Posts about death

The Sounding

The Walking Dead

Every year at Halloween, Americans entertain themselves with television shows, movies and weird stories about the walking dead. It is a strange fascination,…

Oct 21, 2014
The Sounding

Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

I remember well walking the streets of our cozy steel-mill suburb of Pittsburgh with our two- and four-year-old sons in a wagon, flanked by our neighbors…

Oct 18, 2014
The Sounding

On Grief and Providing Care

Two related, but separate, topics come up when someone we know dies. The first topic is the person who has died: the circumstances around his death, what…

Oct 15, 2014
Be Transfigured

We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard

We live in a world, much like the Christians of the first century, in which morality is based not on the teachings of Christ, but the teachings of darkness….

Oct 14, 2014
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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

This is the third article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. The Rite of Anointing the Dead Another vital modification to the rite is the…

Oct 10, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 2

This is the second article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 here. SEEKING OUT VIABLE SOLUTIONS In the modern funeral service, the canon for the dead is…

Oct 10, 2014
Come Receive the Light

Talking to God and to Children about Death

Do you think of death as static? Are you frozen forever in the spiritual state in which you died?  In the Orthodox faith, we pray for those who have already…

Oct 10, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

Understanding Struggle

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written as an entry for the 2014 St. Nikolaj Velimirovich Oratorical Festival. Your Eminences, Your Graces,…

Oct 08, 2014