Saturday, March 31, 2012
A Can-Do Kinda Salvation in OKC
And, with absolutely no connection whatsoever, I was in Oklahoma just last week, the 4th week of Lent, with Fr John Salem and the good folks of St Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Here's a short snip from the 2-day retreat:
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Cappella Romana - Angelic Light
I put my advanced copy of the new CD from Cappella Romana, Angelic Light - Music From Eastern Cathedrals, in the home stereo, unannounced, and let it play while the Mrs was cooking dinner. I've done such a thing before, often going unnoticed.
Not this time.
After a while, the wife said: "This is nice ... who is it?"
Later, the high school senior (a vocal student at a Performing Arts school) came out of her room
Let me repeat: came out of her room
... and into the kitchen saying, "Dad? Who is this?"
So, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it; other than my playing it over and over in my car, that is my review.
Come up with your own!
Order or download HERE
The new CD features:
As Many of You As Have Been Baptized
O Great and Most Sacred Pascha
Cherubic Hymn (in English Mode Plagal IV)
Communion Verse for Sundays
Great Entrance and Communion Hymn for Holy Thursday (Mode Plagal IV) -- featured above
Communion Verse for Sundays (Mode Plagal I)
Now the Powers of Heaven
Cherubic Hymn (Special Melody: The Thief Beheld)
Let All Mortal Flesh
Megalynarion for Christmas
Ikos Six, from The Akáthistos Hymn
Kontakion of the Mother of God
O Tebe Raduyetsya
What Shall We Call You
Cherubic Hymn (in Greek, Mode Plagal IV)
Saturday, March 17, 2012
RIP: Pope Shenouda III
CARTOON: St Patrick's Day
Image thanks to Frank ... the story, thanks to Wiki:
St. Patrick banishes all snakes from Ireland
Pious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill. This hagiographic theme draws on the mythography of the staff of Moses, messenger of Yahweh to gentile Egyptians. In Exodus 7:8–7:13 , Moses and Aaron use their staffs in their struggle with Pharaoh's sorcerers, the staffs of each side morphing into snakes. Aaron's snake-staff prevails.
However, all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes, as on insular "Ireland, New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica...So far, no serpent has successfully migrated across the open ocean to a new terrestrial home" such as from Scotland on the neighboring island of Britain, where a few native species have lived, "the venomous adder, the grass snake, and the smooth snake", as National Geographic notes, and although sea snake species separately exist. "At no time has there ever been any suggestion of snakes in Ireland, so [there was] nothing for St. Patrick to banish", says naturalist Nigel Monaghan, keeper of natural history at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, who has searched extensively through Irish fossil collections and records. The List of reptiles of Ireland has only one land reptile species native to Ireland; the viviparous or common lizard.
One suggestion, by fiction author Betty Rhodes, is that "snakes" referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids during that time and place, as evinced on coins minted in Gaul. Chris Weigant connects "big tattoos of snakes" on Druids' arms as "Irish schoolchildren are taught" with the way in which, in the legend of St. Patrick banishing snakes; the "story goes to the core of Patrick's sainthood and his core mission in Ireland."
Thursday, March 15, 2012
St Paul, Space Aliens & Spedden
Y'all? This is a landing pad for interplanetary space ships in St Paul, Alberta!
You can read about it here.
My guide, Caroline and I happened by St Paul's most famous landmark on a spring-like day (by Alberta standards).
I so wanted to get into the Visitor's Center -- but it was closed in anticipation of warmer temps.
Kinda funky, eh?
Should a visitor from, say, Kgahobuoiuighii, pop in -- there's a trusty map to show them YOU ARE HERE.
What? You didn't believe me?
Here's another extraordinary story: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church when it was located in Willingdon ...
And here's the church, loaded on a truck, being hauled 60 miles (over two days of power line disconnect, etc) ...
... to its current location: All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, St Paul, Alberta.
Some saints "pictured" at All Saints.
They even welcome sinners!
A portion of last Friday's introductory talk can be found here.
Me and Fr Volodymyr Bilous, following Sunday's Liturgy at All Saints.
FYI: This particular District consists of 8 rural churches, spread throughout Northeastern Alberta. Some churches are very small and will only have 6 services per year, while St. Paul and Bonnyville have larger congregations and have about 16 services per year. Many people travel from church to church in order to participate in regular Sunday services; so they have one "church family" in 8 churches.
Some more saints at All Saints.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Sunday evening, we traveled to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Spedden for the weekly Passion Service.*
* - Passion Services (Passias), or the Sufferings of Christ, are conducted solemnly throughout Ukraine on the first four Fridays of the Great Fast, but where it is difficult to gather on that day, they are conducted on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy or after vespers.
A “Golgotha” (a tall icon of the crucified Christ) is placed in the center of the Church, and in front but to the sides are placed tall candle holders. A pulpit with the Holy Gospel placed on it is set behind the Golgotha. When a separate Golgotha is not available, then a larger cross, draped in black cloth, is set in its place.
Passion services were introduced into the Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church first during the leadership of the Metropolitan of Kyiv, Petro Mohyla (+1647 AD), in remembrance of the sufferings of Christ and the sufferings of the Ukrainian Church under her oppressors.
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Most everywhere you find the Ukrainian Orthodox Church you'll also find a Ukrainian Catholic Church nearby. This pic was taken from the Orthodox church parking lot, looking across the way.
Wonderful, wonderful people in that part of the world!
No doubt, they would be a welcoming community even to those from other worlds ...
Slava EEsoosoo Khrïstoo!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A Priest Confesses, Eh?
From the AFR site:
Recorded live at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in St Paul, Alberta, Canada. Fr. Joseph confesses that, for him, fasting from food ain't the problem.
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
Who, you may be asking, is the guy in the pic? That, my friends, will be explained in a subsequent posting. (I shall refrain from calling him an Eh-lien.)
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Fire Consumes Rectory, Priest Continues Liturgy
"It doesn't matter what happens. I have to center my attention on consecrating the gifts," the Rev. Sexton explained Monday.
After accounting for his eight children and making sure his wife had called 911, Sexton finished the final 20 minutes of the liturgy at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church before checking on the magnitude of the fire. Unconcerned about his possessions, Sexton said he updated the 50 people in attendance about the situation and asked them to pray for the safety of his fellow firefighters.
"I told them, 'If you aren't aware of it already, the ruckus outside is the rectory burning down.' I said, 'Have no fear, we are safe. Pray for my dear friends, the firefighters who are putting themselves in grievous danger because they love me,'" said the Rev. Sexton, the chaplain and a volunteer firefighter for the Nanticoke Fire Department.
The Rev. Sexton, 34, his wife, Angie, 34, and their eight children - Alyscia, 12; Jacob, 11; Raeman, 10; Josiah, 8; Ilia, 6; Bede, 4; Gabriel, 3; and Seamus, 1 - lost just about everything in the blaze that consumed the 100-year-old church rectory at 106 Welles St. in the city's Hanover section.
"We lost everything material, but I haven't lost a thing. My children, my wife and firefighters are safe," the Rev. Sexton said. "Yesterday was a very beautiful day."
The family of 10 is temporarily staying at the Host Inn in Wilkes-Barre.
Nanticoke's fire department is now organizing efforts to raise money, clothes and other belongings for the family. Monetary donations may be sent to the Father Adam Sexton Fire Fund, c/o Vantage Trust Federal Credit Union, 158 S. Market St., Nanticoke, PA 18634. Clothing, toys and other household items may be dropped off at Nanticoke Fire Headquarters, 2 E. Ridge St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.