Ethiopian Hand Cross and Processional Cross

My Ethiopian blessing cross (or hand cross) arrived in the mail recently (above, left; bottom), and more recently I found a matching processional cross (above, right). A gallery owner offered the following comments on the birds around the corner:...

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Sanity of Bishops

Old Russian joke (as told by an OCA bishop): If a young man has a good voice and good mind they make him a deacon. When he loses his voice they make him priest. And when he loses his mind... (via)

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55 Maxims to Christian Living

By Fr Thomas Hopko (via Fr Anthony) 1. Be always with Christ. 2. Pray as you can, not as you want. 3. Have a keepable rule of prayer that you do by discipline. 4. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day. 5. Have a short prayer that you …

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St. Benedict's Hierarchy of Needs

[] "Maslow, like [St.] Benedict, believed that unless low level needs such as physiological and social needs were satisfied, workers could not be motivated to achieve organizational goals. Figure 1 shows the relationship of Maslow’s triangle and...

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The path to salvation

Here’s the shortest and easiest path to salvation: Be obedient, restrained, don’t judge, and guard your heart and mind against wicked thoughts. Think well of everyone and bear in mind that the Lord loves them. Because of these humble thoughts,...

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Richard Hooker on the Incarnation

To Christ we ascribe both working of wonders and suffering of pains, we use concerning him speeches as well of humility as of divine glory, but the one we apply unto that nature which he took of the Virgin Mary, the other to that which was in the...

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The Lapsed Soul

by Philip Sherrard (1922-1995) from Poems Given or Found My risen Lord, I hear your call but faintly through life's darkening wall, or sunk in cloth hear not at all and fall time upon time back into the world's quicklime. O my God reach out your hand to …

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Alexander Schmemann on the Antimension

From Introduction to Liturgical Theology: Father Alexander Schmemann (+1983) was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, his...

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