Thank you to Father Andrew Louth for playing this orchestral music at the conclusion of his three-part lecture on the "Mother of God" at IOCS.
Έφυγα απ το Φαραώ της Αιγύπτου τη σκλαβιά μ αρχηγό το Μωυσή ν΄ ανεβώ ως το Σινά . Στο Σινά να ανεβώ ω! πολύ το επιθυμώ, στην Αγία κορυφή και να λέω την ευχή Η ανάβασις σκληρή, Θεέ μου δος μου υπομονή, καρτερία, αντοχή, ν αποκτήσω την ευχή Πρώτα η υπακοή, η Γραφή, η προσοχή κι η αγία σιωπή δυναμώνουν την ευχή . Την ευχή για να τη λες πρέπει από το μυαλό να πετάξεις μακριά κάθε πράγμα κοσμικό Στην αρχή την ευχή να τη λες προφορικά κι έπειτα από καιρό θα σου γίνει νοερά Και στα λόγια της ευχής να ναι όλη η προσοχή, γιατί όταν φανταστείς κίνδυνος να πλανηθείς Τον πειράζοντα πολύ ερεθίζει η ευχή και γι αυτό μην πτοηθείς όταν σου επιτεθεί Κι απ τα λόγια της ευχής βγαίνουνε καρποί γλυκείς. Ω! τι μέλι είν' αυτό δεν μπορείς να φανταστείς Η ευχή πώς ενεργεί μην ζητάς να σου το πω, δεν μπορώ να εκφραστώ είναι Θείο μυστικό όταν δεις την ευχή μέσα σου να ενεργεί φρούρησέ τηνε καλά με ταπείνωση πολλή Γέροντά μου σεβαστέ, Μωυσή μου νοητέ έλα δος μου μια ευχή ν αποκτήσω την ευχή Κι η Μητέρα του Χριστού, Ηγουμένη Μυστική, ευλογεί τους Χριστιανούς και τους δίδει την ευχή Στο Σινά να ανεβώ ώ! Πολύ το επιθυμώ, στην Αγία Κορυφή και να λέω την ευχή
The richness of our faith transmitted in a call to the heavenly through Orthodox chant in the Aramaic language. By immersing oneself in this beauty, one strives for inner beauty. Thanks be to God for all living things, for nature and the environment around us. Thanks be to God for giving us breath. May He have mercy on us. And may all the saints intercede for us.
Thank you Archimandrite Seraphim Bit-Haribi for showing us glimpses of the eternal.
Presvitera Dr Jeannie Constantinou is a beautiful example of an Orthodox Christian teacher. We first had contact some years ago when Dr Constantinou came across MG Michael's thesis at Holy Cross Library on the Apocalypse. See her translation on St Andrew of Caesarea's commentary on the Apocalypse. She is also featured on Ancient Faith Radio. Here is her podcast and some of her interviews are here. I would highly recommend her.
Very Reverend Father Josiah Trenham, Ph.D.
FATHER JOSIAH TRENHAM is a native Southern Californian. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1993, and was awarded the Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Durham, England, in 2004. He has served as pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, Ca. since 1998.
Father is the founder and director of Patristic Nectar Publications, a company dedicated to “nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers” in quality audio recordings. PNP produces both recordings of patristic works as well as recordings of lectures and homilies available in direct download formats (www.patristicnectar.org). Father Josiah’s weekly homilies and additional theological reflections are published weekly and listened to by thousands all over the globe on The Arena podcast on Ancient Faith Radio: www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/thearena.
Father serves as an instructor in and on the Board of Advisors of the Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Orthodox Institute in San Francisco: www.sforthodoxinstitute.org. He is an adjunct professor of theology at St. Katherine College in Encinitas, Ca. (2010-present), and was an Adjunct Professor of History at California Baptist University (2003-2010). He is a member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, and participates in yearly academic forums and symposia. Since 2004 he has served on the Mayoral Environmental Committee (GAP) of the City of Riverside. Father Josiah has also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the United States since its inception in May, 2010. Father Josiah was married in 1988, and has ten children.
