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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Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

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by Fr. Matthew Baker In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work, he dismissed as pagan the idea of man as microcosm. Yet later, in his dialogue On the Soul and the Resurrection, Gregory espoused precisely this notion of microcosm in order to express the mediatorial role of the human ... More...

Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon According to Athanasius of Alexandria, man's repentance from sin would not have been sufficient to restore him to friendship with God. To imagine otherwise is to suppose an inadequate and unbiblical view of sin. Sin is not a merely moral offense, after all, an injury readily cured by simple repentance. Still less is it just a forensic declaration of guilt that could ... More...

Everyone Knows A Church Calls For Reverence

Worshippers attend an Orthodox Easter service conducted by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

by St. Theophan the Recluse "My House shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Everyone knows that a church calls for reverence, for a collecting of thoughts, for deep thinking about God, and for standing in the presence of God, but who fulfills this? People go to church with a desire to pray, to stand in it for a while with warm fervor; but then thoughts begin ... More...

To Be Protected From Tricks

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by St. Vincent of Lerins If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why should we add thereto the authority of Tradition? This is because not everyone ... More...

Christ: The Trojan Horse of Redemption

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon I have always thought that spiritual warfare is often a war of intelligence (looking strong where you are weak, looking weak where you are strong, knowing what the enemy isn't aware you know, etc.) and in this excellent article, Fr. Patrick points out that the humble Christ the Victim was in fact Christ the Victor the whole time. He was himself, in the flesh, a ... More...