Uncategorized

Holy Fire

ORTHODOXY: STANDING IN THE FLAMES OF THE SPIRIT Excerpted from The Way of Christ by Father Ted Stylianopoulos, professor of New Testament at Holy Cross Seminary in MA and a speaker at our 2000 Spiritual Odyssey Festival. Life is a journey with many stages from birth to death. As the journey progresses new challenges arise. [...]

2017-01-26T21:35:30+00:00 Uncategorized|

The Spiritual Father in the Community of St. Pachomius

by Father Steven Tsichlis The spiritual traditions of the desert are not dead and buried, subjects appropriate only for historians and archaeologists, but rather a living deposit of faith which is not irrelevant to our own age.  The recent publication of fine English translations1 of two primary sources concerning this tradition help us to paint [...]

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

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|