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The Byzantine Painting – Visual Liturgical Expression of the Orthodox Faith and the Lives of the Saints
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
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The Byzantine Painting – Visual Liturgical Expression of the Orthodox Faith and the Lives of the Saints

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This article presents the address of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, delivered on the occasion of the International Congress of Theology „Criteria for the Recognition and Evaluation of Byzantine Painting (Icon and Fresco)”, May 20-24, 2017, at the Patriarchate Palace in Bucharest. Pointing out the main themes of the congress: the history of the icon and Byzantine paintings, the theology of the icon and the evolution of interpretations, Patriarch Daniel emphasizes the purpose of all programs held in the Homage Year 2017: to contribute to the knowledge and deepening of icon theology and the increasement of artistic quality, by identifying practical, authentic and viable solutions.

The Pastoral Letter of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the Sunday of Orthodoxy in the Year of the Lord 2017
The Holy Synod
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The Pastoral Letter of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the Sunday of Orthodoxy in the Year of the Lord 2017

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On the first Sunday of Lent, the Church celebrates the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians. On this occasion, through this pastoral letter, the Holy Synod insisted on the role and effects of visual content, referring also to the benefits of iconography.
HIERARCHAL PASTORAL LETTERS
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church et alii
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HIERARCHAL PASTORAL LETTERS

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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 Easter celebration in 2017. Containing short teachings of faith and pastoral exhortations, the letter was read in all the churches in his jurisdiction.
A False Dilemma: Big Churches or Small Churches? Churches Adapted to Functions!
Priest dr. Florin ȘERBĂNESCU
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A False Dilemma: Big Churches or Small Churches? Churches Adapted to Functions!

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The fundamental idea of ​​this article is to demonstrate the truth that Orthodoxy, in general, and, in particular, Romanian Orthodoxy, do not have as a characteristic only small churches. This assertion has been brought to public attention in recent years in an attempt to argue the dubious opportunity to build the Cathedral of the Salvation of the Nation, given that the identity function, of unique significance, of effigy and binder, of this place-symbol of the entire Romanian Orthodoxy is clear.

 

The Use of the Writings of Saint John Chrysostom in Preaching
Priest conf. dr. Petre COMȘA
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The Use of the Writings of Saint John Chrysostom in Preaching

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The great hierarch is a luminous saint, who, since his time, has been a landmark for the edification of Christians. In this article we will focus on some aspects of the use of the work of St. John Chrysostom in preaching, of real use for the clergy.
The Tension between God and the World in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17
Drd. Paul Daniel CĂȚOI
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The Tension between God and the World in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17

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The intention of this research is to recover a hermeneutic element specific to St. John the Theologian’s theology: the world in opposition to God, as well as the tension between it and the Creator, described in several clear aspects in John17. The analysis seeks to counterbalance the general emphasis in Orthodox cosmology, which describes the world, in an overwhelming proportion, only from the perspective of its cosmogenesis, of its position as creation of God, and neglects the tension between the world and God, present everywhere in the spirituality of the Eastern Church, but especially in the philocalic hermeneutics, the one that goes in the same direction as St. John the Evangelist.

„Νοῦς Χριστοῦ” in the Pauline Epistles – a Philokalikal perspective
Drd. Ovidiu-Mihai NEACȘU
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„Νοῦς Χριστοῦ” in the Pauline Epistles – a Philokalikal perspective

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From the perspective of contemporary biblical exegesis, the „mind of Christ” is not a specific Pauline anthropological challenge but appears as a rhetorically charged passage. The Christological reading of the passage from Isaiah that St. Paul makes is analysed especially, and not the reality that the Pauline phrase expresses. From the space of the philocalic tradition, in obvious contrast with the exegetical and philological preoccupations, there is a very rich experience of the direct contact with the discussed reality. For an orthodox hermeneutic, the proposed philocalic perspective is superior to the methods developed by speculative academic research, because it springs from the direct experience of divinity.

