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 […]

Something We All Really Need: A Personal Request

(P.S. – it’s not money) 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 event.

Remarks of Patriarch Kirill on Seminarians

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 […]

Let’s Get Real About Priestly Indiscretion

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 […]

Ancient Fears and Modern Man

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 […]

Are You the Right Priest in the Wrong Place?

by Rick Warren The original title of this article was “Are You the Right Pastor in the Wrong Place,” but since Orthodox pastors are also priests, and with apologies to Rick Warren, I thought I’d tweak it. Truthfully, this is a very important reality in pastoral work and often not appropriately considered by we presbyters. […]

Sermon of the Month begins Nov. 2010

Submissions are now being accepted for November’s Sermon of the Month. Here at the Preachers Institute, we are committed to expanding the opportunities for you, the Orthodox Christian preacher, to expand your repertoire, advance your homiletics education, and hone your preaching skills. Therefore, in line with those goals, beginning the month of November, the Preachers […]

Brother, Can You Spare A Paradigm?

by Fr. Aris Metrakos This essay was first published June 30, 2006 on, and not only uncovers the dangers of old paradigms of priestly identity, but also reveals the only one of value in the Church. We reproduce it here with permission. Is it time to retire “paradigm shift?” This overwrought cliché is used […]