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Byzantine Rite
The BYZANTINE RITE, also known as the GREEK RITE or CONSTANTINOPOLITAN RITE, is the liturgical rite used by the Eastern Orthodox Church and certain Eastern Catholic Churches
Eastern Catholic Churches
. It has also been employed, although less frequently, in the Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion
and Lutheran
Lutheran
denominations. (e.g., it is utilized by the Society of Eastern Rite Anglicanism, and the Ukrainian Lutheran
Lutheran
Church)
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Christian Church
The CHRISTIAN CHURCH is a term generally used by Protestants and some others to refer to the whole group of people belonging to the Christian
Christian
religious tradition throughout history . In this understanding, the " Christian
Christian
Church" does not refer to a particular Christian denomination but to the body of all believers; but most Christians follow the traditional Christian
Christian
understanding of the term, and believe that the term " Christian
Christian
Church" or "Church" applies only to a specific historic Christian
Christian
body or institution, namely their own (e.g., the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, the Orthodox Church , the Non-Chalcedonian Churches of Oriental Orthodoxy , or the Assyrian Church of the East )
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Ascension Of Jesus
PORTALS: Christianity
Christianity
Bible
Bible
Book:Life of Jesus
Jesus
* v * t * e The ASCENSION OF JESUS (anglicized from the Vulgate Latin Acts 1:9-11 section title: Ascensio Iesu) is the departure of Christ
Christ
from Earth into the presence of God . The narrative in Acts 1 takes place 40 days after the Resurrection : Jesus, in the company of the disciples, is taken up in their sight after warning them to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
; as he ascends a cloud hides him from their view, and two men in white appear to tell them that he will return "in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Stories of Heavenly ascents were fairly common in the time of Jesus, signifying divine approval or the deification of an exceptional man
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Resurrection Of Jesus
The RESURRECTION OF JESUS or RESURRECTION OF CHRIST is the Christian religious belief that, after being put to death , Jesus
Jesus
rose again from the dead . It is the central tenet of Christian theology and part of the Nicene Creed
Nicene Creed
: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures". According to the New Testament
New Testament
, after the Romans crucified Jesus, he was anointed and buried in a new tomb by Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea
but God raised him from the dead and he appeared to witnesses before he ascended into heaven , to sit at the right hand of God
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Crucifixion Of Jesus
The CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS occurred in 1st century Judea , most likely between the years 30 and 33 AD. Jesus' crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels , referred to in the New Testament
New Testament
epistles , attested to by other ancient sources , and is established as a historical event confirmed by non-Christian sources, although among historians, there is no consensus on the precise details of what exactly occurred. According to the canonical gospels, Jesus
Jesus
, the Christ , was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, and then sentenced by Pontius Pilate
Pontius Pilate
to be scourged , and finally crucified by the Romans . Jesus
Jesus
was stripped of his clothing and offered wine mixed with either myrrh or gall to drink before being crucified. He was then hung between two convicted thieves and according to Mark's Gospel, died some six hours later
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Apostolic Succession
APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION is the method whereby the ministry of the Christian Church is held to be derived from the apostles by a continuous succession, which has usually been associated with a claim that the succession is through a series of bishops . This series was seen originally as that of the bishops of a particular see founded by one or more of the apostles . According to historian Justo L. González , apostolic succession is generally understood today as meaning a series of bishops, regardless of see, each consecrated by other bishops, themselves consecrated similarly in a succession going back to the apostles. According to the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church , "apostolic succession" means more than a mere transmission of powers. It is succession in a Church which witnesses to the apostolic faith, in communion with the other Churches, witnesses of the same apostolic faith
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Orthodoxy
ORTHODOXY (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία, orthodoxia – "right opinion") is adherence to correct or accepted creeds , especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means "conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early Church". The first seven Ecumenical Councils were held between the years of 325 and 787 with the aim of formalizing accepted doctrines. In some English speaking countries, Jews who adhere to all the traditions and commandments of the Torah
Torah
are often called Orthodox Jews , though the term "orthodox" historically first described Christian beliefs
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Christ Pantocrator
In Christian iconography , CHRIST PANTOCRATOR refers to a specific depiction of Christ . Pantocrator or Pantokrator (Greek : Χριστός Παντοκράτωρ) is, used in this context, a translation of one of many names of God
God
in Judaism. When the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
was translated into Greek as the Septuagint
Septuagint
, Pantokrator was used both for YHWH Sabaoth " Lord of Hosts " and for El Shaddai " God Almighty ." In the New Testament
New Testament
, Pantokrator is used once by Paul (2 Cor 6:18) and nine times in the Book of Revelation
Book of Revelation
