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Ion VICOVAN
Father Miron Mihăilescu (1914-1998). Biographical and Spiritual Considerations

 

Dan SANDU
The Theology of Matter – A Matter of Orthodox Theology. Marginal Contributions of Fr. Dumitru Staniloae


Adrian Sorin MIHALACHE
The Experience of Compassion - Possible Long-term Changes in Cortex Areas. A Few Recent Findings in the Field of Neurosciences 


Bassam A. NASSIF
Enlivening the Charisms of the Holy Spirit 


Carmen-Maria BOLOCAN
The concepts of “longing” and “humanity” in the works of Father Dumitru Stăniloae

 
Nicolae PREDA
An “Unprecedented” Prayer in the Ordinances of the Funeral (short historical-liturgical analysis)


Ionuț-Gabriel NASTASĂ
The Megalynarion at the Theotokos Great Feasts in Romanian psaltic collections


Emilian-Iustinian ROMAN
Legislative and canonical challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic 

 

Recenzii

La première étude en 2020

Rev. Prof. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
In this study, we aim to outline one of the great personalities of the Romanian clergy, Fr. Miron Mihăilescu, considering him a model for the Theology professors and teachers, for students, and, especially, for priests. After a few biographical remarks, we highlight some of his qualities as well as a series of teachings and remarks on various issues such as the priest’s duty, the purpose of Theology, assuming the Cross, the meanings of fasting, marriage, the value of confession, God's love for us and our answer, the need for Holy Communion or the relationship between parents and children.

 

Keywords: Romanian clergy, Miron Mihăilescu, priesthood, love, faith, Holy Communion

 

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Rev. Associate Prof. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
The Orthodox theology, in the context of the twenty first century, is being challenged to address themes such as eco-theology, the Christian view of nature and matter in general, the problem of local resources, trade, economic greed, rapid secularization, local community and identity, Church and social welfare, and Church and state relationship. They need to be articulated with the dogmas of the traditional Orthodoxy, one of its well known peculiarities, i.e. fidelity to the primitive church teaching. These, and many others, were themes that theology was not supposed to tackle before 1989, as the Church was expected to care for spiritual subjects alone. However, Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae implicitly addressed them by shedding a patristic and a dogmatic light on the concept of matter as subject of transfiguration through the Church’s theology and liturgy. We will first explore the prophetic vision of the Romanian theologian on matter which matters. We will then unfold notions such as holiness, generosity, harmony,
communion, philanthropy, and sharing, which tend to lose their meaning in a society that is oriented towards economic profit, consumerism and individualistic behaviour.

 

Keywords: Creation, nature, Orthodox theology, Romanian theologians, Staniloae, ecology, liturgy, likeness, deification

 

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Deacon Lect. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
This paper addresses some of the findings of recent neuroscience research regarding the compassion and relevance of the topic to the area of the dialogue between Orthodox theology and behavioral sciences. We began with some considerations regarding neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, results that have changed the medical paradigm of a person’s life, highlighting the transforming potential of everyday practices and cultural experiences, the connection between culture and the brain, intensely explored today, the experiences of conscious efforts, in the spiritual plane, but also in the wider sphere of life. Short distinctions are made between empathy and compassion, based on neuroscientific explorations, while an inventory of cortical and subcortical areas proves to play an important role in compassion. The second part of the study presents several results regarding the effects of compassion in the field of human life, emotionally, cognitively, medically and professionally, as well as in the wider sphere of social life. Finally, we outlined some possibilities for cultivating compassion as well as some aspects regarding the potential of this topic for dialogue with Christian spirituality.

