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 […]

Did St. Mark of Ephesus Consider the Latins to be a Church?

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The following is an excerpt from the Metroplitan’s very important “Intervention and Text to the Meeting of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (November, 2016),” which can be found here in Greek and here in English. Unfortunately, during the “Council of Crete” some supported the idea that St. Mark of […]

Orthodox Marriage & Its Misunderstanding

There are two misunderstandings about marriage which should be rejected in Orthodox dogmatic theology. by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) The love that exists between a man and a woman is an important theme in many books of Scripture. The Book of Genesis, in particular, tells us of holy and pious couples, such as Abraham and Sarah, […]

The Right Time

by Fr. Deacon James K. Cairns II When is the right time to talk about death?  It is not a topic that we often contemplate or even like to generally dwell on.  In our society, we live in the now.  We have become creatures of instant gratification with the advent of computers and the several […]

Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to Churchgoers

by Lydia Saad STORY HIGHLIGHTS Three in four worshippers say sermons a major factor in why they go Youth programs, outreach and volunteer opportunities also important Preferring to worship solo is main reason non-attenders eschew services WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Easter and Passover help fill churches and synagogues this week, a new Gallup poll suggests […]