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Sunday, November 11, 2018

I'm Back!

After what?

Six years.

Well, I've been on Facebook.

And what, you ask, is on my mind?  Anything?

Well, yes.  Yes, there is.

And that would be the intrinsic, integral connection between socioeconomic liberation as a function of the Christian Good News (you know, "Gospel") and personal salvation, also a form of liberation.

There will be more later.  However, at this time, I just wanted to regain access to this blog.

Shlama,
Avva/Fr. Greg

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ascension, 2012


"O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly. You were never separate but remained inseparable, and cried out to those who love You, 'I am with you and no one is against you." - Kontakion of the Ascension, Byzantine Rite

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pascha, 2012


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

(Christmas 2011) Christ is born! Glorify Him!


He Who holds the whole creation in the hollow of His hand is born of the Virgin.
He Whose Essence is incomprehensible is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a mortal.
God, Who in the beginning formed the heavens, lies in a manger.
He Who rained down manna on the people in the wilderness is fed on milk from His Mother's breast.
The Bridegroom of the Church summons the Magi.
The Son of the Virgin accepts their gifts.
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ!
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ!
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ!
Show us also Thy holy Theophany!

(Byzantine Rite

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Axios! Many years! (to the Antiochian Catholic Church in America)

Today, October 23, is the Feast Day of St. James, the "brother" of the Lord and first bishop of Jerusalem. A very early liturgy, the one used by all of the West Syriac Tradition, including the ACCA, is attributed to him. It clearly forms the basis for the Liturgies of the Byzantine Rite and Armenian Rite, and is echoed in certain anaphorae, or Eucharistic Prayers, of the Coptic Church.

It is also the 20th anniversary of the autocephaly, or independence, of the Antiochian Catholic Church in America.

Axios! Many years!

The following are Prayers-Hymns from the Byzantine Rite, used at the Liturgy (Eucharist) in honor of St. James:

Troparion Tone 4
Thou hast received the Gospel as a disciple,/ thou art invincible as a martyr,/ and bold as the Lord's brother,/ thou dost intercede as a hierarch./ O righteous James, pray to Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Kontakion Tone 4
God the Word, only-begotten of the Father,/ came to us in the last days./ He has made thee first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem/ and a steward of spiritual mysteries./ we honour thee, O Apostle James.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Quick Note...

....inspired by Paul Evdokimov's book The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty and Andreas Mar Cassian's homily on Sunday at the annual Convocation liturgy. The Gospel reading was Luke 17:20-37, which includes the statement, "The Kingdom of God is within [or "among"] you".

In his homily, Mar Cassian noted that "antichrist" means not only "against Christ" but also, "in place of Christ".

Here is the note:

The language of Orthodox Christianity is not that of substitution and re-presentation. It is, rather, the language of participation and communion. The former is opaque, solipsistic, iconoclastic, and nominalistic. The latter is transparent and iconic. The latter is the language of interpenetration and perichoresis. It is the language of Trinitarianism and therefore, of human community and sobernost, the language of counciliarity.

Thus, as priest, I am not "another Christ". If I am, I am in fact "antiChrist". However, my priesthood, by participation, is that of Christ Himself.

Monday, May 9, 2011

An Update on the ACCA's Financial Situation in Knoxville.

I posted the following a couple of weeks ago:

An Urgent Message from ACCA Bishop Victor Mar Michael

Mar Michael now writes that enough money has been raised over the last two weeks to resolve the immediate crisis, as outlined in the previous post. For this we are all grateful to God and to all how helped.

However, he also writes that he, Avva Zakkai, Sister Miriam, and the St. Demetrios parish community are looking for a more affordable alternative with regard to a venue for worship and service. However, given the relative little that they are currently paying, it is hard to envision such an alternative, at least one that would allow for 24/7 access and use.

They could probably once again return to using the sanctuary of another congregation for weekly worship, but that would mean only having access to that space for a couple of hours on Sunday and it would make continuing the ministry to the homeless extremely difficult if not impossible.

If you gave, thank you. If you can, please contact Mar Michael at the E-mail address below and pledge your ongoing support. Even few dollars a month, each and every month, would make a significant difference. Thanks.

Mar Michael's E-mail address is: mar[dot]michael[at]juno[dot]com

Checks may also be sent to the following address, made payable to the St. Demetrios or the ACCA.

Victor Mar Michael, Senior Pastor
St Demetrios Antiochian Catholic Church
2001 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921

Off to Chicago

Well, it seems like just yesterday in some ways. In the Summer of 2008, Susan and I packed a rented van to the gills and hauled younger daughter Cary off to Loyola University of the Windy City. I mentioned this in passing before we left, here, sort of like I am doing now.

Anyway, it is almost three years later, and wouldn't you know it, once again as we prepare for a 2,000 mile road trip, gas prices have increased drastically. Murphy was a very wise man.

But anyway, Cary is now graduating with a GPA just a tick or two below 4.0. So congratulations, girl! Can't wait to see you in Chicago!