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I love the sketches and I would have believed that a bird was sitting in the middle of the rock garden,as I find birds the perfect portal to the Divine!

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Hi Russ, thanks for telling about the prayer book. I have been feeling the need for some structure and direction and I believe the little book of morning and evening prayer will help. My friend became catholic and seems well satisfied, I am still a seeker and just want to be able to experience God as brother Lawrence did, practicing His presence....
blessings to you and your family
Terry

Admin reply: Thanks for your message. I'm sure you will love using a prayer book. And I will pray for your journey!


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Great! If you send a postal address to my e-mail, I will send a copy to you.

I read your fascinating material on the Kirishitans of Japan. Very inspiring. Do you know the Nikolai-do, the Japanese Orthodox cathedral in Tokyo? It was built by St. Nicholas (Kassatkin), a Russian Orthodox missionary to Japan, who later became the first Orthodox Archbishop of Tokyo. He helped to convert about 30,000 Japanese to Christianity through his amazing missionary structure, based on training catechists to train other new catechists. He spent his first ten years just studying the language, but he learned Japanese so well, that he translated all the voluminous Orthodox liturgical service books into Japanese, which are still in use, as I understand. Sadly, his work seems to have languished after his death, and the isolation of the Japanese Church in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution. I don't believe there are many more Japanese Orthodox today, than there were at the time of his death, in 1912.

Admin reply: I'll send you my address in a few minutes.

I've been to Nikolai several times back when I was exploring the possibility of joining the Orthodox or Catholic Church. Amazingly beautiful Church -- and the music was amazing! I didn't understand a word, though. It must have been Slavonic or very old Japanese.


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I just stumbled upon your two-part article on Psalters. I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at Psalter material on the web, and don't know how I managed to miss yours before now. I don't believe I have ever before encountered such a wealth of good Psalter information in one place. Thank you!

I wonder if you would consider reviewing "A Psalter for Prayer" for your section on Orthodox Psalters? It is available at Amazon.com, and I would be happy to send you a review copy.

In any case, you have inspired me to dust off my copy of St. Dunstan's Plainsong Psalter and finally learn to chant the Psalms, as St. Athanasius says one really should. You might consider pointing your readers to his excellent "Letter to Marcellinus".

Best regards,
David James

Admin reply: Thanks for your message. Sure, I'd love to see and write a review for that Psalter! This year I'm using the local Japanese Psalter in my regular prayer time, and it's a real challenge!


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Russ,
I was wondering if you can possibly help me out. I have a 1974 MYU and the cap of the pen unfortunately has acquired some dog teeth marks (it's a long story) from being chewed on. The pen is fully functional otherwise and is still a great writer.

Can you give me any advice on possibly finding a replacement cap only? The complete * * * are currently way out of my price range and I'd like to keep it as a daily writer.

Admin reply: Sorry to hear about your problem. I wish I knew of a source of MYU caps but there doesn't seem to be one!


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Admin reply: As I recall, it was an old book, but I can't remember which one!


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Do you have a list of the longer scripture readings for the morning and evening prayers as they appear in the one-volume edition of Christian Prayer?

Admin reply: I'm afraid all that I have is already on the web page.

Actually, I don't even own the American one volume breviary! I have an African version plus the one I'm currently using which is the Japanese! (Morning prayer can take up to two hours if there are a lot of unfamiliar words...)


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Thank you for your page on useful resources. I have added this as a link on my blog Far from Pluscarden.

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Hi Russ
I was searching for an article online about a Rich Japanese Woman who left her riches and lived with the poor but instead I found your website.

As I see it.. The Protestants think they are right but history will disagree. The Catholics are right, they just don't know it.

Your story was so inspiring, welcome home.

Noel

Admin reply: Thanks for the message! It sounds like you might be researching Kitahara Satoko whose story is in the book:

The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara - Convert and Servant of the Slums of Tokyo

by Paul Glynn


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He Russell,
Like your articals a lot. Living in tanzania i miss the dutch tradition of singing the genevan psalms introduced by John Calvin. In your article i missed this form of singing the psalms. I find it so beautifull knowing that my grandmother any many generations before her have sang those psalms. Just like we do now. Accompanied with a big pipeorgan its a joy to listen and praise God.

Gelske

Admin reply: Thank you for your message! I imagine the culture in Tanzania is very different from the Psalm singing and pipe organ culture of Europe!


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