“Lord, Why Can I Not Follow You Now?”: Why Peter Had To Wait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Saint John’s early affirmation, “The Word became flesh,” is both the thesis of his whole gospel and the interpretive principle for understanding its sundry parts. This one verse affirms that everything expressed in the divine Word took on a fleshly, human form. In the stories recounted by John, we ponder […]

The Way Which Leads To Life

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few are those who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 Share the post “The Way Which Leads To Life” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

by Protodeacon James Hughes As we approach Great Lent, the time given to us specifically for repentance (via the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete), the Church gives us a whole host of images to help us. St. John of Kronstadt teaches that: “Imagery or symbols are a necessity of human nature in our presently […]

Jesus, Gentiles, and the Hour of Glory

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon What have Gentiles to do with Jesus’ Hour of Glory? The third dominical prophecy in which John employs the verb hypsoo is found in the discourse that follows the inquiry of the Greeks who wished to see Jesus: “And I, if I am lifted up (hypsotho) from the earth, will […]

What Did Jews Identify the Gospel With?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The very notion of the “Gospel,” the Evangelion, lies so deep in Christian memory that it takes on a tautological quality, as it were: The Gospel is the Gospel. The “idea” of it is so integral to what we mean by “Christian” that the two concepts can hardly be dissected. […]

Christ And Zeal

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Jesus Christ and Zeal Although each of the four Gospels tells of our Lord’s purging of the Temple, in John’s account its position is unique. Whereas the three Synoptic Gospels place the story during the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, we find it, in John’s telling, near the very […]

Confessions of a Doubter: Did the Mother of God Enter the Temple?

by Dcn George Maximov Another excellent gem from Dcn George, who is becoming a favorite writer of mine. A friend once told me about an article on one religious website on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Pure Theotokos into the Temple. The article essentially stated that there was no entrance into the […]

On Corrective Baptism

Another excellent post from our friend, Fr. John Whiteford in his ‘Stump the Priest’ series. Question: “I am/was a Baptist convert to Orthodoxy, and though it’s been many years (about 20) that I was accepted into Orthodoxy through Chrismation, I have read things in the Rudder, and Canons which state that this was an anathema […]