Christ is Risen from the Grave! Trampling Down Death by Death!

  The Orthodox resurrection icon depicts what is known as the harrowing of hell.  It shows our God and Savior in hell setting the captives free.  Where the Western image shows Christ by himself with the angel looking on, the Orthodox icon shows Christ surrounded by people.  The Western depiction has a serenity like the calm after a storm, the Orthodox icon has more of a busy excitement of a military victory…

Remembering St. Nicholas, Recovering a Christian Heritage

One of the unexpected blessings of becoming Orthodox is discovering a Christian heritage forgotten in the West.  One example of this is St. Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus.  He is well known in the Orthodox Church.  Every December 6 the Orthodox celebrates the life of St. Nicholas of Myra.  When I was a Protestant Evangelical I was barely aware of the historical St. Nicholas, but soon after I became Orthodox…