Seminarians: Act Now On Opportunities For You

Orthodox seminarians – don’t delay. There are several opportunities for you which you will not want to miss. Sermon of the Month – students enrolled in an Orthodox seminary in North America are all eligible, and encouraged, to enter. Mark your career early as an effectual preacher of the Gospel. Your sermons will be evaluated […]

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 […]

Plotting The Course

“What is the call to repentance in this reading? What is the word of hope and salvation in this reading?”

Four Characteristics of Good Orthodox Preaching

by Fr. Jonathan Cholcher The former headmaster of St. Nicholas Orthodox Classical School in Mogadore, OH, Fr. Jonathan is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. An outstanding apologist, homilist and teacher,  Fr. Jonathan provides four measurable benchmarks for Orthodox preachers. We are reprinting this article, which was originally published by Preachers Institute […]