By Fr. Matthew Fuhrman "Behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place” (St. Luke 1:20). As we all have just heard, because of his doubt, the priest Zacharias was struck dumb. And with this silencing of Zacharias the three traditional leadership roles of Ancient Israel were all silent. The people of God had no priest, prophet, or … [Read more...] about The Silence of Zacharias
Watch the Video This talk on the meaning of the Zombie and on the place of monsters in the world was given at the OCA Diocese of the South Annual conference in Chattanooga, TN on July 27, 2017. Read the Essay Source: Orthodox Arts Journal. Reprinted with permission. Click images to enlarge. By Jonathan Pageau As Culture Deconstructs Increasingly … [Read more...] about Zombies, Monsters and a Dog-Headed Saint
The Fifth Sunday of Lent normally commemorates St Mary of Egypt, once a harlot in sixth century Alexandria, but by the grace of God, one of our most endearing and enduring saints. This year, however, this date of her commemoration coincides with the date of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, and the brilliance of the light shining from this latter event will eclipse … [Read more...] about St. Mary of Egypt: Hagiography, Hymn, and Reflection
Part I. Source: Orthodox Christianity. Reprinted with permission. An example of the grace of the Holy Spirit at work within the life and words of St. Seraphim of Sarov has been preserved for us. In November of 1831, a pious Orthodox Christian named Nicholas Motovilov met with Saint Seraphim, and recorded his conversation. Nilus wrote the following … [Read more...] about Saint Seraphim of Sarov on the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit: A Conversation with Motovilov
Source: Orthodox Christianity. Reprinted with permission. By Olga Rozhneva Marina was shivering and reached for her warm sweater—the air conditioner was blasting. True, it was much more comfortable in the new Israeli bus than in the former, shabby Egyptian one, where even the seat backs were broken and wouldn’t stay upright. Regina the tour guide, a … [Read more...] about Who’s Mary Magdalene?