Orthodox Christians Singing in Beirut! What Voices!

Oh, I do love this!Something for all of my Orthodox friends out there -- a flash mob of Orthodox Christians in Lebanon, sharing the Easter news: "Jesus is Risen"Beautiful! And so wonderful to see in the second week of Easter, when, as Tom Zampino notes, most of the world has finished their chocolate bunnies and moved on. We need to keep our focus, and keep wondering, because we are still in Easter!I do love Orthodox singing! Here is another fave: "Our God is With Us". Something … [Read more...]

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Prayer and The Life of an Icon

Two lovely pieces about the prayer and life of Icon-writing.Over at CNEWA, the Romanian Orthodox nun and Icon-writer Sister Eliseea Papacioc visited the New York office of CNEWA and talked a little about process:“I’m very connected with God when I do this,” she said, “and God is doing everything through my hand. I can’t paint without prayer. This comes from heaven, from the words of God, and if you can’t pray you can’t call yourself an iconographer. The prayer comes in your heart from … [Read more...]

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Unusual Liturgy, Unusual Media, Unusual Holy Week – UPDATED

My piece over at First Things this week, recounts the unusual, and ultimately rather empty-feeling Palm Sunday liturgy I experienced last weekend:It struck me as odd that the same people who say they wish to “build up the community of the People of God,” and who often decry what they see as “limitations” to the role of the laity, completely omitted any interaction between themselves and the people in the pews. The Gospel reading for Palm Sunday is the only one inviting lay participation, yet … [Read more...]

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