Turning On the Lights: Your Christmas Sermon

Apart from the many helps for a Christmas sermon, the Preachers Institute would like to offer you one more article to spice up a Nativity service for those who attend your worship. There’s nothing better than when ‘the lights go on’ for our listeners, and they see or hear something perhaps they’ve never understood, or […]

Archbishop Job's Holy Monday Sermon

Archbishop Job was an honest homilist, and this was the source of his preaching power. Like the late Bishop Innocent of Anchorage, Archbishop Job honestly and directly addressed the problems he faced in the Church.He spoke with love and passion for the Gospel of Christ, and with love for his beloved flock. This is one […]

Archbishop Job's "Joyful Epistle"

Archbishop Job wrote his ‘Joyful Epistle’ on Dec. 3, 2008, and it reflects his deep understanding and pastoral concern for the Church of Christ, and particularly for those who served the Church. The Orthodox Church in America turned an important corner, with its face to the future, largely in part to the actions and prayers […]

Archbishop Job's "Sorrowful Epistle"

Two of the most significant letters we received as clergy in the OCA Diocese of the Midwest were letters his eminence sent to us. One entitled “A Sorrowful Epistle,” the other “A Joyful Epistle.” He led us by serving us in genuine humility, and we were invigorated by his frank discussion, and his spirit of […]

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Job

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Job Monday, December 21 Place: Christ the Savior Church, 927 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610 1- 4 PM Viewing. Body then transported to Holy Trinity Cathedral Place: Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60622 6-11 PM Viewing. Panikhida at 7 PM Tuesday, December 22 Place: Holy Trinity […]

Archbishop Job of Chicago (1946-2009)

It is with great sadness that I post the news that my father in Christ, Archbishop Job, Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest, has fallen asleep in the Lord. Memory Eternal, Archbishop Job! photo courtesy of Eighth Day Photography Apart from being an accomplished preacher, teacher, hymnographer and iconographer, Archbishop Job was a gifted pastor. […]

Sermon Self-Evaluation: Tips and Techniques

by Fr. John A. Peck The art and craft of sermon evaluation is a necessary part of improving one’s preaching. Sadly, there are few opportunities for serious preachers to learn about evaluation and practice it. Opportunities are even more scarce for the Orthodox preacher. That being said, we are approaching some important holy days in […]

AAA: Reading the Bible the Orthodox Way

Now that we have entered Advent/Nativity Fast, and many of us have begun the 2009 New Testament Challenge (some will begin on Dec. 1st), I’d like to make a simple offering about the actual reading of the Holy Scriptures. When I am teaching my parishioners or catechumens to read the Bible, few actually ask how […]