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.
He spoke this past Sunday in Los Angeles at a Pan-Orthodox Vespers, with my own Bishop JOSEPH and the host cathedral's Bishop MAXIM. So many priests from various jurisdictions attended, and many laity as well. He spoke, naturally, about unity, and about St. Nikolai Velimirovich (whose feast day it was, New Calendar) and what he did for Americans.
I think my favorite part of his homily was when he said that if a a bunch of barely-believing Deists can begin a country as great as ours, why can't we Orthodox Christians, who have much more faith and truth than the founding fathers of America, get our act together and bear witness to Christ?
My name is Melanie and I am a passionate orthodox from Wheeling, WV. I read your blog often, but this is my first post. Let me just say that I question why we can't seem to get our act together too! Have any of you listened to Father Peter Gilquist's talk entitled The Top Ten Mistakes of Orthodox Christians? You may be able to listen to it as a download from Ancient Faith Radio. www.ancientfaithradio.com