Remembering Father Gordon

Remembering Father Gordon

Dear Fr. Gordon, You heard my last confession, which was many months ago now. But I have been thinking of that moment since you passed away earlier this week. After that confession, I wanted to write you a letter. I wanted to say more. But I never did. So, Fr. Gordon, here is your letter. I missed you today. I missed seeing you in the seat next to your wife, and I missed seeing you at the back near one of the icons waiting to hear confessions. I mostly missed you at coffee…Read more …
The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour

"If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.¬† And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and…Read more …
Epiphany

Epiphany

Today is Epiphany, which is when the church celebrates the coming of the wise men, and the Orthodox church also celebrates the baptism of Christ. Other than Pascha, Epiphany is my favorite feast. The church is decorated with vases of water with white floating candles. The priest prays the great blessing over the waters and sprinkles everyone with holy water. Here's an excerpt: Today the grace of the Holy Spirit hath descended on the waters in the likeness of a dove. Today has shone the Sun that setteth not, and the world is…Read more …
The Advent of Unbelief

The Advent of Unbelief

Advent is upon us, and everyone seems to be writing about it. But actually my Advent started back on November 15, which is when Orthodox Christians enter into the nativity¬†season. So like every year, we put up the Christmas decorations on the weekend of the 15th. We got out our little Advent tree and the ornaments that the kids put on it night by night. We bought an Orthodox Advent calendar with forty little windows to open. I am going through the motions, but can I tell you? Just a week or two…Read more …
Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

Ask About Orthodoxy: What Are Feasts?

On the first Monday of the month, I answer readers' questions about Eastern Orthodoxy. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments, email them to me, or tweet them to me!¬† In my last AAO post, I talked about Orthodox fasting, but today I want to address Orthodox feasting. I did not grow up knowing the term "liturgical year." I looked forward to Christmas and Easter, and we did do an Advent wreath and Easter cantata at church, but that was about it. I timed my year more by when school was…Read more …