Further thoughts of an Orthodox Brit

General collective thoughts and shares of a 28 year old British Orthodox Christian Full Deacon, under the Coptic Patriarchate. Expect to find: Orthodox News, Church Fathers Quotes, Book Reviews and the odd personal thought/post. Don't expect to find: Polemics, support for Theological divergence, support for Phyletism.

I think there is no greater labor than that of prayer to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they know that it is only by turning him from prayer that they can hinder his journey. Whatever good work a man undertakes, if he perseveres in it, he will attain rest. But prayer is warfare to the last breath.
Abba Agathon
Perhaps the most distinguished quality in love is sacrifice. This is the big difference between love and lust: love always seek to give and lust always seek to take.
H.H. Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria
What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8






“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”

Why is this one of the things recommended for me on my dash.

There’s so much wrong with this.

1. The quote is bullshit, and indicative of everything terrible about our society, which constantly puts the pain of the abuser above those they abuse. 

2 It also grossly furthers the idea that all victims are potential abusers. Which has real life ramifications, because this is actually something that survivors of child abuse fear and one of the reasons they do not always come forward.

3. Bucky has no goddamn business being in this set. He wasn’t a villain. He actually was a victim.

4. We saw Anakin’s story. We KNOW his story. Cool story, bro, but you still murdered children. You are not now and never shall be a fucking victim, but those babies were, so fuck you and fuck your defenders and especially fuck anyone who would think that you are a goddamn victim.

5. We know Magneto’s story intimately. It has been told often. He was a victim once. And then he decided that Genocide was okay. 

6.  Fuck Fake White Khan and we do in fact know Real Khan’s story. He did think he was a victim, but no, he was not. He was a complicated and amazing villain that went against the typical type of POC villains that we get - he was brilliant and clever and not just a “thug.” But he was not a victim (no, not even after the neighboring planet went boom.) 

7. We know Loki’s story too. It’s one of a whiny spoiled brat who keeps trying to commit genocide. 

tldr: Bucky has no business being in this set. The rest of these people are murderous terrible people. They are not victims, though some of them were once. 

I waited to reblog this, specifically for someone to express this^^. tumblr delivered.


Just want to reiterate:

"3. Bucky has no goddamn business being in this set. He wasn’t a villain. He actually was a victim."

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You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit
Edward W. Said
The backbone of the Orthodox tradition is the fact that the Logos became consubstantial with us. There can be no doubt that Dioscoros agrees with this fact and so could never be accused of being a monophysite along with Eutyches.
Fr John Romanides on Modern claims of Oriental Orthodox Monophysitism. (Taken fromTheologia, vol. LXV, issue 3, pp. 479-493.)


Ara Guler’s Anatolia

Turkey’s most well-known photographer, has taken more than 800,000 photographs documenting Turkish culture and important historical sites.  Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler, who is now eighty-five years old, took in the early 1960s and printed in 1965.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Why don't Orthodox clergy of the Coptic tradition, whether British or Coptic, wear all of the vestments for the Divine Liturgy anymore (no belt, no cuffs, no cape except on feast days)?
theorthodoxbritreturns theorthodoxbritreturns Said:

Dear Anon, I apologise for the delay.

Among the British Orthodox, we follow the tradition handed to us from our Patriarchate, and thus our form of vesting mirrors that of the wider Patriarchate. I know of many within out Diocese who have moved for a return to the use of the belt and cuffs, though we have been advised not to.

regarding the development in the sider Coptic Patrarchate, I have spoken to some other clergy with a better understanding of the history of this development and heard two possible answers for this.

1) Because of the heat in Coptic Churches, HH Pope Shenouda III allowed for clergy to ‘vest down’ for non-feast day Liturgies. Though this was specifically regarding Egypt originally, the habit spread the lands of dispersion with Priests who serve there.

2) The more likely is that it is down to Theological ignorance, This came from a respected priest I know who stated that:

"The vestments used in the Coptic Orthodox Tradition up until the early 20th century are well documented by authors such as Burmester, Butler and Butcher, and are shown in old photographs, in ancient sources, and in museums and museum catalogues. Photographic sources suggest that there was a gradual reduction in Priestly vestments from the late 19th century, with the phelonion (burnus, cope), sleeves (cuffs), shamlah and belt (zunar) falling into disuse. Under Pope Shenouda, the epitrachelion (stole) became uncommon, and Priests increasingly came to celebrate the Liturgy wearing only the tonya (alb) and, in the case of married Priests, the tailasan (Priest’s mitre). The vestments of Bishops became likewise minimalized, with many (or even most) Bishops celebrating the Liturgy wearing only the tonya (alb). For other Sacraments, only the tonya (alb) seems to have usually worn by both Bishops and Priests.

The situation with “deacons” (virtually none of whom are actually Deacons) has been particularly chaotic in modern times, with the belt of the Subdeacon and the stole of the Deacon being widely worn by people who have no entitlement to them. The real Deacon essentially disappeared in Pope Shenouda’s period (and has only relatively recently seen a gradual reappearance in some places).
The contemporary situation with Coptic Orthodox vestments can best be described as confused and confusing, with considerable variations between churches and Priests and Bishops).

The explanation for the minimization and chaos is essentially theological ignorance (especially in sacramental theology) and, in part, the Protestant influence which was evident in Pope Shenouda’s reign. Old Coptic texts provided rules (and in some case, canons) for (amongst other liturgical matters) vestments and explanations as to what they represent and why they are worn, but there are very few (if any) modern texts that do so. The traditional instruction of new Priests (“The Forty Days”) originally included such material, but since it is an oral transmission of knowledge it depends upon the knowledge of the instructor; there would seem to be fewer and fewer Priests adequately trained in the ancient tradition and therefore able to pass it on.”

I hope these answers help.

Dcn Daniel

O Lord, save your people,
and bless your inheritance!
Grant victory to the Orthodox Christians
over their adversaries,
and by virtue of your cross,
preserve your habitation.

 - Troparion of the Holy Cross

We all have our ecclesiastical embarrassments. Here I just called Fr. Nicodemus a monophysite. He fired back, calling me a syncretist. “Touché, monk,” said I.
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