Approaching The Educated Person in the Post Christian Era

by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo A retired hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America, Archbishop Puhalo is the Abbott of New Ostrog Monastery in Dewdney, British Columbia, Canada, and the author of a multitude of books and articles on the Orthodox tradition. This paper was written for a symposium in Romania, and appeared in in […]

Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 4

The Errors of Those Who Ignore the Liturgists by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo When we mention “liturgists,” many people think of those whom we used to call “typikon commandos.” There was a humorous reference to them, “What is the difference between a terrorist and a typikon expert? You can negotiate with a terrorist.” This is not […]

Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 3

Symbolism and Neuroplasticity: the work of the mind in the brain. by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo This essay is not being written for every level of reader. It is intended to respond to a stream of rationalism which is drawing a kind of Episcopalization or Anglican style “liturgical reform” movement within the Orthodox Church. There are […]

Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 2

The Human Need For Symbolism and Ritual by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo Recently, near our monastery, a seventeen years old girl was killed in an auto accident. She had been speeding and lost control of her car. By evening, there were dozens of candles burning beneath the tree into which she had crashed. Mounds of flowers, […]

Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 1

Valid icons consist in types and symbols, not in interpretations of reality by the fallen human mind. All elements of a canonical icon are symbolic and contain a profound revelation; there are no naturalistic elements in this Liturgical art.