August 27, 2014

New Film: “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer”

“Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer: Experiencing the Presence of God and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality” It will be published February 8, 2011 by HarperOne. New York, July 1, 2010 -- A little known 2000-year-old Christian prayer, still used by monks and nuns in far away caves and monasteries, is the subject of a documentary feature film and book slated for early 2011. Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer focuses on the prayer, Kyrie Eleison ("Lord Have mercy") that is thought to have been first practiced by the Apostles. Traveling with cameras and crews to ancient lands of peace and solitude, the Very Rev. Dr. John McGuckin, Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies, Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University, and Dr. Norris J. Chumley, a media producer and columnist for Beliefnet, visited hermits, priests and nuns in caves and monasteries to record their use of this ancient mystical prayer. … [Read more...]

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick: Voice From Antioch: Martyrdom – Part 1a

In a new series beginning today, Fr. Andrew presents a study of major themes of the Orthodox Christian faith as found in the letters of the 2nd century martyr and 3rd bishop of Antioch, Ignatius the God-bearer. Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio Listen here: … [Read more...]

Is Europe waking up from its multi-cultural inebriation?

Austrian MP Ewald Stadler speaks to the position of the Turkish Ambassador and tells off some of his colleagues. During this, he addresses the lack of outrage when Catholic Archbishop Luigi Padovese was killed in Turkey and mentions the priests who have been killed. Stadler is certainly not an indifferent Catholic! … [Read more...]

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Some of the American hymns are beautiful. This is one of my favorites. … [Read more...]

Some Q & A the day after the debate

On Old Testament Violence and Orthodox Interpretation of Scripture On the Intrinsic Value of a Human Being On Science, Galileo and Church Persecution On the Roman Catholic Church's Inquisition and the Crusades … [Read more...]

Family of Shadows

Source: Front Page Magazine Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Garin K. Hovannisian, a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A writer living in Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Frontpage Magazine. He is the author of the new investigative memoir, Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream [1] (HarperCollins), just released on September 21. FP: Garin K. Hovannisian, welcome to Frontpage Interview. I would like to talk to you today about your new book. Let’s begin with what inspired you to write it. Hovannisian: I don’t think I was so much inspired as I was haunted — possessed, in a way, by this dark and complex and deeply dramatic story of my family, which contains within it the complete history of Armenia, from the Genocide of 1915 to the present day. For me, writing Family of Shadows was an act not of inspiration but … [Read more...]

Picture Gallery: Fort Ross — Russia’s first outpost on the California coast


Fort Ross was an important center in bringing Orthodoxy to America. London Telegraph (click to see the gallery). … [Read more...]

Christian Imagery, With Local Charm and Vitality

“The Passion of Christ”: none of the show’s works is attributed to a known artist, adding to the sense of a culture animated by genuine religious feeling.

New York readers may be interested in this exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art near Columbus and Broadway. In 1051 a Greek Orthodox monk named Anthony retreated to a cave overlooking the Dnieper River in Kiev. Disciples came, buildings were constructed, and, by the 17th and 18th centuries, the Monastery of the Caves embraced a flourishing metropolitan sprawl of 3 Ukrainian cities, 7 towns, 120 villages and more than half a million peasants. Today, in addition to a multi-tiered, gold-domed bell tower soaring more than 300 feet, its most remarkable feature is a system of subterranean caves, including living quarters and chapels, and a labyrinth extending more than 650 yards into the Berestov Mount. Read the rest of the article on the New York Times website. … [Read more...]

Russian Rights Group Creates Virtual Gulag

Prisoners at work in the gulag during the 1930s

The site is written in Russian, but the pictures are nevertheless compelling. Hopefully they will provide an English version eventually. Radio Free Europe The Russian human rights center Memorial has launched an online "museum" on the history of the Soviet labor and prison camps known as the gulag, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports. Memorial workers have spent six years going through Russian and international archives for photographs and documents that explain the history of the gulag and what life in the camps was like. The website currently consists of digitized documents from more than 100 museums. Project worker Tatyana Pritikina warned that as small museums lose their funding and disappear, the "collective memory of history also disappears." She said it is impossible to be indifferent to history when looking at the online exhibition. "In the exhibition you see everything -- from the death certificate of a two-month-old baby who died in prison to an … [Read more...]

Lasers Uncover First Icons of Sts. Peter and Paul

Lasers Uncover First Icons of Sts. Peter and Paul

The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul were discovered in a catacomb located under a modern office building in a residential neighborhood of Rome, Tuesday, June, 22, 2010. Restorers said Tuesday they had unearthed the 4th-century images using a new laser technique that allowed them to burn off centuries of white calcium deposits without damaging the dark colors of the original paintings underneath. The paintings adorn what is believed to be the tomb of a Roman noblewoman and represent some of the earliest evidence of devotion to the apostles in early Christianity. Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul Washington Post … [Read more...]

The “Myth” of Unity: A Response to a 2009 Address Given at St Vladimir’s Seminary

George Michalopulos, prolific contributor to the Orthodox blog, essayist, and keen critic of Orthodox culture and politics wrote an essay challenging some of the conclusions offered by Matthew Namee at the Symposium on Orthodox Unity held at St. Vladimir Seminary on June, 20, 2009. Read his abstract below. The full article can be found on Orthodoxy Today. Read it, then return here for discussion. By George Michalopulos ABSTRACT: Last year, a symposium entitled The Council and the Tomos: 20th Century Landmarks Towards a 21st Century Church, was held at St Vladimir’s Seminary (Crestwood, June 18-20, 2009). One of the speakers, Matthew Namee, presented an expanded version of a paper he delivered the previous year at the Orthodox Theological Society in America. His paper was titled, “The Myth of Unity and the Origins of Jurisdictional Pluralism in North America.” Namee expanded an earlier thesis to argue that the story of the Russian Mission and the implicit unity it fostered in … [Read more...]

The Aremenian Genocide


Caution, the pictures on this site are graphic and disturbing. Unknown to many, the Armenian Genocide is considered the first genocide (preceding Hitler and Stalin) of the modern age. The term "genocide" was created to describe this crime. … [Read more...]