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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The Lenten Question


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If there is a single question most appropriate to the approach of Lent, I suggest it is the query "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" This is not a fun question; it does not lend itself to frivolity. It is the most serious question posed to the human mind. I ... More...

The Antichrist, the Cross and the Third Sunday in Lent

The Holy Cross

by St. Gregory Palamas The Cross of Christ was mysteriously proclaimed in advance and foreshadowed from generations of old and no one was ever reconciled with God except by the power of the Cross. After our First Parents transgressed against God through the tree in paradise, sin came to life, but we died, submitting, even before physical death, to the death of the soul, its separation from God. ... More...

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...