Church on Sunday?

A well-written, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging article on what American Orthodoxy increasingly looks like.

He looks like a regular young guy — maybe late 20s or early 30s. Head shaved to mask a receding hairline, a black goatee to offset the baldness, the gold rim of his glasses glinting beneath his dark brows. A regular guy, except maybe for his robe. Though it has the sheen of satin, it does not drape or hang; it holds its shape, stiffly framing the man beneath. Though mostly creamy white, the robe beams with patterns of yellow gold. (If we were not in church, the fabric would seem ostentatious, guilty of Louis XVI excess.) And over the robe, a stole, equally stiff and resplendent, making an X across his belly. The resulting look is old-fashioned in the extreme, reminding me of nothing so much as the priestly robes worn by long-ago Jewish characters in the Jesus movies. Yet here it is on a Sunday in 2009, on a young guy, in a brick chapel set amid the more ordinary opulence of La Jolla Scenic Drive North.

Read the entire article on the San Diego Reader website.


  1. Chris Banescu :

    Wow, what an amazing powerful and refreshing article. I needed to read that today, even if I already knew many of the points, seeing them again helped. We often don’t need to hear and learn novel and unique things, but to be reminded over and over again of the important things that matter.

  2. George Michalopulos :

    Chris, was it Orwell who said that “sometimes the need to be reminded of what’s in front of somebody’s nose is the most important thing?” Or something like that? BTW, I really liked your podcast on AFR.

  3. Chris Banescu :

    Yes, Orwell said: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” Boy isn’t that true! Thank you George for your comments regarding the podcast. I hope to do more in the future and help others see reality as it really is and embrace Truth in all aspects life for their salvation and God’s glory.

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