Everyone Knows A Church Calls For Reverence

by St. Theophan the Recluse “My House shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Everyone knows that a church calls for reverence, for a collecting of thoughts, for deep thinking about God, and for standing in the presence of God, but who fulfills this? People go […]

It is Time for the Lord to Act

by Gabe Martini Some of the most profound words of the Divine Liturgy are rarely heard. Standing at the south corner of the altar, the deacon quietly utters to the presiding priest: “It is time for the Lord to act.” This phrase sets the tone for everything in our worship. We are not performing some […]

On Teaching Holy Scripture

by Elder Cleopa of Romania Each Christian has the need to read Holy Scripture, yet each Christian does not also have the authority or ability to teach and interpret the words of Scripture.  This privileged authority is reserved for the Church via its holy clergy and theologians, men who are instructed in and knowledgeable of […]

Day 40: Christmas Means The Church

The topic for Tuesday, December 24 – Day 40 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is CHRISTMAS MEANS CHURCH It’s a busy time, but also time for us to state specifically the meaning of Christmas for each of us, and that is The Church. I know you are all busy. I am busy as […]

The Power of Apostolic Era Hymnography

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After the words of Jesus himself, the texts of Christian hymnography seem to provide our earliest sources of Christian theology. The Apostolica—the New Testament writings—bear witness to the existence of such hymns (cf. Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26; Ephesians 5:19; 3:16; James 5:23). An obvious feature of hymns renders them […]

The Fulfillment of Hosea’s Foretold Restoration

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In his first epistle Peter once describes his audience as God’s Chosen People: But you are an elect generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a treasured People, that you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; formerly you were not […]

The Lost Heroine Of The Old Testament: Part 3

Susannah, Jesus & the Church Part Three of this series shows precisely why young Christians today should ALL know the story of Susannah. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon But if Susannah is to be likened to the unjustly accused Joseph, how much more to Jesus in the context of His passion. Both Jesus and Susannah […]

Why Go To Church Every Sunday

by Hieromartyr Daniel Sisoyev I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord (Psalm 121:1). People often ask priests: “Why should we go to church every Sunday?” and then they begin to justify themselves. 1. “We need our sleep, then, we need to spend time with the […]