Monthly Archives: November 2013

Advent Soup & Frybread

For Orthodox of both eastern and western rites, the period leading up to Christmas is a time of abstaining from animal products.  Fish may be ok, shellfish too, but meat, dairy and eggs are right out.  So we find other … Continue reading

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O Clavis – 4th Advent Meditation

 Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel, you open, and … Continue reading

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Daily Office 30 Nov-7 Dec AD 2013

The Daily Offices for Morning and Evening Prayer in the Rite of St Tikhon. The readings are as assigned by the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate supplemented with other devotional material. Sat – St Andrew, Apostle – MP – EP – … Continue reading

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O Radix – 3rd Advent Meditaiton

 Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. Root of Jesse, who stand as a sign for the people, kings stand silent in your presence, … Continue reading

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The Nanny State

Last week San Francisco turned out for a good deed: the cheering-up of a fatally ill child in response to a request from the Make-a-Wish foundation. The wish? To be Batman for a day. Everyone from cheering crowds on the … Continue reading

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Daily Office – 23 – 30 Nov AD 2013

The Daily Offices for Morning and Evening Prayer in the Rite of St Tikhon. The readings are as assigned by the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate supplemented with other devotional material. St Clement PM (St Felicitas, VM) – MP – EP … Continue reading

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O Adonai – Second Advent Meditation

 Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.  Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire … Continue reading

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Daily Readings week of 20 Trinity

The Daily Offices for Morning and Evening Prayer in the Rite of St Tikhon. The readings are as assigned by the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate supplemented with other devotional material. Sat – BVM – MP – EP – Martyrology XX … Continue reading

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O Sapientia – First Advent Meditation

A blessed Advent! For my friends in the Western Ecclesial traditions, a little explanation: our Eastern Pre-Nativity Fast starts today. Advent is, of course, a Western Name, but we call it the Advent Fast here in America’s mostly-convert communities. Yes … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Advent in the Orthodox Western Rite

Monday (11 Nov) was Martinmas for westerners on the Gregorian Calendar, for Old Calendar folks it falls on Saturday 24 November. In times past, in Northern Europe, the next day (12 November) was the beginning of the Advent Fast. I … Continue reading

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