Anyone who knows me knows I am an Orthophile, and that I suffer from Orthomania, i.e. I deeply love unto madness the theology and liturgy of the Eastern churches.
Though the real-world circumstances of that love emerged from my father’s Orthodox faith, the other-worldly grounds for my mania lie in the unrelenting dedication of the East to philokalia, the love of beauty. They get, in a way unique to their gifts, that the Gospel is inherently beautiful, overflowing with the splendor of God’s lavish goodness; and that the Church is meant to be a radiant sacrament of the Kingdom here and now among us.
In that vein, let me share with you this splendid visio et audio divina, a veritable visual-auditory feasting on divine beauty ad orientem: