The Philokalia is a 5-volume (4 in English, so far) compilation of writings from the 4th to the 14th century on “Prayer of the Heart,” the process of uniting the personality and bringing it into communion with God. It’s a difficult work to approach, and several people have come up with suggestions on how to get started—what works to read in what order. Here’s a list I made, by compiling that advice.
The Rites of Baptism and Chrismation
Why are we facing the back of the church?
If you have been invited to attend a friend’s Baptism, you would expect to come into the church and face toward the altar. But the preliminary parts of an Orthodox Baptism take place at the back of the church (or in some cases, in the church’s entry hall, called a narthex). This is because, in the early centuries, Baptisms were performed outside the church; the new members of the congregation literally “entered” the church. Now the first part of the ceremony takes place at the back of the worship space, and then the baptismal party moves to the center of the room for the Baptism itself. Finally, they come to the front of the church for the Chrismation, the anointing service that completes church membership, and represents the bestowing of the Holy Spirit (it’s analogous to Confirmation in Western churches.)
Total as of 9/21/2015: 10 books, 751 published essays, 568 speaking events, 702 media interviews
Repository of papers: Addlestone Library Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Best American Spiritual Writing, 2007, Houghton Mifflin
Best Christian Writing 2006, Jossey-Bass
Best Regular Column: Culture, the Arts, and Leisure, Catholic Press Association, 2004
Best Christian Writing 2004, Jossey-Bass
Best Christian Writing 2002, HarperSanFrancisco
Books for a Better Life awards, finalist, 2000
Best Christian Writing 2000, HarperSanFrancisco
Best Spiritual Writing 1998, HarperSanFrancisco
Christian Women Role Models (1998), Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society
“A Sacrifice for a Friend” appeared on
Frederica.com, March 13, 2015
“Tomorrowland” movie review appeared on
Frederica.com, April 15, 2015
“Why I Haven’t Spoken Out on Gay Marriage…Till Now” appeared on
Frederica.com, April 20, 2015
“Open Question: Tithing” appeared in
Christianity Today, June 2015
“Bringing it Home” appeared on
Frederica.com, June 15, 2015
Ctr for Byzantine Material Arts retreat, Leesburg, VA, Jan 23-24, 2015
Classroom Skype talk, Messiah College, Jan 26, 2015
Linthicum Methodist Church, Linthicum MD, April 14, 2015
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, June 20, 2015
Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity
(Paraclete Press, 2015; 800-451-5006)
The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God
(Paraclete Press, 2009; 800-451-5006)
In England, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2010
Dignity of Human Life, Spring 2015
National Review, June 13, 2015
Sinteza (Romania), Summer or Fall 2015
[Sinteza magazine, Romania, Summer or Fall 2015]
-Which is now the place of Orthodoxy in a world of such a great religious diversity as America? What do Americans generally know about the Orthodox Church? What do they know about Romania?
America was founded mostly by Protestants, though some areas were populated by Roman Catholics. But over the years it has become extremely diverse, such that people of every land and every faith are visible in our cities. We are not as free to display Christian symbols, such as a cross or a stone engraved with the Ten Commandments. People of other faiths protest and demand equal time. Recently, a group of Satanists demanded the right to place a statue of Satan next to a stone carved with the Ten Commandments on a public lawn. Atheists also attack the expression of Christian beliefs in public places. While a very large percentage of the country is still Christian, the people in power tend to be atheists and despise Christians (in part because we oppose abortion and same-sex marriage).
“Inside Out,” the latest animated film from Pixar Studios, is really two movies. One is for kids, and the other is for adults—or, more precisely, parents. But it’s not like other kiddie cartoons that throw in pop culture references and borderline-dirty jokes. This time it’s different.
The kid-level movie is about a girl named Riley, 11 years old, who has just moved to San Francisco from Minnesota. She had to leave behind all her friends, her hockey team, every place that had been dear to her. Now she’s living in an old house that’s dingy and gray, and the neighborhood pizza parlor specializes in broccoli.
Godwin Delali Adadzie: Who is Frederica Mathewes-Green?
FMG: I am evidence of God’s mercy.
I am the wife of an Orthodox priest and mother of three grown children, grandmother of 13. I write books, mostly about the Orthodox Church.
As a Catholic, your video “What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’” impressed me. Can you please restate some of the points again?
I explained that the Saints are the “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12. Because they are alive in Christ, and praying right now, we can ask them to pray for us. This does not replace praying to God directly; it is no different from asking our friends and family alive on this Earth to pray for us, and still praying to God.