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Ask Father Vasiliy

Once again Father Vasiliy Vasileivich, pastor of Saints Vladimir and Olga and Boris and Gleb Russian Orthodox Church in Sydney, Australia, and four-time winner in the Mr. Australia Lip Balm Makers World Cup, has condescended to answer a question from an Onion Dome reader. Welcome, Father Vasiliy! Dear Father Vasiliy, My girlfriend and I have […]

Ask Father Vasiliy

Once again we are honoured to have Fr. Vasiliy Vasileivich, official COROC* spokesman and parish priest, to answer our readers’ questions. Dear Father Vasiliy, I have noticed when waiting in line to venerate icons at my church, that some people make a little kissing “pip” noise when they kiss the icon, and some people do […]

December 29 Saints of the Day – Marcellus, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones, and Thomas Becket

On this day in 1852, Emma Snodgrass was arrested in Boston for wearing trousers. Asked what her excuse was, she replied, “My miniskirt is at the cleaners.” Marcellus, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones (d. 485), was born in Syria. He didn’t keep his parents long (through no fault of his own), and […]

December 24 Saints of the Day – Eugenia of Rome and Charbel Markhlouf

On this day in 1818, the Christmas carol “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Joseph Gruber. It is the only Christmas carol which, when sung, automatically contradicts itself (think about it). Eugenia of Rome (d. ca. 258) was born there, but grew up in Alexandria, of which her father was prefect. Somehow she got hold […]

December 23 Saints of the Day – Niphon of Constantia and Thorlac Thorhallsson

On this day in 1938, the first modern coelacanth was discovered in South Africa. Newspapers called it the “living fossil” until they were sued for trademark infringement by people with outdated prejudices. Niphon of Constantia (IV cent.) was born in Paphlagonia (the topmost strip (“loin”) of Anatolia), and was educated in Constantinople, where he fell […]