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For the love of truth: Politics as a moral vocation

Shimon Cowen – ABC Religion and Ethics – 9 May 2012 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/05/09/3498817.htm) Politics, understood as a moral vocation, requires humility to accept truth – and being wary of the prejudices that might lead one to dismiss it or the fears that might keep one from affirming it. Over the years, I have frequently studied a famous essay by the ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Matthew (All Saints), Synaxis of the 12 Apostles

Today we celebrate the Sunday of all Saints and the synaxis or gathering of the twelve Apostles. Our Church honors the memory of the Holy Apostles in order to show us visible examples of holiness, which we can follow, so that we can also enter like them into the Kingdom of Heaven, to be partakers of Beauty. The saints were ... Read More »

Book Review: Gregory Palamas. The Triads.

Gregory Palamas. The Triads. Translated by Nicholas Gendle.  London: SPCK, 1983. 172pp. Palamas’s treatise the Triads in Defence of the Holy Hesychasts is presented in this translation under six headings: Philosophy does not save; Apophatic theology as positive experience; The Hesychast method of prayer, and the transformation of the body; Deification in Christ; The uncreated glory; and Essence and energies ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »

FACING UP TO MARY

By Peter E. Gillquist Source: http://thechristianactivist.com (Published by Conciliar Press 1987) Is it safe to say that no woman in history is more misunderstood by modern Christendom than the Virgin Mary? And it is also probable that in a discussion concerning Mary between two Christians, if their differences remain unresolved, most likely it will be due to differing interpretations of ... Read More »

Saint Ephraim the Syrian’s 100 Stanzas on the Nativity

*1. This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! *2. For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke, today became reality. *3. He was born there who in writing should tell ... Read More »