Saturday, January 07, 2017

Vatican Radio: Playing up the Ultramontanist Cult

How many regular attendees are there for the weekly audiences? (laypeople, not clerics)

The Royal Hours of Epiphany Eve

More from David Clayton on "Writing"

Pravoslavie: The Prophetic Role of Mount Athos in the Contemporary World by Jean-Claude Larchet
Mount Athos has long been a fascinating place, which attracts the attention not only of Orthodox, but people belonging to other religions and even of non-believers.


An interview with Dr. Patrick Owens from July of last year:
New institute to offer online classes in medieval theology and philosophy by Jim Graves
The Scholasticum has a campus in Italy, but is bringing medieval scholasticism to anyone with an Internet connection.

What future for the school if the global economy tanks?

Friday, January 06, 2017

Feast of Theophany

Pravmir: St. John of Kronstadt on Prayer by Holy Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov)

Father John had the greatest gift of prayer. This was his distinctive characteristic. He profoundly believed with all his heart in the grace, given ...
Pravoslavie: The Holy Name by Fr. Stephen Freeman
It is easy to say, without fear of contradiction, that no group within Christianity holds greater reverence for the name of Jesus, in word and in practice than Orthodox Christianity.

Diakonia Retreat Center Church

FB and website

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Icon of the Nativity

The Circumcision of Christ

The Incarnation
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
Probably none of you has experience of being in the street; I had it when I was a child and a youth, and it’s a very unpleasant feeling to know that you have nowhere to go and that you are totally unwanted in any of the places that shine with light, which obviously speak of warmth to you.

The Nativity of Christ in Chronology from the Creation of Man
Anatoly Vitvitsky
The goal of this article is to show the results of a calculation of the “5508 years” according to texts of the first translation of the lost original of ancient Hebrew Old Testament Books, made by the Israelite translators from the third to second centuries B.C. (the Septuagint) and preserved up to the twenty-first century in the Bible published by the Russian Bible Society in the Russian language.
Pravoslavie: The New Year: The Mystery of Time
Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann
On New Year’s Eve we feel the mystery of time more powerfully than at any other time.

Edward Feser's Book on Capital Punishment

Joseph Bessette is co-author.

COMING SOON: By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed
It seems that the editor of Pray Tell approves, by the wording of his title: Hope for Shared Communion for Married Couples

Luthernas do not constitute an Apostolic Church.

Jonathan Pageau Interview

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

CWR: Byzantine and Catholic in the Secular Northwest By Jim Graves
An interview with the Very Reverend Fr. Richard Janowicz, pastor of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon, and Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas of Chicago.

Church website and FB page

Past, Present, and Future of Orthodox Music

Using Facebook for Fedback to the Artist

To Be Published This Month

Les editions du cerf: Vers la plénitude du Christ. Louis Bouyer et l'oecuménisme de Bertrand Lesoing

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Another anniversary.

Another occasion to ask, "What is the state of the congregation?"

What's next for the progressives?

Intercommunion: The Next Step in Theological Ambiguity? by John M. Grondelski

Theologian: Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy and Sacrilege by Edward Pentin
Msgr. Nicola Bux reflects on the possibility this pontificate is sympathetic to Protestant theologian Jürgen Moltmann’s theory of “open Communion.”
Crisis: When God’s Authorship of Creation is Denied by Fr. Daniel Pattee, TOR

St. Silouan on Providence


One take...

Drop the Filioque From Liturgical Use

I actually agree with this. Either procedit should be limited to being equivalent to ἐκπορευόμενον (drawn from scripture), or it should be admitted that the Latin translation is not 100% accurate, if procedit is equivalent to προϊέναι. Should the translations of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed be 100% faithful to the original Greek. Should that be a matter of discussion for a reunion council?

Pray Tell: What to Do With the Filioque
Posted by Liborius Lumma
The filioque debate is a well known ecumenical issue. I give my ideas for a viable solution, mainly with regard to the liturgy.
Pray Tell: January 1st in the 17th century Chinese Liturgy

Posted by Audrey Seah

In 1670, following approval received in 1615 from Pope Paul V, a translation of the Roman Missal was published in classical Chinese. In the Missal, the feast on January 1st contains all the same readings as the Latin Roman Missal but bears a different title. Instead of the feast of the “Circumcision of the Lord,” the liturgical calendar names the day the “Establishment of the Holy Name of Jesus” (立耶穌聖名).

Monday, January 02, 2017

CWR: “The Best Books I Read in 2016”
CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year.

Carrie Gress:

Warriors vs. Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes (Oxford University Press, 2014), by Joyce Benenson with Henry Markovits

A priest-friend recommended this book earlier this year and I’ve been mulling it over ever since (I now own it in hardcopy and the audio version). At its heart, the book describes men as warriors and women as worriers. Tossing aside any politically correctness pretense, Joyce Benenson speaks directly about the difference between men and women based on her extensive international research across generations.

The book is broken into two sections. The first part discusses men and how the best way to understand them—whether on a sports field or in the boardroom—is as warriors. Competition among them is open, but the attributes of each are appreciated when there is a shared goal or enemy.

Women, on the other hand, are worriers. From the earliest of ages, females show great signs of concern about life in general and have a running interior dialogue to help deal with real or perceived dangers. Instead of a hierarchy like men, women operate from a very egalitarian mindset, which produces a lot of hidden competition with other women (along with limited resources). In fact, Benenson explains, this competition is so hidden most women don’t know they do it. Benenson offers three strategies explaining the ways women can dismiss or remove the threat of other women to which any woman will be able to relate.

This is an incredible resource, especially for those interested in understanding the opposite sex. It has perhaps the unintended effect of reminding us that the vocations of men and women are different, which is why our behavior, thought patterns, and relationships are different as well.

Sunday, January 01, 2017