Sebastian Avery Morris

I am a senior in the Religion Department at Temple University, and the sacristan at St Clement's Episcopal Church, an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in Philadelphia.
I am a Christian Socialist and Monarchist, with strong Distributist and Neo-Luddite tendencies. I live in South Philadelphia with my fiancé (wedding in November) Xopher, who is a graphic artist, and our cat Astro. I'm always happy to discuss religion, progressive politics, or LGBTQ issues.

Wedding arrangements coming along nicely.

The “save the date” cards have been addressed, and stamped (except for the ones leaving the country - I don’t want to use multiple stamps so I’ll need to visit the post office for postage) and are ready to be mailed on Saturday. The layouts for the invitations and rsvp cards have been emailed to the printers. I’ve emailed the rental company for a quote on the few things I need for the reception that we don’t already have at church. I’ve about decided on music and tomorrow will email the organist to make sure he approves. I need to round up Altar servers from the usual crew of suspects, but they are all coming to the wedding anyway. The fabric has been ordered for the flower girl’s dress, and Xopher and my waistcoats; I want to get at least the dress made before the fall semester starts… A very busy week.

Ss Christopher & Sebastian, Giovanni Bellini

Saint Christopher, Saint Roch, and Saint Sebastian, Lorenzo Lotto, c. 1535

 Ss Martin & Christopher, Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis ca.1528-9

Saint Christopher, by Edward Reginald Frampton

Saint Christopher, by Dieric Bouts, the Younger

St Christopher, by Rupert Bunny 

My Book of the Church’s Year, by Enid Chadwick 

GRANT, we beseech thee, almighty God: that by the prayers of blessed Christopher thy Martyr, we may be delivered from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul. Through thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen

A very happy Name Day to my partner Christopher Michael Taylor.


25 juillet - saint Christophe, martyr en Lycie.

Præsta, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus : ut, qui beáti Christóphori Mártyris tui natalíta cólimus, intercessióne eius in tui nóminis amóre roborémur.

Faites, nous vous en prions, Dieu tout-puissant, que par l’intercession du bienheureux Christophore, votre Martyr dont nous célébrons la naissance au ciel, nous obtenions d’être fortifiés dans l’amour de votre nom.

Iconographie : représentation géante de saint Christophe dans la cathédrale-primatiale de Tolède (Espagne). De semblables représentations en géant ornaient autrefois l’entrée de nombreuses cathédrales occidentales.

Here then is the pattern in my carpet, the sense of the eternal mysteries, the eternal beauty hidden beneath the crust of common and commonplace things; hidden and yet burning and glowing continually if you care to look with purged eyes.
— 出典:Arthur Machen, The London Adventure  (via drakontomalloi)
Influenced by the Western teaching on original sin, we usually place sin in a legal setting. We regard it as disobedi­ence to the commandments of God, and its results as punish­ments inflicted by God. For the Orthodox biblical and patristic tradition, however, the setting of original sin and of every sin is mainly physical. When man closes his eyes to the light, he finds himself in darkness. When he loses his center, he be­ comes disorientated. When he distances himself from life, he dies. The commandments of God are not threats about a punishment which will come from a source situated outside man. They describe the healthy state of human existence. The sickness, pain and death which follow offences against the laws of health are not punishments deriving from the laws but the natural consequences of the offences. It is not God but man who is the creator of evil. This truth is of funda­mental significance, because it means that the sinner stands before God, not waiting for God to condemn him, but him­ self taking responsibility for his own actions and so the road to repentance remains open. God in His compassion does not abandon His creatures under any circumstances whatsoever. Man has fled and is called upon to return. This return, this transposition into the realm of God, which goes with the restoration to health, the reconstitution and the transformation of human existence, constitutes the kernel of repentance, the content of the whole spiritual struggle…
— 出典:Panayiotis Nellas, Deification in Christ: Orthodox Perspectives On the Nature of the Human Person, trans. Norman Russell (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr, 1987), 177. (via thepoorinspirit-extras)
He said not ‘Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased’; but he said, ‘Thou shalt not be overcome.
— 出典:Julian of Norwich (via godinthebrokenness)


"you’re too young to know what your sexuality is" said the straight person to a queer teenager 

"he’s such a ladies’ man" said the straight person about a 6 month old baby that doesn’t know what a lady is