St. John Chrysostom and Pope Francis: What they have in common

St. John Chrysostom and Pope Francis: What they have in common

Being an Eastern Catholic, I live in two worlds. For  many of my fellow Eastern Catholics and I, these two worlds live side by side while blending harmoniously together (most of the time) and are exactly as things should be. We believe we are the bridge that unites the Church, East and West, Catholic and Orthodox, where common ground can […]

by · September 12, 2014 · 4 comments · Saints
Troparion of the Holy Cross

Troparion of the Holy Cross

Here’s a link I found for the Tropar of the Holy Cross in several different languages. Enjoy!      

by · September 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Liturgical Year, Prayer, Traditions
Meskel Festival in Ethiopia

Feast of the Holy Cross, Sept. 14

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross is only a few days away.  Here is a short clip highlighting the feast as it is celebrated by the Ethiopian church.  Be sure to watch the video–definitely one for the bucket list!      

Seeing God in All Places, Even the Bookstore

Seeing God in All Places, Even the Bookstore

“ To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”~William Blake I believe that God is present in all places and filling all things, just like we pray at Divine Liturgy. Recently I saw a glimpse of heaven at the bookstore, […]

Arise, O God.

Arise, O God.

As I have followed the news about the suffering Christians around the world, I am reminded that I know something about them. We have worshiped along side the Chaldean, Syriac, Coptic and Palestinian Christians on several occasions. These Christians keep ancient traditions and are liturgical people.  I imagine, living in a land where the church is so heavily persecuted, these people are made to ponder […]

All in God’s Time: A lesson from St. Monica

All in God’s Time: A lesson from St. Monica

I am convinced that sometimes, the saints choose us. St. Monica is another proof to me that this is true. She was the patron of the mother whose home we recently purchased. The house was dedicated to St. Monica and when we moved in an icon of her was on our wall. She is now in the center of my kitchen […]

by · August 27, 2014 · 2 comments · Liturgical Year, Prayer, Saints
Celebrating a Marriage

Celebrating a Marriage

There is something odd about making wedding crowns for my own parents and explaining to my  children why I am making crowns for their grandparents. Such is the life of a revert! My parents grew up Catholic but left the Church when they were adults so they were not married in  the Church. At my grandfathers request, I was baptized Catholic […]

by · August 19, 2014 · 5 comments · Faith, Family
The Transfiguration: View from a Mountain

The Transfiguration: View from a Mountain

“You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the radiance of the Father.” (Kontakion of the Feast of the Transfiguration) The Transfiguration of Christ […]

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