“Let your soul rejoice in the Lord,
for He has clothed you with the robe of salvation!
Let your soul rejoice in the Lord!
He has covered you in a garment of gladness...
Looking over the Orthodox Blogosphere, our once swarming horde of posters has receded like an ebb tide. Perhaps many have tapped their keys along the way of completing their transformation… or at least the molting of their old skins… and fulfilled their initial phases only to move into deeper waters. Perhaps others have found, that sticking in the uncomfortable middle between one life and another perpetuates a vulnerability they’d rather pass beyond. But whatever it is that thins our ranks, withdrawal for a space yields much fruit at times.
“Our Life in Christ is a cycle of repentance and renewal. We must fast from ourselves, from our “me’s, our my’s, and our mines”, that we might find and shift our focus to feasting with (and on) Christ…. His body, His blood, His Life, His Kingdom, His people and His Word… that in all their fullness…. they might be embodied in us, run through our veins, fill our lives, and find their voice in our words and deeds.”
In our parish, we’ve now scheduled and cancelled three council meetings since the first of the year… which is great and all. I mean the best kind of meeting is the kind we don’t need… only at some point that’s gotta stop… and then what? So pondering this, I’ve been in communication with my crewe…
For many months, our parish has been engaged in securing the services of an iconographer and working to develop a plan for the decoration of the church, and through research, prayer and visiting other parishes, we have come along a course of discovery about our faith, our church and each other. Unlike so many of the committees we’ve endured over the years… Continue Reading
The more time I spend in this church, the more I understand how tremendously I underestimated her wonders. This is not saying that I came into her with anything less than the best expectations you as you would expect at any marriage, but only that my expectations were far too modest. Continue reading…
The following just seemed a fitting follow-on, if not a complement to my last piece:
“The Church of Christ is alive and free. In her we move and live through Christ, Who is her Head, and have full freedom, because we learn the Truth and the Truth makes us free (cf. John 8:32).
You are in Christ’s Church whenever… Continue Reading
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