364. Here’s what we’re going to miss again: Christ’s Temptations

Today Friday January 6 is the Epiphany, when we celebrate Christ’s Baptism. In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Christ begins His public ministry. Between those events something extremely significant happened, which most Orthodox never hear about. In fact I could find very few Orthodox icons about it. Christ’s Temptations in the Desert Last summer I wrote that […]

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363. Where’s Saint Joseph?

Christ is born! Glorify Him!     Here’s the point of this Post: In traditional Western Christianity, Saint Joseph gets his due. In Eastern Christianity, Saint Joseph almost gets the brushoff, and I think we need to do better by him. If you’re busy (returning presents, perhaps?) you may stop reading now, if you wish. […]

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362. 1) From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus in five images, 2)  Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the World, 3) Nativity Poems by Saint Ephrem the Syrian and by G K Chesterton

1.  Santa Claus! And now you know why Santa Claus is dressed in red. 2. Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the world by John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, California My notes:   This article was written during the 2012 Presidential campaign. I left it unaltered, except for two explanatory footnotes. We hear much […]

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361. Orthodox Music for the Nativity of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ

Here is the entire Christmas story in one icon. Have you heard some of the following music on this Blog before? Probably. No matter. At this time of year, Christians everywhere love the same old songs – sing them and listen to them again an d again. And now we can even see them! Here I’ve […]

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