As you know (if you’ve been paying attention), I just finished a year of doing one blog entry per day, usually giving a brief overview of the lives of two different saints, one from the Orthodox (new) calendar, and one from the Catholic (Latin) calendar. Of course some of the saints on one calendar were also on the other, although often not on the same day. When they coincided I often did just one saint that day, which allowed me to go into further depth. Some days I did the feast of the day (e.g. Christmas), or an icon (e.g. Joy of All Who Sorrow), or an apparition (e.g. Our Lady of Guadalupe) instead.
It’s been a fun series, although a heck of a lot of work (about 2-3 hours per day between research, writing/editing, and formatting). I’ve learned a lot about the saints, and I hope my readers have as well. I hope you don’t stop reading about the saints, but go and do your own reading. My favorite sites have been the OCA’s Lives of the Saints, SQPN’s Calendar of Saints, and the St. Patrick Catholic Church (in DC)’s Saint of the Day series by Katherine Rabenstein. Add Wikipedia, which often has some dirt on the less saintly things the saints have done, and you can learn a lot about these wonderful people the Church holds up to us for edification and emulation. God is truly glorious in His saints!
I am now taking some time off, although the website will still be here, and publishing, albeit on a much more rarefied schedule. I hope to have pieces from time to time by my remaining staff member, Terce Reporter Brigid Strait, who has written many pieces for the Dome down through the years (all of them funny, too!), as well as guest writers such as Thomas Eric Ruthford, who wrote the “cute family” article recently. Persons wanting to try their hand at Orthodox satire are invited to send submissions or ideas to FatherVasiliy at yahoo dot com. Can’t promise I’ll publish it, or that I won’t edit it (that’s my job after all), but if I do run it, it will have your name on it (or your pseudonym if you don’t want your priest (or, if you are a priest, your khouria/presvytera/matushka (or as we say at the Dome, khourvytushka)) to know you’re spending your Friday nights writing satire).
Thanks to everyone who wrote encouragement, a big Bronx cheer to people who wrote nasty stuff, and a happy Gregorian New Year to everybody who doesn’t live in St. Julian Calendar’s Cave on that secret, uncharted island 300 versts south of Mt. Athos.
God grant you all many, many years.
Your Intrepid Editor,
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