226. Peculiar Things at the Altar

No, no, no, I’m not talking about us clergy, although… well, never mind. This article is about odd architectural and liturgical matters at the front of the church. Some you’ve seen and may have wondered about, but never thought to ask. Others perhaps you’ve never noticed, but now you will. Just to confuse us, the […]

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225. Saint Nicholas speaks! and Saint Nicholas Church is founded.

  I mean literally speaks! Or kind of. Or… once again, just keep reading. This is the last week I’ll focus on my experiences. Promise. For a while – because you new readers haven’t heard about Saint Nektarios. Last week we left it with me a deeply frustrated Episcopalian priest, sure now I must be Orthodox but […]

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224. Saint Nicholas does something completely “off the wall”

  Well, actually it was entirely on the wall! More on this later. “Image compliments of St Isaac’s Skete: skete.com” Saint Nicholas  This Sunday December 6 is the feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia. Why December 6? Because that is the day he died, his “birthday” into Heaven. This seems the right time […]

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222. My First Trip to Greece – Part Two: How I fell in love with Orthodoxy. Saint Nicholas makes his first move.

Image compliments of St Isaac’s Skete: skete.com A week on the Island of Paros The Conference ended and with my wife’s leave, bless her heart again, I had something I had long wanted: time to bum around on a Greek island. I felt prepared. I had learned enough Greek to get by. “Yes” in Greek […]

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221. My First Trip to Greece – Part One: How I discovered Orthodoxy

Why did last week’s Post arrive on Thursday instead of Friday? (I, an Orthodox, have violated a tradition. Forgive me!) Because I poked the “publish” button by mistake, that’s why. Dear ones: After four weeks trying to deal with the perplexities of American Christianity, I need a break, and I suspect you do, too. . […]

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