November 16, 2018

He Descended Into Hell

It is a strange thing for me to say that Great and Holy Saturday is one of my favorite services in the entire Orthodox Church year.   The adjectival phrase ‘favorite service’ would have had no meaning for me when I was Reformed, because all Reformed services are either identical or aspire to be so.  […]

On Charles Williams

O Champion General, we your City ascribe to you the victory in gratitude for being rescued from calamity, O Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, O Bride unwedded! When he perceived what had secretly been ordered, to the […]

A Modern Bestiary, Part Two

Editor’s note: You can read Mule’s A Modern Bestiary, Part One here.  Stories of saints and animals have always moved me deeply. St. Seraphim and his bear was one of the first I learned about in an Orthodox context: Saint Seraphim began to go to a “far wilderness,” which was a desolate place in a forest 5 […]