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

Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: Victory in Unity

“Iron sharpens iron, and a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Proverbs 27:17 LXX The chattel enslavement of Africans and African Americans in Virginia was established by the early 1700’s.  Slave patrollers and a colonial militia were effective in crushing a widespread rebellion before it began in 1730.  Blacks who escaped south of the … More Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: Victory in Unity

Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: The Perils of Self Indulgence

“Our Father, Abba Anthony, said he had never put his own personal advantage before the good of a brother.”  John the Eunuch from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers There is a story of Abba Macarius receiving some fresh grapes.  He wanted to eat them.  But, he chose not to and knew another monk who … More Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: The Perils of Self Indulgence

Of Desert Fathers and Maroons: The Blessings of Unity

Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity?  Psalm 132:1 LXX (133 Maesoretic) He (“old man” Elias) called togerher everybody who lived near him and built cells for them in a single day, me delivering mortar, and another bricks, another drawing water, and another cutting wood.  … More Of Desert Fathers and Maroons: The Blessings of Unity

Dispatch from the Desert:  August 10th thru 16th

 African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) August 12th             Pallamon (ca. 325) Egyptian instructor of St. Pachomius August 16th             Chaeremon (4th century) Monk of Nitra, Egypt.  One lesson is attributed to him in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers     A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “How can we acquire the fear of God … More Dispatch from the Desert:  August 10th thru 16th

Dispatch from the Desert:  August 3rd thru 9th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) August 5th     Cantidus, Cantidian, and Sibelius (4th century) Martyrs of Egypt. August 7th    Or (390) A hermit of the Thebaid (Upper Egypt), said to have supernatural radiance due to his years of strict asceticism.  “For a monk, this is the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ to … More Dispatch from the Desert:  August 3rd thru 9th

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 27th thru August 2nd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) There are no African, or African associated saints listed in the Prologue of Ohrid for the week.  If anyone has a list from another source, please feel free to send the information. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “An old man was sitting in his cell and a voice … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 27th thru August 2nd

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 20th thru 26th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 25th:  Eupraxia the Virgin (413)  She was the daughter of a nobleman in Constantinople and relative of Emperor Theodosius the Great.  Eupraxia and her mother moved to Egypt and worshiped at several monasteries.  She became a nun at seven years old growing in ascetic disciplines with age.  … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 20th thru 26th