Archive | January 2012

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Greek Priest Sent to Bed Without Supper for Translating Liturgy

First published on December 13, 2002. ATHENS HEIGHTS – In a move that surprised exactly no one (except perhaps Mr. Stanley Majors of Pretoria, South Africa), Father Irmanos Spartopolis of Athens Heights, Greece was sent to his room without supper by His Grace Bishop SPARTOS Irmopolis for translating the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom […]

Guide to Orthodox Vocabulary for Catechumens and Converts

From the January, 2012, church bulletin In Orthodoxy we use a lot of words and phrases that are not common, or are used in an uncommon way, or are from languages other than English. Some of our catechumens and convert families have expressed dismay at learning them. Here’s a handy guide to some of the […]

From the Choir Director to the Choir at All Saints of Kamchatka Orthodox Church

DATE: 01/15/12 FROM: Elizabeth Blankenship TO: Kamchatka_Choir_Mailing_List@yahoo.com SUBJECT: No Practice This Thursday For those of you not in church this Sunday, or not paying attention, there is no choir practice this Thursday (January 19th). We will resume normal practices on the 26th. It’s important we’re all there on the 26th. We have to learn the […]

Seven-year-old Accidentally Breaks Fast with Pâté

DES MOINES, IOWA – If choking down the non-fasting food becomes a podvig, does that mean it’s acceptable to break the fast? When seven-year-old Katrine (“St. Katherine the Great”) Sanderson opened her family’s fridge, all she saw to eat was a weird tin of stuff and some Oreos.

Council of Chalcedon to Be Re-fought on Bethlehem Quidditch Pitch

BETHLEHEM – Following a broomstick brawl between priests of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic Churches in the Church of the Nativity, the two churches, at odds since their falling out over the definition of Christ’s nature at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, have agreed to decide the theological question once and for all […]