Interview With a New Seminarian

July 28, 2010

Professor of Theology, Dr. Robert Moore-Jumonville of Spring Arbor University, interviews SAU Alumnus Matt Brown about the Orthodox Church, his conversion to it from Methodism and his future life as a seminarian at St. Tikhon’s:


Hierarchical Divine Liturgy With Metropolitan Jonah

July 24, 2010

Highlights of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Jonah for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29, 2010) at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio:

Part One (Beginning with the entrance of Metropolitan Jonah):

Part Two (The elevation of Archpriest Father Michael and Protodeacon Michael):

Part Three (Readings):

Part Four (includes sermon by Metropolitan Jonah):

Part Five (sermon concludes):

Part Six (Great Entrance through the Lord’s Prayer):


What is the Mark of a Christian?

July 22, 2010

St. Basil the Great

Thus begins a series of questions by St. Basil the Great:

What is the mark of a Christian?

To be born anew through baptism of water and the Spirit.

What is the mark of one born of water?

That he be dead and immovable with regard to all sin, as Christ died once and for all because of sin, as it is written: ‘all we who are baptized in Christ Jesus are baptized in his death. For we are buried together with him by baptism unto death; knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may serve sin no longer.’ [Rom. 6,3,4,6]

What is the mark of one born of the Spirit?

That he become in the measure granted him that of which he has been born, as it is written: ‘That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’ [John 3,6]

What is the mark of him who has been born anew?

That he strip off the old man with his deeds and cupidities [excessive desires] and put on the new man, ‘who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him that created him.’[Col. 3,10] as it is written: ‘As many of you as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ.’[Gal. 3,27]

What is the mark of a Christian?

That he be purified of all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit in the Blood of Christ, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God and the love of Christ, [2 Cor. 7,1] and that he have no blemish nor spot nor any such thing; that he be holy and blameless [Eph. 5,27] and so eat the Body of Christ and drink His Blood; for ‘he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself.’ [1 Cor. 11,29]

What is the mark of those who eat the Bread and drink the Cup of Christ?

That they keep in perpetual remembrance Him who died for us and rose again.

What is the mark of those who keep such remembrance?

That they live not for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again. [2 Cor. 5,15]

What is the mark of a Christian?

That his justice abound in all things more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, according to the rule of the doctrine which has been handed down in the Lord’s Gospel. [Matt. 5,20]

What is the mark of the Christian?

That they love one another as Christ has loved us. [Eph. 5,2]

What is the mark of a Christian?

To set the Lord always in his sight. [Ps.15,8]

What is the mark of a Christian?

To watch daily and hourly and stand prepared in that state of perfection which is pleasing to God, knowing that at what hour he thinks not, the Lord will come. [Luke 12,40]

From Saint Basil the Great, “The Morals,” 80, 22 in Saint Basil. Ascetical Works. Translated by Sister M. Monica Wagner, C.S.C. (New York: Fathers of the Church, Inc., 1950), 204-205.

H/T: A Vow of Conversation


Hagia Sophia from the Tourist Perspective

July 19, 2010

Holy God: The Trisagion Hymn

July 15, 2010

Sung by Eikona:


St Mark the Deaf

July 15, 2010

H/T: Mystagogy

St. Mark the Deaf -- Feast day January 2nd

We know very little of Saint Mark the Deaf (some calendars have him as Mark the Deaf Mute) other than what is written in the Synaxarion probably from the 13th century on his feast day of January 2nd:

Saint Mark the Deaf was an ascetic that lived a righteous life and died in peace.”

The following stanza is written as well:

Mark did not hear an earthly word, and before he left the earth, his earthly ears were extracted.”

In Rethymno, Crete there exists the only church dedicated to Saint Mark the Deaf not only in all of Greece, but in the entire world. It is located on the grounds of the Holy Monastery of Saint George Arsaniou. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited this chapel in 2003 and served here a Divine Liturgy, praising the fact that the Divine Liturgy was done in sign language.

Though Orthodoxy has many deaf saints, Saint Mark the Deaf has become the patron saint of the deaf. Among other saints who were deaf, there is St. Cadoc (Cadfan) Llankarvansky (+580), St. Drogo (Drew) (+12th cent.), St. Meriadoc (Meredith) (7th cent.), and St Owen Ruensky (Eugene) (+684). Other Orthodox churches in Greece and throughout the world also have services in sign language as well, especially in Russia. Among them is Simonov Monastery in Moscow.

The Trisagion (“Holy God”) from the Divine Liturgy translated into Greek Sign Language:

The Nicene Creed and the Our Father in Greek Sign Language:


The Miracle in Zone One

July 10, 2010

From Ancient Faith Radio — an excellent podcast regarding the Hogar Raphael Ayau Orthodox Orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Highly recommended!

The Miracle in Zone One