Discerning Your Vocation to the Priesthood Ebook Now Available

The Calling. Those of us who are clergy know it and know how relentless and ephemeral it can be sometimes. Discerning a Vocation to Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, or Bishop) is not something to be taken lightly, or under one’s own initiative. This guide, originally made available during the “You’re On with Fr. John” program on […]

The Grace of the Priesthood

by St. John of Kronstadt “…by the grace of the priesthood, by bestowing upon others the Divine Body and Blood, priests become the second or third means of healing and sicknesses. Through priests the grace of the Spirit gives new life to infants and grown persons; administers in the sacrament of the Eucharist the Body […]

The Man Who Loved Christ More Than All

by St. John Chrysostom No man loved Christ more than Paul. No man exhibited greater zeal, no man was counted worthy of more grace: nevertheless, after all these great advantages, he still has fears and tremblings concerning this government and those who were governed by him. I fear, he says, lest by any means, as […]

The Priesthood That Never Was

by Fr. Stephen Freeman A recent question concerning the “priesthood of all believers” has been an occasion for personal reflection. What is it about the priesthood of all believers that seems so important for Protestant thought? The idea is rooted in Scripture: You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a […]

Homily On The Day He Was Ordained A Priest

John was called to the priesthood and ordained by Flavian, bishop of Antioch, early in the year 386.  So this is the date of his first discourse: he had not yet descended into the lists, as he himself puts it.  In this essay, his modesty shines no less than his eloquence: he frequently calls himself […]

Homily On The Day He Was Ordained A Priest

by St. John Chrysostom John was called to the priesthood and ordained by Flavian, bishop of Antioch, early in the year 386.  So this is the date of his first discourse: he had not yet descended into the lists, as he himself puts it.  In this essay, his modesty shines no less than his eloquence: […]

On The Priesthood

by St. John of Kronstadt Our righteous father John of Kronstadt was an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church. Born in 1829, from 1855, he served as a priest in St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Kronstadt. Here, he greatly committed himself to charity, especially for those who were remote from the church, and traveled extensively  throughout […]

Why Women Were Never Priests

by Alice C. Linsley A convert to Orthodoxy from being an Episcopalian priestess, Ms. Linsley renounced her priestly order in March 2004. She left the Episcopal ministry on the Sunday that Gene Robinson was consecrated and has not entered an Episcopal church since. After years of studying the question of women priests she is persuaded […]