The Christians of Dachau

By Fr. Hans Jacobse Pascha, 2009 Every Pascha, I repost two stories on OrthodoxyToday.org. that tell how Orthodox prisoners in Dachau held the Paschal Liturgy during their liberation. The first, "The Souls of All are Aflame" provides historical background and detail. The second, "Pascha in Dachau" recounts the story of a prisoner who was there. Christ opening the gates of Dachau View a larger image of this icon Dachua was liberated during Holy Week. The Orthodox believers experienced Christ's triumph over the forces of darkness by holding a Paschal Liturgy crying out "Christ is Risen!" It is hard to fathom the depravity the evil ideologies fostered in their persecutors short of any direct experience, but anyone who has confronted … [Read more...]

The Love of God and the Passion of Christ

On March 26, 2009, the Fellowship of St. James, publisher of Touchstone and Salvo magazines, hosted a Lenten talk by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, the pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of Christ in the Psalms and Christ in His Saints, both published by Conciliar Press. The title of the talk was "The Love of God and the Passion of Christ," and it was preceded by an invocation by Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, pastor of Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois. Listen to it now: The Love of God and the Passion of Christ … [Read more...]

Orthodox chant on PBS [AUDIO]

A small but delightful segment on Orthodox chant appears on the Religion and Ethics section of the PBS website. … [Read more...]

Achieving Orthodoxy Unity

[serialposts] By: Fr. Gleb McFatter Sermon delivered on the Sunday of Orthodox, Naples, Florida, March, 2009. Pentecost In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This invocation of the Holy Trinity which I have just recited is familiar to us all. It is repeated often in every Orthodox service and it is included in every Orthodox prayer. Yet I wonder how many of us have ever contemplated the concept that underlies this invocation, and how that concept is the very core belief which brings us together this evening for the Triumph of Orthodoxy. In the divine liturgy, we affirm the Holy Trinity as one in essence and undivided. In fact, the Church goes even further and confirms that the Holy Trinity is not only one in … [Read more...]

The Scandal: Jesus Hangs on the Cross to Forgive Us of Sin

By: Fr. George Morelli A Lenten homily. "Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Is there any doubt that the Cross of Jesus Christ is a scandal, a shame and embarrassment to anyone who chooses not to respond to God's grace? Look at Jesus from a Jewish perspective in the time of Christ. They were awaiting a messiah, the anointed one of God — a deliverer who would reign in glory with the power and adornment of a king. … [Read more...]