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  1. The Eastern Orthodox Church does not perform or recognize same-sex marriages. According to a statement by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, "The Orthodox Church cannot and will not bless same-sex unions. Whereas marriage between a man and a woman is a sacred institution ordained by God, homosexual union is not."

  2. Aug 03, 2022 · Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Church, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, London, 1995. Robert Payne, The Holy Fire: The Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Smyrnaeans VIII “The Letter Of Aristeas”, R.H. Charles-Editor, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1913

  3. The nativity of Jesus, nativity of Christ, birth of Jesus or birth of Christ is described in the biblical gospels of Luke and Matthew.The two accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judaea, his mother Mary was betrothed to a man named Joseph, who was descended from King David and was not his biological father, and that his birth was caused by divine intervention.

  4. From the Eastern Orthodox perspective, a council is accepted as being ecumenical if it is accepted by the Eastern Orthodox church at large—clergy, monks and assembly of believers. Teachings from councils that purport to be ecumenical, but which lack this acceptance by the church at large, are, therefore, not considered ecumenical.

  5. ANSWER: In its report on Human Sexuality, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations says the following regarding masturbation: To view our sexuality in the context of a personal relationship of mutual love and commitment in marriage helps us to evaluate the practice of masturbation.