From the September, 2002 issue of Touchstone
Again & Again by Thomas S. Buchanan

Again & Again

Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.
—Psalm 133:1

We have a VCR player in our house, and my children love to watch movies. If they had their way, they would watch the same tape over and over again every day (at least our youngest would). Going back to something familiar is comforting, and even when the story is well known, it is always possible to see the familiar in a new way. Perhaps that is why I never grow tired of looking at my wife.

A Russian expression that, in a way, characterizes the Orthodox Liturgy is paki i paki. This is heard often in the Slavonic version of the Divine Liturgy, and it means “again and again” (as in &# . . .


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