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Icons From Our Acolyte Room

The Nativity of the Theotokos The mother of the Theotokos,  St. Anna is being attended by handmaidens. Her father, St. Joachim is attending to the Theotokos at the lower right.  Notice that she appears as a small adult, which is typical in iconography. Notice her very interesting crib....it looks like a [...]

2017-01-27T00:02:40+00:00 Uncategorized|

The Kissing Part

by Frederica Mathewes-Green When my friend Marvin came for a visit, I thought it would be safe to invite him to Vespers. Marvin and Susan belong to the Presbyterian Church in America, and are perhaps my most theologically stern friends. I've met conservative Christians across the country, and most take an easygoing view of others' [...]

2017-01-10T23:29:19+00:00 Uncategorized|

Who May Receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?

Orthodox Christians fully participate in the celebration of the Liturgy when they receive the body and blood of the Lord Jesus in the sacrament of holy communion, as the Lord commands (John 6:53). To receive communion in the Orthodox Church, one must be a practicing Orthodox Christian. This means that you must be baptized and/or [...]

2017-01-27T00:05:11+00:00 Uncategorized|

Worship, Beauty and the Desire for God

Excepted from At the Corner of East and Now by Frederica Mathewes-Green. Beauty is that which opens our eyes to the majesty of God and moves us to desire Him. Worship is not just an intellectual grasping of truths but a process of falling in love. Beauty opens us to adoration and a craving for [...]

2017-01-24T18:01:03+00:00 Uncategorized|

Two Perspectives on the War in Iraq/2003

Washington Post / http://www.washingtonpost.com/ April 6, 2003; Page B07 Stripped of Spiritual Comfort By Frank Schaeffer A few weeks ago my wife, Genie, and I got the news that our Marine son, John, would shortly be deployed to the Middle East. He is gone to war now. We have been dreading this moment. We don't [...]

2017-01-10T23:29:19+00:00 Uncategorized|

Harvard Commencement Address: A World Split Apart

by Alexander Solshenitsyn The Commencement Address at Harvard: June 8, 1978 A World Split Apart I am sincerely happy to be here with you on the occasion of the 327th commencement of this old and illustrious university. My congratulations and best wishes to all of today's graduates. Harvard's motto is "VERITAS." Many of you have [...]

2017-01-27T00:07:09+00:00 Uncategorized|

The Homosexual Christian

by Fr. Thomas Hopko Many gay men and lesbians claim that the Christian faith is the guiding rule of their lives. Some of them hold that their sexual orientation is given by God, that it is good, and that there is nothing wrong or sinful with their homosexual activities. These persons say that the Bible [...]

2017-01-27T00:25:32+00:00 Uncategorized|

Can a Homosexual become an Orthodox Christian?

by Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos Question: I am powerfully drawn to the Orthodox Church, but I'm gay. Can I be chrismated anyway? How will the other members of the church treat me? Answer: The church as a loving community, following the example of Christ, welcomes to its life of faith all sincere seekers with their gifts, [...]

2017-01-27T00:26:09+00:00 Uncategorized|

The Mother of God of the Sign

by Frederica Mathewes-Green I am looking at a painting of a woman with her arms upraised in prayer. But her eyes are not closed, or even lifted up; they gaze out at the viewer with steady solemnity. The most startling thing about this image is at its center. Upon the woman's red-robed torso rests a [...]

2017-01-27T00:26:20+00:00 Uncategorized|