Meditations on the Transfiguration

Meditations on the Transfiguration     Through the Archangel’s door; let us enter the chamber of the holy altar, bowing to the floor in reverence. Let us light a candle in the High Place, in front of the eastern window of light. Then we will light the candle in front of the icon of the … Continue reading

About Dismissal

About Dismissal, For the Storm Coming In   This poetic motet began as meditation on tragedy, sparked by my daughter’s serious illness. Slowly, it became a hymn of thanksgiving for her healing.   The brooding theme and structure were inspired by the intriguing Mass for the End of Time, a compilation of medieval plainsong by … Continue reading

The Ancient Teachings of the Winter Silence

The Ancient Teachings of the Winter Silence I. When winter speaks, trees with their whole concentration listen. The dreaming stars float off in nights of fog that remove the visible world in creeping veils. It is useless for a man to continue thought when winter speaks. The silence walks too loudly.   Disrobed, the scattered … Continue reading

Antiquity of Passion Week Services

Antiquity of the Passion Week Cycle of Hymns   Most Orthodox hymnography emerges out of the first one thousand years of Church history. It was a highly creative age of liturgical development under the influence of God-inspired theologians. Many of the hymns we still sing were written as a result of direct experiences of theosis. … Continue reading

Tending the Garden – Response to Ecological Crisis

  Tending the Garden:   An Orthodox Christian Response to Ecological Crisis     For well over a decade, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has publicly called Christians to examine “the increasing burden on the natural environment due to human abuse, which the Church names as sin”. He counsels instead “using natural resources with thankfulness, … Continue reading

Guide for Teaching Bible 11- Jacob and the Struggle for God

Jacob the Forefather of the Lord and the Struggle to Obtain God     The forefathers and mothers of the Lord in the flesh are often depicted as Christ-like, virtuous and prophetic. Though this is not universally so, and all are human as well with human weaknesses, it can be taken as a general rule; … Continue reading