Archive for May, 2010

Resumption of Regular Schedule

Posted in Church Schedule Change on May 30, 2010 by readerjohn

Father Gregory is well enough healed, he thinks, to resume a regular service schedule. Vespers, Matins and festal liturgies resume this week (and, of course, the Apostles’ Fast begins — due to the early observance of Pascha, this probably is the longest Apostles’ Fast you’ll see on New Calendar).

Be sure to Check the June Church Calendar, too.

More service schedule changes

Posted in Church Schedule Change on May 19, 2010 by readerjohn

Due to a recurrence of Father Gregory’s health problems, which I understand disrupted services over the past weekend in my absence, all weekday services are cancelled until further notice.

That includes Liturgy 6:30 am this Friday and Soul Saturday Liturgy this Saturday.

Compline will replace Vespers this Saturday evening, May 22, at 5:30. If you wish to prepare for Pentecost beyond Compline, the Old Testament readings appointed for Vespers of Pentecost are:

Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29

Joel 2:23-32

Ezekiel 36:24-28

For Sunday the 23rd, 3rd and 6th Hours will replace Matins. Matins may return May 30. Assume so unless you hear otherwise.

Ascension

Posted in Meditative on May 12, 2010 by readerjohn

Pseudonymous Felix Culpa at the Ora et Labora blog has a nice collection of resources for tomorrow’s feast of Ascension, including scripture links, the whole service order (translation by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash), and homilies on the occasion by the likes of St. John Chrysostom.

Schedule change May 15-16

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by readerjohn

Compline will be served at 5:30 pm Saturday May 15 instead of Vespers.

3rd and 6th Hours will be served at 9:00 am Sunday May 16 in place of the usual Matins at 8:15 am.

The idolatry of secularism

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 by readerjohn

Today’s Dynamis devotional on “Idolatry” interestingly pulls together Romans 1 and Deuteronomy 4:15-24.

Worshipping with our bodies (and more)

Posted in Meditative on May 8, 2010 by readerjohn

Father Stephen Freeman offers up another pearl: Ourselves, Our Souls, Our Bodies — More on Faith.

And here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice unto Thee…

From Thomas Cranmer’s Eucharistic Prayer

Both Cranmer’s poetry and the inspired writings of St. Paul point to a relationship with God that includes our bodies. This can be read in a merely moral manner, in which keeping our bodies pure of bodily sin is seen as the sacrifice of which St. Paul speaks. For myself, I think that Cranmer has caught the greater intent of St. Paul’s statement in his expansion: “our selves, our souls and bodies.” And, I think as well, that it is most appropriate that he included this within the context of Eucharistic worship.

In modern practice, much of Christian worship and the Christian life, has been reduced to the mental level – whether of the will, intellectual assent, or the emotions (the emotions are a part of the mind – not the “heart” as it is classically used in the fathers). These are not wrong things to offer to God – but they can be quite misleading in their imbalance. Perhaps the most serious mistake that can be drawn from these mental offerings, is the effective reduction of God to an idea. God is not an idea, and virtually every idea we have of Him is either mistaken or idolatrous.

Struggling to Possess

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 by readerjohn

Deuteronomy 2:1-23, especially vs. 16-18 SAAS: “…when all the men of war died from the midst of the people, then the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘Today you shall pass by the borders of Moab at Seir….’” … Orthodox Christians ought to consider that the heart of the life in Christ is truly nomadic, for God is preparing each of us for the great inner conquest through the daily efforts we make.  Others around us in our neighborhoods, at our jobs, or in the larger community may be settled, as were the Edomites and the Moabites.  But by struggle in the wilderness,  Israel learned to rely solely upon God, not the comforts of fixed life.  So we must learn struggle.

(Dynamis Meditation for May 3)