“I was glad when they said…”


I always enjoy the peaceful moments in church before Sunday Liturgy. There is a mix of both tranquility and anticipation.

“‘I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” (Psalm‬ 122:1‬)

Community and Fellowship in a COVID-19 World


In July, I was honored to be a presenter at the OCA’s seventh annual Parish Development Forum. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, Diocese of the Midwest, and my own Bulgarian Diocese, this year’s forum was an on-line event, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Forum theme was “The Orthodox Parish: Charting a Course in Challenging Times.” I gave a talk on “Re-establishing Community and Fellowship.” In addition to the video on my YouTube channel, here’s a link to my session slides.

A conflict of gods

“Throughout our life, we go through many changes, experiences many ups and downs. Today we are children of the light (cf. Jn 12:36), but tomorrow we are filled with doubts and wonder: ‘Who is God? Where is God? God has forgotten me.’ This happens because the ego has placed itself in opposition to God, has made a god of itself, and it is impossible for the two to coexist.

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Lock down, protest – fasting, liturgy

“The Symbolic World,” Jonathan Pageau

I’ve been following the work of Jonathan Pageau for a couple of years now. An Orthodox icon carver from Montreal, Canada, Pageau has developed a large body of commentary (particularly on YouTube) on modern culture, narrative, and the Story that keeps getting told over and over again throughout human history.

In this video, Pageau talks about the religious imagery in the protests following the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis. In the video notes, Pageau writes:

From kneeling and chanting to contrition and acts of communion, the protests used catharsis as a means to a form of religious ecstasy, which was made more intense because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The intent is not political commentary but a reflection on how the protests, within the context of the Corona virus outbreak, reveals how “religious” human beings really are. Ritual, fasting, offering are all woven into the fabric of our being.