Nativity Sermon of St. Jerome of Stridonium

Our venerable and God-bearing father Jerome was noted as a scholar of Latin at the time when Greek was considered the language of scholarship. He was one of the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church and is noted as the translator of the holy scriptures into Latin. This translation, the Vulgate, became […]

Sermon Self-Evaluation: Tips and Techniques

by Fr. John A. Peck The art and craft of sermon evaluation is a necessary part of improving one’s preaching. Sadly, there are few opportunities for serious preachers to learn about evaluation and practice it. Opportunities are even more scarce for the Orthodox preacher. That being said, we are approaching some important holy days in […]

On The Exaltation of the Precious Cross

by St. John Maximovitch Our father among the saints, John Maximovitch, was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served widely from China to France to the United States. Countless miracles have been attributed to this holy bishop, both during his lifetime and since his repose. During this year, we […]

St. Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles

He was a student of Rabbi Gamaliel, and converted by the direct revelation of Jesus Christ, on the road to Damascus. Paul’s preaching often either converted his listeners or left them enraged, and they often had him stoned, beaten with rods, flogged, imprisoned and falsely accused. When he reached the end of his earthly journey, […]

Metropolitan Jonah to ACNA

This speech contains many of the elements of the classic Orthodox Christian sermon. Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, preaches a word of humility, love, repentance, and “with open arms” calls out to the members of the Anglican Church of North America at their recent convention. You can comment on it in […]

Homily 1 – Against Those Who Say Demons Govern Human Affairs

By St. John Chrysostom The mighty preacher, St. John, Archbishop of Constantinople, provides an excellent example of his homiletic prowess in this sermon – as poignant today as it was then in the 4th century. It is easy to see why St. John is the patron saint of preachers. Against those who say that demons […]

Sermons and Snickers Bars

by Fr. John A. Peck This little article recounts an important object lesson, given at a St. Herman Seminary homiletics class in 1996. I attended St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. At that distant outpost of theological instruction, we took homiletics very seriously, as we knew that on any given day or week, we might […]

The Preaching Pyramid

By Fr. John A. Peck We all know sermon preparation is important, but this article answers the specific questions: “What kind?” “How much?” This article was originally published by Preachers Institute in June of 2009, but remains a regular favorite, according to the traffic we get. We are reprinting it here, to be followed by […]