An Ordinary Saint

Back in November 2014 I came to Patra, Greece, for the funeral of my mother. Father Andrew at my mother's parish church ushered me into the sanctuary and gave me vestments to wear so I could preside at my mother's funeral service. So there I was, a clean-shaven priest from America between two local priests, …

From darkness to light

  In today's reading from Ephesians 5:8-19 Paul tells us to expose darkness and bring it into the light so it becomes light! This beautifully summarizes what was Jesus’ own customary way of healing and teaching, which was to bring people out into the open, where they could be healed and brought into communion with Christ. So in …

Thank you

I apologize I haven't written much in recent weeks. It's not because I have nothing to say, but rather I have too much to say. On any given day I can't quite make up my mind as to what subject to explore, and very often I end up opting out of exploring anything. One thing …

A Prayer

After completing my post "It is good to be here," I found this beautiful prayer that so wonderfully complements what I wrote. It is from the website Oremus. May it enrich your spirit and heart today. Lord of glory, it is good that we are here. In peace we make our prayer to you. In trust we …

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 …