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 […]

Why You Feel Your Prayers Are Not Heard

by St. John of Kronstadt Even during prayer, man is for the greater part not the son of freedom, but the slave of necessity and duty. Look at any man you like, even at a priest. Do many of them pray with a free expanded heart, with living faith and love? During prayer there sometimes […]

The House Of God

by St. John of Kronstadt Let us faithfully praise the Virgin Mary, for she is brought into the Holy of Holies, to be raised in the Lord. Ekos from Matins On this day, my brethren, the holy Church celebrates the solemn Entry into the temple in Jerusalem of the three-year-old child, Mary—the blessed daughter of […]

Sermon on the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

by St. John of Kronstadt “Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on […]

Why Go To Church When I Can Pray At Home?

by St. John of Kronstadt Here in church is the one thing needful; here is a refuge from vanity and the storms of life; here is the calm harbor for souls seeking salvation; here is incorrupt food and drink for souls; here is the light, which enlightens every man who comes into the world; here […]

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Learning?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When, many decades ago—well less than half my present age—I read Goethe’s Faust, I was impressed that trouble starts when Faust grows bored with the great accumulation of things he has learned. Habe nun, ach! Philosophie / Juristerlei und Mediizin / Und leider auch Theologie / Durchaus studiert, mit heissen […]

Sermon On Thomas Sunday

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 […]

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 […]