Conversion and the Return of our Humanity

...  wife and I returned last night for Detroit, Michigan, having attended and been part of a Colloquium ...  Himself known in Christ Jesus, and that He established a Church which has faithfully maintained that living relationship in its ...  beings on a regular basis, who have also taken up the cross of Christ's humility and found it to be the way forward to the fullness ...

Once and For All?

...  lately about the doctrine of Justification, particularly as understood by some Protestants. I am not the theologian that my good friend, ...  be the case. We Baptize them (or whatever your particular Church does), and they come up out of the water and sin pretty much just like ...

Resting in God

...  George Herbert  When God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by; Let us (said he) pour on him all we can; Let the ...  and yet that is the claim. The Marriage service of the Church in Orthodoxy is so unlike that of the West. No promises, no contract, ...

Living in Difficult Times

...  in my life crossed my path during my college years. It was a collection of essays, edited and contributed to by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. ...  to the doctrine, discipline and worship" of the Episcopal Church stretched the meaning of the oath to the place of meaninglessness. I ...

Weeping with the Mother of God

...  Isaac said: "Once I was sitting with Abba Poemen, and I saw that he was in an ecstasy; and since I ...  St. Mary the Mother of God, as she stood and wept at the Cross of the Savior; and I wish that I could always weep as much as she wept ...  among the most important medicines given to us in the Church for the healing of the hardness of our heart. Prayer, proper spiritual ...

The Mother of God

...  aspect of Christmas (including Protestant Christmas) that I always enjoyed was ...  me according to Thy word." These implications grew in the Church - they are already there in Scripture for those who had the eyes to see ...  humility are a fitting throne for God. Her devotion at the Cross was what the devotion of the brave disciples should have been. This ...

How Hard Is It?

...  the loss of members on whatever his favorite hobbyhorse was. It was the lack of this, or the presence of that. In Orthodoxy, ...  memberships were primarily losses in young people. Various Churches lost their youth for a variety of reasons - but it is not a mistake to ...

Fasting for Christmas

Last Wednesday, November 15, the Orthodox Church began its "Winter Lent," the fast that prepares for the feast of the ...  he takes that flesh and yields it to the hard wood of the cross. Entering death, the final and complete humility of God is manifest, a ...

A Washington Family Weekend

...  am in Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend the wedding of a niece, and share the ...  married. Like many American families, we are scattered across the churchly plain. My parents and I are Orthodox. I have a brother whose family is ...

The Descent into Hades

...  or having anything to do with daily life other than as eventual consequences. This is a tragedy, both for its failure to give a ...  interchangeably at this point - a common practice within Church language). The closest thing to a definition of hell given in Scripture ...

Saving Beauty

...  the idea is present in such a strong sense that the phrase is correctly attributed to him. It is a phrase that is easily ...  is perhaps the best known story of a woman saint in the Church (not including the Mother of God). The fifth Sunday of Great Lent is ...  to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ’s true Cross was exposed for veneration, as well as his empty tomb. Coming to the ...