Armory Sign

Summer Challenge: Springfield Armory

From the Brochure: From its position at the crest of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River, Springfield Armory exerted a profound influence over the City of Springfield and the nation. It carried out the manufacturing, storage, repair, testing and development functions assigned by the United States Army. In doing so it stimulated technological innovation, encouraged improved manufacturing processes, and fostered increased use of laborsaving machines. All of this had an impact on American … [Read More...]


Healing of the Spirit

“If anyone among you is sick?  Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him.” James 5:14 There seems to be a fear amongst Orthodox for the Anointing of the sick.  Perhaps this is a throwback to the days when this Sacrament was, mistakenly, called “last rites.”  Because of this fear many of us will not call the priest when we are sick but rather I get the call to let me know that so and so was in hospital but is now home.  I think do for some they think I am the grim reap … [Read More...]

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Top Posts of the Past Week

Here are the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls The Mendi Bible Enduring Hostility for Jesus' Sake Sermon ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Colonial Terms Still in Use Summer Challenge ~ Adams National Historic Park Orthodoxy and Contraception Sermon ~ Not One Dot or Iota Will be Changed Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Wedding Sermon   … [Read More...]


The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee

For the past few months, students at Washington and Lee University have been petitioning the University Administration to remove the Confederate Flags that are hung next to a statue of Robert E. Lee and also in Lee Chapel on the grounds of the University.  (After the Civil War, Robert E Lee became President of the University and after his tenure the name of the University was changed from Washington University to Washington and Lee.) I fully understand the reason behind the petition to remove … [Read More...]


Summer Challenge: Seminary Ridge Museum

I have been vacationing in Florida the past few days for a family reunion but the Summer Challenge Continues.  If you would like some background on the Summer Challenge, see this post.  Although the challenge was for local sites I could not pass up the opportunity to see the new Seminary Ridge Museum at Gettysburg and it was worth the trip. The Seminary Ridge Museum is located in the original building of the Lutheran Theological Seminary located on Seminary Ridge overlooking the Gettysburg b … [Read More...]

Park Rangers carried the Mendi Bible for the swearing-in ceremony.
(Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)

The Mendi Bible

In July of 1839 a group of Africans took control of a Spanish slave ship off the coast of Long Island New York.  La Amistad (Spanish for friendship) was captured by the USS Washington and brought to port.  The Africans, on their way to Cuba to be sold into slavery, were held in prison as no one was quite sure what to do with them. Their case went to court in Connecticut where competing interests held that the Africans were property and thus should be given to the rightful owners, the Government … [Read More...]

John Adams Birthplace (on right) and John Quincy Adams Birthplace (on left)
NPS Photo

Summer Challenge: Adams National Historic Park

Early in June I posted an essay about visiting local sites and listed some of the sites that I was going to try and visit this summer.  A couple of them were not so local but I am traveling this summer so I added some out of state sites to the list. On Friday, July 4, 2014 I visited the Adams National Historic Site in Quincy Massachusetts.  The Site comprises the Birth Places of John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams and the Old House, also known as Peacefield.  Not part of the National Park S … [Read More...]


Colonial Terms Still in Use

On July 4, 2014 I took the tour of the Adams National Historic Site in Quincy Massachusetts.  During the tour the Rangers for the National Park service tell stories of the Adams Family and their descendants and perhaps some stories of colonial life.  I noticed three terms that were common during the Colonial period that we still use today but for different reasons. Gridiron – In the kitchens of colonial houses were large open hearths where cooking would take place all during the day.  There we … [Read More...]