Saints of Africa: May

One of the saddest missed opportunities for the Orthodox Church to evangelize to African-Americans took place after the 1893 World’s Fair. Reverend Daniel Payne, a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and former president of Wilberforce University, attended the World Parliament of Religions at the Fair where he met heirarchs of the Orthodox Church. … More Saints of Africa: May

Living an African-American Orthodox Christian Life: Essential Reading

I have to thank the Black Empowerment Group of Chesapeake Virginia for allowing me to speak via Zoom today.  January 1st is the final day of Kwanzaa, which focuses on Faith.  It is also the feast day of St. Basil the Great, the patron of my parish.   One of the three major Cappadocian fathers, Basil … More Living an African-American Orthodox Christian Life: Essential Reading

Living an African-American Orthodox Christian Life: Maintaining Our Musical Heritage

One thing that keeps black people from inquiring about and becoming catechist of the Orthodox Church is a lack of music that we are familiar with.  Growing up Baptist, we never heard of Byzantine or Slavonic tones.  I was working a summer job when I met someone from the Greek Orthodox Church and it was … More Living an African-American Orthodox Christian Life: Maintaining Our Musical Heritage

Dispatch from the Desert: December 16th thru 31st

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) December 17  Patermuthius, Coprius, and Alexander (361-363)  Patermuthius and Coprius were monks who were martyred.  Alexander was a soldier who was also killed for the faith in Egypt.  December 19  Elias, Probus, and Ares (308) Egyptian Christians who were martyred in Cilicia.  December 24  Eugenia and those with … More Dispatch from the Desert: December 16th thru 31st

Dispatch from the Desert: December 7th thru 15th

Dispatch from the Desert:  December 7th thru 15th African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) December 8  Patapius (7th century)  He was raised by pious parents in the Egyptian city of Thebes.  Patapius first tried to flee worldly vanity in the wilderness areas of his homeland.  But, he fled to a hut in Constantinople when … More Dispatch from the Desert: December 7th thru 15th