THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?

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First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me.I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the Christmas season.  Lovely prayers, most certainly!  But over and over in the literature, as an after-note, I read that the first letters of the seven Antiphons, wh … [Read more...]

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Under the Christmas Tree: Books for Children of All Ages

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Each year during Advent, I've tried to  offer a list of great books for children: silly stories to make kids laugh, picture books that will fill them with wide-eyed wonder, fact books to help them learn, all kinds of titles to tuck under the Christmas tree. This year my mailbox has filled with colorful new story books that are sure to become favorites. I thought I'd share some of them with you--and busy parents can click on the links and have them delivered direct to your mailbox. BOOKS FOR C … [Read more...]

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The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

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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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