Monday, September 27, 2010

British Library posts Greek Manuscripts to the Web

This is wonderful! From Mystagogy, the blog of John Sanidopoulos:

One of the world's most important caches of Greek manuscripts is going online, part of a growing number of ancient documents to hit the Web in recent years.

The British Library said Monday that it was making more than a quarter of its 1,000 volume-strong collection of handwritten Greek texts available online free of charge, something curators there hope will be a boon to historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece alike.

Although the manuscripts — highlights of which include a famous collection of Aesopic fables discovered on Mount Athos in 1842 — have long been available to scholars who made the trip to the British Library's reading rooms, curator Scot McKendrick said their posting to the web was opening antiquity to the entire world. Read the complete article here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Books for sale!

School student Emma has set up an Amazon storefront and she has Orthodox books for sale, too! View her shop on Amazon.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Book Review: Hidden and Triumphant

"The Holy Gaze":
Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography
Book Review by Frederica Mathewes-Green

Among the illustrations in this volume there is an AP news photo from the Russian district of Bogorodsk, dated 1950, of a crowd of people carrying icons out of a church. This isn’t a religious procession; instead, they are handing the paintings up to a man standing in a farm cart. Though it is cold—you can tell from the bundling garments and fleece-lined caps—the crowd looks energetic and happy, and a pretty young woman at the center of the photo looks particularly joyous. In the foreground a boy is holding a small icon, perhaps of Christ. The cart is already overflowing with these paintings of saints and biblical figures on wooden plaques. The load is going to be hauled out of town and burned.

Read the complete review here.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Prayer of the Week - Mark 6:25-26

Prayer of the Week on the Beheading of John the Baptist

Once again, you can earn one credit by reading the prayer of the week and answering a question. Submit your answer to both Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive the credit!

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord today we remember the sacrifice of Your cousin John the Baptist. His devotion to You prepared Your way. He was the voice crying in the wilderness making Your way straight. On the day of Your return we pray that we too may be resurrected with him. May we be Your messengers and prepare others for Your coming. For You will that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Bible Text: Mark 6:25 - 26
Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her.

Bible Question:
What was Herod's oath and why did he make it?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

From Our Students: Lee reviews "From Baptist to Byzantium"

Lee has contributed this fine book review on "From Baptist to Byzantium." This is a great book for seekers or anyone who enjoys stories of how others found the Orthodox Faith. Thank you, Lee!


From Baptist to Byzantium: How a Baptist Missionary Traveled Halfway Around the World to Find the Ancient Orthodox Faith
By Father James Early
Regina Orthodox Press

I never thought I would be writing this Book Review on Fr. James and his road to Orthodoxy. I can tell you that after this meeting with him his unusual response stuck to me to this day.What a way to come to the Faith! However, his story is far more than just that entry into the local Orthodox Church and this fine book greatly enhances my Sunday conversation with him. He has a wonderful, moving story to tell and I am thankful that the Lord has motivated him in telling it. While the book mirrors Fr. Peter Gillquist’s brilliant book, Becoming Orthodox it is different in that it is a testimony of one man (wife too) and his struggle to follow God’s will and seek the truth.As one of my great friends and a founding member of St. Luke Parish, Pat Dravillas, said many years ago, “Religion is about the truth, Lee.” This is a great story about finding the Holy Orthodox Faith while in foreign mission work.If you are a member of The Faith, I am sure this book will reaffirm your conviction in its truth.For those seeking the truth, this book will give you all you need to get started on the road.

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