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

Dispatch from the Desert: November 30th thru December 6th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 30  Frumentius (370) He and his brother, Edesius, were traveling withe Meropius to India from Tyre.  The ship was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Ethiopia.   The Ethiopians killed everyone on the boat except these two brothers who, in time, served in the imperial court.  … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 30th thru December 6th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 23rd thru 29th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 23  Ischyrion (5th century) a hermit in the Sketis desert and Bishop in Egypt.  This may be the Ischyrion with one lesson in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers November 24  Katherine (310) She was the daughter of a king who lived in Alexandria and was known … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 23rd thru 29th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 16th thru 22nd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 16  Apostle & Evangelist Matthew (1st century)  He was Levi the tax collector in Capernaum when Jesus told him, “Follow Me” (Matthew 9:9).  His account of the Gospel was first written in Aramaic.  After Pentecost, Matthew preached the faith among the Parthians, Medes, and Ethiopians.  He was … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 16th thru 22nd

Dispatch from the Desert: November 9th thru 15th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 9  John the Dwarf (ca. 407)  This well loved monk was a disciple of Paisius the Great and Pambo.  Under Pambo’s direction, John watered a dry stick for 3 years until it suddenly bore leaves and fruit.  This is how he learned the benefits of obedience.  John … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 9th thru 15th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 2nd thru 8th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 3 Elias of Egypt (4th/5th century) Perhaps the same Abba Elias with 8 lessons in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  He lived among the rocks near Antinoe, a city in Upper Egypt (Lower Nubia).  He was hearaled for his asceticism and healing.  Abba Elias reposed at … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 2nd thru 8th

Dispatch from the Desert: October 26th thru November 1st

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 28th Terence, Africanus, Maximus, Pompeius, and the 36 (250) Martyrs in Carthage. October 30 Eutropia, Alexander, Cronion, Julian, Macarius, and 12 Companions (250)  Martyrs in Alexandria. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers Honor God in dee, praise Him in word, and unceasingly remember Him in the … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 26th thru November 1st

Dispatch from the Desert: October 19th thru 25th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 19  Varus and the Seven (ca. 307)  Varus was a Roman officer living in Egypt and a secret Christian.  He took care of imprisoned Christian teachers who encouraged him to join them as they were tortured and martyred. Cleopatra (327) & John (320)  Not the Egyptian queen.  … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 19th thru 25th