Posts by Bev Cooke

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
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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
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Holy Fools

If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God….

Apr 06, 2015
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St. Feofil

“Feofil breaks the rule and order. . . . No one knows where he might read his prayers. . .. He barely participates in the . . . liturgy . . . .. He stands…

Mar 16, 2015
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Missionary Zeal and Mysterious Disappearances

For an army engineer, John Feodorovich Hovorukhin made an excellent monk. The man had entered a monastery after the death of his wife in 1791, when he…

Mar 02, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Juvenaly of Alaska

For over a century, it was not known what happened to the monk, Juvenaly. It was one of the mysteries of the Arctic, and the conflicting accounts that…

Mar 02, 2015
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Foretaste of Paradise

I read Catherine’s Pascha, written by Charlotte Riggle and illustrated by R J Hughes, on Clean Monday. It seemed appropriate that right after Compline…

Mar 02, 2015
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Nearly Orthodox, by Angela Doll Carson

One of the advantages of reading a poet’s conversion memoir is that you don’t get the typical chronological, straight-through narrative. While many…

Feb 21, 2015
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Fifty Shades of Horror

There’s been a lot of hype about 50 Shades of Grey, mostly centering around the steamy, explicit and kinky sex that goes on in the book. There’s been…

Feb 13, 2015
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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
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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

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