Posts by Bev Cooke

Iconography and Saints

Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom – the three Holy Hierarchs. We celebrate their feast day today, the 30th…

Jan 29, 2016
Iconography and Saints

Saint Raphael of Brooklyn

Sometimes there seems to be a saint who doesn’t really stand out, believe it or not. They are laborers in God’s vineyard, and their ‘claim to fame’…

Nov 03, 2015
The Sounding

Follow Your Passion

  Follow your passion, do what you love, joy is the intersection of that Venn diagram meme where what you’re good at intersects with all the…

Nov 02, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Basil Fool for Christ

“I wish you would cancel the order, good sir,” said the apprentice to the merchant. The cobbler, Basil the apprentice’s master, looked…

Oct 04, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Nina, Equal to the Apostles

The tradition of St. Nina’s story among the Georgians is based on ancient historical documents. Rufinus wrote about her in the fifth century in his…

Sep 05, 2015
The Sounding

Of Icons and Akathists

It’s a warm June evening, and the nave glows in the long golden light that filters through the windows in the dome. The church is light and airy, and…

Sep 05, 2015
The Sounding

The Two-Way Street

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.” “Sometimes you forgive people simply because you still want…

Aug 10, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Maria of Paris

She smoked, she liked her beer, she was twice divorced, and her eldest child was born out of wedlock. She left liturgy to answer the door and refused to…

Aug 10, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre

The facts of St. Alexis’s life are well documented – born in 1854 in Austro-Hungary into a clerical family (his father and brothers were priests, and…

Jul 06, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Isidora of Tabenna Monastery

Very little is known about this monastic who chose the role of Fool for Christ, except that if she existed at all, she was one of the earliest recognized…

Jun 02, 2015
The Sounding

Good for the Gander

The recent sexual abuse scandals in Christian Protestant circles, and the “purity” subculture from which the scandal originates, have the internet…

Jun 02, 2015
The Sounding

Welcome to the Orthodox Church: A Review

Every single Orthodox person knows that in order to become Orthodox, you don’t read about it. You live it. You attend the services, do the fasting, say…

May 12, 2015