History of Nehemiah

the tomb of Xerxes I built by his son, Artaxerxes i Books 1-7 of Nehemiah  are considered his memoirs.  Books 8-12 are  thought to be editted later by the prophet Ezra, but that is problematic because Ezra is traditionally, Ezra (Esdras I+ II) is considered to have been in Jerusaleum thirteen years earlier than Nehemiah, … Continue reading History of Nehemiah

Late Spring by Yasujiro Ozu

Happiness only comes through effort, or so the movie says. The movie Late Spring (Banshun), has shots of toenail clippings or apple peels bridges or segues between the fulness of spring into doldrums of summer, when the flowers wilt from the heat and green foliage overpowers the flowers and it becomes a green world. These … Continue reading Late Spring by Yasujiro Ozu

Kimisis August 15th

Eleni Sakellis August 15, 2017 The Panagia and Christ Child icon. Photo by Eleni Sakellis NEW YORK – The Kimisis tis Theotokou or the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15, is also known as the Pascha of Summer, celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, when the Holy Mother of Jesus Christ and therefore, the … Continue reading Kimisis August 15th

Why make a study of the bible?

From Dr Briggs’ General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture, published by Scribner's 1899.  You can read it on Google or archive.org where they let you download it.  Google has stopped a lot of that, but that's a sick company anyways. 1. Biblical Study is the most important of all studies, for it is … Continue reading Why make a study of the bible?

Monday for the Holy Ghost, day after Pentecost

As it is the custom of the Church, on the day after every great Feast, we honour those through whom it came to pass, examples are: our Lady on the day after the Lord's Nativity, Joachim and Anna after our Lady's Nativity, the holy Baptist the day after Theophany, and so forth So it no … Continue reading Monday for the Holy Ghost, day after Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday June 4th, 2017

Reading After the Saviour's Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the Holiest Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Entering into the house where they gathered, … Continue reading Pentecost Sunday June 4th, 2017

Venus is not Ishtar or Ashoreth

Venus is a planet in our solar system.  She was also called Ishtar by the Babylonians and Astarte by the Phoenicians, , but the Bible has no record of either name.   Instead, we know her by Ashoreth which becomes Aphrodite in Ancient Greece. The Babylonian Ishtar represented the evening and morning stars and was accordingly … Continue reading Venus is not Ishtar or Ashoreth

Babylonian God Nebo – Mercury

Babylonia had many gods, one of which was Nebo or Nabo. He was a prophet or herald and patron of scholars and the god of astrology. He was later picked up by the Ancient Greeks as Hermes and the Romans Mercury. He is in the Old Testament, but not as a god worshiped, but as … Continue reading Babylonian God Nebo – Mercury

IVF over 40 a dicey strategy

Many young women were understandably seduced by the once widely publicized message that if they chose to delay pregnancy and were then unable to conceive, they could still have babies through in vitro fertilization, also known as I.V.F.Miriam Zoll was one of them. Married at age 35, she thought she had plenty of time to … Continue reading IVF over 40 a dicey strategy