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All Saints Icon | The Great Cloud of Witnesses

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After Pentecost, remembering the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints. This is fitting, as the Saints are the result of the Holy Spirit…

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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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Visiting Ladyminster Monastery

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Appalachia invades the Dominicans

Almost makes one want to become a Dominican friar … if one is Roman Catholic (which I ain’t) … if one is called to celibacy (which I ain’t–just ask my wife) … if one loves Old-time, Bluegrass, and Appalachian music … Continue reading

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The Epitaphios | Burial of Christ Icon

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Epitaphios, from the Stavronikita Monastery, Mt Athos (16th Century) The Epitaphios (Gr. Επιτάφιος) is a large icon, usually embroidered, that depicts the burial of Christ. The name, epitaphios, literally means…

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“The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree …”

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God on Trial

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