He’s Coming! The Great O Antiphons

He’s coming!  And as the Church anticipates the coming of the Messiah at Christmas, we sing the joyful O Antiphons at Vespers during this last week of Advent.Each of the O Antiphons reminds us of a different title for Christ, highlighting one of his attributes; and each refers to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. *     *     *     *     * The O Antiphons are:December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse … [Read more...]

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The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

We've had an interesting visitor in my hometown of Detroit this week.  An icon of St. Anna, the mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, was displayed on Saturday at historic Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit. The Icon, which is considered to have miraculous properties, is currently on a tour of religious centers in the region.On Saturday, the Very Rev. Lev Kopistiansky, rector at Holy Trinity, and  Archimandrite Athanasy, rector of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery in Pennsylvania, conducted a pr … [Read more...]

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SHOCKING: Consecrated Hosts Desecrated in Spanish Art Exhibit

A new low for performance art: In the city of Pamplona, Spain, artist Abel Azcona used consecrated hosts to spell out the word "Pederasty" in Spanish on the sidewalk; the display was photographed, and featured in an exhibit in a city-operated public art gallery.Azcona is a controversial artist whose video performance project "Intimacy" features the artist engaged in raw sexual activity with other males. In the first stage of the project, Azcona explains, he attempts to show the "intimate em … [Read more...]

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