Saturday, March 28, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on the Fear of Death

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. See the answers next week on the St. Luke Web site.

Prayer

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord, in Your humanity, Your fear of death was revealed as sweat fell like drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. Your obedience to Your father and Your love for us overcame that fear when You said “let it be to me according to Your word.” We have failed to overcome our fear of death, which causes us to sin. We pray that we learn to live in Your Resurrection, overcoming our fear of death so we can be free of sin and attain the life to come. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Verse
Hebrews 2:14 - 15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Bible Question
How does the fear of death put us under bondage to the devil?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lenten Activities for Credit

Here are some activities to attend. You can earn School credit if you attend an activity and then fill out the Worksheet for Seminars, Talks, and etc. under WORKSHEETS & STUDY GUIDES in the left column of this blog. E-mail the completed worksheet to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com or turn it in to the homework folder on the School bulletin board in St Luke's.

St Luke Women's Retreat
St. Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL
March 22, 2009, 12:30 to 3
"When God is Silent"
Speaker: Chris Yadron
3 credits

"The Educating Community: Life of Worship, Fellowship, Service & Witness"
Sts Constantine and Helen Church, Palos Hills, IL
April 4, 2009, 9:30 to 3
Speaker: Dr. Anton Vrame
Fee: $10, register at (708) 974-3400
3 credits

St Luke Family Lenten Retreat
St Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL
"Stepping into Missions"
April 5, 2009, immediately after Liturgy
Speakers, Lunch, Workshops
For all ages, sign up at mariakop72(at)yahoo(d0t)com
3 credits

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Orthodox Search Engine

From an e-mail announcement:

We are pleased to announce to you that a new full-text search system covering the whole Orthodox Internet www.Orthodox-Search.com has been launched.

What makes our service unique is the ability of the search engine to index over 7000 Orthodox sites all over the world Orthodox Internet, while the search index is updated daily thanks to the Google CSE technology.

One can submit his search request using the simple search interface, as well as the advanced search form available on the Web page http://www.orthodox-christianity.org/advanced.php. The search results include only the Orthodox websites listed in the Directory www.orthodox-christianity.org. The search results are thereby protected from garbage and exactly match the search request. You can submit your search request on any of the Web pages of the Directory, or, alternatively, you can use the simple search interface at www.Orthodox-Search.com.

Our search service is available in English, Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Greek, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian and many other (over 20) world languages. The search covers only those pages of the Orthodox Internet whose language matches that of the current interface of the search system.

Thanks to Emma for sharing this announcement!

Book Review: The Monastic Magnet

Emma of our School has written a fine review of The Monastic Magnet: Roads to and from Mount Athos edited by Rene Gothoni and Graham Speake. Published in New York by Peter Lang, 2008, 197 pages, ISBN-13: 978-3039113378. Available from Amazon. Read Emma's review, below.

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Most of the 11 contributions included in this volume were delivered as lectures in Helsinki in 2006, to open an exhibit on the treasures of Mount Athos. The introduction by the editors summarizes each intervention. The general theme focuses around exchanges between Mount Athos and the rest of the world, through the visits of pilgrims and through what monks offered them in return, on site and through their foundations in the world.

The first part deals with the Athonite monks: Rosemary Morris (Where did the early athonite Monks come from?, p.21-40) identifies 2 periods of settlement of the Mount, with Mount Olympus and Constantinople as platforms for recruitment, Alice-Mary Talbot introduces a few athonite saints, hermits and cenobitics (Holy Men of Mount Athos, p.41-61), and Ismo Pellikka studies the network of Russian monasteries associated with Athos (Monasteries as between Bridges Athos, Russia, and Karelia, p .63-88).

The second part is more about pilgrims, through the testimony of a monk, Father Simeon (Mount Athos: A Center of Pilgrimage, p.91-95) and authors who often travel to the Sacred Mountain. René Gothoni (Pilgrimage as Dialogue, p.97-108) and Marco Toti (Inner Dimension of Pilgrimage to Mount Athos, p.109-121) try to identify the nature of the pilgrimage. Graham Speaker reflects on what attracts pilgrims to the Mount (The Way of a Pilgrim on Mount Athos, p. 123-132); he illustrates his point by the examples of Nikos Kazantzakis and Alexander Golitzin and of very spiritual monks they encountered (Angels of Peace: Encountering the Elders of Mount Athos, p.159-168).

