Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prayer of the First Antiphon Bible Question

St Andrew
With our weekly Bible question, you can earn credits! 

Simply answer the Bible question and send your answer to both Father Andrew at St Luke Church, oandrey(at) and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Your anonymous response to this question will be posted on our web site.

Prayer: Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord our God, save Your people and bless Your inheritance. Preserve the fullness of Your Church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in turn by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who put our hope in You, for Yours is the majesty, and Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Bible Verse: Psalm 28:9 - Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.

Bible question: Who are the people and what is the inheritance?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Father Hopko to Speak on Homosexuality

Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, will speak at the 2011 Synergy Symposium, on Orthodox Christianity and Homosexuality. His book on the same topic, Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections, was published by Conciliar Press in 2006.

Fr. Thomas will be our sole speaker this year. He will address different aspects of the theme in two sessions:
  • First session: Theological Vision: Orthodox Christian Faith and Human Sexuality
  • Second Session: Spiritual Practice: Orthodox Christian Faith and Homosexual Attraction and Behavior
Our young people need to hear Fr. Thomas' message on the Church's stance on this timely issue, particularly with the pressures they are under from their schools and society to accept that "it's just okay." Please bring your Sunday school classes, youth groups, etc. This presentation will be appropriate for those middle school and older.

Saturday, October 15
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
1220 S. 60th Court / Cicero, IL
9 am - 1:30 pm

Registration and payment prior to October 7: $35; October 8-15: $40 per person.

Early registration and payment (prior to October 7 only) for married couples: $50
High School and College Students: $20.00.

Registration includes continental breakfast, coffee service and lunch.
For more information please call Diane (630) 230-0079.

Click here for the registration form.

Students: You can earn three credits for attending this workshop. Simply attend, fill out the event worksheet, and e-mail to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

Staci, one of our Internet students, has given me permission to reprint her personal review of the book, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, authored by Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin. Thank you, Staci!

Staci says:

I was excited to read this book for a few reasons.  Having listened to several of Fr. John's podcasts on the Orthodox Christian Network, I knew an interesting and thoughtful man was involved in the project.  Additionally, The Orthodox Observer newspaper had recently written an article about the book and the corresponding video documentary.  And finally, the recent episode of 60 Minutes about Mt. Athos and my own reading of Mountain of Silence had kindled an interest in Orthodox monastics.

I really enjoyed this book and actually found that it ended too soon  It is a combination of a travelogue, personal narrative, and spiritual journey.  As the two authors travel, visiting monasteries, convents, caves, churches, and towns, I found myself gaining such an understanding of the area, the culture, and both the richness and remoteness of the areas and the people they encounter.  The monks and nuns and others they meet are inspirational examples of people who have devoted their lives to Christ.  Furthermore, the authors analyze the origins and the meaning of the Jesus Prayer and offer help to each of us to deepen our lives through praying this simple, but powerful and profound prayer.

The book contains many pictures, and has wonderful detail and explanation, so that as a reader of the book, I really felt that I was along for the journey with Mr. Chumley and Fr. John.  The book did not disappoint me in my excitement to read it, and in fact was even more enjoyable than I might have imagined. 

I purchased the book through Amazon.  (I got the Kindle ebook, but it is available as an actual book as well.)  There is also a website:

Book information: Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin, HarperOne: 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0061874178.

Students: You can receive two credits for reading this book. Simply read the book, fill out the General Worksheet for books, and e-mail the completed worksheet to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!