How the Holy Fire Descends Upon the Holy Sepulchre

Christ is Risen! Here at Preachers Institute we wish you all a glorious and fruitful Pascha! Enjoy this account of the Holy Fire from the 19th cnetury witness Abbot Danil. The following is a description of the Holy Light, which descends upon the Holy Sepulchre, as the Lord vouchsafed to show it to me, his […]

A Sermon About Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane

by St. John Maximovitch When the Lord had finished the Mystical Supper with His disciples and given them His Instructions, He went with them to the Mount of Olives. On the way He continued His final teachings, after which He addressed the Heavenly Father with a prayer for His disciples and those who would believe […]

Bi-Vocational Physician Fired From Job Over Sermon Content

Well, here we are. This is what it means to be a Christian preacher today. Count the cost, and then get to work, but don’t mistake what this means – this means we are winning. Bi-vocational pastors be warned – what you say from the pulpit on Sunday could get you fired from your public […]

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov A reminder about wrapping up Lent. Prayer is good with fasting and alms (Tob. 12:8),[1] said the Archangel Raphael to Tobit. Such a great work is fasting! It is good, it is the only door through which sinners can depart from their fleshly state and enter into the saving pasture of […]

The Word “Atonement”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this new video by Theoria videos, Fr. Pat explains why the word Atonement doesn’t appear much in Orthodox theology, and how we should be using it, and not using it.     Atonement

Mary of Bethany’s Secret Plan

Mary of Bethany was a clever girl. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Notable among the friends of Jesus was that family in Bethany, of which St. John wrote, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5). Although Luke told a story account Martha and her sister, Mary (Luke 10:38-42), almost all of […]

The Ladder of Divine Ascent and Moral Improvement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church, is dedicated to St. John Climacus, the author of the ancient work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It is a classic work describing “steps” within the life of the struggling ascetic. There is an icon associated with this work, picturing monastics […]

Reduce Stress: Live the Liturgical Cycles

When Lenten stress and fatigue is dogging you, the Church has the answer, and it is right in front of you. by Deacon Charles Joiner Modern life is full of stress and busyness. We have many worries and find it difficult to cope with all that comes our way. This is the modern normal. How […]