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Deaconesses

Notes on the order of deaconesses in the Eastern Church (3rd-12th century)

Tension

Never use the word suddenly just to create tension.

Aquarium in Okinawa

The Kuroshio Sea Tank features the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, and the world’s first successfully bred-in-captivity manta.

That elusive Augustine quote

The Internet is a spawning ground for bogus quotes — often attributed...

Orcs

I’ve been thinking today about the Orcs. Tolkien says they were degraded,...

Philippine Mission

Advent: the Nativity Fast begins

Advent: the Nativity Fast begins

The weeks prior to Christmas are known in the West as Advent, from a Latin word meaning “coming.” In the Orthodox Church, the season […]

All Souls Day?

All Souls Day?

In about one week, western Christians will commemorate all the dead on November 2, the Feast of All Souls. This commemoration is important to […]

Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos

Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos

Update: October 2/14, 2016 — Congratulations to the Orthodox parish of the Protection of the Theotokos, in Polomolok, South Cotobato! Last year in Cluj, […]

Baptism, Liturgy and Wedding at Surigao

Baptism, Liturgy and Wedding at Surigao

Today Fr Silouan returned to the city of Surigao for the happy task of baptizing Genevieve, the wife of an Orthodox Christian, and serving […]

The Dormition of the Theotokos

The Dormition of the Theotokos

The Dormition (falling asleep) of the Theotokos is one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Church, commemorated on August 15/28. After the Ascension […]