Feast of St Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ
GOD IS upon earth. God is among human beings (cf. Bar. 3.38). He does not establish the Law by fire and trumpet and smoking mountain (cf. Ex. 20.18), nor by thick darkness and a gloom and a storm that frightens the soul of those who hear it (cf. Deut. 4.11; 5.22; Heb. 12.18-19). Instead, by means of a...
Feast of St Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome
CHRIST IS BORN in Bethlehem of Judea. And the angels sing and proclaim the Divine glory, and declare unto earth peace. But to the heavenly good news of peace, the earthly men respond with a gnashing of hatred, suspicion and malice. The very threshold of the Bethlehem cave was sprinkled by an innocent blood, by the blood of the innocent...
Feast of the Martyr Juliana of Nicomedia
ST ANSELM famously asked, “Why did God become man?” [Cur Deus Homo]. After much wandering and weaving through a scholastic web of cause and effect, necessity and the freedom of God, the two natures of Christ, and a reflection upon the atonement, Anselm makes the following observation:
Now we have found the compassion of God which appeared lost to you...
Feast of the Ten Martyrs of Crete
Refrain: Glory to You utterly from all of us.
1. Who, being a mortal, can tell about the Reviver of all, // Who left the height of His majesty and came down to smallness? // You, Who magnify all by being born, magnify my weak mind // that I may tell about Your birth, not to investigate Your majesty, // but to proclaim...
Feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker
WE HAD A delightful time together at our annual Nativity Feast Friday evening, which actually fell on the feast day of St. Anna's conception of the Theotokos, the Prophetess Hannah, and the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection (click here for a brief reflection on that feast day).
The feast began, as many of our events do, with our Eighth...
Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan
HEARKEN, You who rule Israel,
You who sit upon the cherubim.
Appear before Ephraim; rouse up
Your power and come (Cf. Ps. 80.1-2)!
Come, redeemer of the nations,
Show forth the virgin’s begetting.
Let the whole world marvel:
such a birth begets God.
Not by a man’s seed
but by a mystical inbreathing
did the Word of God become flesh
and the fruit of...
Feast of the Holy Prophet Habakkuk
YES, WE ARE having our annual Feast of the Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Eighth Day Members! Click here for details.
And no, we didn't forget about #GivingTuesday! We decided to instead create our own #8thDayGivingWeek to launch our end-of-the-year campaign after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday finally come to...
Feast of the Holy Prophet Nahum
IN THE FACE of all this I sit here in a bombed city and say that because a girl surrendered herself to God two thousand years ago, human nature can be constantly new; life always young; and everyone bring not death into the world but the miraculous life of the Spirit; everyone a bearer of Christ into the world.” ~Carryl Houselander
I can think...
Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Feast of Sts Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian
WE CONFESS one and the same individual as perfect God and perfect Man.
He is God the Word Which was flesh.
For if He was not flesh, why was Mary chosen? And if He is not God, whom does Gabriel call Lord?
If He was not flesh, who...
Feast of St Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos
HOW SECRET are the sleeping quarters of a king! The place where the nation’s head, who is powerful, takes his rest is wont to be viewed only in a spirit of reverence and awe. No alien, no sullied man, no unloyal subject, gains access and entrance to it. How clean, how chaste, how faithful are the services expected there! The...