Writing the Akathist to St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt is one of the most important saints on the calendar – so important she gets an entire Sunday in Lent dedicated to her, in addition to her feast day of April 1. She’s a major part of the Canon of Repentance that’s said at the beginning and ending of Lent. So why write an Akathist to her, since we already have so much about her? Around the turn…

Depicting Evil in Christian Art

I’m a believer in radical honesty.  Only by being honest with ourselves about ourselves can we begin the fight against the father of lies.  What this means for art is that honest artists will have much difference experiences and familiarities with particular evils, and that will necessarily effect their portrayal in art.  I think that because of this, some artists are called to create messier worlds than others.

Memory Eternal, Kevin Allen

With sadness and in the hope of the resurrection, we honor the repose and remember the life of our dear friend, Kevin Allen. Kevin was born on December 11, 1949 and reposed on August 7, 2018. He served faithfully as a board member of Ancient Faith Ministries as well as a member of St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is best known for his outstanding content on Ancient Faith…

The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery Sings Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

If you attended the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil on May 26, you will find these words a poor substitute for your memories of the event. If you did not, let me try to describe for you what it was like.   We sat in rows of wooden chairs under the steep arc of a mosaiced cathedral ceiling. The lights were on. We were all awake, and…

When God Made Us To Pray With Love

Earlier this year, I was visiting with family in Arizona and offered to hang out in the Sunday school rooms at an Orthodox church in Northern Scottsdale. I often do this when I travel, so I can meet new Orthodox kids and do one of my favorite things—share books with them.