We Call Ourselves Christian

by St. John Maximovitch Soon after the teaching of Christ began to spread among the Gentiles, those who came to believe in Christ and became His followers began in Antioch to be called Christians (Acts 11:26). The word “Christian” indicated that the bearer of that name had given himself to Christ, with all his heart […]

Let’s Get Real About Priestly Indiscretion

by Fr. Aris Metrakos This article contains excellent advice for anyone contemplating the priesthood or discerning a vocation in the Orthodox Church (or any ‘church’ for that matter). Fr. Aris nails it. Aren’t we disgusted with the shocking number of high-profile cases of priests engaged in pedophilia, homosexual activity, and adultery? Some excuse this behavior […]

In Defense Of The Christmas Tree

By Father Daniel Daly Several years ago during the Christmas season, a religious program on television caught my attention. The program featured a discussion on the dangers of cults, especially to young people. I found myself agreeing with the panelists as they warned young people about the hazards of involvement in occult or “new age” […]

Preaching the Gospel in the Modern World

by Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) This is from a talk given at a conference sponsored by the Northern California Brotherhood of Orthodox Clergy and held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento, California, October 21, 2006. 1. WHY PREACH THE GOSPEL The theme of today’s conference, “Preaching the Gospel of Christ in the Modern World,” […]

Approaching The Educated Person in the Post Christian Era

by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo A retired hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America, Archbishop Puhalo is the Abbott of New Ostrog Monastery in Dewdney, British Columbia, Canada, and the author of a multitude of books and articles on the Orthodox tradition. This paper was written for a symposium in Romania, and appeared in OrthodoxyToday.org in […]

The Marks of a True Christian

by St. Anastasius the Sinaite St. Anastasius was a priest and abbot of Mt. Sinai. His zeal for true faith led him to travel through Egypt, Arabia, and Syria to combat the errors of the Acephalites and Eutychians. His writings show not only a thorough command of Holy Scripture and a wide knowledge of the […]

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 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 […]