The Feasts of the Lord

Feast of Sts Philemon and Archippus of the 70
The Feasts of the Lord: An Introduction to the Twelve Feasts and Orthodox Liturgy by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos; translated by Esther Williams

Hierotheos__Feasts_of_the_Lord_Square.jpegBY SIMPLEST definition, a commentary on the twelve feasts of the Orthodox ecclesial year. But of course, we cannot leave it at that because it is Metropolitan Hierotheos’ Christological interpretation of these feasts (standing squarely on the shoulders... Continue Reading

#EighthDayGivingTuesday 2017

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

THANKSGIVING is in the air. 

We are so grateful for our many supporters and volunteers. Our work would not exist without all of you!

That spirit of gratitude will be shared all around the country this Thursday. It also has an opportunity to manifest itself in less than seven days on #GivingThursday. On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this day has launched the charitable giving... Continue Reading

Fr Thomas Hopko: Why Celebrate the Entrance of Mary into the Temple?

Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

Entrance_Theotokos_Square_1.jpegDURING THE first days of the Christmas fast the Church celebrates the feast of the entrance of the child Mary into the Jerusalem temple. Called in the Church The Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, this festival, which is not among the biblically recorded events, is one of the twelve major feasts of the Orthodox... Continue Reading

The Meaning of Life

Feast of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist
The Meaning of Life by S. L. Frank; translated by Boris Jakim

Frank__Meaning_of_Life_Square.jpgTHE MASS of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” writes Thoreau in Walden, and the great Russian philosopher Frank pinpoints the cause: our fear that life is meaningless. “For a moment we can evade this question [of meaning], chase it away from ourselves, but the next moment it is... Continue Reading

Secularization: Religious Decline or Family Deterioration? - Pt 2 of 3

Feast of St Philip the Apostle

Eberstadt_How_West_Lost_God_Square.jpegMarriage and Fertility: Engines for Faith
Following a survey of the secularization thesis, Eberstadt offers three chapters in defense of her “family factor” theory. She begins by arguing for empirical links among marriage, childbearing, and religiosity. Her argument begins with an article by W. Bradford Wilcox (“As the Family Goes,” First Things 173) in which he offers three reasons why church attendance is connected to... Continue Reading

St Gregory: Do You Dishonor Education by Rejecting Secular Literature?

Feast of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Gregory_Theologian_Square_2.jpgI TAKE IT as admitted by men of sense, that the first of our advantages is education; and not only this our more noble form of it, which disregards rhetorical ornaments and glory, and holds to salvation, and beauty in the objects of our contemplation; but even that external culture which many Christians ill-judgingly abhor, as treacherous and dangerous, and keeping us afar from God. For as we ought not to neglect... Continue Reading

From 8 to 188: The Miraculous Years

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudie & Barachiel

Dreher_at_Ladder_with_Jennifer_Harder_Square.jpegSEVERAL important things happened three years ago at Eighth Day Institute (“EDI”).

First, EDI received a grant for two purposes: (1) to send me a way for a month to re-start my dissertation (a long story that I’m so glad to have behind me); and (2) to bring me on as a... Continue Reading

Secularization: Religious Decline or Family Deterioration? - Pt 1 of 3

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel & Barachiel

Eberstadt_How_West_Lost_God_Square.jpegSecularization Theory: Dead or Alive?
If the sociologist Jan Swyngedouw could look back from 1979 at the sheer volume of what had been written on secularization in the 1960s and 1970s and “find it difficult to suppress a certain feeling of ‘indigestion,’” what are we to conclude over five decades into the debate? Swyngedouw... Continue Reading

Ascetical Works of St Basil the Great

Feast of St Lazarus the Wonderworker
Ascetical Works – Fathers of the Church Patristic Series, Vol. 9 by St. Basil the Great; trans. by Vasilii Blazhennyi and M. Monica Wagner

Basil_Square_6.jpgIF YOU have ever wondered why St. Basil is called ‘The Great,’ you need look no further than this collection of writings which, for their subsequent impact on Church and culture, rank among the most important documents of late... Continue Reading

St Basil: Are You Purging Your Soul by Nourishing It with Divine Thoughts?

Feast of St Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople

Basil_Square_7.jpegTHE DISCIPLINE of piety nourishes the soul with divine thoughts. What then is more blessed than to imitate on earth the anthems of angels’ choirs; to hasten to prayer at the very break of day, and to worship our Creator with hymns and songs; then, when the sun shines brightly and we turn to our tasks, prayer attending us wherever we... Continue Reading