Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eastern Christian Books: Female Deacons in the East

What has been the teaching and historical practice of the Church of the East and the Oriental Orthodox churches regarding deaconesses? I have read the claim that the Greek word for "ordination" or "ordained" was used without specifically referring to the sacrament of orders, but I don't know how true this claim is. (For that matter, what is the position of the non-Chalcedonian churches on clerical celibacy/continence?)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sr. Vassa Larin on Peanut Butter Toast

Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Eastern Dominicans: February 2014 Vocation Weekend
Why is Vatican II So Vexing? by Peter Kwasniewski

A subtitled version of the presentation given by Mons. Brunero Gherardini at the conference organized by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Rome, December 2010.

2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium
June 12-15, 2014

"The services will feature liturgical music composed mostly in the last 20 years and will be conducted by Irene Riazanova."
So, not so traditional?

Monday, January 13, 2014

City Journal Review of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

City Journal: Sacred Revival by Colette Arredondo
A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.”

I actually received this book as a gift for Christmas - looking forward to reading it. Now if only Mr. Stroik would do a study of Byzantine architecture...

Duncan Stroik - faculty page
Hillenbrand Books


Originality and Tradition

Duncan Stroik's YT channel

Sunday, January 12, 2014

This essay, "Where East Meets West is Best," got me thinking about an English Gothic and Byzantine hybrid design for a temple. Not like the 'wholly' Byzantine style of Westminster Cathedral. I can visualize how a temple without a dome might incorporate some features of Gothic architecture, Gothic arches - it might be more (neo-)Gothic than Byzantine, in some respects - imagine transforming St. Ignatius Church with an iconostasis, for example. A neo-Gothic temple that is more of a square than the Latin cruciform shape - is that possible? Is it possible to construct a wooden dome, with ribs/slices? I think there are some Orthodox temples near here that have domes not made from stone or concrete, but I could be wrong about the construction material.
NLM: Fr. Cassian Speaks on Summorum Pontificum at Brompton Oratory - OSB Norcia

"Summorum Pontificum and Liturgical Law"

Check out the monastery's wall calendar for 2014!

Sacred Liturgy

Has Ignatius Press become more friendly to Roman-rite traditionalists? (Possibly due to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI?)