St. Gregory the Great on the Unity of the Three Apostolic Sees of Rome, Antioch and Alexandria

On mutual authority of the Petrine Sees. When Saint Gregory the Great (Mar. 12) was Pope of Rome, he had a lively correspondence with Saint Eulogios, Pope of Alexandria (Feb. 13), and in Letter 40 of Book 7 he writes the following about the unity of the three Sees of Rome, Antioch and Alexandria due […]

Tracing the Origins of the Presanctified Liturgy

On the origins of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. By Panagiotis Melikides During the period of Great Lent, except Saturdays and Sundays, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is celebrated, which is the result of two factors.  First, during this period the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, which is paschal and festive in character, […]

Ordination to the Diaconate – A Homily by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

The Primary task of the diaconate is love. The deacon protects the prayer of the priest. The deacon proclaims the Gospel with power and authority, but only if he himself has received the word. Translated by Dcn. Nicholas Parks The ordination of one of the members of a Christian parish to sacerdotal rank is an […]

The Fathers of the Orthodox Church on Abortion

The following represent the teaching of the Orthodox Church on abortion from the [early] second century through the fifth century…. Note that penalties, when they are given, are neither civil nor criminal, but ecclesiastical and pastoral (excommunication for the purpose of inducing repentance). Also note that the these quotes deal with both surgical and chemically […]

A Saint’s Advice for Discouraged Priests

From Fr. Anthony Perkins at Good Guys Wear Black – I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain […]

Church and State Are Not Separate – They Are at War

by Fr. Stephen Freeman From the Glory to God for All Things blog. There are ideas that are so common, so oft-repeated, that they are critically examined only with great difficulty. Among the most powerful such ideas is the concept described as the “separation of Church and State.” The history of the phrase is its […]

The Invisible Church: A Doctrine That Has Come of Age

The Church is the very place where all the aspects of salvation are found. “I did it my way” is the very opposite of how we live our lives in Christ. by Fr. Stephen Powley Have you been around people who proclaim a faith in Christ, yet totally reject the idea of Church? It seems to […]

The Spiritual Pathology of Sola Scriptura

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I was recently asked by an old friend of mine to address sola scriptura from the stand point of spiritual pathology, or more closely to his words, what does this do to one’s soul and how does one heal that? For decades Orthodox Christians have written about sola scriptura in […]