335. It’s June! Let’s go to a Wedding at Cana of Galilee.

Several weeks ago I mentioned what a shame it is that, in our Orthodox Sunday lectionary, we never hear the lovely story of the Wedding at Cana, and I promised an article about it soon – and here it is! A Digression about Pentecost and Weddings By chance I placed this Post at the right […]

Read More »

334. Holy Pentecost – A Neophtye’s Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity

My Friday Post is a day late (very busy week here), no doubt completely discombobulating your weekly schedule again. Sorry. Pentecost On Pentecost the Holy Spirit came with power, and the revelation of God the Holy Trinity was completed. Stavronikita Monastery, Mount Athos, 16th c Most icons courtesy of Saint Isaac’s Skete, skete.com Now, imagine […]

Read More »

333. 1) Archbishop Elpidophoros: the Blind Man and Guns. 2) Sunday after Ascension: Where is Christ now?

Before we get to the subjects above, this is also the Sunday when we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council. Ancient Church councils.. dull? Not! You might want to read these two Posts from five years ago: 14. The Story of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council: Part 1 15. The Story of the Fathers […]

Read More »

332. Sixth Sunday of Pascha: The Man Born Blind – how Christ opens our eyes.

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! The Great Forty Days of Pascha conclude next Wednesday, so by the time our next Post comes out, it will be all over. Oh… I’m not ready to give it up yet, but life moves on. So let’s go out with a holy bang: Now, students, we are […]

Read More »

331. Fifth Sunday of Pascha: The Samaritan Woman – how Jesus “works on us”

┬áChrist is risen! Truly He is risen! This is a contemporary Coptic Orthodox icon. Before we proceed, I have a┬ácomplaint, which I made the last time I wrote this Pascha series – and nothing has been done about it. So now I have two complaints, about the following: I think the story of the Wedding […]

Read More »