Santa Muerte – An ode, or perhaps a prayer

The following note was sent to us via Asa Plinch, who penned this very apt poetic exploration of the devotional tradition surrounding La Santa Muerte after hearing Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut speak on the Interfaith Voices program: As I listened to your interview on NPR, I scribbled down some notes. I have reconfigured them here … Continue reading Santa Muerte – An ode, or perhaps a prayer

Orthodox Prayers for a Holy Death

Although the Catholic church has denounced most of the folk traditions which sanctify death, there is a long standing tradition within Catholicism that includes prayers for a holy death. While most of these prayers keep the process of dying firmly outside of saintly personhood, this is not always the case. The much beloved Francis of Assisi gave … Continue reading Orthodox Prayers for a Holy Death