10. The Resurrection: The Whole Story, Part 1

Christ is risen!  Truly he is risen! The Resurrection Accounts Which Most Orthodox Never Hear I hate to tell you this, but most Orthodox don’t know much about Jesus’ Resurrection. Well, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death”, of course. But for years I had the nagging feeling that something was missing about our Resurrection experience in the Orthodox  Church, and finally I’ve figured out what it is:…

9. Great and Holy Friday: The Icon of the Crucifixion

Depictions of Christ’s crucifixion are not ancient, by Orthodox standards. So far as I can find (correct me if I’m wrong), Crosses with the figure of Jesus on them were not sanctioned till the end of the seventh century at the Trullan Council in A.D. 692. After that, East and West gradually took different directions. Orthodox have never focused on the sufferings of Christ. Of course he suffered. Crucifixion, the ordinary Roman…

8. Holy Week: Some Practical Advice

Let’s take a break from traveling. If I tell you all my stories at once we’ll run out before long, and after all the title of this Blog promises not only Travels but also “a lot more”. During Holy Week we will hear again the greatest of all stories, the Story that fulfills the ancient myths, the Story that in one way or another is the pattern for almost every significant human story…

7. My Travels: 2002 Part 4 – Saint Nektarios

The Life of Saint Nektarios (before and after he died) After Bishop Nektarios died, his sweater was inadvertently laid on the bed of the man in the infirmary next to him. The man who had been crippled for years immediately stood up and began to walk, and a sweet fragrance filled the room. This was the beginning of his miracles. The infirmary has since been turned into a chapel. I had heard…

6. My Travels: 2002 Part 3 – Mount Athos.

Daily (but it’s mostly nightly) Life on Mount Athos Why was I so impressed by how beautiful things were at night? Because on Athos one spends a lot of the night awake. My most distressing memory is of the Finnish guestmaster knocking on my door every morning at 3 a.m. saying, “Pater, Pater, the services are beginning. Wake up.” Actually he was being kind. The services had begun at 2 a.m. Orthros…

5. My Travels: 2002 Part 2: Mount Athos

At Last: To the Holy Mountain! If you’d like to prepare a bit more before we leave for Mount Athos in the morning, here is the second part of the CBS  program on the Holy Mountain. On Wednesday morning, after a restless night’s sleep fearing I wouldn’t wake up at 4 a.m., it was off very early to Mount Athos. The Holy Mountain. Where to begin? For one thing, it’s hard to get there,…

4. My Travels – 2002 Part 1: Towards Mount Athos

I know I promised you a visit to Mount Athos, but first… By 1999 our new Saint Nicholas Church was ten years old and doing well, and we could afford to travel again, and I don’t want you to think I always left my wife behind. Khouria * Dianna and I made trips to Greece in 1999 and 2000. She had not been there before, and when she loved Greece too I was…

3. My Travels – 1985 Part 2: First Trip to Greece

The Island of Paros: A Quick Immersion into Greece and Orthodoxy The conference on Crete was over, and with my wife’s OK I had scheduled a week to bum around. So it was off to the island of Paros in the middle of the Aegean. I can’t remember why I chose Paros, but it was a lovely peaceful place. This was in the old days before the shores got covered with tourist hotels. The…

2. MY TRAVELS – 1985 Part 1: My First Trip to Greece

A Summer Sabbatical Has it been almost 32 years ago already? I was on sabbatical from my church that summer of 1985. I was a middle-aged Episcopalian priest who had been trying unsuccessfully, I felt, to preserve traditional Christianity in the Episcopal Church. There are many different kinds of Anglicans. Like others in my little sub-set, I had long suspected the Orthodox Church was on the right track, and I wanted Anglicanism…

1. FATHER BILL’S TRAVELS – and more

MY TRAVELS – Chiefly to Greece and Saint Nektarios Let’s go traveling without leaving our computers and smart phones. Let me take you with me on my almost-annual trips to Greece and Saint Nektarios between 2002 and 2015.  Some western European countries will be thrown in occasionally. Sometimes my wife Dianna and I traveled together. Other times she let me go off and explore by myself. These articles are based on trip…