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The resistance was strong enough that when, a generation later inthe formally Orthodox population of Chelm was allowed to return to Catholicism Russian authorities only allowing conversion to the Latin Rite, out ofdid so by Similarly to the situation in the lands of the Russian Empire, the Uniate Ruthenian Ukrainian peasantry was largely under the Polish Latin Catholic domination.
The Austrians granted equal legal privileges to the Uniate Church and removed Polish influence. They also mandated that Uniate seminarians receive a formal higher education previously, priests had been educated informally by other priests, usually their fathers, as the vocation was passed on within familiesand organized institutions in Vienna and Lviv that would serve this function.
This led to the appearance, for the first time, of a large educated social class within the Ukrainian population in Galicia. Most independent native Ukrainian cultural trends such as Rusynophilia, Russophilia and later Ukrainophilia emerged from within the ranks of the Uniate Church. The participation of Uniate priests or their children in western Ukrainian cultural and political life was so great that western Ukrainians were accused of wanting to create a theocracy in western Ukraine by their Polish rivals.
The former group were mostly represented by older and more conservative elements of the priesthood, while the latter ideology was more popular among the younger priests.
The Russophilia of the Galician Ruthenians was particularly strong during the midth century, although by the end of that century the Russophiles had declined in importance relative to the Ukrainophiles. The Balkans themselves were largely Orthodox and crucial to the Russian Panslavism movement. In this situation, the Galician Ruthenians found themselves in the pawn's position.
Free of Polish domination, unlike in other areas of Ukraine the Uniate church had become closely linked to the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian national movement. For this reason, the population in general were quite loyal to the Austrian Habsburgsearning the nickname "Tyroleans of the East",   and resisted reunion into the Orthodox Church.
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A minority of them, however, welcomed the Russians and reverted to Orthodoxy. After regaining the lost territories with the counterattack in latethe Austrian authorities responded with repressions: Already a minority, the Russophiles were largely extinguished as a religious-cultural force in Galicia as a result of these actions.
Religion in the new socialist society was assigned little value by the state, but in particular Russian Orthodox Church was distrusted because of its active supportive of the White Movement. Massive arrests and repressions began immediately. This was only the start which culminated in mass closing and destruction of churches some standing since the days of the Kievan Rus and executions of clergy and followers. Ukraine was controlled by several short-lived yet independent governments which revived the Ukrainian national idea.
Ukraine declared its political independence following the fall of the Provisional Government in and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was established. Following the Soviet regime's taking root in Ukraine and despite the ongoing Soviet-wide antireligious campaign, the Bolshevik authorities saw the national churches as a tool in their goal to suppress the Russian Orthodox Church always viewed with the great suspicion by the regime for its being the cornerstone of pre-revolutionary Russian Empire and the initially strong opposition the church took towards the regime change the position of the patriarch Tikhon of Moscow was especially critical.
On November 11, an unrecognised Church Council started in Kiev. The Russian Orthodox Church strongly opposed the formation of the Ukrainian autocephaly and not a single ordained bishop was willing or able to ordain the hierarchy for a new Church.
Therefore, the clergy "ordained" its own hierarchy itself, a practice questionable under the canon lawin the "Alexandrian" manner - by laying on priests' hands on two senior candidates who became known as Metropolitan Vasyl Lypkivsky and Archbishop Nestor Sharayivsky reportedly the relics of St.
Clement of Rome who died in Ukraine in the 1st century were also used. During the period in which the Soviet government tolerated the renewed Ukrainian national church the UAOC gained a wide following particularly among the Ukrainian peasantry. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery after its destruction in In the earlys the Soviet government abruptly reversed the policies in the national republics and mass arrests of UAOC's hierarchy and clergy culminated in the liquidation of the church in Most of the surviving property was officially transferred to the ROC, with some churches closed for good and destroyed.
Second Polish Republic[ edit ] The Peace of Riga treaty that ended the Polish-Soviet War gave the significant areas of the ethnically Ukrainian and Belarusian territories to the reborn Polish state. This included Polesie and Volhyniaareas with almost exclusively Orthodox population amongst the rural peasants, as well as the former Austrian province of Galicia with its Uniate population. The Greek Catholic church, which functions in communion with the Latin Rite Catholicism, could have hoped to receive a better treatment in Poland, whose leadership, especially the endecja party, saw the Catholicism as one of the main tools to unify the nation where non-Polish minority comprised over one third of the citizenry.
