
Priest Petru MOGA
225-230

The Priest's Relation to Spiritual Models in Pastoral Care

BACK [X]
Author: Priest Petru MOGA
Tags:
Excerpt:

The concrete and lively aspect of this topic demands from us the courage to approach it from experience. The text aims to address the topic, developing it from the perspective of concrete perception, possible and mandatory, at the same time, at the level at which the author carries out his activity. It is like a confession of faith. It is a story about the worries and hopes you experience in the first line. In the statements made, I hope, will be found many of my colleagues of pastoral commitment in the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Saint Hierarch John Chrysostom. Hagiography and Iconography
Nun dr. Atanasia VĂETIȘI
231-243

Saint Hierarch John Chrysostom. Hagiography and Iconography

BACK [X]
Author: Nun dr. Atanasia VĂETIȘI
Tags:
Excerpt:
The text schematically presents the historical stages of the iconography of St. John Chrysostom, exemplified with images. The main type of iconographic representation of St. John is the type of the ascetic hierarch, followed by the second, the liturgical. A last iconographic variant is the humanist type, created in Constantinople and developed therein.
Father Paisie Olaru – a philocalic Vigil
Priest conf. dr. Petre COMȘA
254-257

Father Paisie Olaru – a philocalic Vigil

BACK [X]
Author: Priest conf. dr. Petre COMȘA
Tags:
Excerpt:

Through Adam’s sin, the sentient heaven was lost, but our way was opened through the Lord Jesus Christ to a better heaven, to the intelligible heaven. Father Paisie Olaru from Sihăstria (1897-1990) is the preacher of such a paradise. Through his simplicity, through the obedience made with love and joy, through his longing for the divine beauty, whose icon he felt it is best reproduced by the beautiful wilderness, which he wished as a wife since childhood, through the prayer of the heart, with the soul full of the love of the Lord, through the thought of death and other afflictions, he sought the Kingdom of heaven and found it. He thus became a guide for the faithful, to the gate of Heaven, supporting even after death, through his tears, us, the unsteady ones.

MISSION AND RESPONSIBILITY
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
261-286

MISSION AND RESPONSIBILITY

BACK [X]
Author: † DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
Tags:
Excerpt:
The chapter includes addresses given by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on various occasions during the first six months of 2015: (a) The Continuous Formation of Church Ministers – a Missionary Necessity; (b) Word of Thanking and Blessing for the Supporters of the Religion Class; (c) The Cooperation between the Parish and the School in the Context of the Church’s Mission and Responsibility regarding the Future Generations; (d) A Message of Compassion and Call for Solidarity following the Conflagration at the Colectiv Club in the Capital (October 31, 2015); (e) The Church of the Romanian People has contributed intensely to its Great Union in a Unitary State; (f) The Religious Origin of Law, its Secularization and the Current Need for Interdisciplinary Dialogue.
THE CHURCH LIFE IN THE METROPOLIS OF MUNTENIA AND DOBROGEA
***
291-354

THE CHURCH LIFE IN THE METROPOLIS OF MUNTENIA AND DOBROGEA

BACK [X]
Author: ***
Tags:
Excerpt:
The chapter includes the Work Agenda of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and news from the dioceses of the Metropolitan Church of Muntenia and Dobrogea, from July-December 2015.
PUBLISHING NEWS
***
359-376

PUBLISHING NEWS

BACK [X]
Author: ***
Tags:
Excerpt:

This chapter presents the new book releases in the field of Theology. The volumes are edited by the publishing houses of the Romanian Patriarchate (Ed. Basilica, Ed. Trinitas, Ed. Institutului Biblic și de Misiune al Bisericii Ortodoxe Române), the publishing house of the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrogea (Ed. Cuvântul Vieții), and other publishing houses of the suffragan dioceses.