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
BY 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
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
Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
DURING 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
Feast of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist
The Meaning of Life by S. L. Frank; translated by Boris Jakim
THE 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
Feast of St Philip the Apostle
Marriage 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
Feast of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople
I 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
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudie & Barachiel
SEVERAL 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
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel & Barachiel
Secularization 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
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
IF 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
Feast of St Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople
THE 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