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 Sermon Outline: The Basics of Deductive Preaching

from Orthodox Ruminations Preaching is an art! It is a craft! Preaching is a calling that can be coupled with the skills of a rhetorician. There is no doubt that the preacher is an orator. I believe that preaching is a skill. Of course preaching is above all else a calling, but I believe sincerely […]

A Sermon About Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane

by St. John Maximovitch When the Lord had finished the Mystical Supper with His disciples and given them His Instructions, He went with them to the Mount of Olives. On the way He continued His final teachings, after which He addressed the Heavenly Father with a prayer for His disciples and those who would believe […]

On the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul

by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo Today the Holy Church piously remembers the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. St. Peter, the fervent follower of Jesus Christ, for the profound confession of His Divinity: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” was deemed worthy by the Savior to […]

On the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Leaders of the Apostles

by St. Gregory Palamas Brothers, this is the unofficial feast day of Preachers Institute, and on the feast of the glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul – the greatest preachers of the Christian faith, we offer this sermon from St. Gregory Palamas. Let these examples be before us as lamps in these dark times reminding us […]

“Christ’s Ascension to Heaven is Also Our Ascension to Heaven”

Christ is Ascended to the heavens! And we with Him! This sermon was originally given at the Monastery of St. Jacob the Persian in Deddeh on June 2, 2011. The Arabic original can be found here. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen. On this day we celebrate the […]

Sermon Against the Pogroms

by Blessed Antony Khrapovitsky, Metropolitan of Kiev Cathedral of Zhitomir April 20, 1903 The joyous feast of reconciliation, the Resurrection of Christ, continues. We have completed the commemoration of the Thomas, who was the first to confess that the risen Jesus is our true God, and we are now singing of the deeds of the […]

4 Reasons to Start a Mid-Week Sermon Feedback Meeting

By Eric McKiddie Pastors need feedback in order to improve their sermons. But helpful feedback on your sermon is hard to come by. “Thank you” from our church as they shuffle out encourages us, but doesn’t tell us what we did well or why. Nor can we trust the woulda-coulda-shouldas that flood our head in […]