First of all, what -- or who -- is meant or denoted by Holy Rus'? Traditional usage of this designation by the Church, and of course by St. John Maximovich, refers to the saints who have shown forth in the "Lands of all the Russias" (Rosiskii / Российскую) that is, those sons and daughters of … Continue reading The Great Portent of Hope in the Ecclesial Integrity of Holy Rus’
[Let us assume for our ‘answers’ for just a nanosecond that the almighty Proposition (subject-copula-object) from one's own mind/mouth/phalanges is the sovereign rather than concrete theological and liturgical action within the full, most-humbling, scope of the Theoria of God’s Will (intentionality)….]: Because in a godless, nihilist nation, the vernacular itself has long been wholly outstripped … Continue reading Guarding Against the Warm Void of Monoculture: Why the Russian Church?
In the second largest Christian church in the world, the Eastern Orthodox Church (which we regard as the only true Church, given by our Lord Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago to His disciples at Pentecost), with nearly half a billion baptized members of the faithful in over 60 countries (12 of which have Orthodox … Continue reading The Solution to the “Self-Care” and Gaslit Pandemic (i.e. Narcissistic Abuse Disorder)
Continuing with the theme out of Vladyka Averky's observation at the end of the last century that modern life presents a much more dangerous persecution than even during communist rule in the USSR, given all the investitures of the heart requisite of the day, I should like to reflect on this situation as of late. … Continue reading The Gulag Plenum: from the Archipelago to the Very Effervescence of Oxygen Itself
For Thy sake we are slain all the day long,we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. Psalm 44:22 Quoting the foregoing epigraph from the Psalter, St. Paul brings his Epistle to the Romans (8:36) to its height as he supplants the lament of the chosen people in the Psalm with the … Continue reading We are slain all the day long: that is all
Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2017. Fr. David, a reposed OCA/Antiochian deacon (ordained by Archbishop +Dimitri of Dallas) whose Doctoral Thesis this is (may his memory be eternal), immediately sets out the issue to which he intends in this work to bring resolution: Orthodox deacons today greatly misunderstand or are ignorant of their role and function in … Continue reading Review of book “The Diaconate in Christ: A First Step towards the Restoration and Renewal of the Ministerial Role of Orthodox Deacons in Modern America,” By Rev. Deacon David Rene Mascarenas
Icon of the New Martyrs of Russia, written by Nikolai Alexandrovich Papkov, from the Epiphany Temple in Boston. For first-hand, detailed information on this work: read. “And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan. ” Here (Matthew 4:25-5:12a) the Lord has … Continue reading The World Cannot Contain the Wonders of the Heart: Regenerating Victory Over Evil
Allow me to reflect as I consider St. Ignatius Brianchaninov’s The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism, and specifically Chapter 40 “Concerning Resentment or Remembrance of Wrongs.” My particular interest is one of my usual ones, namely, developing further into an Orthodox mindset/phronesis that which I have examined and experienced for years out of an … Continue reading On Powerlessness Misconstrued: Resentment or Remembrance of Wrongs
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?The Apocalypse of St. John 6: 16-17I remember when 9-11 happened, where I was, what I was doing. It was said at the time by popular American protestant pastors that this tragedy was the wrath of God to account for various moral perversions widely in practice in … Continue reading Preparation for the Crown: Plague and the Wrath of God
It is true that Diakonia (διακονία) literally means “service,” and among its 36 mentions in Holy Scripture, we see a range of uses, from service, to ministry/administration, to attendance, to relief, to St. Paul’s own characterization of his office. In the organicity of time in the Church it has come to be used to refer … Continue reading Diakonia as “service” and its spiritual direction in Holy Tradition.