Saturday, February 27, 2016

Movie Review: "The Witch: A New England Folktale" (2015)

The Witch, which is subtitled "A New England Folktale", is the feature length debut of filmmaker Robert Eggers, and has earned A24 Films their biggest opening ever. It is the latest of the popular and critically acclaimed arthouse horror films, which include It Follows, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook, and Goodnight Mommy, all of which I highly recommend. Of all these films, however, this is also the most controversial.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Cinema of Evil: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Witchcraft & the Occult

"The Witch"

It's not often Christians read a pagan perspective of topics like this, which I think is important, so with the recent and simultaneous release of The Witch (my review here) and Risen (my review here) I thought this article was informative and interesting to get another perspective on how a pagan views Hollywood's love affair with witchcraft and the occult. This was written a few days before the release of The Witch.

Peg Aloi
February 17, 2016

There can be no denying that contemporary culture is fascinated by horror. This popular genre of literature, film and TV has many sub-categories: supernatural, paranormal, monsters, ghosts, the undead, serial killers, and, of course, the occult. Witches and witchcraft are a common topic: but do they fall into the category of the occult? The supernatural? Monsters? I find myself asking this question often, as I witness the ebb and flow of witchy storylines in movies and TV.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Prayer of St. Porphyrios of Protection from Evil and Harm

Below is a rare recording of St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva (Dec. 2) praying over a few people that they may be protected from all evil and harm. The prayer is transcribed below for common use.

O Lord, save Your people.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Miracle of the Holy Cross in Africa (Congo) 2

At the Monastery of Saint Nektarios (Kolwezi, Congo), among the girls in the boarding school, there were added two more a few months ago - Despoina who is 11 years old and by exception a boy named Angelo who is 6. These children have a history.

The Sisters of the Monastery found these children abandoned in the streets. They brought them to the Monastery and alerted the police to find their parents. Eventually they learned their mother was a witch. She had killed their siblings and initiated them in magic and abandoned them. In this way they would be able to make their "bread" in life.