On a new "Ex Libris," the podcast of Ancient Faith Publishing, Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Nicole Roccas, the author of the new AFP book Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life.
In times of fear and distress, we can turn to the simple act of prayer to calm the waters. Angela Doll Carlson reads a passage from Nearly Orthodox about this very thing, and about learning to pray the Jesus Prayer in Greek.
We interview Fr. Robert Miclean, the Rector of Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission in Annapolis, Maryland, who will soon be leading a pilgrimage to Romania. Among the highlights of this upcoming trip will be the celebration of Holy Ascension in Valea Plopului, Romania, and Holy Pentecost at Putna Monastery in the northern part of Romania, home of the famous "painted monasteries" built by St. Stephen the Great.
Edith Humphrey looks to this week’s readings, 2 Timothy 4:5-8, and Mark 1:1-8 (with the help of the prophecies of Malachi 3:1-5, 4:2-6), as an encouragement to put off the Old Man, and to put on Christ. The conjunction of Nativity with the beginning of our remembrance of Theophany leads us to dwell upon the themes of old and new— of the new covenant by which we have been embraced, of how it fulfils promises of the old covenant, and of how Christ himself is the Alpha as well as the Omega.