INDEX of Major Link Categories
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On Going to Church
How to Form an Orthodox Conscience
Which Translation should I use?
Favorite Book Lists
Rules of Piety from Old Rite Church of the Nativity, Erie, PA
Prosfora and Antidoran
Explanation of Orthodox Baptism
Confession, Preparation for Communion, Arriving on Time, Thanksgiving, Kissing the Cross at the end of Liturgy etc... excellent! - definitive of ROCA practice. Do this!
Preparing for Confession
Explanation of the Russian Orthodox Three-Bar Cross
Praying to Saints
Proper Dress - why have we brought such casual disregard for holiness into our Temples - who says jeans, sneakers and short-sleeved shirts are okay?? Comfort rules - as opposed to the instruction in ascesis that *used* to be taught - as in the old Jordanville Prayerbook: "If you find a soft pillow, leave it, and put a stone in its place for Christ's sake." And in today's athletic milieu, layering of clothing is de riguer. So too in Church people now repeatedly zip and unzip, don and doff layers, robe and disrobe with each degree of temperature change in order to stay exactly comfortable - as opposed to the way of the ascetic "If you sleep in the cold of winter, bear it, for some did not sleep at all." (again, from the old Prayerbook).
Orthodoxy in America - a talk by Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose)
What is the Difference between Orthodoxy and the Western Confessions?
The River of Fire - a talk by Dr Alexandre Kalomiros in 1980
The Pre-Ancient Church - a posting to the ORTHODOX list
1988 Letter to the Orthodox Faithful - + priestmonk Kallistos
Norms for Behavior in Orthodox Churches - + priestmonk Kallistos
Meditations and Directions Concerning Holy Communion - + priestmonk Kallistos
The Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of Montreal
Alta Vista Babel Fish Translator
Very interesting Geneology Chart (scroll to bottom of the page)
Wayback Machine - view archived versions of a web site
Reader, Choir and Altar Server Resources
Ledkovsky Site for Musical Score from the Synodal Cathedral Choir
Sheet Music Russian and Greek chant in the English language by Carol Surgant - in Adobe format
Byzantine Chant Audio Files - Daniel Johnson
St John the Threologian Choir Page .pdf (Adobe) sheet music, MUS (Finale) and MIDI files
Byzantine Troparia Audio Files - Reader John, St George, Kearney, NE
Byzantine Music This webpage contains more than 1000 pages of Byzantine music, transcribed into Western notation according to the style of chanting used on the Holy Mountain. - in Finale format
Click for free download
Saint Romanos the Melodist Society
Summer School off Liturgical Music Resource List
Altar Service for Divine Liturgy
On-Line Orthodox Resources
Today's Saint from the Prologue or Saints by Date
The Complete Prologue
Early Church Fathers
Bishop Alexander's Publications in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian
Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
Church Supplies and Book Services
Orthodox Christian Recorded Books
Mt. Sinai Orthodox Church Products Icons by Kalliopios (Jameel) Abraham
Traditional Byzantine Iconography by Paul Azkoul
Eastern Christian Supply Store Orthodox & Eastern Catholic Church Supplies Super Store
Greek Vestments - Ecclesiastical Vesture from St Elizabeths's Convent in Etna
Chrysostom Press Gospel Commentary of Blessed Theophylact and St Dmitry's Lives of Saints
Parallel English / Slavonic service books
St Nectarios Press
Orthodox Internet Services Fr Matthew William's Web Hosting for Churches and Religious Organizations
Holy Protection Orthodox Church Kansas City Mission
St John Chrysostom Parish House Springs, Mo
Sheet Music in English compiled by Carol Surgant
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Dallas Texas
St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church St Louis, Mo
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Stratford, CT
Official Home Page of the Synod of
On-Line Orthodox Resources
Tulsa Area Higher Education
University of Tulsa
Rogers State University
Tulsa Community College
Oral Roberts University
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Campus
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa Campus
Northeastern State College - Broken Arrow - Tahlequah
Phillips Theological Seminary
Langston University - Tulsa
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
Tulsa Technology Center
"Relatively Safe" Schools
Tulsa County Public School Districts - you should probably avoid Tulsa Public Schools if possible
Broken Arrow Schools good reputation, very large schools, southeast of Tulsa, becoming rougher
Jenks Schools good reputation, wealthy tax base, southwest of Tulsa, football is king
Oologah-Talala small town district, strong tax base, good reputation
Owasso Schools good reputation, strong tax base in fastest growing city in state, safe, still has a christian atmosphere, our choice, but not the best choice for all
Union School District good reputation, wealthy tax base, inside city of Tulsa, football is king, diverse culturally
Tulsa City-County Library
Rogers County Public Schools
Claremore Schools not the highest ranked schools, but a great town 14 miles east of Owasso, county seat of Rogers County (setting for Rogers & Hammerstein 'Oklahoma'), fasting growing Hispanic population in state
Sequoyah north of Claremore, more highly ranked school
Verdigris south of Claremore, not highly ranked
Catoosa south of Verdigris, almost to Tulsa, highest tax base in Rogers Co, new Casino may help funding even more, but will also certainly affect social and spiritual climate
Cassia Hall Mid-town Tulsa, Catholic prep school in old money part of town, best of the best
Holland Hall newly relocated to South Tulsa from old money part of town, as expensive as T.U., to put into perspective, it was rated as not being as good as University Elementary in Bloomington, Indiana Public Schools by T.U. Professor on sabbatical at I.U.
