Tag Archive | Worship

Parishioners Exhausted after Nine-hour Agape Vespers Service

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Parishioners here at the multi-ethnic Church of All Saints of North America Originally from Somewhere Else were exhausted on Pascha afternoon after a 9-hour Agape Vespers service. In keeping with an ancient and widely-observed Orthodox tradition, All Saints of Somewhere Else celebrates Agape Vespers by having the gospel passage, John 20:19-25, read […]

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Orthodox Chorister Doesn’t Like “When Augustus Ruled”

TACOMA, Wash. – In a move that has sent shock waves through spleens north and south of the Mason-Dixon line, tenor Bob “Reader Alexiy (Alexiy the Tsarevich and Passion-Bearer (or Martyr, Depending Upon Whom You Ask))” Bridges of Holy Redirection Orthodox Church’s choir complained that he didn’t like the traditional Orthodox Christmas hymn, “When Augustus […]

December 9 Saints of the Day – Hannah and Budoc

On this day in 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered, restoring jazz piano to its rightful place in American Yuletide celebrations. Hannah (חַנָּה) (XII cent. BC(E)) was barren after ten years of marriage, so she suggested her husband Elkanah take a second wife. Wife #2 was of rabbitesque fertility, and tormented Hannah about it whenever […]

October 17 Saints of the Day – Shushanik and John the Dwarf

On this day in 1931, Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion, proving that when all other agencies fail, the IRS always gets its man. Shushanik (შუშანიკი) (440 – 475) was a Georgian princess. Her given name was Vardeni (“Rose”), but her family called her Shushanik (“Little Suzie,” after Susanna of garden fame). When […]