Windows to heaven: Icons in church

My church, St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, has completed the first part of a lengthy iconography program. Here's a wonderful time-elapsed presentation of the work behind the altar. In time, it will look something like this church. It took Fr. Theodore Jurewicz six years to properly adorn St. Stephen Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York. The results of such efforts, as one monk commented, are "not like Rembrandt. It's other worldly." The icons are "supposed to transport you to another … [Read more...]

The Christians you don’t know

Some people are barely aware that there are native Christian communities in Israel, extending back to the time of the apostles. A new documentary, The Stones Cry Out, promises to tell their history and shed light on their struggles. Here's the trailer: I've covered acts of terrorism and vandalism visited upon these Christian communities in Israel before, and I realize that the region's complicated history cannot be untangled or fully appreciated in a fifty-six minute documentary. But … [Read more...]


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