4/2016

Series: Nouă
Year of publication: 2017
Publishing house: Andreiana, Sibiu
ISSN: 1222-9695
ISSN Online: 2069-8895

Preparation, Works and Decisions of The Holy and Great Council of The Orthodox Church - Revd. Prof. Viorel Ioniţă

The study presents a summary of the history of the preparation and convening of the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, held between June 18-26, 2016, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, highlighting also for the readers’ information, the reasons for the appointment of this Council, the causes of the reduction of the list of topics on the agenda, the list of participating Churches and the members of the Romanian Patriarchate, the actual works and final decisions structured in six final thematic documents as well as the Encyclical and Final Message to the believers of the participants in this important Synod
Keywords: - Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, mission, ecumenical relations, diaspora, autonomy, marriage, fast.

Revd. PhD. Dr.h.c Viorel Ioniţă, Professor emeritus at the Orthodox Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania.
Address : - Bucharest, Romania
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Worship and Liturgical Reform in the Orthodox Church of Transylvania in the 17th century - Prof. Ciprian Streza*

In the century of Reformation and in defiance of a decided opposition coming from the Byzantine-Slavic Orthodoxy observed in the Provinces of Wallachia and Moldavia, the Romanians of Transylvania managed to find a way to introduce their national language in the Church, by gradually translating those texts that were vital for the liturgical and spiritual life of a parish. The analysis of the miscellaneous Manuscript 19 from the Library of the Theological Faculty in Sibiu reveals a lot of information about the pioneering work that the priests and hierarchs in Transylvania had to do in order to have the Romanian language introduced in the services of the Church.
Keywords: - Liturgy, Liturgical Tradition, Transylvania, Liturgical Manuscripts, Church in Transylvania
PhD. Ciprian Streza, Professor at the “Andrei Şaguna” Orthodox Faculty of Theology, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania.
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Addictions and Orthodox Spirituality. A Focus on Ontological Passivity* - Assoc. Prof. Sebastian Moldovan

Project financed from Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu research grants LBUS-IRG-2015-0.
This study, part of a broader research into the relationship between the conceptualization of several behavioral disorders as addiction and the concept of passion in Orthodox Christian spirituality, highlights the ontological substratum of two of the most remarkable and, at the same time, controversial features of these behaviors, namely their large prevalence and their involuntary character. The argument is based on the work of one of the most prominent theologians of Orthodox Christian spirituality that is St. Maximus the Confessor.
Keywords: - addiction, passions, ontology, passivity, Orthodox Spirituality, St. Maximus the Confessor
Sebastian Moldovan, Associated Professor in Moral Theology, Social Ethics and Bioethics, ‘Lucian Blaga’ University of Sibiu, Romania
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The relationship between the Confession and the Eucharist in the tradition and contemporary times – in the thinking of the Metropolitan bishop Anthony Plămădeală - Alexandru-Constantin CHITUŢĂ*

The study presents some aspects of the relationship between the Confession and the Eucharist as this relationship has been defined in the pastoral practice of Western Christian confessions as compared to that of the Orthodox Church, both in the tradition of the past centuries and the contemporary one. The views of some well-known theologians and hierarchs of the Orthodox Church are reviewed in response to the challenges and confusions of modernity in an effort to reaffirm and return to tradition.
Keywords: - Sacrament of Penance, Eucharist, Communion, Antonie Plămădeală, tradition,
PhD. Alexandru-Constantin Chituţă, Head of Education, Communication, Marketing and Secretariat of the Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania.
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Links Between Anglo-Saxon and Byzantines Until the End of the Eleventh Century Part one: Scandinavian Activities in the British Isles - Petruţ-Ciprian Terciu*

The study makes an insight into the history of the invasions and military confrontations that took place during the beginning of the 8th century and the end of the 11th century, between the Vikings and the Danes in the Scandinavian Peninsula, on the one hand, and the Christian populations and kingdoms in England, France, Ireland, on the other hand, pursuing the Christian evolution of these invaders, kingdoms and populations. It is evoked the military and political-religious activity of some outstanding personalities who participated in the events of this era, such as King Charles the Great (768-814), Ludovic cel Pios (814-840), King Aethelbald of Mercia (716-757), Charles II Pleşuv (840-877), Alfred the Great (871-899), Vlage King Olaf Guthfrithson of Dublin and Constantine II of Scotland, Danish King Svein Forkbeard, and Olaf I Tryggvason of Norway (995-1000). At the same time, there are evoked the connections between the British Isles, Scandinavia, Kyevian Russia, and the Byzantine Empire

Keywords: - history, vikings, christianisation, Alfred the Great, Olaf I Tryggvason
* Petruţ-Ciprian Terciu, PhD Student at the “Andrei Şaguna” Orthodox Faculty of Theology, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania.
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Homilies of St. Gregory the Great - Revd. Constantin necula

This translation regards four homilies of St. Gregory the Great spoken by the author in the winter months of 590, describing in particular the events of the Savior‘s Birth, of his enthronement as Emperor, but also of the celebration of St. Apostle Andrew and of the followings by the Apostles of the Savior Of their Mission Statement. The reader can see how St. Gregory the Great and the ancient Roman world perceived and appropriated these great events of salvation.
Keywords: - St. Gregory the Great, Homilies, the Birth of the Savior, St. Apostle Andrew
Revd. Constantin necula, Associated Professor at the “Andrei Şaguna” Orthodox Faculty of Theology, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania..
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