Christ is risen!
Metropolitan Makarios (Tillyrides) of Kenya briefly explains the calendar discrepancy for the dating of Pascha on the Orthodox Research Institute: “When Do Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter.”
Have a pleasant weekend.
The following is a recent Russian film that you might find brightening during Bright Week, Старец Паисий и я, стоящий вверх ногами:
I have not been able to find a version with subtitles.
Though you are possibly busy with your Bright Week celebrations, a lecture at Holy Trinity Seminary by Dr. Alexis Torrance may interest you: “The Concept of a Person in Modern Orthodox Theology”:
I hope to see more and more Anglophone Orthodox scholarship.
May this Holy Friday be blessed, and may you have a great Pascha.
At this time of year, we tend to become more aware of our lack of worth, seeing how God does everything for us and how we fail so significantly at being human. Yet, we may console our vanity by reasoning that God is God and that we are men and that we ought not to worry about such a natural discrepancy. However, our nonchalant self justification teeters when we learn the lives of the saints—mere men and women like the rest of us.
A few weeks ago, I read about Saint Luke of Simferopol. What an impressive man! Read this short biography of the saint by Father Victor Potapov: “One who came to love suffering.” The Lord is gracious in the gifts that he sends to us, most especially in the form of rational creatures—and starting with himself.
May the Triduum be an occasion of joy for you and yours!
On this Holy Thursday, I offer a documentary on Valaam Monastery in the Russian north, Валаам - Ступень к Небу. You may watch the full documentary in Russian in one video or see it with English subtitles in seven parts.
Step to the Heavens with subtitles (first of seven parts):
On this Holy Wednesday and first of May (on the Western calendar—a “holy day” of sorts for the Bolsheviks and their ilk around the world), I found an appropriate story to show the transition of Russia from its Soviet dystopia to an emerging modern Christian society. RIA Novosti published a story last month about new bells consecrated for a temple that serves Russian airmen in Sokolniki: “Russian Church Bells with Military Symbols to be Sanctified.” The bells feature both traditional Christian symbols as well as designs associated with the Airborne Troops such as jets and parachutes. It is yet another example of how Russian society is slowly Christianizing while American society is apparently content to shed the last vestiges of our religious identity and heritage. It is a crazy seesaw of modernity.
May your holy week continue to be blessed.
The blog Byzantine, Texas posted a video last month about the parish of Saint Innocent in Macon, Georgia. Independent filmmaker Ted Liedle made the short documentary of the parish, though he himself is not Orthodox.
It is interesting to me what he found interesting about the parish community and thus included in his film. I wish the Southern Orthodox all the best as they live the faith in what used to be called the Bible Belt.
I wish you a beneficial holy week.
A few weeks ago, I received a link to a documentary about Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, whom many of the faithful expect to be canonized. The film is a Russian production in Greek, though the following video has English subtitles.
If you would rather watch the original Russian dubbed version, you may access it at Паисий Святогорец.
Crkvenikalendar.com features an impressive online Church calendar with beautiful icons and short hagiographies for the saints of the day. The site also offers codes for webmasters to display a saints of the day window on their pages. I prefer Ponomar’s Menologion Online for its flexibility and cuustomizations, but Crkvenikalendar’s ready-to-post feast day windows may be better suited for certains pages, especially social networking sites.
I recently discovered the Exarchic Monastery of Santa Maria in Grottaferrata, Italy. Built upon Cicero’s villa, it is a community of Basilian monks outside Rome who worship according to the Byzantine rite. The monastery’s basilica features a Baroque iconostasis designed by Bernini!
I had no idea that such things existed. The abbey’s site has many photographs—and not simply on its photo page. Rome Art Lover offers a fine collection of pictures, as well. But a Baroque iconostasis! How marvellous is our complicated world!