Eating with Mindfulness

Eating with Mindfulness

Recently while waiting for my wife at a doctor’s office, I flipped through a “wellness” magazine. In it was an article entitled, “Are You Aware of What You Eat?” True to the title, the article suggested knowing what we are eating. We should also know where our food comes from,...

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Conclusion:  “The Doors! The Doors!  In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries out, “The doors! The doors!” and only after this does he invite the faithful to join in reciting the Creed by saying,...

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One in Christ, One in Communion

One in Christ, One in Communion

In my former home parish of Saint Michael, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, I incorporated a stylized wheat and grapevine motif into the walls’ adornment. While they are a lovely choice visually, the real beauty is in their meaning. Grapes and wheat are food plants, but significantly and especially, they produce food which...

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“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

Fr. Georges Florovsky (1893-1979) rose to international prominence as an Orthodox theologian at a time when there was great interest in Eastern Orthodoxy but exceedingly few resources to learn about the topic in Western languages. Florovsky’s work filled a tremendous void, introducing countless numbers of Western Christians to the history,...

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Phronema and Canons

Phronema and Canons

If you are Orthodox long enough, you will hear the term “phronema.” Phronema can have both a positive and a negative meaning. Many sources say that the word is used in Greek in two senses. One definition says: Phronema is a transliteration of Greek word, . . . which...

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Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

This November, Science Fiction history was made. Doctor Who, the famed British television series celebrated 50 years, and did so with a spectacular anniversary episode. Within the last several years, my boys and I have become rabid fans of the Doctor, watching every episode in the most recent run of...

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The Wrath of God

The Wrath of God

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Christopher Stamos discusses the true nature of God’s apparent anger.

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