67. The 4th of 6 Thoughts about Pentecost

Whoops! Pentecost caught up with me, and it’s time to talk about… 4. The Most Dangerous Time of All People often tell me how beautiful the Lenten and Pascha services are. I’ve never once heard anybody say, “O Father, I so much enjoyed those interminable Kneeling Prayers” – at “Kneeling Vespers” which immediately follows Pentecost […]

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66. The First 3 of 6 Thoughts about Pentecost

 1. The “Spirit of Disorganization” Years ago the cowboy humorist Will Rogers said, “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” I sometimes want to say, “I don’t belong to any organized Church. I’m Orthodox.”  On the whole, the Orthodox Church is the most disorganized organization I have ever heard of – […]

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65. The Wonderful Works of Saint Nicholas, Part Three – Two more Stories from Midwest America

1 Michigan City, Indiana Early on Saint Nicholas Day 1996, Father Elias Warnke and Reader Timothy Tadros entered Saint George Church, Michigan City, to be greeted by a sweet fragrance like roses which got stronger as they went into the church. As they checked to see where it was coming from, they looked at the […]

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64. The Wonderful Works of Saint Nicholas, Part Two – Fake News?

Why do People make up Stories? Many liberal Protestants and even a few Roman Catholics have believed that the Apostles invented the story of Jesus’ Resurrection: “Hey, guys, let’s make up a tale about Jesus rising from the dead, so we can get chased out of our synagogs and homeland and spend our lives on […]

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63. The Wonderful Works of Saint Nicholas – Part One

Saint Nicholas in May? Nicholas is a December saint. His feast day is December 6. In America he and his merry but slightly demented nephew Santa Claus are associated with December 25. So why an article about him in May? Because on May 9, 1087 Saint Nicholas arrived in Bari in southern Italy. Merchants from […]

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