The science behind the awesome black hole photograph — Matthew Wright

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 […]

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আমি এক ঈশ্বর বিশ্বাস করি, পিতা সর্বশক্তিমান। (The orthodox faith: in Bengali). (2019).

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.

Saint Andrew of Valaam Association.

আমি এক ঈশ্বর বিশ্বাস করি, পিতা সর্বশক্তিমান।
আলোর আলো আমি এক ঈশ্বর বিশ্বাস করি, পিতা সর্বশক্তিমান, স্বর্গ ও পৃথিবীর সৃষ্টিকর্তা, এবং সমস্ত কিছু দৃশ্যমান এবং অদৃশ্য। আমাদের জন্য এবং আপনার জন্য পরিত্রাণ স্বর্গ থেকে নেমে এসেছে, এবং পবিত্র আত্মা এবং কুমারী মরিয়মের জন্য অবতার ছিল, তিনি পন্টিয়াস পিল্টস এর অধীনে আমাদের জন্য ক্রুশবিদ্ধ হয়েছিলেন, এবং অস্বীকার করা হয়েছিল এবং তাঁকে কবর দেওয়া হয়েছিল, এবং তৃতীয় দিনে উত্থাপিত হয়েছিল, শাস্ত্র অনুযায়ী; আবার জীবিত ও মৃতদের বিচার করার গৌরব নিয়ে, যার রাজত্বের কোন শেষ নেই।
পবিত্র আত্মা কে, প্রভু সত্য এবং জীবন দানকারী, যিনি পিতার কাছ থেকে আয় করেন, কে পিতা এবং কে একসঙ্গে পুত্র এবং একসঙ্গে উপাসনা করা হয়। আমি মৃতদের পুনরুত্থানের অপেক্ষায় আছি, আর যুগের জীবন আসবে। আমেন।
Āmi ēka īśbara biśbāsa kari, pitā sarbaśaktimāna. Ālōra ālō āmi ēka īśbara biśbāsa kari, pitā sarbaśaktimāna, sbarga ō pr̥thibīra sr̥ṣṭikartā, ēbaṁ samasta kichu dr̥śyamāna ēbaṁ adr̥śya. Āmādēra jan’ya ēbaṁ āpanāra jan’ya paritrāṇa…

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Pascha and Bright Week 2018 (PDF)

Thanks to Fr. Ted for generously sharing his posts for this year’s Paschal and Bright Week services.

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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.

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Christ—fangzhipin or fuzhipin of God?

This is an interesting take by Tom at An Open Orthodoxy blog on the Originator (God) and the copy (Logos/Christ).

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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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[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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Welcome to 2018!

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?).

“Glory to that Voice that became a body”

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.

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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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