St Romanos: Prayer for the Meeting of the Lord — Fr. Ted’s Blog

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 […]

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Pyotr Ilych TCHAIKOVSKY : Hymn of the Cherubim by The USSR Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir

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.

[Religion] A Brief History of Icons — Fr. Ted’s Blog

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 […]

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Excerpts from the Letters of Cyril to Nestorius, and the 12 Anathemas.

A great post on why Apostolic Christians are not Nestorians. Many thanks to Marcelo P. Souza for this post.

Luminous Darkness

cyrilApproved by the Council of Ephesus, AD 431.

“To the most religious and beloved of God, fellow minister Nestorius, Cyril sends greeting in the Lord . . .

The holy and great Synod therefore says, that the only begotten Son, born according to nature of God the Father, very God of very God, Light of Light, by whom the Father made all things, came down, and was incarnate, and was made man, suffered, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven. These words and these decrees we ought to follow, considering what is meant by the Word of God being incarnate and made man.

For we do not say that the nature of the Word was changed and became flesh, or that it was converted into a whole man consisting of soul and body; but rather that the Word having personally united to himself flesh animated by a…

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