Sure! I’ll pray for you. Pray that I pray more!

Prayer. It’s one of the three pillars of our struggle as Orthodox Christians …Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.It’s how we work out our salvation.And yet, for many, Prayer presents the greatest challenge of the three.In fact, if I may be so bold to say: Without Prayer the other two, Fasting and Almsgiving, are nothing more than Dieting and Philanthropy.First of all, what do we mean by Prayer?I’m always amused when others say of Orthodox: “Oh! You pray out of a book?”Yes, it’s true, unless you’ve m … [Read more...]

What’s in Polamalu’s locker?

Polamalu: . . . Tuesday is also our only opportunity to go to church together, so we do that.Cole: When and where do you go?Polamalu: It starts at 8:30 (a.m.). . . . It’s the Nativity of the Theotokos monastery (in Saxonburg, Pa.).Cole: I know you’re devoutly Christian . . . but exactly which denomination?Polamalu: Greek Orthodox. Theotokos literally means the Mother of God.Cole: How long are you in services?Polamalu: They usually go to about 12:30.Cole: That’s a four-hour service. Is that a norm … [Read more...]

From Hinduism to Orthodoxy in France

“I felt immediately that I should turn to Orthodoxy because I didn’t want to abandon my relationship with Jesus - who didn’t feature in Hinduism. In Orthodoxy I found both Jesus and the closeness with God that is a major part of Hinduism,” Mother Thaiss said.The monks and nuns pray twice a day. The services are unique. In the Russian Orthodox Church they are conducted in old-fashioned Russian, and the congregation always stands. Here the services are in French and the worshippers are seated.The S … [Read more...]

The Fall of Rome and America’s Future?

First, Rome really didn't fall, as such; or at least not the way generally thought, or when generally thought. Certainly there were times when the barbarians were literally at the gates, so to speak. But there was never a time when a Roman citizen of southern Gaul, for example, would stop and say, "My, haven't things been crappy since Rome fell."But by the time Rome "fell," it had already been superseded (and eclipsed) by the New Rome (Constantinople). These Romans of the East thought of … [Read more...]