Today, on what has unfortunately become a merely “secular” festival, we recover a deeper Valentine’s message by examining what our faith has to say about romance and true love. Dr. Edith Humphrey looks at the life of the third-century St. Valentine, and considers Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 1 and 2, Ephesians 5, and the book of Tobit (especially 8:4-8).
Every year, youth and camp workers from across the US and Canada gather for the annual Youth and Camp Workers Conference. This Orthodox event is a joint initiative of the canonical jurisdictions of the Church, hosted by a different jurisdiction on a rotating basis. YCC17 was hosted at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, YX by Y2AM, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Father Ivan Moody—prolific composer, sought after conductor, editor of sacred music, and author and lecturer—speaks on "The Past, Present, and Future of Orthodox Music" in this public conversation at St. Vladimir's Seminary. He touches upon everything from deciphering early musical notation written on papyri to creating fresh repertoire in sacred music, and from the “monophony and polyphony wars” in church history to the therapeutic function of music in contemporary church and society.
We interview Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, about a new map posted to the Assembly website titled "Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States."
The new year is upon us! It's a season when lots of people are thinking of goals and self-improvement. In this episode, Dr. Nicole Roccas shares some strategies she has learned as a writing consultant about how to set goals without becoming perfectionistic or destructive . . . also, why shell collecting is a perfectly good new year's resolution.
Fr. Anthony Perkins gives ten suggestions, ranging from practical advice on how to pass the liturgical baton to the need for humility and attentiveness—that will help chanters and singers witness to the peace, harmony, and beauty of God during the Divine Liturgy and other services.
Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez take a look at the classic children’s books The Chronicles of Narnia. They discuss transcendence, transformation, and using allegory to point to Christ. They close with their top 5 Narnia characters.