The Stormy Petrel of the Cloth

Over at Orthodox History, Matthew Namee recounts the story of a bold, decisive, and courageous priest who obviously knew the full measure of his calling. He got himself into serious trouble on occassion, but only because he refused to compromise to powerful interests who, like today, subvert the faith for their own ends. Some highlights: Like so many of his fellow priests, Petrides traveled … [Read more...]

Instapundit: Good Friday at an Orthodox Cathedral

From: Instanpundit PHOTOS FROM BEN CHERTOFF: Good Friday at an Orthodox Cathedral. Ben emails: “I stumbled upon a stunningly beautiful Greek Orthodox Good Friday service (at 10pm) at a cathedral I never noticed existed, and the two church ladies in the back were publicists to the max; gave me full access to shoot the mass.” Another reason to have a camera with you all the time. . . . … [Read more...]

The Passions in Orthodox perception are deeply imbued with the theme of the Resurrection and radiant Paschal joy

This is a good interview in its own right. Note that the title attributed to Constantinople is "First Bishop of the Orthodox Church." Note too the overall sobriety in Met. Hilarion's tone. Metropolitan Hilarion’s interview to the church news portal. - Your Eminence, I would like to begin with a question about your oratorio which has been recently performed in the church of Agia … [Read more...]

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

Paschal Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and All Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church Print This Post 3.04.2010 · Passover My dear co-brothers the archpastors, all-honourable fathers presbyters, God-loving deacons, pious monks and nuns, brothers and sisters! On the radiant and world-saving feast of the … [Read more...]

Editorial oversight or back to the future?

For those interested in the diplomatic nuances of church relations, this caught our eye recently: Russian Orthodox Church, Dept. of External Church Relations Primate of the Church of Constantinople extends condolences over tragedy in Moscow Metro A telegram was received by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia from His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople … [Read more...]