A day after John the Evangelist edged Phoebe 52% to 48% it's Mary of Egypt taking on Richard Hooker for a shot at the Saintly Sixteen. Vote now! http://www.lentmadness.org/…/mary-of-egypt-vs-richard-hook…/
It's another tight race as John the Evangelist clings to a narrow lead over Phoebe in today's saintly action. Every vote counts! http://www.lentmadness.org/…/02/phoebe-vs-john-the-evangel…/
Here's the podcast of Father Nik's sermon from last Sunday, Feb 11
Genesius vs. Quiteria
"Today is the one and only weekend vote of Lent Madness 2018. Every other matchup will take place on the weekdays of Lent. And it’s an intriguing pairing! We get Genesius, a saintly cut-up (he was a comedian and, more literally, had his head chopped off) facing off against Quiteria, a nonuplet Christian warrior and martyr. Which saint will be 're-martyred?' Well, that’s up to you."
"Whew! Well, that was quite a start to Lent Madness 2018. The epic battle between Peter and Paul did not disappoint. In very heavy and heart-thumpingly close voting, Peter edged Paul 51% to 49% with nearly 9,500 votes cast and will face the winner of Phoebe vs. John the Evangelist in the Round of the Saintly Sixteen.
Today Margaret of Scotland takes on Charles I in a Battle Royale. No, literally, it’s a battle between royals — queen vs. king. But please don’t refer to this as regicide. Charles is a bit touchy on that subject."
#TBT Historical Fork Church of St Martin's Parish in Doswell, Virginia built between 1735-1739.
This image was all taken in 2016 and 2017 by Robert Szabo using ...the 19th century wet plate collodion process using period equipment and techniques. They are scanned from tintypes and glass negatives.
"Why Lent?" Here is Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s answer to that question:
"If my life is not oriented toward God, not aimed at eternal values, it will inevitably ...become selfish and self-centered and this means that all other beings will become means of my own self-satisfaction. If God is not the Lord and Master of my life, then I become my own lord and master--the absolute center of my own world, and I begin to evaluate everything in terms of my needs, my ideas, my desires, and my judgments." -- Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent, 37.