 

Keywords: compassion, empathy, the neurosciences of compassion, Christian spirituality

 

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Fr. PhD
St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology
University of Balamand, Tripoli, LEBANON

 

Abstract:
This study deals with contemporary challenges facing the Orthodox Church, in the Pastoral field. The gifts of Spirit, indicated in the Pauline epistles to Corinthians, Romans and Ephes Churches, became fruitful in the synergy of leadership in communion with the faithful. This communion is grounded in four values: Repentance, Sacrifice, Obedience, and Discernment. The New Testament theology, enriched by Patristic interpretation, is applied also in the life of the Orthodox Church. In the 21st century, these spirituals gifts know dynamic aspects in St. Nektarios, St. Porphyrios and Gerontissa Gabriella’s communitarian activity.

 

Keywords: charism, Holy Spirit, gifts, Holy Fathers, values

 

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Prof. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
Lingering and humanity are two essential features of the Romanian nation. People that do not linger for anyone and anything have either become extremely focused on their own self and have detached from everything or they are hard hearted and incapable of feeling anything. The Romanian nation is, through his spiritual constitution, open to God and to the dialogue with Him. Father Dumitru Stăniloae represented and continues to represent, for the Romanian theology and not only, a strong reference point, a researcher and discoverer of the meaning of existence in general and of human existence in particular, but, in the same time, he is a true creator of meaning. The two concepts of lingering and humanity can be found at the heart of his works on the features of the Romanian Orthodox people as our most valuable characteristics that lead us to a strong connection with God.

 

Keywords: Stăniloae, lingering, humanity, God, theology, Romanian, theology

 

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Rev. Lect. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
University of Bucharest, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
On the prayer “Remember, Lord, our God...”, present since antiquity in funeral rites, liturgists unfortunately speak relatively little.

This prayer is, in my opinion, one of the fundamental elements, but also unique in
the structure of “The Prayer Ordinance after the Soul Leaves the Body”.
Although the prayer seems to be unpublished at first sight, it is very probable that it existed entirely in the manuscripts after those of the 11th-12th centuries, such as Coisl. 213 (a. 1027), Ε.Β.Ε. 662 (12th century) and Grottaferrata gr. G. b. 1 (11th century), which reproduce a prayer whose first parts coincide with that of the prayer “Remember, Lord, our God...”.

 

Keywords: prayer, God, manuscripts, ordinances, burial, Euhologhion

 

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Rev. Lect. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
In this paper, the author aims to identify and analyze musically so-called “Megalynaria” of the Theotokos Great Feasts (Nativity of the Theotokos, Presentation of the Theotokos, Annunciation and Dormition of the Theotokos) within the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, found in Romanian music collections in monodic versions (psaltic notation).

The term “Megalynarion” is used in this paper to mean “Anti Axion”, that is to say the 9th Ode Heirmos of the Matins Kanon of the Great Feasts which replaces the hymn “Axion Estin” within the Divine Liturgy.

There are emphasized Romanian musical variants in psaltic notation in several collections known as “Irmologhion” or “Catavasier”, made by authors such as Filotei sin Agăi Jipei (1713), Macarie the Hieromonk (Viena, 1823), Visarion Protopsaltes (Neamț Monastery, 1826), Anton Pann (București, 1846), Ion Popescu-Pasărea (București, 1908), among which were imposed in the practice those of Macarie the Hieromonk.

 

Keywords: Megalynarion, byzantine music, Feast, Theotokos, Protopsaltes, Irmologion, psaltic music

 

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Rev. Lect. PhD
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, ROMANIA

 

Abstract:
In the present study, we aim at a relevant and concise analysis of the phrase “the right to the freedom of religion”, approached as legislative challenge while also dealing with a ritual aspect, namely offering the holy communion within the Holy and Divine Liturgy with the same spoon, approached as a theological and canonical challenge alike, the effects of the implementation of the provisions contained in the Military Ordinances, that is Ordinance no. 1 of March 17, 2020, regarding some first emergency measures regarding gatherings and the cross-border movement of goods and Ordinance no. 2 of March 21, 2020 on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Keywords: pandemic, COVID-19, civil legislation, church legislation, human rights, freedom of religious belief

 

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