Infollowing a visit with the Ukrainian Catholic believers in North America and western Europe, the head of the UGCC was initially denied reentry to Lviv until after a considerable delay. Polish priests led by their bishops began to undertake missionary work among Eastern Rite faithful, and the administrative restrictions were placed on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. In practice, this often failed, as the Catholicsalso eager to strengthen their position, had stronger representation in the Sejm and the courts.
Any accusation was strong enough for a particular church to be confiscated and handed over to the Catholic Church[ citation needed ]. During the Polish rule, Orthodox churches were destroyed although some of them have already been abandoned  and were forcibly transformed into Catholic not Ukrainian Catholic churches.
Czechoslovakia[ edit ] The redrawal of national boundaries following World War I also affected yet another ethnically Ruthenian territory. Inthe country of Czechoslovakia was formed, the nation included several minorities.
In the easternmost end of the country, Transcarpathia lived the Rusyn population. For most of their history they were ruled by the Hungarians, who unlike the Austrians ruling Galicia were quite active in opposing Ukrainophile sentiments. Instead, the Hungarians supported a Rusyn identity separate from either a pro-Ukrainian or pro-Russian orientation through pro-Hungarian priests in an effort to separate the Ruthenian people under their rule from their brethren across the mountains.
The general Russophilic sentiment was very strong amongst them, and these cultural and political orientation impacted the local religious communities. Even before the first world war already quite a lot of distant mountain communities were de facto Orthodox, where priests simply ceased to follow the Uniate canons.
Moscow has vehemently opposed the creation of a separate Ukrainian Orthodox Church, saying it would split Orthodox believers in a region that has had strong religious and historical ties dating back towhen a Kievan Rus prince adopted Christianity.
More than 10, people have been killed in the conflict. Moscow has warned that the breakup of the church could lead to more violence between the countries. Neither were sanctioned by Constantinople but have now joined together as the unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church. More than representatives from three branches of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, including two members from the Moscow Patriarchate, elected Metropolitan Epiphany Dumenko, a little-known year-old theology professor.
Neither one was sanctioned by Constantinople but have now joined together as the unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church. All three share the same theological doctrine rooted in the Greek Orthodoxy that broke away from Catholicism inknown as the Great Schism. Holy days which fall on varying dates i. Most of the Slavic Orthodox jurisdictions and a small group of Greek Orthodox follow the standard Julian calendar.
Chiliasm, from the Greek word meaning "," is a belief based on Revelation In its classical form which interprets the Revelation 20 verses verbatimChiliasm teaches that Satan will be bound by Christ for years, at which time Jesus and the Saints will reign on earth, and after which, Satan will be finally defeated and the Eternal Kingdom of God will be inaugurated.
In modern times, Chiliasm has been "boiled down" to the teaching that the world will end after one thousand years or a number of years that is a multiple of one thousand. The Church maintains that the year reign mentioned in Revelation 20 is symbolic of the era of the Christian Church's ministry in this fallen world, which shall come to its completion at a time unknown to all but God the Father. This belief remains true to Jesus' own words regarding His return and the final judgement: Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
It is known that Jews and Moslems practice circumcision for religious reasons. Some physicians deem circumcision necessary for reasons of health and cleanliness. The Orthodox Church does not prohibit circumcision so long as it is not practiced for spiritual or religious reasons. Orthodox believers are not bound by the lapsed law of Moses. As Orthodox Christians, we are called to "commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ our God" the Divine Liturgy.
One of the most important elements of this act of commending is to offer up to God our primary relationships, asking for His continued blessings and presence within them. The act of cohabitation, living together as husband and wife without having one's relationship blessed by God in His Church, is viewed as holding back from the Lord an essential part of who we are. This amounts to being in an inauthentic on our part relationship with God.
Such a partial commitment to, and trust in, our Lord is outside of the Gospel teachings, and those who live in such relationships are seen as living outside of the realm of Church life. Consequently, they cannot take part in the life of the Church in its fullest expression i. It stands at the center of the Orthodox Church's life. Known by the saints as the "medicine of immortality and the antidote to death", the Orthodox Church believes that, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Christ.
