Orthodox Christianity

HCHC Senior Trip 2011 – Constantinople

Posted by on July 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

TweetThe seven days I was in Constantinople/Istanbul was the most moving, exhausting, and colorful part of the pilgrimage. We arrived by bus and went for lunch at the Phanar. Then we visited the small Church of St. Nicholas, one of the 75 still functioning Orthodox churches (served by just 24 priests) in Istanbul. The single men stayed at the Halki Seminary on an island in the Bosphorus. Halki was closed in the 70’s and the Turkish gov’t refuse to allow it to be reopened. It still functions as a monastery where there is only a handful of monks and staff. The seminary was on top of a hill, and since there were no vehicles on the island the only way there was to walk or go by horse carriage.

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The Six Winged Seraphim

Posted by on May 11, 2011 at 7:10 am

TweetIcon I just found of the six-winged seraphim.


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Holy Week at Holy Cross/Hellenic College

Posted by on April 14, 2009 at 6:21 am

TweetI hope everyone will enjoy these pictures I’m posting from Holy Week. I

wasn’t able to add much to the services, so this is my offering for the

week. I’m sure I must have annoyed everyone moving around the chapel and taking flash shots in people’s faces, but I tried hard to take picture that would be memorable, pictures that said something about what was going on. It’s not easy to get a good shot. Photography is becoming a throw away art. Everyone with a cheap phone has a camera and any picture can be touched up in Photoshop. Pictures are often uploaded to Facebook to be glanced at and forgotten. But to make something beautiful takes care and patience. It says a lot about you, the way you see other people.

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Pascha’s End

Posted by on April 16, 2007 at 9:38 am

TweetChrist is Risen!

Pascha has come and gone again. The bright sadness of Lent has ended and Orthodox Christians across the world are living in the newness of Christ’s Resurrection. I was able to go to all of the Holy Week services except Holy Tuesday. On Thursday there was a rather long service for the reading of the 12 Gospels but we still had a good crowd, and on Holy Friday when Christ is taken down from the cross and is buried we had a good crowd. This year Father Jonah made a tomb from flowers and placed it on a bier to be carried in procession.

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