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.
Thanks to Fr. Ted for generously sharing his posts for this year’s Paschal and Bright Week services.
All of the 2018 posts related to Pascha and Bright Week have been gathered into one PDF and can be viewed at 2018 Pascha & Bright Week (PDF).
You can find PDF links for all of the blogs I posted for each of the past 10 years for Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha and Bright Week at Fr. Ted’s PDFs.
This is an interesting take by Tom at An Open Orthodoxy blog on the Originator (God) and the copy (Logos/Christ).
Please enjoy this very interesting description of Eastern (Japanese) aesthetics by Byung-Chul Han (“The Copy is the Original“). I’d love to hear David Bentley Hart reflect on how this different aesthetic sensibility (as transcendental as is our aesthetic appetite here in the West yet contrary in how it manages and propagates its values) would express core Christian beliefs like the Trinity (Father as the ‘original’, the Logos as the ‘image’, etc.), Incarnation, etc. After reading this I wondered how beholden to a Western aesthetic palate Hart’s Beauty of the Infinite: An Aesthetics of Christian Truth, might be. What sort of “aesthetics of Christian truth” would a thoroughly Eastern/Japanese aesthetic palate produce? Here’s just a sampling. You’ll have to digest the whole piece to appreciate my question: Is Christ the fangzhipin (仿製品) or fuzhipin (複製品) of God? In addition, which are we?
In 1956, an exhibition of masterpieces…
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Thanks to Fr. Ted for this illuminating, if brief, history on icons as used by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
“Compared to metal and mosaic icons, the painted wooden icon is perhaps the longest lived subcategory of the Byzantine artistic medium of portable devotional icons. The earliest collection of wooden painted icons is found at St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai: some twenty-seven pieces dated to the sixth through seventh centuries. They are all painted in […]
Folks, I can’t quite say why, but I have a feeling that this year will leave a lot of people satisfied, no matter what part of the great divide you rest in. May everything be better for you this year, and may we find some common ground (we always have music, though, don’t we?).
A beautiful poem by St. Ephrem the Syrian, courtesy of Fr. Aidan Kimel’s blog. Note the Ethiopian icon, one I’ve not seen before.
Glory to that Voice that became a body,
and to the lofty Word that became flesh.
Ears even heard Him, eyes saw Him,
hands even touched Him, the mouth ate Him.
Limbs and senses gave thanks to
the One Who came and revived all that is corporeal.
Mary bore a mute Babe
though in Him were hidden all our tongues.
Joseph carried Him, yet hidden in Him was
a silent nature older than everything.
The Lofty One became like a little child,
yet hidden in Him was a treasure of Wisdom that suffices for all.
He was lofty but he sucked Mary’s milk,
and from His blessings all creation drinks.
He is the Living Breast of living breath;
by His life the dead were suckled, and they revived.
Without the breath of air no one can live;
without the power of the Son no one can rise.
Upon the living…
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It seems 2017 was a rather pleasant year for some, a horrifying ordeal for others. I’d have to say that I split the difference. Some things happened which were immensely pleasant, and some minor irritants popped up in my work life and health. Otherwise, 2017 was a success.
First, a lot of preparatory work was done on a project that I hope to partake in in the early part of 2018, which includes a big move to a location I have yet to solidly pick. Next, a lot of friends, both local and overseas, were either newly made or reconnected with. Iceland and the Czech Republic were absolute joys for me (and I thank my good, beautiful and gracious hosts for making me feel welcomed). Macedonia was something of a homecoming, seeing people I consider to be my brothers, and Bulgaria was phenomenal. The quality of people I met there this year was beyond my wildest expectations, and dear brother Yasen did a wonderful job of organizing Without Borders (it’s only a shame that one has to wait two years to visit these good folks again).
Many amazing releases came out, (just check out the blog to see) and I’m particularly thankful for forming digital friendships with so many, but especially Santiago and A. M. Ferrari-Fradejas, Noël Akchoté, Jeff Gburek, and maintaining good ones with Kopeikin, Gregory Ayriyan, and so many others.
The personal and mushy details I’ll leave out, except to say that it feels good to love and to be loved.
My friends (and I’m proud to call each one of you that venerable word), I wish you the best for 2018. We’ll surely have to endure a few headaches, but we’ll survive it intact. We always do. A Merry Christmas (twice if you’re Julian Calendar Orthodox), Hanukkah, Eid, Diwali or average day to you all.
Your Hip Priest and friend,