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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday Of The Myrrh-Bearing Women

Matthew 27:50  ¶Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying: Truly this was the Son of God. 55  And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56  Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. 28:1  ¶In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

It's Just Another Skeptic Sunday

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Lies We Can Believe In !

Monday, April 20, 2020

Perfectly Rational Explanations

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...And Other Psychological Coping Mechanisms

Designed To Protect The Human Mind From Accepting The Unthinkable

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Latest Victim

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We Interrupt This Blog To Bring You This Important News Bulletin...

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Christus Victor

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Orthodox Soteriology 101.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Easter And Passover

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Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 27 That ye shall say: It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 29 ¶And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said: We be all dead men.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Uncreated Light, And Other Outdated Concepts

Edison vs. Palamas if St. Peter celebrated the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and saw the Uncreated Light while chanting the Jesus Prayer. You don’t even have to go back that far in the timeline to conclude that this is nonsense.

With their antiquated medieval notion of an uncreated light having been long since outshone by the advent of modern electricity (unknown in fourteenth century Byzantium), and seeing their traditional long-held beliefs of heaven and hell being gradually challenged and subsequently replaced by the exasperated postmodern quest for finding an earthly Paradise, what are the poor Orthodox to do, but pray ?

Monday, March 2, 2020

When's The Best Time For Repentance ?

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Romans 13:11

 ¶And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:
for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Apocalypse Now

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Unrepentant Sinners Before Christ's Dreaded Judgment

The last week before Great and Holy Lent begins, of course, with the Sunday of the Last Judgment. (For those pondering or wondering about the possible differences between the two nearly-synonymous expressions, we hope this post will provide some adequate clues).

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Christ's Prophecy Concerning America

Wonder how all American Evangelicals have missed such an obvious allusion to their own history, especially since they seem otherwise quite proficient at discovering all those hidden prophecies in the Book of Revelation:

Luke 15:11  ¶And he said: A certain man had two sons: 12  And the younger of them said to his father: Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

First Week Of The Pre-Lenten Period

This post is pure fiction.

Any resemblance to any actual person, alive or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Luke 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying: God be merciful to me a sinner. 14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Mandatory Epiphany Post

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Psalm 77:16
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee;
they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

Psalm 114:3
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

Black Lives Matter !

( The only question is : To whom ? )

The differences between various denominations, be they religious, political, philosophical, or ideological, are usually much subtler than one would otherwise be inclined to either suspect or expect. Thus, for instance, if the traditional Easter greeting is “Christ is risen ! (notice the brazen exclamation mark at the end), intellectually enlightened forms of atheism or agnosticism would not necessarily counter this statement by boldly, and rather ostentatiously, affirming its opposite (followed, presumably, by an even greater number of exclamation marks; say, three: one for each person of the Holy Trinity), as one would, somewhat understandably, be tempted to believe; but rather by subversively having its ending replaced by a question mark, as in “Christ is risen ?. Similarly for the well-known response “Truly He is risen ! being made to read “Is He truly risen ? instead. Indeed, it would be a very welcome change to see unbelievers greeting each other in the streets with “Christ is born, glorify Him ? during the winter holidays, rather than resorting to their usual unimaginative quips, such as “This season, celebrate reason !”, as if Christians, who, following the very first verse of Saint John's Gospel, profess Christ to be the Incarnation of God's divine Logos (which is where the word logic, a synonym for reason, comes from), don't do just that; but I digress... The same observation also applies to countless other slogans as well, including the one under discussion. Black (or unborn) lives may indeed matter; but to how many, and how much, remains to be established... (and the odds do not appear to be in their favor).

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

It Must Have Been Life...

But It's Over Now...

1 Corinthians 13:8  ¶Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 13  And now abideth faith, hope, and love: these three; but the greatest of these is love.