Good Friday: Matthew 27 and St Elijah

I think the Voice is a good modern translation of the Bible.  I'm going thru the New Testament in I think 40 days with them, via email, and here's one chapter, so perhaps you will be interested as well.  I pulled this one as it came up on St. Elias (Elijah's) name day but my … Continue reading Good Friday: Matthew 27 and St Elijah

Judges 6, Midianites, Jethro and Gideon

The saga continues with the Israelites one more time falling away from God in times of plenty, and so God uses Midianites to make them see sense, as they came upon them reaking havoc; upon seeing their weakness.  The Israelites, in turn  ran to the mountains for refuge.  They are not the first to thank … Continue reading Judges 6, Midianites, Jethro and Gideon

The Return to Judges

We stopped at the end of May with Judges 5, so we are up to Judges 6.  Judges 5 coincided with my leg spasms and most of June and a lot of July it has been too painful to concentrate on much; I see the orthopedist on Monday for relief.  It’s been an agonizing time … Continue reading The Return to Judges

What is a Myrrh-Bearer?

In the post on St Mary Magdalene, I wrote that the Saint "returned to Jerusalem together with the other Myrrh-bearers,".  But what are they ?  And what was the purpose of this ritual? Well Myrrh-Bearer is the name given to the women, including His Mother,  that were present at Christ's passion and then went to the … Continue reading What is a Myrrh-Bearer?

Today we celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene (Madeleine)

 Today we celebreate Mary Magdalene, The Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the ApostlesReading from the Synaxarion ( which is a term relating to the compilations, lectionaries, and indexes that  been compiled over the centuries. In the Orthodox Church, the Synaxarion is an abridged collection of the “Lives of the Saints,” intended for reading in public … Continue reading Today we celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene (Madeleine)