Monthly Archives: June 2020

The 95 Theses of Richard Rex

I.      Martin Luther did not nail the Ninety-Five Theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. II.     That was a myth created by Philip Melanchthon through the conflation of hazy … Continue reading

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“None of these torments did he try to avoid”

Thanks be to that grain of wheat who freely chose to die and so be multiplied! Thanks be to God’s only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for whom the enduring of our human death was not a thing … Continue reading

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The Eagle has landed … and will land again

Ezekiel 17 Ezekiel 17 begins with two cryptic parables about Israel, King Zedekiah, and Babylon. In each the figure of a great eagle figures prominently. In the first the eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon and overlord of Judah; … Continue reading

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“Let Every Mortal Leap for Joy”: Apocatastatic Hymnody in Orthodox Worship

 by Brad (Reader Irenaeus) Jersak, Ph.D. “The primary means of theological education in the Orthodox Church is through worship.” ~ Archbishop (ret.) Lazar Puhalo Hymnody as Theology I began my decade-long journey toward Orthodoxy in 2003 under the tutelage of … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

by John Stamps Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Something is also rotten with the Human Race. Something worse than Hamlet’s creepy uncle and lutefisk.1 This corruption stinks to high heaven. Far worse than malodorous lutefisk is the … Continue reading

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Akathist to Jesus Christ for Aaron Edward Kimel

For the past eight years Christine and I have gathered at Aaron’s gravesite. On the first anniversary the local Orthodox priest gathered with us and recited the appointed prayers. On subsequent anniversaries, Christine and I have recited the following akathist. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for my Aaron

O God of all spirits and all flesh, Who have destroyed death, overcome the Devil, and given life to the world, grant, O Lord, to the soul of your servant Aaron, who has departed from this life, that it may … Continue reading

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“It is the sacrament of yourselves that is placed on the Lord’s altar, and it is the sacrament of yourselves that you receive”

You see on God’s altar bread and a cup. That is what the evidence of your eyes tells you, but your faith requires you to believe that the bread is the body of Christ, the cup the blood of Christ. … Continue reading

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