What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?

by Fr. John Whiteford More excellent work from “Stump the Priest” Question: “What do we mean by the “nous,” how is it distinct from the soul, and are the Orthodox the only ones who speak about the “nous”?” This question is complicated by the fact that the word “nous” (which is usually translated into English […]

On the Religious Opinions of the Unconverted

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Quitting Church, her impressive study of religious sociology, Julia Duin quotes a friend who dropped out of the Orthodox Church: “The Orthodox, Emile said, are answering the question no one is asking: what is the true Church?” This comment is interesting in several respects, but I am mainly impressed […]

Loosing the Grave Clothes of Lazarus

by Paul Smith This was sent to me by my friend Paul Smith. He has preached before (before his days in Orthodoxy), and still has grand insight into homiletics and the Church. Thanks Paul for allowing me to republish it! Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He didn’t take off the binding grave clothes he […]

Resurrection Victory

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Do we not see that death continues to reap its harvest around us? Are there not graves beside Christian churches as well? How can we say that ‘there is none dead in the tomb’, that Christ has conquered death by death? In the Name of the Father, the Son, and […]

Day One of the Week – Pentecost

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The fourth century introduced a significant change of perspective with respect to Pentecost, when the Council of Nicaea determined that the date of Pascha should always fall on the first Sunday of spring. Up to that point, a certain measure of local custom had prevailed, with some Christians—luminaries like Polycarp […]

Doubt, Science, and Faith

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourouzh When it comes to doubt, Thomas had it right all along. I have been posed a question about doubt. People fear doubt. But they fear in vain, because doubt comes into being when we do not know the truth in full and pose a question. I will give an example. […]

Pascha in the West and in the East

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The Orthodox Church is the Church of the Resurrection, because it gives prominence to Christ’s victory over death. Pascha is the overcoming of death, the passage of the Word to the human heart and not the reduction of the heart to human reason and senses. When one examines the “ethos” of […]

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 […]