Tag: Angels

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise
Christian Practice

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise For the Sunday of St. John Climacus

As ever-blooming fruits, you offer the teachings of your God-given book,O wise John, most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance;for it is a ladder from the earth unto Heaven that confers glory on the souls that ascend itand honor you faithfully.  (Kontakion—Tone 1) Have you ever found yourself…

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Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?
Ethics

Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?

This essay was originally published by Religion News Service (RNS) and is republished here with permission. In the Orthodox Christian world, few places are better known or more lovingly venerated than Mount Athos, the 10th-century Greek monastery legendarily dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Composed of 20 citadels scattered over a peninsula of exceptional beauty in…

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Celebrating Archangel Light
Liturgical Life, Theology

Celebrating Archangel Light

Commanders of the heavenly hosts,we who are unworthy beseech you,by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!(Troparion for the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other…

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The Church’s Strength
Christian Practice

The Church’s Strength

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский | српски The Church’s strength, during these difficult and unpredictable times that humanity is experiencing due to the invisible coronavirus, is not manifested through careless and senseless acts. Some believe they are beyond any danger, that their perilous actions might not endanger the lives of those who congregate in places of worship….

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The Case for Moral Courage
Book Reviews, Religion and Politics

The Case for Moral Courage

Moral courage is, by definition, acting on principle in the face of adverse consequences. The American presidency is filled with examples of moral heroism. George Washington stepped down after two terms, despite a fear of anarchy. Teddy Roosevelt stood up to robber barons to advance a progressive agenda. Lyndon Johnson pursued the Voting Rights Act…

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Nor Height Nor Depth: On the Toll Houses
Theology

Nor Height Nor Depth: On the Toll Houses

Among a great many Orthodox scholars in the academic world (especially when they gather together in hushed colloquy among the shadows and feel at liberty to speak strictly entre eux) it is often taken as depressing evidence of how radically the public intellectual culture of Orthodoxy in America has degenerated in recent years—how, that is,…

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Aerial Toll Houses, Provisional Judgment, and the Orthodox Faith
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Aerial Toll Houses, Provisional Judgment, and the Orthodox Faith

quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est –St. Vincent of Lérins (d. 445) The monks of St. Anthony’s Monastery have recently published a beautiful and intriguing, if also deeply problematic, volume on the fate of the soul after death. Weighing in (literally) at more than 1,000 pages, the book compiles opinions from a…

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Submission, Sexism, and Head Coverings
Women in the Church

Submission, Sexism, and Head Coverings

The recent visit of the President and First Lady to the Vatican raised again the question of head coverings for women in the Christian context. Many Christians perpetuate a theology of women’s submission to men that is symbolized by head coverings, based on a Scriptural text (First Corinthians 11:3-16). In 11:5, Paul stresses the Jewish…

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