This coming Sunday (the 13th) I will be joining my friend, Elissa Bjeletich, on her weekly program, Everyday Orthodox, on Ancient Faith Radio. We'll be talking about lots of things (see the description in the photo) and it will be live. I only hope I do better than Dr. Leo Marvin... If you want to … Continue reading Upcoming Radio Show
I was looking for something this morning and ran across this blog post from several years ago. It was pretty good and I found myself saying, “hey… U wrote that??” What happened to the person who used to be able to write? Hahaha. So I decided to share it with you.
Reading Joseph’s post on Byzantine TX about the pro-choice Catholic nuns (sounds like an oxymoron, but I guess it’s becoming more common…) I was struck by something. Have you noticed that people who hold a stance on something that is not in accordance with Tradition, abortion and gay “marriage” being the most common, are always desperately looking for affirmation from someone? Specifically, someone from whom they wouldn’t have traditionally ever received that affirmation? For most people in the West (who have never heard of Orthodoxy), the Roman Catholic church represents an unchanging pillar of Truth and Right, no matter what their religious (if any) persuasion. They may not agree with that statement, but it’s hard to not observe that in practice people think of the RC church as the “gold standard”. So much so, that even if you’re Unitarian and pro-abortion you’ll be positively delighted when some Catholic nuns march…
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I had a lot of fun reading this post from six years ago and the following comments! We still haven’t done the harrowing of hell during Holy Saturday Liturgy, but I hope we do one day!
First, here’s a video I’ve posted before. This is at an OCA church here in America (Birmingham, AL – St. Symeon’s) and the service is Holy Saturday Liturgy, the first Liturgy of the Resurrection. This video was taken during the hymn, “Arise O God”. Bay leaves are thrown. Everywhere. It’s so joyous, just watch it again. (:
Now, this is the video from the Greek church. The chanter is chanting “Arise O God” too and bay leaves are also thrown. However, it’s what happens after the bay leaves are all out and the priests return…
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I hit the stores early this morning to get Pascha candy in sale. Alas, I had forgotten to get Cadbury creme eggs early (as in weeks ago)! I had been avoiding the "seasonal" aisle at the grocery store because it was painful but that meant I forgot. Ah well, they'll all be happy anyway. My … Continue reading Gearing up
This began as a comment I left on a dear friend's blog. In her post she had mentioned a conversation with a friend discussing that around the age of 40 we tend to examine our life choices and think about where we are compared to where we thought we'd be in life, and how we … Continue reading Becoming Ourselves
This weekend the first cycle of services were celebrated at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Humble, TX. The temple and trapeza were built by our parishioner, Liviu Costin, in an amazing labor of love. The iconography is being done by our multi-talented choir director, John Lickwar. This is now a parish of the OCA … Continue reading Blessing a new church
I have multiple parallel projects going on. I didn't even bother to include photos of all of them. The following are the most active projects: I started the little sweater for my niece-to-be. I think it will turn out well. I have an order of toy censers to fill for St. Tikhon's bookstore. With … Continue reading Busy Bee
We're a bit delayed because of the past two weeks of colds/flu, but Pascha lasts 40 days! This morning we did a couple rounds of egg-hunting for Moppet and Mittens. Mittens took it very seriously.