About Fr. John A. Peck

Director of the Preachers Institute, priest in the Orthodox Church in America, award-winning graphic designer and media consultant, and non-profit administrator.
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Homily on the Descent into Hades


by St Epiphanius of Cyprus Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and Hell trembles with fear. He has ... More...

On The Cross

Gospel and Cross

by St. Theophan the Recluse The Lord accomplished our salvation by His death on the Cross: on the Cross He tore up the handwriting of our sins; through the Cross He reconciled us with our God and Father; and through the Cross He brought down upon us grace-filled gifts and all heavenly blessings. But this is the Lord's Cross itself. Each of us becomes a partaker of its salvific power in no other ... More...

The New Testament Jeremiah


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Apostle Paul speaks of his conversion graphically and with a certain flourish. It happened, he wrote, “when it pleased God, who appointed me (aphorisas me) from my mother’s womb (ek koilias metros mou) and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach him among the nations (en tois ethnesin)” (Galatians 1:15-16). This striking ... More...

Time’s Up


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon A consideration of the Atonement would be incomplete without some treatment of the Parable of the Vine Growers in Mark 12:1-12. However, having treated this parable at some length in The Jesus We Missed, I propose here to limit our reflections to Jesus' introduction, in the subsequent development of the story, of "the stone which the builders rejected." According ... More...

The Great Book of Kings


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon  The division between the two Books of Kings comes from the Greek translation known as the Septuagint. When this translation was made in the third century before Christ, a purely physical consideration obliged the copyists to break Kings into two parts. Whereas the Hebrew language has no formal vowels, Greek does. This meant that the Book of Kings was physically ... More...