Khouria Frederica is an acclaimed Orthodox author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the LA Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal.
She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, a commentator on the Hallmark TV network, a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, Her podcast “Frederica Here and Now” is carried on Ancient Faith Radio.
She has published 9 books, including The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God (Paraclete, 2009), Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (HarperCollins, 1997) and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation (Paraclete, 2001). Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 700 articles.
She has also appeared as a speaker over 500 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont; at the Smithsonian Institute, the Aspen Institute, Washington National Cathedral, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the American Academy of Religion, the Veritas Forum, the Family Research Council, and the National Right to Life Committee.
She has been interviewed almost 700 times, on venues including PrimeTime Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, the New Republic, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.
She lives with her husband, the Rev. Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, MD, where he is pastor and she is Khouria (“Mother”) of the Maryland parish they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church.
Here is a YouTube link to another rendition of the beautiful kontakion, performed at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church on December 12, 2010 under the direction of Bill Attra by the combined St. Romanos Chorale.