It is Time for the Lord to Act

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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 sort of magical act that assuages the deity in our favor, but are rather joining in with ... More...

Something We All Really Need: A Personal Request

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by Fr. John A. Peck (P.S. -  it's not money) Dear Fathers, brothers and friends everywhere; Have you ever googled the following terms: Orthodox, priest, preaching I have. I do regularly, with a multitude of similar terms, searching and seeking for good photos of Orthodox clergy delivering sermons. There are very, very few - even fewer good shots with focus, capturing the spirit of the ... More...

Remarks of Patriarch Kirill on Seminarians

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Below is a small portion from Patriarch Kirill's report presented before an assembly of rectors of Russian Orthodox theological schools. See the full report here. We constantly speak about obedience in our theological schools. But does not this mask a desire to obtain totally obedient and intimidated individuals incapable of speaking up before authorities under any circumstances? Do we ... More...

Let’s Get Real About Priestly Indiscretion

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by Fr. Aris Metrakos This article contains excellent advice for anyone contemplating the priesthood or discerning a vocation in the Orthodox Church (or any 'church' for that matter). Fr. Aris nails it. Aren't we disgusted with the shocking number of high-profile cases of priests engaged in pedophilia, homosexual activity, and adultery? Some excuse this behavior with the platitudes "a sin is a ... More...

Ancient Fears and Modern Man

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by Fr. Ian Page Text: Luke 8:26-39 Date delivered: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost (24/10/2010) Location: Parish of St. Peter & St. Paul, Clapham, London In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I must confess that I met the idea of preaching upon today’s Gospel with a certain degree of trepidation. For several reasons, we modern people find ourselves ... More...