An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
**DISCLAIMER** Look people, I'm a parent, not a theologian. So if a periodic post centering around PBS cartoon characters (and the like) is a little too silly or "childish" I suggest you try some seminarian's blog today.
Anyone else's kids sometimes watch the cartoon "Arthur"? Interesting enough they recently had an episode in which "Buster" (Arthur's rabbit friend) was visiting a new (live action, real honest to goodness human) friend in Brooklyn, NY. It was a sort of curious live action/cartoon mix episode.
Anyway, Buster's friend - James - is Arab, but much to Buster's surprise he is not Muslim but Christian. Turns out James goes to an Antiochian Orthodox Church and in this episode we get to watch James do his altar boy duties during part of the Divine Liturgy (we see the Great Entrance). After the litrugy we get to have a little conversation with James' priest.
It was very nice, and we all had a good time talking to our kids about things we recognized and how neat it was to see something so dear to our hearts (Orthodoxy, not Arab food) being shown (in a good light) on popular TV.
Of course, the makers of "Arthur" might be surprised to visit our Antiochian Orthodox Parish, where precious few of us grew up eating humus and kibbeh and none of our altar "boys" would admit to accurately representing angels.
That is so cool! i love those little bits of attention the Orthodox get so randomly. Sara and i are always screaming and yelling and running around the room, "That's Orthodox, that's Orthodox". Yeah, yeah were a freaky bunch, but we love it.
Fr. Jerome made the Marine Corps News just before Nativity when he celebrated Liturgy for some Nurses and Doctors of the Romanian Army: www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/9A5656E1A8D99D8E85256F7100488C2E?opendocument
I wish I had seen the Arthur episode! Too cool!! I did notice that the Acolyte's name was James....:) I enjoied the link to "Buster's blog."