: 1:8, 4:8, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 16:14, 19:6, 19:15, and 21:22. The references to God
God
and Christ in Revelation are at times interchangeable, Pantokrator appears to be reserved for God
God
except, perhaps, in 1:8
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Christianity
CHRISTIANITY is a universalising Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life , teachings , and miracles of Jesus
Jesus
of Nazareth
Nazareth
, known by Christians
Christians
as the Christ , or "Messiah", who is the focal point of the Christian
Christian
faiths . It is the world\'s largest religion , with over 2.4 billion followers, or 33% of the global population, known as Christians
Christians
. Christians
Christians
make up a majority of the population in 158 countries and territories . They believe that Jesus
Jesus
is the Son of God
God
and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah
Messiah
(the Christ ) was prophesied in the Old Testament
Old Testament

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Nave
The NAVE /ˈneɪv/ is the central aisle of a basilica church , or the main body of a church (whether aisled or not) between its western wall and its chancel . It is the zone of a church accessible by the laity . CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Etymology * 3 History * 4 Record-holders * 5 See also * 6 References DESCRIPTIONThe nave extends from the entry — which may have a separate vestibule (the narthex ) — to the chancel and may be flanked by lower side-aisles separated from the nave by an arcade . If the aisles are high and of a width comparable to the central nave, the structure is sometimes said to have three naves. It provides the central approach to the high altar . ETYMOLOGYThe term nave is from navis, the Latin
Latin
word for ship, an early Christian symbol. The term may also have been suggested by the keel shape of the vaulting of a church
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Sanctuary
A SANCTUARY, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine . By the use of such places as a haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety. This secondary use can be categorized into human sanctuary, a safe place for humans , such as a political sanctuary; and non-human sanctuary, such as an animal or plant sanctuary
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Uglich Cathedral
UGLICH (Russian : Углич; IPA: ) is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast , Russia
Russia
, which stands on the Volga River
Volga River
. Population: 34,507 (2010 Census ); 38,260 (2002 Census ); 39,975 (1989 Census ). CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Reign of Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible
* 1.2 Death of Tsarevich Dmitry * 1.3 Later history * 2 Administrative and municipal status * 3 Architecture * 4 References * 4.1 Notes * 4.2 Sources * 5 External links HISTORYA local tradition dates the town's origins to 937. It was first documented in 1148 as Ugliche Pole (Corner Field). The town's name is thought to allude to the nearby turn in the Volga River. Uglich
Uglich
had been the seat of a small princedom from 1218 until 1328 when the local princes sold their rights to the great prince of Moscow
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Deacon
DEACON is an office in Christian Churches that is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. In many traditions the "diaconate", the term for a deacon's office, is a clerical office; in others it is for laity . Some Christian Churches, such as the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
, view the diaconate as part of the clerical state. The word "deacon" is derived from the Greek word diákonos (διάκονος), which is a standard ancient Greek word meaning "servant", "waiting-man", "minister", or "messenger". One commonly promulgated speculation as to its etymology is that it literally means "through the dust", referring to the dust raised by the busy servant or messenger
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Holy Doors
The ROYAL DOORS, HOLY DOORS, or BEAUTIFUL GATES are the central doors of the iconostasis in an Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholic church. In Orthodox Churches, the sanctuary is separated from the nave by a wooden screen called the iconostasis. The iconostasis represents Christian continuity from the veil of the Temple in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
which separated the people from the Holy of Holies that housed the Ark of the Covenant. Normally, the iconostasis has three doors in it. The two single doors to the right and left are called "deacons' doors" or "angel doors" and they usually have on them icons of either sainted deacons ( Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen
, Saint Lawrence
Saint Lawrence
, etc.) or the Archangels Michael and Gabriel
Gabriel
. These are the doors that the clergy will normally use when entering the altar
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Degrees Of Eastern Orthodox Monasticism
MONASTICISM (from Greek μοναχός, monachos, derived from μόνος, monos, "alone") or MONKHOOD is a religious way of life in which one renounces worldly pursuits to devote oneself fully to spiritual work. Monastic life plays an important role in many Christian
Christian
churches, especially in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. Similar forms of religious life also exist in other faiths, most notably in Buddhism
Buddhism
, but also in Hinduism
Hinduism
and Jainism
Jainism
, although the expressions differ considerably. By contrast, in other religions monasticism is criticized and not practiced, as in Islam
Islam
and Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrianism
, or plays a marginal role, as in Judaism
Judaism
. Males pursuing a monastic life are generally called monks while female monastics are called nuns
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Romanian Orthodox Church
(as Metropolis of Romania) Nifon Rusailă , Carol I (as Patriarchate
Patriarchate
of Romania) Miron Cristea , Ferdinand I INDEPENDENCE 1872 RECOGNITION 25 April 1885 PRIMATE Daniel , Patriarch of All Romania HEADQUARTERS
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