From the Orthodox funeral service, quoted in “The Orthodox Way”

Of old thou hast created me from nothing,And honored me with thy divine image;But when I disobeyed thy commandment,Thou hast returned me to the earth whence I was taken.Lead me back again to thy likeness,Refashioning my ancient beauty. … [Read more...]

It’s My Feast Day!

And I am not making a "Christmas Eve! Get it? Get it???" pun here. Today is the Feast of Sts Adam and Eve. So there's hope for us all. … [Read more...]

More About Those Amazing Bejeweled Skeletons

Let's give a warm welcome to... those amazing bejeweled skeletons! Paul Koudounaris is not a man who shies away from the macabre. Though the Los Angeles-based art historian, author and photographerclaims that his fascination with death is no greater than anyone else’s, he devotes his career to investigating and documenting phenomena such as church ossuaries, charnel houses and bone-adorned shrines. Which is why, when a man in a German village approached him during a 2008 research trip and asked … [Read more...]

“Spiritual Unemployment”: Three Links on Pope Francis and Redemption

First Things quotes a different pope--Benedict XVI: The question that torments us is . . . why, if there are so many other ways to heaven and to salvation, should it still be demanded of us that we bear, day by day, the whole burden of ecclesiastical dogma and ecclesiastical ethics? . . .If we are raising the question of the basis and meaning of our life as Christians . . . then this can easily conceal a sidelong glance at what we suppose to be the easier and more comfortable life of other … [Read more...]


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