Strong Safety Troy Polamalu spoke with Yahoo Sports last fall about life, the universe, and everything, including his faith, Orthodoxy, which seems very important to him since converting a few years ago.  They even named their son, born this October, Paisios!  (If the Yahoo link breaks, you might find the interview here, or here [That’s right, use for a search term the most unlikely phrase in the copy!].)

Like Polamalu, I can attest the helpfulness of having weekday Liturgies available.  He and his wife are in the habit of going every Tuesday to a Greek Orthodox women’s monastery – Nativity of the Theotokos – an hour north of Pittsburgh; and sometimes my health permits me to attend during the week at St. Tikhon’s Monastery 3 hours north of Philly (five, the way I travel).


  1. Love Humanity

    Picture of saint Cathrine seems she was wearing Muslim Hijab… Muslim men have beard like Jesus..

    read muslim converts stories

    {Slightly edited by Moderator.}

  2. Leo Peter O'Filon

    Greetings and Welcome—

    Holy Greatmartyr Catherine antedates Mohammed by several centuries. Certainly modesty of attire, certain types of garb appropriate to or inspired by the Mideastern deserts and vicinity, or their cultures, as well as devotion to old, tried traditions in these regards, are things that many Muslims and Orthodox share. Orthodoxy’s home is the Middle East, rooted not only in the ministry of the Lord’s Apostles and disciples beginning at the Holy City of Jerusalem, and His Own life, ministry, death, resurrection from the dead, ascension back into Heaven, and sending the All-Holy Spirit of God, One of the Trinity, at Pentecost — but also in the life of God’s People of Israel, from Eden to Mesopotamia to Canaan to Egypt and back (and back again and again). One of the great Fathers of the Church is Saint John Damascene (or “of Damascus/Damaskos”), who grew up there under Islam and succeeded his father as Chief Councilor of the city in the 8th Christian century, and defended the Traditional Orthodox teaching regarding the religious, spiritual, and theological need for Holy Images (Icons) by those who worship the One and Only God.

    As for beards, traditionally Orthodox clergy and monks have worn them, as well as many if not most Orthodox laymen historically. Clergy and monks have also worn their hair long (long before the 1960s!), sometimes uncut, untrimmed. These matters are discussed on this “Traditionalist” Orthodox page, which cites not only the Lord and His Apostles, but His priests and “Nazirites” of the Old Testament, like Samson. I myself have worn a beard most of my post-collegiate life, though mostly for cultural, not religious, reasons; I also didn’t cut my hair in the mid-1990s, but since it’s thick, wavy, and reddish-blond, it got to look rather girly (no offense at all, ladies!), trailing halfway down my back, drawing whistles from behind, as well as constantly getting in the way, and harder to keep clean or wash, so I cut it short. (Sorry to my Native American ancestors and kin!) But back to the point of the original post, check out Troy Polamalu’s locks! Frankly I’m surprised they’re allowed in football, since you could be grabbed by your long hair in a tackle and suffer serious whiplash … none of which is here nor there! 😉

    I apologize, but for more than one reason I’ve left out your links to your website about conversions to Islam – such material isn’t hard to find on the WWW though – as well as your repeat-Comment at a later post (which I notice you’ve posted in identical form elsewhere on the net). I also must confess to not being very qualified to discuss Islam, if you don’t mind. 9th-grade Afro-Asian Cultural Studies (a New York State high school), and scattered scant readings since. Though I did read that the well-known Muslim prostrations, and even Turkish use of the word orthodox to describe Islam, come from us….

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