We had our first Presanctified Liturgy last night and while the music was a little bit rough in spots (after all, it's been a year) everything started coming back. Some of the year's most beautiful hymns are sung at Presanctified. I was unable to find clips of most of them, but here is one particularly beautiful … Continue reading Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Maybe I'm a little biased, but I was tickled that Fr. Benedict's caption was chosen for the photo caption contest on Pithless Thoughts. His original caption (it had to be edited for space) was: "Fido, if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: STAY OUT OF THE OSSUARY!" The original picture is here. … Continue reading Congrats Fr. Benedict!
Having not looked at the news this morning I found out about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and tsunamis in Hawaii and Alaska (and perhaps the pacific coast by now) just a moment ago on Ad Orientem. There is expected to be great loss of life. Please pray for all those affected and those who … Continue reading Quake and Tsunami alert and prayer request
Boy, isn't that the truth. Obviously this doesn't apply in some situations as when you're giving a deposition, correcting a child, etc. However, even if you must say something unpleasant, you can say it objectively without pulling your own emotions into it. I got good at charting "just the facts and nothing but the facts" … Continue reading "If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all."
Originally written by Met. Anthony of Sourezh and sent out by: +Mark Bishop of Baltimore and Administrator of the Diocese of the South Orthodox Church in America ********************************************************************* 12th September 1999 In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. I was asked to give a certain number of sermons on Confession; because … Continue reading On Confession
I'm finally coming out of the fog today. We (like lots of people in the SE) had strong storms yesterday and last night and some people are still getting them. As I wrote before, we actually cancelled the Great Canon last night because we didn't want people on the roads in dangerous conditions. That made … Continue reading Today’s Forecast: Dense Fog
Badlands National Park, Feb. 2003 At Forgiveness Sunday Vespers I'll be asking forgiveness of everyone who is there. For all of you who live afar, I ask forgiveness now for anything I've written or said that has hurt or offended you. Forgive me a sinner!
CAIRO (AsiaNews/Agencies) 3/5/11 – A priest and three deacons are missing following an attack last night by about 4,000 Muslims in the town of Soul (30 kilometres south of Cairo) against the local Coptic community. The mob attacked Christian homes and set fire to the Saints Mina and George Coptic Church, ostensibly because of a relationship … Continue reading More martyrs at the hands of the Muslims…as usual.
[My apologies to all the non-Orthodox readers out there - you probably won't get all of the jokes.] Reader Steve does it again:
I made a very interesting discovery today. The vast majority of commercially produced flour contains barley flour. Even those that say "organic" or "pure" or "unmolested" or whatever. The barley is supposed to improve the yeast action. I couldn't believe it and started checking brands. All of the following contain barley flour*: Pillsbury Martha White … Continue reading Barley??