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Yes. It is an Orthodox Wedding in Australia.
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In 433A.D. when Saint Proclus was Patriarch of Constantinople the city was evacuated due to a series of earthquakes. The citizens established campsites in the outskirts of town and were constantly praying for God to bring an end to this tribulation. As soon as the earth would start shaking they would pray with the words, "Lord Have Mercy." During one prayer service, a boy from the crowd was snatched up into the air by an unseen force and carried up to such a height that he was no longer to be seen by human eyes. Then, whole and unharmed, the child was lowered to the ground and he reported that he heard and he saw the angels glorifying God singing: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal." All the people began to sing this Trisagion Prayer, adding to it the refrain, "Have mercy on us!" Then the earthquakes stopped.

The Orthodox Church still sings this prayer in divine services to this very day.


While this hymn is being chanted during the liturgy the priest reads the following beautiful prayer.

O Holy God, Who restest among Thy Saints and art glorified by the Cherubim and praised by the Seraphim with Thrice-holy Voice, and worshipped by all the Host of Heaven; Thou Who hast brought all things out of nothingness into being; Thou Who hast created man in Thine Image and Likeness, and hast adorned him with all Thy favors; Thou Who givest to the suppliant wisdom and prudence and dost not neglect the sinner, but hast set forth the way of repentance unto salvation; Thou Who has accounted us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, worthy to stand at this time before the glory of Thy Holy Altar and to bring to Thee meet adoration and praise; do Thou, Master, accept, even from the mouth of us sinners, the Thrice-holy Hymn and visit us in Thy Righteousness; forgive us all our transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, sanctify our souls and bodies and grant that we may worship Thee in holiness all the days of our life; through the intercessions of Thy Holy Mother and all the Saints, who from the beginning of time have pleased Thee; for Thou, our God, art Holy and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, now and for ever and from all Ages to all Ages. Amen."

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While this hymn is being chanted during the liturgy the priest reads the following beautiful prayer.

O Holy God, Who restest among Thy Saints and art glorified by the Cherubim and praised by the Seraphim with Thrice-holy Voice, and worshipped by all the Host of Heaven; Thou Who hast brought all things out of nothingness into being; Thou Who hast created man in Thine Image and Likeness, and hast adorned him with all Thy favors; Thou Who givest to the suppliant wisdom and prudence and dost not neglect the sinner, but hast set forth the way of repentance unto salvation; Thou Who has accounted us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, worthy to stand at this time before the glory of Thy Holy Altar and to bring to Thee meet adoration and praise; do Thou, Master, accept, even from the mouth of us sinners, the Thrice-holy Hymn and visit us in Thy Righteousness; forgive us all our transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, sanctify our souls and bodies and grant that we may worship Thee in holiness all the days of our life; through the intercessions of Thy Holy Mother and all the Saints, who from the beginning of time have pleased Thee; for Thou, our God, art Holy and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, now and for ever and from all Ages to all Ages. Amen."

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https://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Divin...Trisagion.html
I like St. Nicholas Cabasilas commentary on the Trisagion Hymn. I have a book by this great Saint. He was not a monk but one like us, from the world. Never ordained, never tonsured.
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“...Orthodoxy is not merely a ritual, or belief, or pattern of behavior, or anything else that a man may possess, thinking that he is thereby a Christian, and still be spiritually dead; it is rather an elemental reality or power which transforms a man and gives him the strength to live in the most difficult and tormenting conditions, and prepares him to depart with peace into eternal life.”

A paragraph that is of extreme importance for all modern people who claim to be Christian to understand. Running the race, as Paul said it, is far more than simply waking an aisle, saying a sinners prayer, and hanging your hat on a false sense of eternal security as you go about your earthly business thinking you have secured salvation because you did business with God.

“Take up your cross and follow me,” Jesus said.

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I listened to this podcast today on the drive home from work. It's actually really good, and two former Protestants discuss Orthodoxy from a perspective that's understandable to the non-Orthodox.

