Biblical and theological themes of the Sunday of Orthodoxy

The first in a short series of Bible Study classes used the liturgical texts of the First Sunday of Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy) to illustrate several theological precepts of the Orthodox Church as well as aspects of typology in biblical exegesis and iconography. An audio file of the class is attached, together with a PDF …

The mark of humanity

Today's reading from Genesis 4:8-15 brings to a tragic conclusion the story of Cain and Abel. Murder is murder, it's a fact of daily life wherever human beings live with other human beings. What is troubling is how the Yahwist, or whoever wrote this part of Genesis, has set it up in a context of religious …

Adam’s Lament

Arvo Pärt is one of the most significant contemporary composers. He is nearly 80 years old now, but his output of extraordinary compositions continues unabated. A few years ago he set to music the opening section of Adam's Lament, by Staretz Silouan. Silouan (1866-1938) was a Russian Orthodox monk on Mount Athos and was declared a saint by …

The Language of Seeing

The most remarkable words in today's Gospel reading (John 1:43-51) are these words spoken by Jesus:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” In painting this picture, Jesus is alluding to an incident in the book of Genesis (28:10-22) …