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Pastoral Letter of SCOBA Hierarchs

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(1) Ode Four of the Canon of the Forefeast of the Nativity.
(2) From the Anaphora of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, cf. Hebrews 1:1; 11:32-40.
(3) First Antiphon of Theophany Vespers; cf. Isaiah 9:2.
(4) St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, section 52
(5) First Ode of the Kanon of the Nativity.
(6) St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, section 54
(7) Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy, (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1973), p.120.
(8) The Kontakion of the Nativity.
(9) Dumitru Staniloae, "The Economy of Salvation and Ecclesiastical 'Economia'," Diakonia, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1970): 116-118.
(10) St. John Chrysostom Homily I on Ephesians.
(11) Georges Florovsky, "Worship and Everyday Life: An Eastern Orthodox View," Studia Liturgica, Vol II, No. 4
(12) St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth, The Philokalia: The Complete Text, trans. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware (London: Faber and Faber, 1981) vol 2, p. 226.
(13) St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth, The Philokalia: The Complete Text, trans. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware (London: Faber and Faber, 1995) vol. 4, p. 116.
(14) The Funeral Service.
(15) Homily 71
(16) Dumitru Staniloae, Prayer and Holiness: The Icon of Man Renewed in God, (Oxford: SLG Press, 1982) p. 4.
(17) For an insightful treatment of the challenges confronting the Church today, see the Address given by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon entitled: "The Orthodox Church and the Third Millennium" given at Balamand Monastery, December 4, 1999.
(18) Decisions of the Third Preconciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chamb'sy, 28 October-6 November 1986, Episkepsis 17.369 (15 December 1986) p. 9.

(19) For a thoughtful reflection on the role and power of remembrance in the Church, see the Address entitled "Anamnesis" given by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Albania at the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches. The text may be found in: Diane Kessler, ed., Together on the Way: Official Report of the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches, (Geneva: WCC Publications, 1999), pp. 28-33.
(20) The prayer for the blessing of water at Epiphany and Baptism.
(21) From the Anaphora of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

(22) St Symeon the New Theologian, The Discourses, trans. C.J. deCatanzaro (New York: Paulist Press, 1980) Discourse XIII, p. 184.
(23) St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth, The Philokalia: The Complete Text, trans. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware (London: Faber and Faber, 1979) vol 1, p. 271.

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