Nicholas Denysenko received a Ph.D. in liturgical studies and sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America in 2008. He is assistant professor of theological studies and director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he teaches courses on liturgy and Eastern Christianity. He serves as deacon at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Tarzana, California. He is currently working on a monograph treating liturgical reform in the Orthodox Church.

Ars Praedicandi: A Homily on the Fourth Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church

When men and women took up the journey to the desert in imitation of Jesus and his fast, they were honoring his love and fidelity to God; they were not looking for our adulation or worship, because only fools bow down before any man or woman who has excelled in emaciating his or her body. They were motivated by love and sought to imitate him.

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January 7: A Convergence of Feasts

Liturgy was preceded by a few carols, the choir usually sang well, and after liturgy, the choir would gather at the rectory for two hours of caroling and festive foods prepared by my grandmother and mother. We agreed that “Ukrainian” Christmas was the “religious” observance of the holiday.

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