Gift of the Gods, Part IV

The Gift of the Gods: The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontos     Chapter Eight     The king sat on a rock, just out of the reach of angry waves on the Black Sea shore. The winter sunset spoke of violence far out to sea. There was a break in the clouds, … Continue reading

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 Gift of the Gods: The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontus

The Gift of the Gods   The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontus           Prelude: Night, the camp of the Romans       Will this darkness never end?   At least the rain has stopped.   But this blind wind increases – unseasonable cold blasts from the wrath of … Continue reading

Guide for Teaching Bible 9 – Abraham and the Promise

Abraham and Theosis: Man in the Vision of God Vision of God             What are the limits of human existence? The multitude of those who have tasted Divine Vision is probably greater than we imagine. Nevertheless they comprise a very small percentage of our human race. In spite of this, it is of paramount importance … Continue reading