A Taste of Synaxis: Friendship, Inklings & Cultural Renewal

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

OUR LATEST issue of Synaxis is now being distributed to Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians. If you do not receive your copy by May 31, please contact me.

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Fr Georges Florovsky: Did You Know Your Body Is Consubstantial with Christ's Body?

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

ST ATHANASIUS carefully distinguishes the appearance of the Logos in Christ from His appearance and presence in saints. Christ became man. The visible body of Christ was the body of God, not man. He made the body ‘His own’, and the weakness of the flesh became ‘proper’ to the Logos. Christ’s works were not separated in such a way that one was accomplished... Continue Reading

The Avengers and Biblical Theomachy

Feast of St Theodore the Sanctified and Apodosis of Pascha

WARNING: Spoilers follow for Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of cinematic adaptations of classic Marvel comic book characters and storylines, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man and preceded most recently by February’s Black Panther. In this most recent installment (which is part one of a two-part conclusion to what has been billed as... Continue Reading

Christian Duties according to Florovsky: Learning, History & Reintegration

Feast of St Germanus, Archbishop of Constantinople

HOW MANY Christian heroes—what the Church has traditionally called a Saint or a Church Father/Mother—can you name from the first sixteen centuries (i.e., after the Apostles and before George Fox)? If you are like many twenty-first century Christians, you probably aren't able to name many. (If you are interested, you can see a list of “40 Heroes of the Faith” before the... Continue Reading

St Nicholas Cabasilas: Do You Love Your Savior More Than Yourself?

Feast of St Arsenios the Great & Synaxis of St John the Theologian

AS GOD'S loving-kindness is ineffable and His love for our race surpasses human speech and reason, so too it belongs to the divine goodness alone, for this is “the peace of God which passes all understanding” (Phil. 4.7). Likewise it follows that His union with those whom He loves surpasses every union of which one might... Continue Reading

St John Cassian: Is Your Whole Life a Single and Continuous Prayer?

Feast of the Prophet Jeremias

WISHING to leave us examples of perfect purity, our Lord, although He did not Himself need the support of withdrawal or the benefit of the desert in order to attain it, since these are external things and He is the source of inviolable holiness (for the fullness of purity could not be soiled by any filth of the crowds, nor could He who cleanses... Continue Reading

The Letters in Synaxis 5.1

writing-paper-letters-antique-quill_credit-Shutterstock.jpgSYNAXIS 5.1 on "Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age" is hot off the press.

If you live in Wichita, drop by the Ladder today between 4:30 and 7:00 pm to pick up your copy at our monthly Benedict Hour. 

For non-local members, you will receive your copy in the next two weeks.

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God's Plagiarist

Feast of St Eulogios the Innkeeper of Constantinople
God’s Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbé Migne by R. Howard Bloch

IN HIS REVIEW in the New Republic, Anthony Grafton describes God’s Plagiarist as “An unforgettable, Daumier-like portrait” of an “enterprising, austere and somewhat crazed merchandiser of sacred learning.” Grafton is right on the mark. This is the story of a... Continue Reading

Theoleptos: Are You Putting Yourself in the Presence of Him whom You Invoke?

Feast of St Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea

PRAYER is the mind’s dialogue with God, in which words of petition are uttered with the intellect riveted wholly on God. For when the mind unceasingly repeats the name of the Lord and the intellect gives its full attention to the invocation of the divine name, the light of the knowledge of God overshadows the entire soul like a... Continue Reading

Synaxis 5.1 Contents

Feast of St Elizabeth the Wonderworker

IT'S OFFICIAL. After a week of binge editing and very little sleep, Synaxis 5.1 landed at the printer in the wee hours this morning. I think it's our best publication to date.

If you live in or near Wichita and are an Eighth Day Patron or above, drop by The Ladder for our Benedict Hour this final Friday (April 27) between 4:30 and... Continue Reading