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With this understanding, the Church teaches that Holy Communion effects a physical and spiritual union between the believer and Christ, and through Christ between all believers. It is through the fellowship of the Eucharist that the Church is the "Body of Christ". Because of its connection with membership in the "Body of Christ", the Orthodox permit only those adults, children and infants who are baptized and chrismated Orthodox Faithful, and who are in good standing with the Church i.
Likewise, an Orthodox believer is not permitted to receive Holy Communion in an non-Orthodox Church, as the sign value of this act — for the Orthodox — is an affirmation of membership in that body. Intercommunion with other Christian faith traditions is looked upon by the Orthodox as the consummation of a process of doctrinal and administrative reconciliation, and not as a good faith gesture for the hope for unification in the future.
In the earliest days, Confessions were made publicly before the whole community of believers. At this time, it was necessary to confess only three sins: Many people began to express concern about making Confession before people whom they did not know, whom they might not be able to trust, to keep the matter confidential.
Thus, the Church instituted the practice of penitents making their Confessions to a priest who represented the community of believers.
The priest pronounces the prayer of absolution over the penitent based on the authority that Christ gave His apostles and their predecessors to bind and loose peoples' sins. While there is nothing specific in Scripture or Orthodox doctrine prohibiting the cremation of the dead, the philosophical roots of this practice in Christianity oppose the accepted Orthodox understanding of death.
The first Christians to practice cremation were a faction who denied the resurrection of the body, believing it to be an evil prison for a holy soul. As an expression of their disdain for the body and their rejection of the Ancient Christian teaching of the bodily resurrection of all the departed, this group incinerated their dead. Orthodox Christianity, holding the ancient belief in the bodily resurrection, sees death as a time of repose, of sleeping; the most fitting expression of this understanding of death as sleep is to lay our departed loved ones to rest in graves or tombs.
Following the pattern of Christ, who is the first to resurrect bodily from the tomb, all the dead shall also rise up at the end of time, their souls once again being untied to their bodies.
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Christ told His apostles that whatever His followers bind on earth will be bound in heaven [see Mt. In light of this authority, the Orthodox Church accepts the possibility of troubled couples ending their relationship by divorce.
Practices regarding divorce differ among Orthodox jurisdictions: In all cases, divorces are counseled only after all other means of trying to save the relationship have failed, or when it is the only possible means to secure the safety and well-being of one or both spouses. Ecumenical Greek for "universal" Councils are Church Councils whose decisions are binding for all believers. The main goal of these councils was to settle external challenges and internal disputes relating to doctrine and morality.
The Church does not call Ecumenical Councils. A Council is given the title "Ecumenical" only after the fact. If the decisions of a given Council are accepted universally by the Church a process called "reception"then the Council's title is an "Ecumenical Council. To date, there have been seven Ecumenical Councils: Holding to the essential Christian belief that God alone has authority and power over life and death, euthanasia is viewed as murder.
While we can pray that a person who is suffering greatly with a terminal illness be delivered through death from their pain indeed, there is even a rite of prayers for such situationswe cannot take an active part in moving this process along.
There are, however, two circumstances which require further consideration. This is not actively ending a person's life, but rather allowing the process of dying to go uninterrupted. Secondly, in the question of a person who is on life support, when the chances of recovery are "slim to nil", shutting off the machines again can be seen as allowing a natural process to progress uninterrupted.
In these two cases, it can be said that one is playing the role of God, not by taking an active part in ending the person's life, but by actively prolonging it when the possibility for continued physical, emotional and spiritual growth is absent. Orthodoxy has no trouble accepting the basic principles of the theory of evolution. We maintain, though, that the whole process was initiated and guided by God. In addition to these four chief periods, all Wednesdays and Fridays are Fast Days except between Christmas and Theophany, during Easter Week, and during the week after Pentecost.
The Exaltation of the Cross, the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, and the eve of Theophany are also fasts. The rules of fasting in the Orthodox Church are of a rigor which will astonish and appall many western Christians.
On most days during Great Lent and Holy Week, for example, not only is meat forbidden, but also fish and all animal products lard, eggs, butter, milk, cheesetogether with wine and oil. In practice, however, many Orthodox — particularly in the western world — find that under the conditions of modern life it is no longer practical to follow the traditional rules exactly, which were devised with a very different outward situation in mind; and so certain dispensations are granted.