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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A Random World and The Death of All Knowledge

Rejecting the light of truth is the death of all knowledge

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The opening chapter of Genesis has long been a favorite of Christians, and ancient commentators discovered in its lines profound levels of meaning. In more recent times, on the other hand, some readers of Genesis, distracted by apologetic concerns alien to the deeper interests of the Sacred Text, have failed to discover those depths. For example, even from boyhood I ... More...

Angelic Dialogue According to the Church Fathers


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon As we considered recently, the Church Fathers placed Psalm 23 (Hebrew 24) in the scene of the Lord's Ascension. The dialogue in this psalm ("Who is this King of glory?), they believed, involved the angels who guarded the gates of heaven. Indeed, Saint Irenaeus, in the course of an exposition of three psalms, believes there are two groups of angels attendant on the ... More...

Talking Amongst the Angels


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the measure that the ascending Christ quits the company of men on earth, he associates himself with the company of the angels in heaven. Saint John testifies that he receives in heaven the homage from "the voice of many angels": “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain / To receive power and abundance and wisdom, / And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” It ... More...

Pentecost: The Whole Paschal Season


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Luke's theology the mission of the Holy Spirit is especially related to the event of Pentecost. Consequently, the forgiveness and remission of sins---the Holy Spirit's first gift---forms a theme foundational to the imagery of Pentecost. This is the case, whether "Pentecost" refers to the whole Paschal season (its older meaning) or refers to the specific day of the ... More...

In Proportion to Your Humility


by St. Isaac the Syrian In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in the Holy Spirit is magnified. Once men have truly become His sons, our tenderly ... More...