Welcome to the latest Roundup, slightly later than planned due to Nativity/New Year and my birthday :-)
To start us off, Michael provides a sober and sorrowful commentary on the latest twist in the Moscow Patriarchate/ROCOR tale; that some parishes have split off and refuse to accept the reunion, and have thrown in their lot with the Holy Synod in Resistance. Desperately sad news.
Fr Joseph gives details of the very first joint service to be held by the reunited Russian Church.
The monks of Mount Athos have also made known their concerns about recent RC/Orthodox dealings as chronicled here .
Like me, Michael finds great spiritual benefit and solace in the Rule of St Benedict, and gives a great summary of it here as well as a glorious icon of St Benedict.
A lovely central European custom, which seems entirely in keeping with Orthodox praxis , that of the Epiphany Chalk, is described on a RC blog .
An Appalachian Deacon`s dream of buying a property and setting up a mission church is well worth a read here.
More remembrances of the blessed life of the recently reposed Anastasia Titov (may her Memory be Eternal!) are chronicled by Fr John and are well worth a read.
I absolutely loved this bumper sticker. If I drove a car, I would buy one in a flash :-)
Details of a modern miracle are recounted in a fascinating post .
I`m sure many of you have seen this site, but it is a new and fascinating resource to me !
To end, please read Fr Stephen`s lovely post about Weeping with the Mother of God. Absolutely wonderful.