The Issue of Human Rights in the Orthodox Church Journals between 1975-1989
Dr. Silviu-Constantin NEDELCU
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The Issue of Human Rights in the Orthodox Church Journals between 1975-1989

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On 1 August 1975, the document entitled
Final Act
was signed in Helsinki, between the major powers of the West and the East. 35 states attended this event, including the Romanian Socialist Republic. The
Final Act
provided 10 points, for which it was also called the Decalogue, and mentioned in Section 7 the rights and fundamental freedoms, including the religious rights. Some articles published in Orthodox Theological Journals in the year 1975 reached the issue of the
Final Act
of Helsinki.
The Deanery of Călărași between 1940-1950
Prof. Nicolae ȚIRIPAN
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The Deanery of Călărași between 1940-1950

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This article presents the difficult situation that the Deanery of Călărași went through between 1940 and 1950. Through a rich analysis of archival documents, various aspects are brought to light, such as: lack of staff, the problem of refugees from Bessarabia, the surrender of the Quadrilater, etc. as well as the proposed solutions for the management of administrative affairs.

The Icon – Scripture in Images
Priest dr. Adrian AGACHI
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The Icon – Scripture in Images

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This article presents several texts by the author, written about the Homage Year of the Holy Icons, Iconographers and Church Painters. Topics are touched upon, such as: the theology of the icon, elements of icon history, the causes of iconoclasm, the rehabilitation of icon worship, the iconographic canon, interfaith differences, etc.

2017 – The Homage Year of the Holy Icons, of Iconographers and Church Painters
† DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church
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2017 – The Homage Year of the Holy Icons, of Iconographers and Church Painters

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The pastoral-missionary Conference at the Patriarchate Palace was opened by the Patriarch of Romania, who delivered the speech entitled „2017 – The Homage Year of the Holy Icons, Iconographers and Church Painters”. Patriarch Daniel emphasized the importance of icons in the lives of Christians and how they convey God’s grace to both worshipers and Church painters.

The Apophatic Dimension of the Orthodox Icon
Priest prof. dr. Ştefan BUCHIU
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The Apophatic Dimension of the Orthodox Icon

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Rev. Prof. Dr. Ștefan Buchiu refers to the seven aspects of the Orthodox icon: the personalistic, Christological, pneumatic, graceful, or energetic, ecclesial, liturgical-doxological, and eschatological aspect. They emphasize the apophatic character of the icon because the mystery of the icon can only be understood, lived or experienced in a personal-community, spiritual and ecclesial way.

The Theology of the Icon in the Writings of Saints Nicephorus the Confessor and Theodore of Studios
Lect. dr. Ștefan IONESCU-BERECHET
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The Theology of the Icon in the Writings of Saints Nicephorus the Confessor and Theodore of Studios

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Saints Nicephorus the Confessor and Theodore the Studite defended the holy icons and fought against the iconoclastic heresy. They contributed decisively to the rejection of the difficult iconoclastic objections and, implicitly, to the full crystallization of the orthodox theology of the icon.

Stages in the Evolution of Romanian Orthodox Painting
Priest dr. Florin ȘERBĂNESCU
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Stages in the Evolution of Romanian Orthodox Painting

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Priest Florin Şerbănescu talks about the stages of the evolution of the Romanian Orthodox painting and presents the most important schools of Orthodox painting in the entire Romanian space during the centuries of the Middle Ages, emphasizing their dominant feature, namely: preservation in different forms of expression of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine style, within some approaches that also highlight a Romanian remarkable local specificity.

The Icon and its Surrogates
Alexandru NICOLAU
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The Icon and its Surrogates

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The painter Alexandru Nicolau discusses in this article aspects regarding the authenticity of the Byzantine Orthodox icons, which he compares with various stylistic slides and representations with a religious theme, extracted from the movies dedicated to the life of Jesus. At the same time, Alexandru Nicolau speaks about the synergy that exists between the Orthodox church hymns and the Byzantine icon.

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

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The chapter includes addresses given by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on various occasions during the first six months of 2017: (a) An Important Step in the Practice of Universal Orthodox Synodality – the Liturgical, Pastoral and Missionary Significance of the Synod of Crete; (b) The Mutual Love between Children and Parents – Blessing and Joy for the Family; (c)The Light of Their Sacrificial Faith Overcame the Darkness of the Atheist Regime.

 

THE CHURCH LIFE IN THE METROPOLIS OF MUNTENIA AND DOBROGEA
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THE CHURCH LIFE IN THE METROPOLIS OF MUNTENIA AND DOBROGEA

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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 January-June 2017.

PUBLISHING NEWS
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PUBLISHING NEWS

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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.