Thursday, July 27, 2017

Elder Ephraim

The Elder Ephraim of Arizona: His contribution to North America by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

I will introduce this topic with a question: What has Elder Ephraim done for monasticism in our land?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

St. James the Greater

Book-signing by Fr. Thomas Joseph White

Elder Paisios

Closer Than My Own Father: Elder Paisios and His Spiritual Children, Part 1 by Ekaterina Stepanova
The path to Athos is open to men only. But in Greece there is a women’s monastery where they live according to strict Athonite rules and serve without electricity, by candlelight. This monastery, in the village of Souroti, was founded by Elder Paisios the Athonite, whose books have been so popular in the past few years in America and Russia. A correspondent of “Neskuchnii Sad” headed to Souroti to meet with people who remember Elder Paisios.

Part 2

Related:
New church of St. Paisios the Athonite consecrated in Syria

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ivan Polverari





Ivan Polverari: Problematiche dell'iconografia oggi

ICONE OGGI - Ivan Polverari: Radix e Imago




2017 Hillenbrand Lecture by Bishop Steven Lopes

The Worship of God in the Beauty of Holiness by Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes

Bishop Lopes' June 21, 2017 Hillenbrand Lecture at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, where he offered a presentation on Divine Worship.

Marcel Pérès



The other 4 parts should be available on Youtube.

Fractured Chalcedonian Orthodoxy

‘Pan-Orthodox’ = Non-Orthodox? by Archpriest Andrew Phillips

Sadly, the phrase ‘Pan-Orthodox’ really means ‘only for selected Orthodox’. In fact, it means ‘for new calendarists only’ (thus, excluding 85% of Orthodox), and for ecumenists, modernists, freemasons and liberal intellectuals (thus, excluding 99.9% of the rest). How has this distortion of meaning come about?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Eastern Christian Books: Cyril Hovorun on the Church's Scaffolds

Eastern Christian Books: Cyril Hovorun on the Church's Scaffolds: At the end of May I noted some initial thoughts on Fr Cyril Hovorun's new book, Scaffolds of the Church , which I was then half-way thr...

Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance?

Catholic.com: What are sins that cry to heaven for vengeance and sins against the Holy Spirit?

There is no mention of tyranny in the Old Testament -- were tyrants seen as a punishment deserved by the people in all instances? If the list is scriptural, one should be hesitant to add to it, but what seem to be other candidates? Social Justice Warriors may have their own choices; I think of tyranny and the imposition of a feminist legal and social order, which is contrary to Natural Law. (Catholics who have been indoctrinated in liberalism would disagree.)

Jordan Peterson with Jonathan Pageau



Michael Augros's Latest

New: The Immortal in You: How Human Nature is More than Science Can Say by Michael Augros

A Single Calendar and Lectionary for Both Forms of the Roman Rite?

Is it possible?

Rorate Caeli: A common calendar and lectionary for the Novus Ordo and TLM? A committee already tried to make one up, and failed.

The three-year cycle needs to be discarded; imposing it on the EF would be a disaster.

Fr. John Whitford on Head Coverings

Uncovering the Truth: Head Coverings and Revisionist Biblical Interpretation by Fr. John Whiteford

On what basis does Mark Arey present his novel interpretations as if they were the correct Orthodox understanding of this passage? Certainly not on the basis of the Fathers. Certainly not on the basis of how the Church has always understood this passage.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Story of Pierre Haab

Pravoslavie: “Every Human Life is a Gift From God”. The Long Journey of a Swiss Catholic To Orthodoxy

Ceaseless Prayer

Ceaseless Prayer, Through the Apostle Paul’s Personal Letter by Deacon Pavel Serzhantov

Then the service ends. The pilgrim leaves the church and heads to the feast in the refectory. But at the same time, he hears the Vespers hymns in his mind—“Lord I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me.”

Return to the First Grace

Return to the First Grace by Protosingel Arsenie (Muscalu)

Protsingel Arsenie (Muscalu) is one of the most respected Romanian spiritual fathers of our days. In this interview we offer to our readers, an experienced father confessor talks about temptations, warnings to young people on the path to Christ, and about how Christians can lose God’s grace.

Transitioning to the Eucharist

Saturday, July 22, 2017

True?

1P5: Cardinal Müller: Pope Benedict “Disappointed” About Müller’s Dismissal by Maike Hickson
1P5: Jesuit Website Refers to Fr. Sosa as the First Superior General to “Baptize Himself a Buddhist”

1P5 Review of The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives by George Neumayr

A Guest Book Review by Matt P. Gaspers*

ἀνθρώπους

New, but not improved... A Response to Public Orthodoxy, on the Creed by Fr. John Whiteford

John Fotopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, in their recent article "Women and the Creed: Who For Us Humans and for Our Salvation," (published by "Public Orthodoxy") have expressed their unhappiness that the Greek Archdiocese has decided to use a translation of the Creed that is in line with pretty much every other translation that English speaking Orthodox Christians have been using for as long as we have had Orthodox Christians speaking English. They are offended by the use of the word "man".

The Translation of the Reclis of St. Theophan the Recluse

Translation of the Relics of St. Theophan, the Recluse of Vysha
The holy relics of St. Theophan the Recluse were secretly exhumed in 1973 on the territory of the Shatzk psychiatric hospital located in the buildings of Vysha Monastery, which had been desecrated by the godless authorities, and immediately taken to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. There they were interred in the basement of the Dormition Cathedral until 1988.

But Is There a Form of Depression That Has a Purely Physiological Cause?

A Priest’s Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body and Your Brain by Fr. Stephen Freeman

Somewhat problematic, I think, is the not infrequent distinction made between anxiety and depression as physical/medical problems and as so-called “spiritual” problems. There is no such distinction. We do not have “spiritual” problems that are not also physical problems, simply because we do not exist as some sort of divisible creatures.

Related:
The Spiritual Life in Depression and Anxiety by Fr. Stephen Freeman

A very poignant question was sent privately to me after my last post. It asked how I was able to go about my parish work when I was battling with depression and anxiety.

Orthodox Polemics Is Alive and Well?

The Orthodox Church and Non-Chalcedonians, Part One Christology/Ecclesiology by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

There are, however, many of both Chalcedonians and Non-Chalcedonians, who believe that all along through history, it was a language problem, a matter of semantics. However, St. John of Damascus knew their language, and he wrote against them. And if it was all along this language problem, then we would have to say that God made a mistake with the miracle He performed through the Great Martyr Euphemia at the Fourth Ecumenical council.

The Orthodox Church and the Non-Chalcedonians: Part 2 Deification: Pope Shenouda and Matthew the Poor by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

There is one more issue to consider which is central to the Orthodox concept of salvation, and that is deification. I will relate what I have learned from an Orthodox priest who is a university professor. This father is fluent in Arabic and has studied the Chalcedonian/Non-Chalcedonian positions.

And...
An Appeal to Traditional Roman Catholics From an Orthodox Catholic Priest by
Fr. Victor E. Novak

New Book of Benedict XVI's Sermons on Priesthood

Sermons

SVS Coptic Series

Mother Maria of Paris

Atonement Book Tour in Eastern PA

Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Paul Concelebrate at Glorification of St. Mardarije of Libertyville





Amazing!

The work of someone associated with the New Liturgical Movement is praised by a writer for Pray Tell.

The Beatitudes