A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

The poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” So it is with much of Orthodoxy’s liturgical music: delicate, serene, able to combine compunction with silence, and passion with apatheia. The recording embedded above, featuring an 18th...

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AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

(AINA) — Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her family as they were leaving Baghdede. ISIS escorted the family, as well as many other residents, to the Khazar checkpoint and told them to leave and never return. The girl was last seen by her mother...

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An Orthodox Christian Response to Beheading by Muslims

An Orthodox Christian Response to Beheading by Muslims

I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount Pleasant, SC, home.  There is no Mount nearby, but it is, indeed, a pleasant seaside community on the East Coast of the...

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St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St Symeon the Stylite is one of the great figures in the early history of monasticism. By the time he renounced the world in his youth in the late fourth century, the mature form of monasticism pioneered by St Anthony in Egypt was already almost a hundred years old. Symeon’s...

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