‘What Would Jesus Do?’ and the Feast of All Saints

'What Would Jesus Do?' and the Feast of All Saints

This past Sunday was the feast of All Saints in the Holy Orthodox Church. On that day, we commemorate all the Saints of God, fruits of the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, commemorated the Sunday prior. On this day we especially seek the intercessions of these holy men and women, and set them before […]

Why We Need and Honor the Saints

Why We Need and Honor the Saints

The Orthodox Church has a long tradition of honoring the Saints. While all of God’s people, sanctified or “set apart” from the world, can be properly termed saints (e.g. Acts 9:13,32,41; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; etc.), there are some who are already glorified in Christ, resting in the uncreated light of God’s eternal kingdom. These […]

Reveal Your Saints and You Reveal Your Church

Reveal Your Saints and You Reveal Your Church

Understandably, there have been several articles, podcasts, press releases, videos, and other media in recent weeks for the meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis, the present archbishop of the city of Old Rome. The Patriarchate of Constantinople has spared no expense in promoting this event, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of a similar meeting in Jerusalem […]

Lazarus, the Friend of God

Saint Lazarus, the Friend of Christ

The Saturday before Palm Sunday is commemorated as the Saturday of Lazarus. In our hymns, we refer to Lazarus as “the friend of Christ” and “the four days dead.” This Saturday is celebrated with a Divine Liturgy in honor of Lazarus and his resurrection, which serves as a type of not only Christ’s resurrection from […]

Saint Patrick and the Emptiness of Revenge

Saint Patrick and the Emptiness of Revenge

Apart from the self-sacrificial love of God, there is only revenge. Considering the message of most Western literature and even Hollywood today, a lust for revenge might seem the dominant meta-narrative of our culture. From the Iliad to Hamlet to the anti-heroine of True Grit, revenge satisfies a sinful passion that infects our souls apart […]

The Sunday I ‘Met’ St. Herman

The Day I 'Met' St. Herman

Protodeacon Nicholas sat on a folding chair in front of the iconostasis after Liturgy. He’d already shed his vestments, the sticharion and broad orarion with the words “Holy, Holy, Holy” embroidered in gold against it’s deep maroon background. In his hands was a small box, lined with red velvet and containing a relic of St. […]

Blessed Art Thou Among Women: A Reflection on Marian Devotion

Blessed Art Thou Among Women

Because of you [Mary] the holy Trinity is glorified and adored; the cross is called precious and is venerated throughout the world; the heavens exult; the angels and archangels make merry; demons are put to flight; the devil, that tempter, is thrust down from heaven; the fallen race of man is taken up on high […]

The Love of Saint Patrick

The Love of Saint Patrick

Imagine a fierce tribal culture where bloodthirsty pagan gods are worshiped, and ritual human sacrifice is a frequent practice. Some of these violent tribesmen attack your town, break into your home, and kidnap you. At the age of 15, you are torn away from your family, your home, your friends, your church, and everything that […]

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

In the Apostolic Church of the first century and even within the first four decades after the Church began on Pentecost, St Paul had to contend with personality factions devoted to various ecclesiastical leaders – “I am of Paul; I am of Apollos” (1 Cor 3:4). His constant epistolary admonitions to the people of God […]

The Bold Witness of Justin Martyr

The Bold Witness of Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr (commemorated as Saint Justin the Philosopher on June 1st in the Orthodox Church) is one of the most famous martyrs and early fathers of the Church. Saint Justin was born near the ancient well of Jacob, “where Jesus had promised the Samaritan woman the living water that slakes thirst forever and leaps up […]