Bishop Kelley Mid-town Tulsa, where you go for High School if you can afford it
Rejoice Christian Owasso, Free Will Baptist based, where the wealthy protestant Owassoans (including Garth Brooks) send their kids
Tulsa Area Museums
Tulsa Air and Space Museum - North Tulsa
Tulsa Zoo - North Tulsa
Gilcrease Museum of Western Heritage - West Tulsa
Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks (southwest of Tulsa)
Philbrook Art Museum - Midtown Tulsa
J M Davis Gun Museum - Claremore (14 miles east of Owasso)
Will Rogers Memorial - Claremore
Eltsing Mineral Museum Some very unique specimens!!! (southwest Tulsa)
Willard Eltsing died at age 93 in Oct 2004. He moved his collection -- valued at $3 million -- from Route 66 west of Joplin Mo to Tulsa in 1976 and established Elsing Museum at University Village, a retirement community associated with Oral Roberts Ministries.
Four-State Area Museums
Everett J. Richey Mineral Museum Joplin, Mo - 1.25 hrs up I-44 from Claremore. An essential visit for those interested in Joplin Tri-State District Minerals. Named after long time curator and Eagle-Picher Mining geochemist Everett Richey.
Price Tower Frank Lloyd Wright's Skyscraper in Bartlesville, OK (45 minutes NW of Owasso)
Woolaroc (click to enlarge) Frank Phillips Osage Hills Ranch, Lodge, Museum and Nature Preserve (12 miles southwest of Bartlesville, 45 miles north of Tulsa)
Tom Mix Museum Dewey, OK (immediately north of Bartlesville)
Brown Mansion and Dalton Defender's Museums Coffeyville KS (55 mi N of Owasso) Old icon hangs on wall in Brown Mansion
George Washington Carver National Monument Diamond Grove, Mo - 10 mi SE of Joplin, Mo, 2.5 mi SW of Diamond, Mo . Click to view a copy of Dr Carver's original obituary from the January 6, 1943 Joplin Globe (stored in Fr Mark's grandmother's 1928 edition of L.H. Bailey's Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture - along with Liberty Hyde Bailey's obituary from Dec 25, 1955)
Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum - Ash Grove, Mo (NW of Springfield) - Fr Moses Berry's museum downtown. His OCA Old Calendar parish is nearby as is his family's property and The "Old Negro" or Berry Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. (Consider eating at the Orthodox-run Aloha Pizza if visiting Ash Grove). See Reader Michael's website for further insight into Orthodoxy and African Americans. And for "something completely different" see Kansas City's St Mary of Egypt Serbian Orthodox website regarding African-American passion bearers (I have no first-hand knowledge, but have been warned that their bookstore has some unusual iconography by subject (those depicted (civil rights and jazz personna) and by source (i.e. Monophysite)) not accepted by Orthodoxy.
Pea Ridge National Military Park - northern Arkansas
Carthage Battlefield Historical Museum - Carthage, Mo
Coffee and other indulgences (because I like it and maybe you do too, and if so, you will discover something quite remarkable here - and God-willing also at a new on-line store called Family Church Supply at www.orthodoxhome.com - Stay tuned)
Riley's Coffee & Fudge, Coffee from Around the World - source for Decatur Street Blend - the green beans which we home roast for Trapeza
The Haitian Orthodox Mission - Orthodox source for green coffee beans
Home Coffee Roasting Supplies -Sweet Maria's source for all other coffee beans. Without a doubt the very first place to start.
Hard to find replacement parts for appliances (like espresso machines)
Make your own chocolate
One of our parishioners from Wichita is an accomplished home brewer. I will ask him for some good links.
Clip Art - originally distributed via ftp.indiana.edu and currently posted to David Vezie's Orthodox Page at MIT
This image icxc.gif was made from scratch pixel-by-pixel, but the rest were scanned by me in the late '80s and early '90s using a handheld MarsTek scanner.
makes a nice header.
All these images were scanned for use in preparing weekly Bulletins for St John Chrysostom parish in House Springs, Mo.
Click on the thumbnails below to open for a full size image
Then you can right-click on the image to save to your disk.
Color gif image:
kursk.gif was the first thing I scanned after I finally got a color monitor! It's from a postcard given to me by my godfather, Fr Chad Williams.