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.)
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
“When Abortion Stopped Making Sense,”
National Review Online, January 22, 2016
“St. Xenia of St. Petersburg,”
Frederica.com, Jan 24, 2016
“Favorite Stories of Holy Cross,”
Frederica.com, Jan 24, 2016
Frederica.com, Jan 30, 2016
“The Finest Hours” movie review,
Frederica.com, February 2, 2016
Messiah College (Skype), January 12, 2016
Linthicum Women’s Club, February 22, 2016
St. John Chrysostom Church, York PA, April 3, 2016
Wilberforce Forum, Alexandria VA, April 9, 2016
Annunciation Church, Little Rock, AR, June 3-4, 2016
St. Demetrios Church, Baltimore MD, June 12, 2016
(Paraclete Press, 2015; 800-451-5006)
(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
I am Proud to be Catholic, Sept 21, 2015
Mary Ziegler, book about early pro-life movement, Aug 5, 2014
Alaina Jenkins, MA project at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, Apr 16, 2013
Laura Hussey interview for book on Pregnancy Care Centers, Sept 18, 2012
[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.