orthodox chapel

“The knowledge of the truth is not given to the curious, but to those who follow the ascetic way. Knowledge is a fruit on the tree of virtues, which is the tree of life. Knowledge comes from asceticism. For the true Christian, Orthodox philosophy is in fact the theanthropic* ascesis** of the intellect and of the whole person.”

~St. Justin Popovich

*both divine and human
**the practice of self-discipline

(Tree chapel - Serbia, via facebook)

One of the greatest discoveries I have made in my Christian journey is the discovery of the entire body of Christ–the whole vast cathedral of Christianity. For too long my own version of Christianity was narrow and shortsighted. Fortunately, by the grace of God, I eventually discovered that I needed the whole scope of the historical church and the whole scale of the ecumenical church. As I have learned to visit the various chapels contained within the great cathedral of Christianity, I have been able to avail myself of the riches particular to those chapels–Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal. Theologians like David Bentley Hart, Hans Urs von Balthasar, N.T. Wright, Stanley Hauerwas, Miroslav Volf, Clark Pinnock–all hailing from different “chapels”–have greatly enriched my Christianity with their brilliant work. Whether it’s Orthodox theology and art, Catholic appreciation for mystery, Anglican liturgy and prayer, Protestant prominence of Scripture, Evangelical emphasis on conversion, Pentecostal experience of the Holy Spirit–all of these “chapels” have their particular treasures that have made Christianity for me much more rich, beautiful, and astonishing.
—  Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World

Detail of the Gate of the monastery of Geghard, in Armenia (Built in the 4th century) It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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According to Armenian historians of the 4th, 8th and 10th centuries the monastery comprised, apart from religious buildings, well-appointed residential and service installations. Geghard Monastery suffered greatly in 923 from Nasr, a vice-regent of an Arabian caliph in Armenia, who plundered its valuable property, including unique manuscripts, and burned down the magnificent structures of the monastery.

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Last sunday I joined my Godfather and friends to go to the Serbian chapel in Wiesbaden, Germany.
I was there one time before but could just last week take some (crappy, I am sorry) photos.
It is in the cellar of a big Greek orthodox church (I will post about seperately). I love hoe the wall is painted with our loved Theotokos and Christ and also the icons.
Besides, in a small corridor, there is a prayer corner. And there I found a very, very small archangel Michael icon. It really is tiny and I almost didn’t notice it.