Homily on the Dormition

by Theodosius of Alexandria THE FALLING ASLEEP OF MARY Discourse of Theodosius.  A discourse which our thrice blessed father Abba Theodosius, the archbishop of Alexandria and the confessor who bore Christ, delivered. Now he delivered it concerning the assumption of the Lady of us all, the holy God-bearer Mary, on the sixteenth of the month […]

The Passing of Blessed Mary

by Melito of Sardis (d. 180 a.d.) This text preserves an early version of the Virgin’s Dormition, and perhaps the earliest known in Latin.  It is dated by most scholars to sometime in the fifth century.  The narrative’s location of Mary’s house on the Mount of Olives particularly suggests an early date, since this is […]

St. Gregory the Theologian and the Literal Interpretation of Scripture

by Fr. John Whiteford On interpreting Scripture, one must be intellectually honest about quotations. George Demacopoulos gave another lecture at the Eagle River Institute which was recently posted on Ancient Faith Radio, and in the course of that lecture he made the following statement: “St. Gregory the Theologian actually wrote, in one of his most […]

Does Death Change the State of the Soul?

by St. Justin Popovich “The souls of the departed, enter into the life beyond with the entirety of their contents. ‘Their works follow them’ (Apoc. 14:13)*. They enter there with all their thoughts and perceptions; with all their virtues and passions, with all their good qualities and vices, with the whole of their moral universe. Just […]

Preaching at the Funeral of Someone You Don’t Know

by Fr. John A. Peck At some point, every priest is asked to conduct numerous services for people he didn’t know. Someone that the parish has never met, seen, or heard of. It happens to all clergy. This is an opportunity not to be squandered by not knowing what to do, or how to do […]

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7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Preaching

by Michael J. Kruger Preaching is hard work. To those sitting in the pews, preaching can look relatively effortless—especially when it’s done well. But don’t be fooled. Preaching exhausts the body and soul in ways incommensurate with its duration. I could work in the yard all day in 90-degree heat and (somehow) feel less exhausted […]

The Cross: A Sign for All Christians

Originally titled: Should Protestants Make the Sign of the Cross? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson by Robert Arakaki In a 30 December 2012 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked what he thought about Protestants crossing themselves.  Apparently, this question was asked because growing numbers of Protestants have started crossing themselves.  In short, Pastor Wilson’s answer […]

A Great Lie to Searching Souls

“It would be a great lie to tell searching souls: ‘Go to church, because there you will find peace.’ The opposite is true. The Church tells those who are at peace and asleep: ‘Go to church, because there you will feel real anguish for your sins, for your perdition, for the world’s sins and perdition. […]