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    The Diaconate in the Orthodox Church

    From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes Preface My Lord Bishops, Honoured Hieropriests, Archpriests, Presbyters, Fellow Deacons, and Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you with the words of our Saviour: If any one serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my Read more…

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    Survey Results: Observations and Advice for New Priests

    We are coming up on graduation day for our seminaries, so I fielded a survey to gather the collective wisdom of priests to share with our new graduates and ordinands. These sets of “five things” are offered with thanks to the priests who answered the survey and prayers for all our clergy.  It's a Read more…

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    The Meekness of a Spiritual Father

    By Fr. Joseph Gleason From The Orthodox Life (21 March 2015) St. Gregory the Great says that a spiritual father should be gentle and meek. If he reproves a person who unintentionally sinned, this is especially true. If a person has malice, and has sinned willfully, that is a different story. But Read more…

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    Seminaries: What Were and Are They For?

    This was originally presented in a series over the space of several months and contained a great deal of repetition.  I first published it in its entirety.  I have now attempted to out the repetition.  With thanks, Fr. Anthony By Ihumen Gregory (Woolfenden) Published in The Ukrainian Orthodox Read more…

  • Men in Black with Abbot Tryphon

    A case for wearing the cassock (or even the collar)

    This documentary explains how Orthodoxy studies the world in order to understand and speak to it, but witnesses to it by remaining true to itself.  Abbot Tryphon makes the case for clerics wearing recognizable clerical garb because it allows them to image Christ to others (even if the best cultural Read more…

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    Evangelizing Men without Chests – can it be done?

    Professor Anthony Esolen has a real gift for juxtaposing the depravities and weaknesses of modern culture with the strength of traditional Christianity.  While his critiques are strong, one of the things I appreciate about him is that he is criticizing western civilization from the inside.  As such, Read more…

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    Reality Check: Your parish has a sinful leader

    A pastor friend forwarded this to me at an opportune time: the day after I had responded to someone's challenge with acerbic sarcasm.  It happened at a board meeting, and I knew I had gone too far the moment I loosed my tongue.  It became more obvious when that board member left the meeting in Read more…

May
06

The Liturgy and the Deacon in the Orthodox Church

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From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes During the liturgy, the deacon stands in the midst of the faithful as master of ceremonies, directing them in the proper posture and movements of the service. Let us bow our head unto the Lord and (Lock) the doors, the doors are examples of this. It was part of the deacon’s service to see that each of the assembled faithful—penitents, kneelers, children, chanters, hearers, servers, widows, Read more…

May
05

The Ministry of the Deacon in the Orthodox Church

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From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes The ministry of the deacon is based in the ministry which Christ performed for us. This ministry is one of service and is expressed by Christ with these words: I am among you as one who serves. With these words Christ reversed the order of things, for He who is higher than the heavens became a servant for our salvation. The master becomes a servant and makes service to others the path of Read more…

May
03

The Diaconate in the Orthodox Church

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From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes Preface My Lord Bishops, Honoured Hieropriests, Archpriests, Presbyters, Fellow Deacons, and Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you with the words of our Saviour: If any one serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my servant be; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him. (Jn. 12: 26) I would like to begin my talk on The Diaconate in the Church by Read more…

Apr
16

Survey Results: Observations and Advice for New Priests

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We are coming up on graduation day for our seminaries, so I fielded a survey to gather the collective wisdom of priests to share with our new graduates and ordinands. These sets of “five things” are offered with thanks to the priests who answered the survey and prayers for all our clergy.  It's a beautiful and blessed - but often incredibly difficult - life. Five Things that Surprised Us in Parish Ministry Worldly Behavior. Read more…

Mar
24

The Meekness of a Spiritual Father

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By Fr. Joseph Gleason From The Orthodox Life (21 March 2015) St. Gregory the Great says that a spiritual father should be gentle and meek. If he reproves a person who unintentionally sinned, this is especially true. If a person has malice, and has sinned willfully, that is a different story. But if a person has sinned out of “ignorance or infirmity”, then the priest is duty-bound to be very gentle when offering correction. St. Read more…

Mar
19

A Plea for Pastoral Gentleness

Eko using his “Jesus Stick” (from “Lost”).

Thoughts on the calling of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew Matthew was a tax collector.  When Jesus gave him the invitation to “follow me”, he responded with hospitality.  He opened his house to the Lord, his disciples, fellow tax collectors, and unspecified sinners.  Just to make sure everyone had a good time, this was all done within view of some local Pharisees.  The Pharisees spent their whole lives dedicated to Read more…

Mar
18

7 Things the Church Can’t Do for the Pastor

A 19th century Georgian Orthodox priest's family.  From  The Georgian Association for the History of Photography in the Caucasus

By Ron Edmondson (March 2015) at RE RonEdmondson; thoughts on leadership, church and culture Pastor, there are some things your church can’t do for you. They simply can’t. Please understand. I love the church. Greatly. I’m a local church guy. But, they simply can’t do these things for you. And, if you think they can, or you leave it up to them to do these things, you’ll someday find out the hard way — they can’t. I’ve Read more…