Many of you I'm sure have heard of Hank Hanegraaff, and probably heard the Bible Answer Man show on a variety of radio stations. Some years ago, Hank left his reformed-Presbyterian background and was chrismated into the Orthodox Church. Barnabas Powell, a former pentecostal minister joins him to discuss their respective journeys.

Being Orthodox on Purpose
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/chr...ged/e/56965531

"Fr. Barnabas Powell joins Hank to discuss his journey from pastoring a Pentecostal church and holding a prominent role in evangelical media ministry to becoming a priest in the Orthodox Church. After years of pursuit, Fr. Barnabas found the timeless truth he was searching for in the ancient faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church and decided to live out his faith daily by being “Orthodox on purpose.” Fr. Barnabas and Hank are both uniquely positioned to discuss the divisions between Eastern and Western Christianity and why it is critical for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of deeply entrenched tribalism inside and outside of the church today.

Topics discussed include: Fr. Barnabas Powell’s background as a pastor in a Pentecostal church and how his Pentecostal background prepared him for the transition to becoming a priest in Orthodoxy (2:45); the popular narrative that we should never call anyone (such as a priest) "Father," and why that is a mistake (4:45); what does it mean to be “Orthodox on purpose?” (7:30); are there Christians outside of Orthodoxy? (14:00); incarnate theology and the significance of a priest, like Fr. Barnabas himself, wearing robes (17:00); the significance of the quote by St. Cyprian: “He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the church for his mother,” and what it says on the unity of the church (20:15); comparing liturgical practice in the church to a spiritual gymnasium where the disciplines of life in the church strengthen our spirit (25:00); the paradox of disciplining our desires and the misconception of viewing spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, as works done to earn our salvation (29:25); Rejecting RAPTUREMANIA (48:45); the purifying power of pain and the false perception that pain is the ultimate evil in an era of prosperity preaching (52:00); the pursuit of timeless truth and following St. Vincent of Lerins's three rules of antiquity, universality, and consensus (55:50); combating our chronological snobbery to understand the enlightenment of the early church fathers (59:05); addressing problems within Orthodoxy (1:02:05); the difference between a transactional and transformational Christian faith (1:07:20); the significance of developing a dispassionate disposition toward our desires, and how spiritual discipline can help (1:08:35); understanding what the discipline of confession is really about, and the difference between how confession is conducted in the East and the West (1:12:35); why Christianity is Eucharistic at its core and why being grateful is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian (1:16:30); the importance for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of tribalism inside and outside of the church (1:20:00);"
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My youngest brother is an Orthodox Priest. He's out in Southern California at St. Kathrine's church.
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I grew up Protestant/Baptist and moved away from the church for my own reasons. I find Orthodoxy to be a far more acceptable form of Christianity, one that is steeped in tradition and interpretation. The latter word "interpretation" is the issue that I had with the Protestants and I honestly believe the Orthodox church has a far more accurate interpretation of biblical subjects.
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My youngest brother is an Orthodox Priest. He's out in Southern California at St. Kathrine's church.
https://stkatherineorthodoxchurch.org/

I grew up Protestant/Baptist and moved away from the church for my own reasons. I find Orthodoxy to be a far more acceptable form of Christianity, one that is steeped in tradition and interpretation. The latter word "interpretation" is the issue that I had with the Protestants and I honestly believe the Orthodox church has a far more accurate interpretation of biblical subjects.
Looks like a very beautiful community. Orthodoxy mindset is based on community but not like in the Protestant mindset of "Us against the world" but rather as a therapeutic mindset of "We can provide healing to the world!" if the world decides it needs it. Both the Catholic Church and the Protestant churches are engaged actively in finding unsaved souls, new souls for their Churches to add to the number of their already "saved" souls. In the Orthodox Church since the beginning, from the apostles to modern day, our main question is not" Did you hear about Jesus Christ?" or "Do you want to be saved by Christ?" but "Do you want healing for your spiritual wound?".

"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up” (Jas. 5:14, 15).

The "Good News" understood by Orthodoxy is that the Doctor is in town, not that the Boss or the Weirdly Kind Fellow appeared at the edge of town with wrath or with gifts depending on the carrot or the stick the pastor or the priest is using in their sermon to shepherd their flock.

