• How to Get Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

    Addressing the Crisis:  Part II of the Musical Culture in Crisis series. Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) 06 January 2016 Orthodox church music in America is collapsing. What can we do? The first step is simply to recognize that a collapse is Read more…

  • The Need for Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

    A Musical Culture in Crisis Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) January 2, 2017 The longer I spend working in church music—conducting, singing, rehearsing, teaching, composing, arranging, copying, stapling, along with the myriad other things I do a Read more…

  • What is a Priest? An Orthodox Statement

    by Thomas Hopko The following remarks are intended as a brief apologia for what I understand to be the theological and spiritual vision of the sacrament of the priesthood in the Christian Church. I believe that this vision is rooted in the Church’s understanding of God as the H Read more…

  • Podcast Episode #17: Advice for Preparing For and Dealing With Parish Disasters

    Good Guys Wear Black Podcast (Ancient Faith Radio), 19 December 2016 Fr. Anthony Perkins On St. Michael's Day of 2012, the parish of St. Michael the Archangel (UOC-USA) in Woonsocket, RI suffered tremendous damage from a fire. In this podcast, Fr. Anthony, the priest of St. Read more…

  • This Thing Decreased My Stress as a Pastor – Fr. Andrew Damick

    From Roads from Emmaus (14 December 2016) By Fr. Andrew Damick This week an article about pastors quitting ministry and even Christianity itself circulated among some of the clergy I know. I see articles like this all the time. Among this one’s ominous passages is this on Read more…

  • The Priest and the Parish Council (by Fr. Lawerence Farley)

    Parish Councils are like personal computers in a number of ways. The initials for both are P.C.; neither existed before very modern times, and we can scarcely imagine life in the church here in the West without them. It is sobering and somewhat instructive to learn that in Read more…

  • What a Clergyman Should and Should Not Be

    Presentation by His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Andida. It is truly an exceptional honour but also a great responsibility for all of us that we have been chosen by God to be clergymen. The Lord Himself affirms: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15: Read more…

Jan
10

How to Get Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

Addressing the Crisis:  Part II of the Musical Culture in Crisis series. Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) 06 January 2016 Orthodox church music in America is collapsing. What can we do? The first step is simply to recognize that a collapse is taking place. However, Read more…

Jan
09

Episode 20: Priest – Know Thyself (an interview w/ Fr. Gregory Jensen)

"Know Thyself" by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast) