As I read, I compared my former attitude, approach, and rational understanding of worship to what the authors explained was really happening on a deeply spiritual level, and I have to say, it transformed the way I participate in services.
I had to write it three or four times, each time healing somewhat from my own hardened, bitter heart and getting closer to what I wanted to say in it.
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…
I must confess that I laughed out loud at the first sentence in the Introduction, “…the first experience of the Divine Liturgy will be a stunning surprise.” What an understatement that was for me at my first Divine Liturgy in 2004!
Had I known, when I received it a year ago, what all Elissa’s message would have entailed, I’d have said yes on the spot, without thinking about it for a few days.
The first-ever Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat will take place at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA on November 15-18, 2018. You can see a complete list of our speakers and topics here. For the purposes of this post, just remember that our speakers are Elissa Bjeletich, Nicole Roccas, Melissa Naasko, Molly Sabourin, and Melinda Johnson, and we’ll be joined by Barli Ross from the Antiochian Village staff. All sessions will run twice, and…
We’re delighted to announce the speakers and topics for the first-ever Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat, on November 15-18, 2018, at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA.
Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home focuses on what we call the “Foundation Stones” of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.