Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Podcasts Coming This Fall

Fr. Brendan and I are planning some great new podcasts for this Fall. Please stay tuned. If you haven't switched your subscription to
Please do! I would like to take the old one down. There is still at least one person on a MAC who is subscribed to that podcast. I just don't want to leave anyone behind.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Please Re-subscribe to A Mind-Changing Way!

Hello, friends and readers,

For a while now, I have been trying to solve the error messages that people get when going to the
feedburner site and clicking on the Title of our Podcast episodes. I finally did solve it, but in the process I ended up creating a new feed. For those who are technically minded -- this blog is powered by Blogger, which uses an ATOM feed. Feedburner can create an rss feed from that, so that you can read it in just about any Reader.

The last time that I added something, I managed to fix this original feed but I have now added a couple more things (I gave each part of the Pesach to Pascha podcast its own blog entry, and I added Part II of the Paschal Liturgy celebrated by Fr. Brendan in Nacogdoches on 3 May). iTunes, which is what I use, doesn't seem to like this old feed now. I have tried repeatedly to enter it, and it says it is not a valid feed URL. I was reluctant to ask you to subscribe again, but the time has come. I want to submit our podcast to iTunes, and I want to make sure there are no errors before I do that.

In addition, the new version is much easier for me to update. I had been using Podcast Station, but it is not creating an .xml file that can be validated. I am better off using the Atom feed that comes from Blogger, and letting Feedburner make it universally available.

So, PLEASE, all of you subscribe to

The difference is the addition of the word Podcast at the end. This should give you a good feed. You can subscribe through whatever reader you use. Feedburner offers an email option as well that is pretty cool. Thanks very much for doing this. These podcasts that are so full of Fr. Brendan's teachings are really worthwhile.

Nacogdoches Orthodox Mission Pascha Liturgy

Fr. Brendan has asked me not to distribute the Liturgy he served for the Sunday of St. Thomas in Nacogdoches. I am so very sorry.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Metropolitan Isaiah in Shreveport: Video

In the previous version, I uploaded the .avi file to Blogger. It took *forever*. In this version, I uploaded it to YouTube. It did not seem to take quite a long, but perhaps that is because I was baking cookies.

This file is 65mb and lasts only 55 SECONDS! There must be a better way to do video -- but I guess this is why most videos are so short. I do not understand why it turned blue half-way through -- could it have been the incense??

Also -- I have no idea what he was doing with the candles. Any clues, anyone?

Friday, May 16, 2008

New Podcast Logo

It's a Work in Progress. What do you think? The left image gives the sense of a brain behind the figure, the Orthodox cross in the center, of course, and the image of the three arrows (Trinity?) definitely gives the sense of the "turn-around" involved in mind-changing/metanoia/repentance/conversion to Orthodoxy.

Friday, May 9, 2008

From Pesach to Pascha Part II

I have noticed that on iTunes, the blog entry where *both* parts of the Pascha podcast are given, only presents the *first* of the actual audio files, so I am going to try re-doing it, giving each one its own blog entry. Part I is in the original blog entry. This entry will feature Part II. It is the second half of a podcast by Fr. Brendan Pelphrey and Pam Phillips, in which Fr. Brendan gave a deep and moving teaching on the historical, symbolic and spiritual meaning of Orthodox Pascha in its relation to Jewish Pesach or Passover. Please listen to each part in order, and prayerfully. It will greatly enrich your understanding and participation in the Divine Liturgy!

From Pesach to Pascha Part II

At Long Last! A Two-Part Podcast on Pascha!

We like to try to get our podcasts recorded on a regular basis, but these last few months have been difficult. Fr. Brendan was sick for several weeks, replica rolex watches and by that time, Great Lent was upon us and his time was in very short supply.

These new episodes are well worth waiting for, though! There have been many excellent podcasts on Pascha -- from Fr. Joseph's inimitable 'Orthodixie' to Fr. Thomas' marvelous 'Speaking the Truth in Love' -- but nothing like this two-part series "From Pesach to Pascha"!

It would be interesting and informative from a strictly historical perspective, but with Fr. Brendan, it is never just that. It is historical, replica watches but also prophetic and symbolic and deeply spiritual! I think an alternative name for this entire Mind-Changing Way podcast could be "Rich and Deep" because that's what each of its episodes has been! Thank you, Fr. Brendan! for giving so generously of your knowledge, personal experience and spirituality. After participating in this podcast and listening to it again and again, I (Pam) will forever experience Pascha this way, and not only Pascha, but every Sunday Divine Liturgy!

This is one recorded podcast divided into two parts. You will hear the last minute of Part I repeated in Part II.

Here is the Feedburner link:

A Mind-Changing Way Podcast

and here is a link to From Pesach to Pascha Part I

From Pesach to Pascha Part I

The Link to Part II is now in a separate blog entry so that it will show up correctly (I hope!!!) in iTunes.