How to Teach Your Children to Read and Understand the King James Version of the Bible

by Fr. John Whiteford Why? Before getting into the question of how you get teach your children to read and understand the King James Version, we should probably first discuss why you should want to do so. If you are an English speaker, even if you are an atheist you should want your child to […]

Eucharistic Bread: Leavened or Unleavened?

In the ninth century the use of unleavened bread had become obligatory in the West, while the Orthodox continued the exclusive offering of leavened bread.  The issue became divisive when the provinces of Byzantine Italy which were under the authority of the Patriarch of Constantinople were forcibly incorporated into the Church of Rome following their […]

Orthodox Christian Stewardship

by John G. Panagiotou If you want to know the spiritual state and strength of a church, just look at its stewardship report.  What do Jesus, the Bible, and the Church Fathers say about Tithing and Giving to God? “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”1 These words of Jesus have resonated […]

The Great Preacher

By Fr. Ephraim Once an older priest went up to a remote village in order to comfort and support the weary. The village was perched on a cliff, a living painting, and there was a small church in the middle next to the fairytale-like stone houses. Behind the sanctuary of the church was the cemetery […]

Why the Repetitions of “Lord Have Mercy”?

by Sr. Vassa “Lord, have mercy!” (Frequent refrain in Byzantine Liturgy) Isn’t it somewhat morbid, how often we repeat, in our church-services, “Lord, have mercy” (Kyrie eleison)? It is, if we misunderstand the word “mercy” (eleos), limiting it to what it means in today’s English, a “withholding of punishment.” But the term means much more […]

Growing Your Parish: It’s Possible!

By Reader John (Jason Terpack), M.Div. While driving home from work today an overwhelming thought struck me towrite on the topic of “Growing Your Parish” and to contact Fr. John Peck for collaboration on such a project. The thought stayed with me and I mentioned it to my wife as we visited on our back […]

How Pastoral Care Stunts The Growth Of Most Churches

It’s time we put some more practical articles up for parish priests, so we have a new category: Growing Your Parish. We’ll be offering more articles, and seeking more (!), of a useful nature to Orthodox parish clergy on removing growth barriers to making small missions and parishes larger, and sustaining growth past certain barriers. […]

When Abba Pachomios Received the Gift of Tongues

Yes, the Orthodox Church believes in the gift of tongues. Read about it. By Palladius, Bishop of Helenopolis (Rule of Pachomios, Ch. 15) And it came to pass that, when the blessed Pachomios was visiting the brethren in their cells, and was correcting the thoughts of each of them, he was obliged to visit a […]