In the Candle’s Glow: A Review

In the Candle’s Glow: A Review

In the Candle’s Glow, the new book by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson, is a delight from beginning to end. Just look at the end papers! So many picture books (even my own) have either blank end papers, or end papers in a neutral, could-be-any-book pattern. But the...
The Righteous King Tamar of Georgia

The Righteous King Tamar of Georgia

During her life, St. Tamar of Georgia styled herself, “By the will of God, King of Kings and Queen of Queens of the Abkhazians, Kartvelians, Arranians, Kakhetians, and Armenians; Shirvanshah and Shahanshah; Autocrat of all the East and the West, Glory of the World and...
Saint George and the Dragon: A Review

Saint George and the Dragon: A Review

Children all know stories about fair maidens and fierce dragons and knights in shining armor. They know the dragon eats people, and the knight kills the dragon, marries the maiden, and lives happily ever after. And when they first encounter the story of Saint George...
The Second Death of Lazarus

The Second Death of Lazarus

“The Second Death of Lazarus” is a poem by Nicholas Samaras. His Eminence Savvas Zembilas of Pittsburgh introduced me to the poem (and the poet) a year ago, and it’s become one of my very favorite poems. But that’s, perhaps, because Lazarus...
St. Tikhon and Holy Trinity Temple

St. Tikhon and Holy Trinity Temple

I had never realized that St. Tikhon, Confessor and Enlightener of North America, died on the Annunciation. I thought that I should have realized it, given the saint’s long association with our parish. But I know that, any time a saint’s day is on a major feast, the...

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