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The Path Upward: Liturgy, Universalism, and George Seferis

by Christopher Howell Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest burning ~ T.S. Eliot ~ “When you asked me about hell the other day,” wrote Philip Sherrard in a 1966 letter to the … 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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The Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost

Deacon: Again and again, on bended knees, let us pray to the Lord. Choir: Lord, have mercy. (3x) Priest: O Lord, Who art immaculate, spotless, without beginning, invisible, incomprehensi­ble, inscrutable, unchanging, unsurpassable, immeasurable, forbearing, Who alone hast immortality, Who dwellest … Continue reading

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The Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ

by Protopresbyter George Dion Dragas, PhD, DD, DTh “And while he was blessing them, he departed and started to ascend to heaven.” (Luke 24:51) The Ascension as the pinnacle of the Feasts of the Lord: How bright and wonderful is … Continue reading

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Holy Week in Exile

by Fr Gregory Mathewes-Green For Orthodox Christians this year’s Holy Week will surely be one of the strangest in our two millennia history. While that history is replete with occurrences of disruption and even civil chaos, there has probably not … Continue reading

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“Behold, the heavenly powers are joining our worship”

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Fire of the Spirit

by Fr Kenneth Tanner I am inspired by these children at the front today, bowing as the cross passed them in procession. They were not reverencing an instrument of torture but their God, who hangs from a tree to show … Continue reading

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“I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld”

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