Two Anniversaries

April 24th marks two very different anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust and Genocide and the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope. The first anniversary represents the darkest side of human nature, while the second represents humanity at its most inspiring. The killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks began …

The Gospel of Touch

The place of the Gospel of John relative to the other three Gospels. Its use in the Orthodox Church in the cycle of readings. Midnight service of Pascha: We begin with Mark 16:1-8 and that amazing conclusion that trails off into the night: εφοβούντο γαρ. But at the Liturgy that follows we read John 1:1-17 …

The Cross of Holy Friday

Giles Fraser is a brilliant religion commentator for the Guardian newspaper of London, and I've referred to him in a previous post. He is Anglican, but seems to have an immense understanding of all Christian traditions, including our own Eastern tradition. He is also able to communicate the deepest truths of Christianity in our contemporary historical …