294. Our New Year’s Resolutions: Think. Pray. Shape up. Be kind.

Christ is born! Glorify Him! Today is the Seventh Day of Christmas. Just barely. As I publish this, it’s three minutes before sunset in Milwaukee, and the beginnng of the ¬†Eighth Day. The secular world and even many Christians come to the First Day of the Christmas Feast – and then it’s all over. What […]

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293. Greet the Nativity of Christ with Song!

Today is the Eve of Christmas, so I’m aware you’re not reading this Post. However, just in case somebody else is, or if perhaps you do so later during the Great Feast of the Nativity… Orthodox Christmas Music The Orthodox Church is the Church of music. Almost all our services are sung. Music lifts our […]

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292. Saint John of Kronstadt

The feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch is December 20. If you’d like to read a good story, go to: https://frbillsorthodoxblog.com/2019/12/20/158-how-the-hieromartyr-ignatius-the-god-bearer-brought-2000-evangelicals-into-the-orthodox-church-in-1989/ _____________________________ Let me begin with a confession: Though I know the Orthodox Church in Russia has produced a vast number of holy men and women, for reasons I cannot explain I have never been […]

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291. The Orthodox Church Father who worked for a Muslim Caliph

I’m referring, of course, to: Saint John of Damascus icon courtesy of Saint Isaac’s Skete at skete.com To begin, I’m sorry this Post is two days late. Last week was just chaotic, and I couldn’t get to it. I don’t think I’ve ever failed so miserably, except when I was hospitalized. I am aware that […]

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290. Wonderful Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas Day, December 6, is upon us! from Stavronikita Monastery, Mount Athos First two icons by permission of Saint Isaac’s Skete at skete. com In the title above we’re using “wonderful” in the original sense: “full of wonders”. For the past seventeen centuries Saint Nicholas, a very obscure Bishop from Asia Minor, has filled […]

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