Anointing Women

“Holy Friday in the Orthodox Church is, second only to the Paschal Vigil, one of the most beautiful days of the Eastern Orthodox church year. The Noble Joseph and the Lamentations remain among my favorite hymns. They are so beautiful, and I miss them enough, that I admit to lurking a bit on the interwebs so I can taste a little bit of this rich liturgical feast. 

But always, without fail, there comes a point in one of my favorite hymns that my joy at hearing (and singing with) such familiar melodies turns to tears. To be honest, I don’t really know if the grief I feel while watching these services from afar is because miss it, or because I am reminded of how exiled I felt/was among my own people as I watch men bear the body of Christ, lay him in a tomb, and stand vigil, a job that according to scripture, was done primarily by women.”

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Anointing Women – WIT (womenintheology.org)

“Bradley Nassif wrote a recent post for Public Orthodoxy that named gay marriage as one of the most pressing issues the church must deal with today. If we are to retain our younger members in particular, he said, then we must “articulate the reasons that the Christian theological vision requires marriage to constitute a union of man and woman.” Nassif is right about the urgency but wrong about the argument. If Orthodoxy is to survive the next generations, then it must articulate a Christian theological vision of marriage. Period. No matter where that vision takes us.

If it sounds as if I am leaving the door open for the church to bless same-sex unions, I am. If it sounds like I am advocating for it, I am not. My point is that, in my experience, people (especially younger people) are rarely persuaded when the questions one asks are pre-loaded with the answers one wants…”

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Following an arson attack on a movie theater in Yekaterinburg, protests over a controversial film could turn violent. Some fear the rise of “orthodox extremism,” but the Russian government appears unconcerned.

Racism in the Church


A few days ago someone posted a link on Facebook to a blog article that referred to some people recently received into the Orthodox Church who were apparently openly advocating racism: To My White Nationalist Brothers | WIT.

Only a few days ago, via the ubiquitous internet, a number of Orthodox Christians discovered that a new brother, Matthew Heimbach was welcomed into our midst, a member of an openly pro-White organization, the Traditionalist Youth Network.

The blog post has since been discussed quite widely in Orthodox internet forums, and it seems that the issue is not going to go away soon, so I thought it might be worth adding a few points.[1]

Back in 1993 we had something similar in our parish, the Church of St Nicholas of Japan in Brixton, Johannesburg.

In the early 1990s there were a lot of new immigrants to South Africa from Eastern…

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Source: White Supremacy and Orthodox Christianity: A Dangerous Connection Rears Its Head in Charlottesville

“Three years ago, a scandal broke out. An outspoken white supremacist by the name of Matthew Heimbach was received into the Orthodox Church…” 


The Russian state claims to be the defender of the Orthodox Christian faith. However, this latest ruling seems to be an utter denial of the mercy and compassion of Christ.

…having a form of godliness but denying its power…  (2 Timothy 3:5 NKJV/Orthodox Study Bible)