Handwork

Handwork

In the beginning, God created out of nothing. And those created in His Image, He planted deeply within them the desire to create beauty out of His gifts. A priest once told me that God gave us this gift of creativity so that we would always have a way to...

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Apostles Fast Activities for Children

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just finished Great Lent and started celebrating Pascha when the Apostles’ fast arrives. Now when summer is just beginning, we have to fast again,...

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Drive-Through Christianity

Drive-Through Christianity

Drive-through Communion lines and drive-by home blessings with a super-soaker were standing jokes during Orthodox clergy retreats, as the priests vented a little about their busy liturgical and sacramental schedules. Recent news excerpts have robbed us of these punch lines forever. According to a recent newscast, a church in Massachusetts...

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Let Us Commend Ourselves and One Another

Let Us Commend Ourselves and One Another

My grandmother was fond of the nursery rhyme that goes “Here’s the church/Here’s the steeple/Open the doors/And see all the people.” Even though the poem has nothing to do with traditional Orthodox design (which prefers domes to steeples), her repetition did impress upon me that the church has something to...

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Guardian: Sudan Retracts Claim that Meriam Ibrahim will be Freed

Guardian: Sudan Retracts Claim that Meriam Ibrahim will be Freed

It appears our caution over this week’s good news was justified. Reports earlier this week indicated that Meriam Ibrahim, an Orthodox Christian woman awaiting death for her faith in Sudan, would be set free this week. The government of Sudan is now saying that its statement was taken out of...

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