St. Gregory the Theologian and the Literal Interpretation of Scripture

by Fr. John Whiteford On interpreting Scripture, one must be intellectually honest about quotations. George Demacopoulos gave another lecture at the Eagle River Institute which was recently posted on Ancient Faith Radio, and in the course of that lecture he made the following statement: “St. Gregory the Theologian actually wrote, in one of his most […]

Does Death Change the State of the Soul?

by St. Justin Popovich “The souls of the departed, enter into the life beyond with the entirety of their contents. ‘Their works follow them’ (Apoc. 14:13)*. They enter there with all their thoughts and perceptions; with all their virtues and passions, with all their good qualities and vices, with the whole of their moral universe. Just […]

Preaching at the Funeral of Someone You Don’t Know

by Fr. John A. Peck At some point, every priest is asked to conduct numerous services for people he didn’t know. Someone that the parish has never met, seen, or heard of. It happens to all clergy. This is an opportunity not to be squandered by not knowing what to do, or how to do […]

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7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Preaching

by Michael J. Kruger Preaching is hard work. To those sitting in the pews, preaching can look relatively effortless—especially when it’s done well. But don’t be fooled. Preaching exhausts the body and soul in ways incommensurate with its duration. I could work in the yard all day in 90-degree heat and (somehow) feel less exhausted […]

The Cross: A Sign for All Christians

Originally titled: Should Protestants Make the Sign of the Cross? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson by Robert Arakaki In a 30 December 2012 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked what he thought about Protestants crossing themselves.  Apparently, this question was asked because growing numbers of Protestants have started crossing themselves.  In short, Pastor Wilson’s answer […]

A Great Lie to Searching Souls

“It would be a great lie to tell searching souls: ‘Go to church, because there you will find peace.’ The opposite is true. The Church tells those who are at peace and asleep: ‘Go to church, because there you will feel real anguish for your sins, for your perdition, for the world’s sins and perdition. […]

Struggling with Prayer

For all my spiritual children, struggling with prayer is nothing new, nor unusual. Persist. Persevere. Pray. by Abbot Tryphon Our relationship with God does not require an emotional response When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying. When our prayer […]

St. Nikolai Velimirovich’s Message to the Orthodox of America

Lest we forget that the “Serbian Chrysostom” is one of our great American saints.  Let us now turn our gaze from the East to the far West, i.e., to America. About 150 years ago Orthodox people of every nationality began to come to this New World, first daring individuals, then small groups, until in our […]