A video for Holy Saturday.
A video for Holy Saturday.
“The author of one of the new books on after-death experiences made a point of asking the opinion of various ‘sects’ on the state of the soul after death. Thus, he called a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and was given a very general opinion of the existence of heaven and hell, but was […]
A bit of history as to how and why St Mary of Egypt became the focus of one of the Sundays of Great Lent. As is well known, the themes of the Sundays of Great Lent changed through the centuries and earlier biblical themes were replaced by monastic figures as monasticism began to dominate the […]
“’Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when […]
If reading alone, say first the following prayers: http://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/ Kontakion 1 We glorify You, Heavenly Father, for You raise up sinners to sainthood in response to their repentance and from the boundless creativeness of Your compassionate and merciful ways. Whether we live in the depth of depravity or in the peace of prayer, You know […]
It’s been a hot week for science. Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, an algorithm created by 29-year old PhD graduate Katie Bouman, and a lot of hard work, humanity got its first photo of a black hole – M87 in the galaxy Messier 87, some 55 million light-years away. It wasn’t made with visible […]
A worthy blog to follow, as Scott is a convert to ROCOR, a fellow Russian Orthodox Christian, who is posting interesting articles in a host of languages.
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St. Romanos the Melodist (6th Century) wrote countless hymns, poems and prayers, some of which are still in use in the liturgical services and feasts of the Orthodox Church to this day. Here is a prayer he composed as part of a longer hymn for the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the […]
Thanks to a combination of good genes, a pretty decent lifestyle, an iron will to keep pushing along no matter what challenges beset me, and good health (thanks be to God), I don’t plan on leaving this mortal coil for a long, long time but if I do, this would be the song I would request to be played at my funeral liturgy. Amen.
We haven’t seen such a clear sky in a while, but the winds have done a fine job today sweeping out the bad air.