Other examples are provided: a very prolific Russian pilgrim, unfortunately never translated, by Nicholas Fennell (Parfeny Aggeev and Russian Pilgrimage to Mount Athos, p.133-141), and those of 2 British who collaborated with the English edition of the Philokalia, by Kallistos Ware (Two British Pilgrims to the Holy Mountain: Gerald Palmer and Philip Sherrard, p.143-157). This captivating book ends with a hunting article by Nikolas Hatzinikolaou (Mount Athos: The Highest Place on Earth, p.169-189): it relates his experiences on the Mount and his meetings with monks leading extreme ascetic lives at the boundary between heaven and earth.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Books you can read online

A new category of helps has been added to the column at left. Titled ONLINE BOOKS, the links in this list will lead you to free Orthodox reading materials on the Internet. The first link will lead you to the New English Translation of the Septuagint. Thanks to Mark for contibuting this link!

If you know of other full-length Orthodox online books that should be added to this list, please let me know and I will add them. You can contact me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on the Uncreated Light

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. See the answers next week on the St. Luke Web site.

Prayer
Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord, we are constantly tempted by our animal passions. They disturb our prayer and cause us to lose attention. Help us to pray with our mind in our heart so we can experience Your Uncreated light and come to know Your love as we learn to love our neighbor as ourselves. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Bible Verse
Mark 2: 3-5 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

Bible Question
Explain how the love of neighbor is revealed in this passage.

Evangelist Newsletter by School of the Seventy!

The Spring 2009 issue of St Luke Church's Evangelist newsletter features articles by School of the Seventy students! A link to this issue is under the heading "By Students" in the column at left.

Included in the issue:
--a personal testimony, by Jeremy
--how the School is a benefit, by Mark
--an article about the Prodigal Son, by Emma
--a review on "One Flew Over the Onion Dome," by Lee
--some Lenten book recommendations, and
--an explanation of how the School works

Five credits were awarded to each student who wrote an article.

You'll enjoy these offerings. Download the issue and start reading! You'll be blessed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on Confession


Prayer

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord, You gave us the sacrament of confession so we can have an intimate relationship with You. When we admit our sins we come to know how much You love us. During this Lenten season when we make our confession, may the Priest who hears our confession be Your icon so we can see You and hear Your voice when he reads the prayer of absolution. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Verse
James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Bible Question
How does this passage relate to the sacrament of Confession?

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Growing a Parish--Lenten Retreat

 

Attend this nearby retreat for 3 credits!

Growing a Parish: Becoming a Disciple by Making Disciples
Speaker: Fr. David Rucker of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center
Saturday, March 14 at 3 PM
Vespers to follow
Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
8410 W. 131st Street, Palos Park, IL
FREE, No registration required
Refreshments will be served

For more information, visit the Sts. Peter & Paul Web site.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Menologion 3.0 and Bible Reading Plans

 

Here are two new resources to help you in your studies. Thank you Mark and Clark, for contributing these!

Menologion 3.0 for Windows is a free computer program which provides an easy way to access the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings and Lives of Saints of the day.

When Menologion starts, it reads the date set in your computer's clock and displays the selected readings for the current date. You can set the program to display dates according to the Old Calendar or the New Calendar. You can select any date and display the Troparia and Kontakia or Bible Readings for that date. It is also possible to browse through the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings and Lives of Saints either forward or backward day by day. And you can search for and find saints by name.

Menologion can also display an Icon next to the text of Troparia and Kontakia or Bible Readings. There are 53 Icons included in the main program, with another 380 Icons available in an optional Supplemental Icon Library, containing at least one saint for every day of the year.

You can download Menologion here.

Thomas Nelson, publisher of The Orthodox Study Bible (OSB), now offers one- and two-year Bible Reading Plans to go with the OSB. You can download them here.

May your studies be blessed!

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on Psalm 137


Prayer
Let us pray to the Lord, Lord have mercy.
O Lord, we are weeping over our sins like the Hebrews who wept by the rivers of Babylon. We remember how much we have departed from Your commandments by our slavery to our passions. We eat too much, we spend too much, we waste too much, we are not examples of Your love. We are greedy, lustful and faithless. We do what we hate. We need to be freed from this life of sin. As we begin this time of repentance, strengthen our resolve to make changes and enter the New Jerusalem which You have prepared for us before the foundation of the world. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Verse
Ps: 137:1
By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.

Bible Question
What is Zion and what does it have to do with Christianity? See Rev. 18-20.

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.