Tending the Garden of Our Hearts is a book of daily devotionals, specifically designed for the 50 days of the Eastern Christian season of Great Lent and Holy Week. Here’s why you should get it.
As an IT professional, I tend to understand liturgics best when I can envision them as pseudo computer code. For example, the rubrics for determining which troparia and kontakia to read during the Prayers of the Hours on Sundays is complex, but there are only ten defined patterns. The following algorithm gets you the right…
Imagine if you went to the Super Bowl, but you couldn’t see the game. You can’t see the players or the field or the ball. Everyone around you would be cheering, and booing, and jumping up and down, but you wouldn’t know why. You’d say, what are you people doing?
When I first started reading the Epistle in church, the first thing I learned was the proper procedure. No one mentioned what to do if there were two readings for the day though. Like so many things in Orthodox Christian liturgics, this is one of those things I found out because I happened to ask…
Did you know there’s a difference between not doing something that’s bad and doing something that’s good?
Did you know that Romans follows the same structural pattern as a Hollywood movie? Despite being such a complex and formidable document, it is, at its core, a story.
Recently, I attended the wake and Trisagion service for His Grace, Bishop Athanasius (Akunda), of blessed memory. In that first sentence are at least four items of Orthodox Christian etiquette and protocol that, if you’ve been an Orthodox Christian for a long time, you may not notice, or, if you haven’t, may trip you up….
Today, we celebrate Joseph for listening to God’s instructions and keeping Jesus and His mother safe. That was his job. Our job is to keep Jesus safe in our heart. So, what can we learn from what Joseph did?
This is a great time of year. We have Christmas and New Years, and we get time off school and work, and we get presents. But do you know what I like best about this time of year? We get to see family members who we don’t see a lot. We get to see our cousins, and our aunts and uncles, and grandparents, and maybe even our great grandparents.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the birth of Jesus—the Nativity—and today, the Sunday before Nativity, we learn about Jesus’ ancestors—His family. That’s right. Jesus has a family, just like you have a family.
The source of this information is the website of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas. Somewhere in the process of copying and pasting the text onto the page, the formatting got messed up, and no one has noticed yet. Here, I present the same information in a more readable format. Much of the…