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Sunday, May 13, 2018

     “Praise the name of the Lord; Praise him, you servants of the Lord. You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; chant unto his name, for that is good.” (Ps 134: 1-3, Septuagint-translation)

     What a relief it is, to take a break from worrying about or bemoaning what is “bad” and “wrong” with the world, and to “praise the Lord.” For that is good. And it is healthy for me, particularly in our oft-exhausting internet-culture, which always seems more eager to find fault with, and to take offense at, things and people, rather than to find the good in them.

     Today I take pause and thank God wholeheartedly, also for the things and people I tend to take for granted. And because it is Mother’s D...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We who mystically represent (μυστικῶς εἰκονίζοντες) the Cherubim, and who sing to the Life-Giving Trinity the thrice-holy hymn, let us now lay aside all earthly cares that we may receive the King of all…” (Cherubic Hymn, Byzantine Divine Liturgy)

What is the point, one might ask, of “mystically representing” (or, more specifically, “being icons of/images of” εἰκονίζοντες) the Cherubim? First of all, we are proclaiming our unity with all faithful, God-praising creation, both visible and invisible. And we “exercise” a capacity we share with the invisible creation: Praise. We are “doxological” beings, meant to “bless” or pronounce “good words” in God’s good world. But we need to “exercise” our praise-capacity, lest it be smothered by other capacities, like ingratitude, grumbling, and always...

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