On Pulpit Freedom

by Abbot Tryphon The necessity of a pastor’s freedom to preach The adoption of the Johnson Amendment in 1954 was the moment the Internal Revenue Service was given the power to dictate what could and could not be preached from American pulpits. With the threat of fines, or even losing tax exempt status for their […]

The Pulpit Is Responsible

If you ever wondered who is responsible for the moral decay, corruption and lack of discrimination in our day, it belongs firmly – FIRMLY – to those who are called to preach. The preachers are wholly responsible for the moral decline in our society. Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 5 – The Lectern

by Fr. John A. Peck The final installment of our five part series. A Short History of the Liturgical Location for Preaching: The Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern. You can read from the beginning by clicking HERE. The Lectern (Analogion) The Lectern (from the Latin lectus, past participle of legere, “to read”) is a […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 4 – Exterior Pulpit

There is a wonderful history of outdoor, or exterior pulpits, attached to Churches in the west. As stated previously, exterior pulpits were used for funeral orations in the churchyard, for the preaching of pilgrimages, or for the exhibition of relics, and were often built outside of the churches, and many cathedrals. As you will see, there is a great variety in the design and placement of exterior pulpits, adding to their flexibility of use, ornamentation, and installation.

The Place For Preaching: Part 3 – The Pulpit

by Fr. John A. Peck Part Three of a Five Part series A Short History of the Liturgical Location for Preaching: The Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern. The Pulpit The word pulpit comes from the Latin pulpitum, meaning a stage or scaffold. The most popular and consistent architectural ‘solution’ to a highly visible and […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 2 – The Ambo

by Fr. John A. Peck Part Two of our Five Part series. A Short History of the Liturgical Location for Preaching: The Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern. The Ambo An Ambo (pl. Ambones) is a Greek word, supposed to signify a mountain or elevation. This was understood in the west as well – and […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 1

By Fr. John A. Peck Part One of a Five Part Series A Short History of the Liturgical Location for Preaching: The Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern Throughout history, the place occupied by the preacher has changed based on liturgical and theological need. Primarily of course, the purpose of changing the location was of […]

Free Press & Free Pulpit

By Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL, and a Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine. This article, posted on OrthodoxyToday.org in June of 2005 is a short, but powerful statement of why Christians, particularly Orthodox Christians, must not weasel out of their obligations […]