How I learned to love Mary, mother of Jesus

Icon of the Dormition

The first time I really got Mary was on Good Friday a few years ago.In a very solemn service the night of Great and Holy Friday, as the day is called in the Orthodox Church, a series of funeral dirges are sung, one after another. I stood there in a dark church, a bier with an embroidered icon of the crucified Christ in the middle of the room, as the chanters and congregation expressed the mystery of the Lord's Passion in somber melodies. How could the Lord of Life die? And to what end? … [Read more...]

Meditation on the cross

Doug1021, Flickr.

Terrible stake of execution, Blessed compass and signpostTerrible thorn of the curse, Blessed tree of lifeTerrible wonder of angels, Blessed routing of demonsTerrible burden of the servant, Blessed announcement of the kingTerrible bitter draught, Blessed wood that sweetens foul watersTerrible nails and spear, Blessed ark and olive branchTerrible scandal of offense, Blessed road to salvationTerrible scorn and humiliation, Blessed hope of victoryTerrible … [Read more...]


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