Merry Christmas

Here at Preachers Institute, we wish to offer a greeting of peace and joy for the Lord’s Nativity. For those on the Old Calendar, Happy St. Herman’s Day (we’ll offer greetings again in Jan.) Enjoy this little virtual Christmas card (on the right) in honor of the Lord’s birth. It is our fervent desire and […]

The Ass and The Ox in The Nativity Icon

By Jonathan Pageau There is no ass or ox in the Biblical narratives of the birth of Christ.  Yet, besides the Christ Child himself, the ass and the ox are the most ancient and stable elements in the iconography of the nativity.  In fact the earliest example of a nativity known to us contains only the swaddled Christ in the manger […]

One Hundred Stanzas on the Nativity

by St. Ephraim the Syrian Our father among the saints, Ephraim was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century. He is venerated by Christians throughout the world, but especially among Syriac Christians, as a saint. Here Ephraim presents his “counsel of life”, warning against various sins such as greed, pride, […]

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Merry Christmas to all our faithful readers, members, lurkers and writers! On this day, the day of our Lord’s birth, we here at the Preachers Institute want to wish you all a very merry, safe, and spiritually fruitful Nativity celebration, and to assure you all of our prayers, particularly on this festive Holy day. This […]

Crossing the Finish Line!

Congratulations to our Bloggers who signed up for the 30 (40) Days of Blogging. Today is the 40th day! Your marathon journey has come to an end! Axios! I want to thank everyone for participating. I’ve been reading your blogs, and I must say, I’m impressed with your work and the incredible labor that went […]

Turning On the Lights: Your Christmas Sermon

Apart from the many helps for a Christmas sermon, the Preachers Institute would like to offer you one more article to spice up a Nativity service for those who attend your worship. There’s nothing better than when ‘the lights go on’ for our listeners, and they see or hear something perhaps they’ve never understood, or […]

Sermon 28 On The Nativity Of Christ

by St. Leo the Great Our father among the saints, Leo the Great was the bishop of Rome during difficult times. He was an eminent scholar of Scripture and rhetoric. During an invasion by Attila the Hun, St. Leo met him outside the gates of Rome. After some short words, to everyone’s surprise, Attila turned […]

A Christmas Sermon of St. Gregory Nazianzus

by St. Gregory Nazianzus “The Theologian” Our father among the saints Gregory the Theologian, also known as Gregory of Nazianzus (though that name more appropriately refers to his father) and Gregory the Younger, was a great Father and Teacher of the Church. He was a close friend of St. Basil the Great.  He was one […]