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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now
Building a Temple

Episode date: January 21, 2009
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FMG: I’m here in Macon, Georgia, being driven to the shuttle that’s going to carry me back to the airport so I can fly home. I’ve been speaking this weekend at Mercer University and Wesleyan University, and also last night at St. Innocent OCA Church. My driver this morning is Tom Kehayes. He was telling me last night about how this church happened to be built. We’re driving at dawn, and it’s lovely; the mist is rising, and I’m sure the deer are stalking around in the woods on this two-lane road. Suddenly out of nowhere there’s an opening and there’s a Georgian church—a perfect…

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Close to Home

Close to Home
Community

Episode date: January 22, 2009
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What’s fun for Mary, is abhorrent to her siblings. Several times a day I call out like the Little Red Hen, Who will help me sweep the floors, fold the clothes, stir the batter?

Not I, says Elijah.

Not I, says Priscilla

Not I, says Benjamin, I’m much too busy.

But my youngest, Miss “I will” Mary, still oddly fascinated by mops, bed making and lint traps, answers back almost every time in the affirmative. Soon enough, however, judging by my family’s track record, she will also bend over backwards to avoid anything chore related. Familiarity…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Dining Out Like a Christian

Episode date: January 23, 2009
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I remember vividly dinner with Harry and Sarah and a few friends at a nice restaurant in Abilene Texas.  Harry was a former rock musician and heroin addict who had become a Christian.  In those days, there was only one “nice restaurant” in Abilene and it was usually busy.  We were seated and we began a vigil.  Our waitress zoomed past our table several times without acknowledging that we even existed. A couple of lame attempts to wave at her were totally ignored, she knew better than to make eye contact with anyone.  When she finally showed up with our water and silverware she slammed the glasses down, water…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Closed Communion: 12 Things I Wish I’d Known - Part 3

Episode date: March 28, 2005
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Program Notes- March 27, 2005

Closed Communion—Twelve Things I Wish I’d Known
© Frederica Mathewes-Green

6. Blessed Bread and Consecrated Bread

a) Only Orthodox may take communion, but anyone may have some of the blessed bread. Here’s how it works: the round communion loaf, baked by a parishioner, is imprinted with a seal. In the preparation service before the Liturgy, the priest cuts out a section of the seal and sets it aside; it is called the “Lamb”. The rest of the bread is cut up and placed in a large basket, and blessed by the priest. During the eucharistic prayer, the Lamb…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
First Visit to an Orthodox Church: 12 Things I Wish I’d Known - Part 1

Episode date: March 14, 2005
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Program Notes - March 13, 2005

First Visit to an Orthodox Church--Twelve Things I Wish I'd Known

© Frederica Mathewes-Green

1) What's all this commotion?

a) During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you came in the service was already going on, although the sign outside clearly said "Divine Liturgy at 9:30." You felt embarrassed…

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