Orthodox believers are interested in worshiping God primarily for the healing of their spiritual illnesses. We can deal with the Glory of God later, firstly we need healing. Jesus said that "if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!". Orthodox are interested in the Correct Vision of our spiritual eyes so we can let God heal our sins. Our communities are engaged in healing us and others around us. Of course we recognize that a sick person firstly needs to WANT to be healed. Or else they will refuse the pills and the health care provided to them. But although there are Orthodox missionaries and there is work done in this field throughout the world (I even found a thick heavy book from the Missionary body of my Church, quite interesting) we rely on the Holy Spirit to bring people to our Church.

Protestants are active in spreading the Word, maybe too active if you ask me, it scares people sometimes. Catholic Church was as active as them but now they slowed down somehow. Orthodox Church understands that the Holy Spirit is doing most of the missionary work and the Church job is to meet the sick with the Sacraments that the Holy Spirit prepared for the new convert or the "returning son" to heal them and put them in communion with God.

I hope many more Orthodox communities will spring in America to heal parts of its soul and not necessarily to fight with Protestants or Catholic for souls or territory.

God bless your brother, his community and you.
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“A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY

Generally speaking, most Christians were all members of a single Church for roughly a thousand years from the time of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead until about the middle of the eleventh century. There were schisms here and there even from the time of the apostles, but with a few notable exceptions, there were no truly major competing Christian churches. Most Christians belonged to a single Church that traced its roots directly to, and whose leaders stood in a direct historical succession from, the apostles. They were focused in five great spiritual centers: Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.

These five great churches together were one Christian Church, and they shared the same dogma, the same beliefs, and the same spiritual life, without any changes in substance since the time of the apostles. These churches were led by bishops. Their worship life was liturgical, involving detailed, meaningful, and highly symbolic rituals whose sacraments were understood as truly conveying God’s grace to the believer.

It was during this period, specifically in the late fourth century, that the canon of the New Testament came to be finalized, first written down by the bishop of Alexandria in the year 367, St. Athanasius the Great. That list from 367 is the earliest list of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament as we now know it. The Christian Church functioned for more than three hundred years without the ability to ask itself, “What does the Bible say?”

In the eleventh century, issues that had been simmering for some time on the back burner between the churches of Rome and Constantinople came to a boil. Rome broke communion with Constantinople (meaning they could not receive the Eucharist together nor worship together), and then Constantinople returned the favor and broke communion with Rome. The primary matter at issue was whether Rome’s bishop, the Pope, should be considered the ruler of all bishops, rather than simply the most senior. Rome said yes, but Constantinople said no. Eventually, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem all clearly said no, too, so communion was also broken between them and Rome. From that time on, we can clearly see the independent formation of the Roman Catholic Church, with the Pope as its absolute head. The other churches that remained together and continued in the old way of seeing all bishops as essentially equal are now known as the Orthodox Church, sometimes also called the “Eastern Orthodox” or “Greek Orthodox” Church (“Greek Church” by itself was common in English writing prior to the twentieth century).

Later, in the sixteenth century, an Augustinian monk in Germany by the name of Martin Luther famously protested against various abuses of the Roman Catholic Church, most especially the sale of indulgences to get believers out of purgatory, but also against the absolute authority of the Pope and some other matters. His publication in 1517 of ninety-five theses against the claims of the Pope was the moment that began the Protestant Reformation, a major break-up of Christianity in Western Europe. Within a generation, there came to be multiple Protestant factions, all at odds with each other, but all at least united in their conviction that Rome was wrong.

Protestantism has continued to fracture in the five centuries since, and unlike the original Protestants, most now do not have bishops and do not worship liturgically with sacraments. Some estimates of the number of Protestant Christian denominations are as high as thirty thousand, though that number includes many single, independent congregations. Among them, you can find a bewildering array of different beliefs. And most of them claim to be “just going by the Bible.”

Thus, over the past thousand years, there were two great fractures in Christian history, and Christians are now divided roughly into three general groupings: Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and the many denominations of Protestantism.”

—Fr. Stephen Andrew Damick, Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy
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