Arabic Psalmody
Dec29

Arabic Psalmody

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!
O give thanks unto the God of gods; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!
O give thanks unto the Lord of lords; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!
To Him Who alone hath wrought great wonders; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!…

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Deaconesses
Dec03

Deaconesses

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

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That elusive Augustine quote
Oct26

That elusive Augustine quote

The Internet is a spawning ground for bogus quotes — often attributed vaguely to figures such as Lincoln, Plato, Lao-Tzu, or Augustine. One that I have seen often of late says: “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but he has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” — Augustine Often this sort of quote is floated in reverse text over a sunset or a landscape, because Facebook readers seem more likely to look at...

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Prayers in time of depression
Sep13

Prayers in time of depression

Orthodox Prayers for Deliverance from Depression, and Various Psychological Afflictions by Fr. Sabbas the Athonite Long Prayer O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician of our souls and bodies, come and heal me, Your worthless servant. I have distanced myself from You, I have wounded Your Goodness and Love. I have sinned against Heaven and before You. I have worked all iniquity. I am utterly bed-bound, barren of...

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Reading with the saints
Sep11

Reading with the saints

I’ve just noticed the beginning of Proverbs 30, where it seems Agur son of Jakeh has been reading Job 38-42. I like when I can see how the authors of later scriptures meditated on the same scriptures we read today. In Jeremiah 17:5-8, we hear Jeremiah’s words after a lifetime of reading or singing Psalm 1. The writer of Psalm 87 (KJV Ps 88) takes up language from Jonah chapter 2 – or else they are both singing an even more...

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Pictures of God’s Future, Our Salvation
Aug26

Pictures of God’s Future, Our Salvation

by Dr. Mark Love, Rochester College God has established a day in the future when all of humanity will gather around one table, will constitute one family all recognizing God as Father. Because of Jesus and through the power of the Spirit, we experience that future today. Not fully, but in ways that are undeniably connected to that future hope. And we live together a way of life that is only explainable by our belief that that day is...

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