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 […]

Behold, NOW Is The Blogging Time

by Fr. John A. Peck We have been getting ready for a solid 30 (40) Days of Blogging and today is the day we begin. Let me begin by wishing you all a blessed and fruitful Nativity Fast. This is a busy time for pastors, but it is also a time laden with unexpected opportunities. […]

Beware the BLOG!

Well, we have reached the big day. Tomorrow begins our 30 (40) Days of Blogging. I wish you all the very best in this endeavor and hope that the articles we posted in the days leading up to Nov. 15th have been at least useful, and perhaps even provided you with material for your own […]