December 31, 2018

The Best of December 2018 by the Mystagogy Resource Center (MRC)

Below is the monthly review for the month of December of the ten most popular articles from the previous month on, then all the posts made on the other websites of the Mystagogy Resource Center.

1. Seven Men Who Tried To Paganize the Origins of Christmas But Failed

2. Origins of the Icon of the Nativity of Christ

3. The Singing Emperor Who Was Murdered in Church on Christmas Day

4. "I Grew Up With Saint Porphyrios"

5. The Institution of Autocephaly in the Orthodox Church

6. The Debate Over the Declaration of Autocephaly in a Church

7. When St. Iakovos of Evia Celebrated Christmas in the Forest

8. Daniel the Stylite and the Stylites of Constantinople

9. When Saint Savvas the Sanctified Shamed a Lion

10. The Controversy Over the Bathing Scene in Nativity Icons of the Holy Mountain

1. The Orthodoxy of Maria Callas: 12 Facts

2. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as a Reimagining of the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

3. Christ at the Castle: Papadiamantis’ Tale Captures the Genuine Spirit of Christmas

4. "Massacre of the Innocents" (a silent film from the 1910's)

1. The Views of Orthodox Theology on Bioethical Issues (2 of 6)

1. The Prophecy of Abba Ischyrion

2. Last Things First: The Eschatological Community of the Parish

1. Christ Antiphonetes: The Icon That Allegedly Could Foretell the Future

2. Why Monsters Haunt Christmas in Europe but not America

3. The Cultural Impact Of "The Exorcist" (Released December 26, 1973)