Posts by Bev Cooke

The Sounding

The Deacon Who Couldn’t Sing

He wasn’t a priest or a bishop or a hierarch or even a dedicated monastic. He was born to humble parents who may not have even been Christian. He was…

Jan 07, 2015
The Sounding

Saints Cyril and Methodius: What You Thought You Knew

Saints Cyril and Methodius, brothers who, in addition to being very pious and devout, were brilliant and talented men, were, we all know, responsible for…

Jan 07, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Romanos the Melodist

Like many saints who lived long ago, we don’t know much about St. Romanos the Melodist, and what we might know isn’t agreed on by all scholars.  …

Jan 06, 2015
The Sounding

A Child’s Guide to the Divine Liturgy

There are two kinds of instruction books. One kind is to get the reader to put the book down and DO whatever it is they’re trying to learn as quickly…

Dec 31, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Cyril and Methodius

Among the best known saints in the Orthodox calendar are the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who are remembered for devising the Cyrillic alphabet and thus…

Dec 09, 2014
The Sounding

Saint John Golden Mouth

I sometimes wonder if Saint John Chrysostom is happy with the name we’ve given him. Chyrsostom means “Golden mouth” and we call him that because…

Nov 13, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom – the Golden Mouthed. One of, if not the most, well known and beloved saints of the church, both during his lifetime and in the…

Nov 03, 2014
The Sounding

The Hidden Treasure

The monk Herman had lived on Spruce Island, for over five years. (Spruce Island is a tiny island near Kodiak Island, just off the peninsula at the south…

Oct 16, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Herman of Alaska

It’s hard to tell just who Saint Herman of Alaska was before he became a monk. Back in the mid 1700s, not many countries kept birth and death records,…

Sep 30, 2014
The Sounding

Love Your Enemies

It was June, and for Alaska, it was warm. The snow had mostly melted, and some parts of the ground were actually thawed. The sun rose at around 5 in the…

Sep 23, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

If you look at a map of Alaska, you’ll see it has a kind of tail leading away from the mainland toward Russia and Japan. That tail is made up of a large…

Sep 04, 2014
The Sounding

Beaten by a Dream

He was a teen, and sometimes, teenage boys just want to have fun. So on the first warm spring day, Gregory made plans to pick up a couple of his friends…

Aug 19, 2014

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