Father Josiah’s books and articles have been published by St. Herman Press, New Rome Press, Zoe Press, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Journal, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, The Journal of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, CIVA: The Journal of Christians in the Visual Arts, Divine Ascent, The Word Magazine, OrthodoxyToday.org, American Orthodox Institute, Sourozh, Pemptousia.com (Vatopaidi Monastery), Eastern Churches Review, and more.
Father Josiah has been interviewed by Fox News, Voice of Russia Radio (VR), Russian Television (RT), Ancient Faith Radio, Culture Shocks: The Radio Show of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and numerous local news outlets: ABC, NBC, KTLA, 590 AM talk radio, and more.
Father Josiah has conducted interviews for his own podcast with numerous religious leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant traditions including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Oxford, England, Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, San Diego, and Prof. Wesley Hill of Trinity Seminary, PA.
Father Josiah has conducted numerous diocesan, parish, and clergy retreats and seminars for every Orthodox Christian jurisdiction in America and in Canada. He has also spoken at numerous colleges and universities including Westmont College, St. Katherine College, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, St. Paul University, California Baptist University, San Jacinto Community College, and more.
For those inclined to reading daily spiritual blogposts and listening to podcasts, Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island has one called The Morning Offering: https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/
I came across Abbot Typhon in a joint panel he was presenting with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza of St Innocent's Orthodox Church in Oregon.
Below are a selection of the Abbot's reflections. Abbot Tryphon was raised Lutheran, then he became a clinical psychologist (both lecturing and in private practice) getting involved in Zen Buddhism during his undergraduate coursework years. Less than a decade later, from what I can deduce from his talks online, he returned to Christ, converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.
Abbot Tryphon speaks frankly, from experience, and with grace. He speaks authentically and from the heart with a great sense of humour and warmth. I personally appreciate his fundamental message- we need to embrace all people, and to love all people.
I recently contacted Fr Seraphim for an interview on social media. He humbly declined, but I appreciated the few exchanges we had over email. Here he appears on thedove.us which is mainly an evangelical program. The host of the show, and president of KDOV is Perry Atkinson, and I credit this dialogue with much of the grassroots exchange that needs to occur in order for understanding to come between various Christians faiths and denominations.
It is fair to say, that Fr Seraphim's online discussions with Perry Atkinson have fetched more hits than any other priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church based in the USA. Archpriest Seraphim Cardoza is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and St Innocent is located in Rogue River, Oregon. Visit the web site here. If I recall correctly, previously Archpriest Cardoza was an evangelical pastor before converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.
Some of Serpahim's talks with Perry Atkinson can be found below.
I was very fortunate to attend St Nicholas Church in 2000, when I worked for Nortel Networks in Texas on secondment. It was a blessing to be there several weekends to participate in the Holy Liturgy, Vespers on the Saturday and much more. One of my colleagues, Efstratios, was generous enough to take me to services which were some way out of Plano, Richardson. I also managed to attend St Sophia in Texas where I met a beautiful community of Greek Orthodox Christians at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Dallas. Holy Trinity also had an Orthodox College connected to it, similar to that of St Spyridon College, where I attended.
I will never forget the welcoming community at St Nicholas, Fr's 5 children, and the very warm Presvitera. At the time Fr worked for a telco also, and had already begun outreach on the Internet with Orthodox.net. For some time during those years inspired by Orthodox.net, I ran a blog called The Orthodox Page on YahooGroups!, which I discontinued once had my first child. I will try to amalgamate some of that early content on my Faith page, but it will take some time to migrate the data which was mostly excerpts of modern Eastern Orthodox books.
What are my memories of St Nicholas Church?
1. The chanting.
2. The humility of the people.
3. The reverence of the people toward God.
4. The welcoming nature toward families and outsiders.
5. The fact that Fr and Presvitera were converts.
6. The many little holy icons that graced the old church.
7. Vespers and confession, and Fr's guidance.
8. The lunch time meal we all shared.
9. The mix of English and Slavonic services.
10. The chanting (did I say this a second time?).
Here are some of Father Seraphim Holland's talks. I love their simplicity and I love their love for God and his children (big and small).
Fr has worked tirelessly to move into a new Church in McKinney. You can support his community's effort by visiting Orthodox.net. He has a great deal of his sermons available on mpg3 on his web site, and now quite a few YouTube clips on the church channel. Unbelievably after 16 years, I still remember many of the faces in these video recordings.