Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

by St. John Chrysostom This is perhaps the greatest sermon ever written. It is read in every Orthodox Church in the world, every year at the Paschal Vigil, during the Matins of Pascha. St. John was the Archbishop of Constantinople during the fourth century. He was fearless when denouncing sin in high places, and was […]

Rehabilitating the Memory of St. Valentine

by Fr. John Bockman Around 1928, when I was in the second grade, a good part of the winter was spent constructing what I recall as a fantastic make-believe classroom post office so that we little ones could draw, write, and mail valentines to one another, have them posted, sorted, and finally delivered by one […]

Sermon 1 on the New Testament

by St. Augustine of Hippo Of the agreement of the evangelists Matthew and Luke in the generations of the Lord. 1. May He, beloved, fulfill your expectation who has awakened it: for though I feel confident that what I have to say is not my own, but God’s, yet with far more reason do I […]

Are You the Right Priest in the Wrong Place?

by Rick Warren The original title of this article was “Are You the Right Pastor in the Wrong Place,” but since Orthodox pastors are also priests, and with apologies to Rick Warren, I thought I’d tweak it. Truthfully, this is a very important reality in pastoral work and often not appropriately considered by we presbyters. […]

Homily On Sluggardly Disciples

by St. John Chrysostom Concerning drunkards and frequenters of taverns, and festal processions in the streets – a teacher ought not to despair of his disciples even ‘while they disregard his words – also concerning Lazarus and the Rich Man. 1.¬†Yesterday, on the festival of Satan, ye celebrated a spiritual feast, receiving with all favour […]

The Lord Follows His Preachers

by St. Gregory the Great, The Dialogist Our father among the saints Gregory I, also known as Gregory the Dialogist, was the Pope of Rome until his death in 604 AD. He is certainly one of the most notable figures in Ecclesiastical History. He has exercised in many respects a momentous influence on the doctrine, […]

The Perpetual Virginity of Mary: Part 3

by 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. […]

The Perpetual Virginity of Mary: Part 2

by 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. […]