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June 7, 2017

Adapted from a post first published August 2010

“All fantasies, especially that of religion, are caused by a short-circuit at the centre of the human personality.  This short-circuit...  is only repaired by ceaseless prayer in the heart.  It is only when the short-circuit is repaired that you begin to be liberated from the realm of fantasy.”

– Rev. D...

June 7, 2017

In the pre-dawn darkness, broken only by candle light, I felt a tap on the shoulder.  “The yerondas will see you now,” said a voice from behind, speaking Greek.  I turned to follow him out of the church, where we had already been praying for half an hour, and across the compound to another of the monastery’s buildings.

As I entered the abbot’s humble qua...

June 7, 2017

Beginning in the Church at Jerusalem, the celebration of Easter was elaborated with hymnography that spelled out in great detail a theology of the Resurrection that had nothing to do with familiar Western theories of atonement.  When Jerusalem fell to the Islamic conquest, that hymnographical tradition continued in the Byzantine Empire.  Below, you can hear...

June 7, 2017

This is an edited version of a post first published in January 2016.  Since that time, the St. Matthias building has become the home of St. Mark and St. Mary of Egypt Coptic Orthodox English Mission.

Paralleling the experience of so many parishes throughout North America, Ottawa is marking the closure of one of its oldest and most iconic churches, the 127-yea...

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