Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mother Christophora spoke at the Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers service for the Youngstown, OH area about the monastic saints commemorated on the Sundays of Lent and then spoke about a contemporary monastic, Mother Alexandra and what she might have to say to us today.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Antiochian website is reporting the kidnapping of Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Of Aleppo, the brother of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, as well as Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Archdiocese of Aleppo. They were abducted by terrorists in a suburb of Aleppo. Please pray for their safe release.
How did normal American kids become the Boston bombers? How did the friendly giant become the terrorist? Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, reminds us that this sort of thing always happens one poor decision at a time—and that we should guard against doing the same.
Friday, April 19, 2013
This week, the Church reads the Life of St. Mary of Egypt. Archimandrite Irenei explores a section of that text which reveals the relationship between "mystical theology" in ascetical life to the grace of the Holy Mysteries in the Church. We are prompted to ask ourselves: Do I lose sight of the chalice in my desire to find Christ?
Thursday, April 18, 2013
On a new "Paradise and Utopia," Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine College near San Diego and an attached priest at Saint John of Damascus Church (OCA) in the nearby town of Poway, explores what could be called the catacomb culture of the Church in relation to the Roman Empire.