Kneeling Beside Mary through Byzantine Imagery: The Mystery of the Incarnation

Feast of the Translation of the Image of our Lord & God & Savior, Jesus Christ

THE VIRGIN Mary has been embraced and esteemed by the Church ever since her encounter with the archangel Gabriel and his glorious annunciation: “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you” (Lk. 1.28). Elizabeth’s exclamation that followed shortly thereafter – “Blessed are you among women” (Lk. 1.42) – and Mary’s prophetic response... Continue Reading

Florovsky & Macarius: On Justification and Manful Work

Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I'VE SAID it before and I’ll say it again: “The inaugural Florovsky Week was glorious!” It was a great success, far exceededing my hopes and expectations. But it wasn’t perfect.

As for its success, it was remarkable to see how much in common Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants actually have…if they return to the Fathers. And this is precisely what the plenary speakers... Continue Reading

St Gregory Palamas: Do You Praise the Memory of the Just Mother of God?

Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

WORDS cannot attain to what is beyond speech, just as eyes cannot stare at the sun. But though it is impossible for us to tell of things surpassing words, we can, by the love of those we extol, sing their praises, and we may use words to pay our debt, and express our longing for the Mother of God in hymns... Continue Reading

2nd Annual St John of Damascus Award

Feast of the Martyr Archdeacon Lawrence

ON THE FEAST of St Cosmas of Aitola, in the year of our Lord 2018 (i.e., Friday, August 24), we will honor Dr. Chris Kettler with the second annual St John of Damascus Award. 

We launched this award last year to honor a life that exemplifies the mission of Eighth Day Institute, somebody who has given their life to renewing culture through faith... Continue Reading

St Macarius of Egypt: Are You Manfully Fighting Passions & Enduring Trials?

Feast of the Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus

IT IS THROUGH the renewing of the mind and the tranquility experienced in our thoughts and the love of the Lord and the love for heavenly things that every new creation of Christians distinguishes them from the men of this world. For this reason did the Lord come in order that he might deign to give these spiritual gifts to those... Continue Reading

Spiritual Homily 1: An Allegorical Interpretation of the Prophet Ezekiel's Vision

Feast of the Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus

WHEN EZEKIEL the prophet beheld the divinely, glorious vision, he described it in human terms but in a way full of mysteries that completely surpass the powers of the human mind. He saw in a plain a chariot of Cherubim, four spiritual animals. Each one had four faces. On one side each had the face of a lion, on another side... Continue Reading

St Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the Great

Feast of the Dormition of St Anna, Mother of the Theotokos
St Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the Great translated with introduction by Tim Vivian

THIS VOLUME, paired with Four Desert Fathers, brings the lives and teachings of four Coptic monks to a wider audience than Gabriel Bunge and Adalbert de Vogue’s original, largely academic, French translations from the Coptic Palladiana. Dr. Tim Vivian, a... Continue Reading

On the Road Again: From Dallas to Charleston

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

IT'S BEEN an extremely busy month peddling books and culture.

I began in Dallas (TX) for the Association of Classical Christian Schools conference, then was off to Birmingham (AL) for the Society of Classical Learning conference, came back home for Florovsky Week (KS), and am now in Charleston (SC) for Circe Institute's conference.

Each and every one of these events has been very... Continue Reading

St Macarius of Egypt: Are You a Source of Edification to All Everywhere?

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

THE TRUE foundation of prayer is this: to be very vigilant over thoughts and to pray in much tranquility and peace in order not to be a source of offense to others. For such a person, if he received God’s grace, will pray to the end in tranquility and will edify many others much more. “For God is not a God of confusion... Continue Reading

Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor

Feast of St Euphemia the Great Martyr

AN EXTRAORDINARILY bold statement: “Von Balthasar developed his view of the importance of the Confessor within the horizon of patristic thought but also in the broadest possible context of the history of thought. He considers this possible, because he begins with the assumption that there is, in the final analysis, one single question for human thought at every time and in every... Continue Reading