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Journey to Pascha 2019
16 Feb 2019 at 4:28pm
by Joseph Flavius
Journey to Pascha 2019

Hats off to Byantine TX for this handy guide for Lent and Holy Week that outlines this penitential period in ways easy to comprehend and digest! The "How to Participate" section is especially valuable for inculcating simple practices into our dai...



Orthodoxy in the USA: Its Historical Past and Present
11 Feb 2019 at 11:48am
by Fr. Seraphim Rose
Orthodoxy in the USA: Its Historical Past and Present

Fr. Seraphim Rose (1934-1982), a convert to Orthodoxy and whose story mirrors that of many Americans looking for a way out of the superficiality that characterizes much of the American religious landscape, left writings that guide pilgrims even to...



How Western Urban Planning Fueled War in the Middle East
1 Feb 2019 at 10:17pm
by Roger Scruton
How Western Urban Planning Fueled War in the Middle East

The Ottoman Empire, Roger Scruton writes, was not composed of nation-states but of creed communities. Peace between the sects could not be ensured by borders, as in Europe, but only by custom. Peace is precarious and requires constant work and arc...



God’s Commandments as Divine Energies
22 Jan 2019 at 5:46am
by George Mantzaridis
God’s Commandments as Divine Energies

Drawing upon the Patristic distinction between God’s transcendent and hidden essence (ousia), and His energies (energeia,) which are operative and manifest throughout creation, we can understand God’s commandments not as formal dictates but as His...



Our Society Needs Stoic Values More Than Ever: A Response to the New APA Guid...
16 Jan 2019 at 2:13pm
by Dylan Gallimore
Our Society Needs Stoic Values More Than Ever: A Response to the New APA Guidelines

The Early Fathers of the Church drew upon the philosophy of Stoicism, not only by appropriating certain elements of its philosophical lexicon, but also in shaping the Church’s articulation of moral virtues. Questioning from a secular perspective ...



The Christmas Oratorio Finale by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
5 Jan 2019 at 1:15pm
by Met. Hilarion Alfeyev
The Christmas Oratorio Finale by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

The finale of the Christmas Oratorio composed by Met. Hilarion Alfeyev, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and performed by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

One mi...



Grace Flows into the Valleys
30 Dec 2018 at 9:20pm
by St. Philaret of Moscow
Grace Flows into the Valleys

Christ's entry into the world, particularly in the way He entered us, reveals how humility overthrows all worldly presumption and the contrivances of the powerful so that grace might fill the world.

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The New South Wales Christmas Bush: Indigenizing Orthodoxy to Australia
24 Dec 2018 at 6:54am
by Protopresbyter (Dr) Doru Costache Costache
The New South Wales Christmas Bush: Indigenizing Orthodoxy to Australia

As Orthodoxy becomes rooted in areas far from its Mediterranean homelands, it is important to keep seeking ways to articulate the eternal truths of faith in the languages and imagery of these new lands.

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Reverent Wonder: Two Poems on the Nativity of Christ
18 Dec 2018 at 6:44pm
by Mary Lowell
Reverent Wonder: Two Poems on the Nativity of Christ

It is no accident that most of the language used in the Orthodox services is poetic. Good poetry has the ability to take us into the depths of things much more powerfully than prose.

These two Nativity poems by Mary Lowell penetrate a mother's re...



Loud Storms Surround Me, But My Heart is Tranquil: Selected Sayings of the Hi...
9 Dec 2018 at 6:31am
by Hieromonk Athanasius (Deriugin)
Loud Storms Surround Me, But My Heart is Tranquil: Selected Sayings of the Hieroconfessor Roman Medved

Sometimes the trials and irritations of everyday life seem almost impossible to bear gracefully, and at such times we may wonder how it would be possible to endure a far more harsh and hostile environment, such as a Soviet Gulag.

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