An appeal to St. Herman of Alaska, an 18th century Russian monk serving as a missionary in Alaska. O Almighty God, we praise and glorify Thee, Our Lord and Creator. All the earth and everything within it acknowledges Thee as Creator, the Eternal Father. Heaven and Earth, Angels and Men, together, praise and glorify Thee, […]
Summer Storm (St. Pachomius Skete) Afternoons like this can never be long enough – We wait on the porch for the promised storm, Beneath the booming of Ozark thunder, Wait for the wind to push the torpid air From us, disperse the sour humors drawn out By poultice of stillness. The hardwoods begin to wave […]
As a recent convert to Orthodoxy, I make a habit of looking up the various occasions during which we fast or celebrate to learn more about them. At the beginning of the Apostles Fast, I found “What is the Apostles Fast?”, an excellent article by Fr. Brendan Pelphrey. With permission, I share a paragraph from […]
The week I was scheduled to move from California to Indianapolis, I found out about St. John Maximovich. Over the phone Mary L. encouraged me to go “visit” him in San Francisco. “Visit” was a strange choice of words to me because the man was dead (or as I later learned to say, “reposed”). Not […]
Joy of All Who Sorrow has been awarded a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is a big deal! The grant will enable us to produce 4 short (up to 5 minutes each) educational videos, each depicting a different historic preservation project […]
By Lori Hay We all have difficult people in our lives. Some come and go. Some stay, setting up camp in our minds and eventually working their way into our hearts. If we let them. Nun Theophania entered my life 10 years ago. Initially, I offered rides from another part of the city to our […]
I spent two years in California after having lived in Texas for thirty-five years. Living with my brother and sister-in-law while looking for affordable housing, I enjoyed taking on-line courses and pursuing growth in my spiritual life for the first time in a long time. I developed a particular interest in the sermons of a […]
The installation of the Holy Cross at the top of our church was a wonderful milestone for our Church community. Let the cross break every yoke of man, and proclaim liberty throughout the land. By the Life-Creating Cross, the devil is put to shame, illusion is shattered, kings are humbled, and we are saved!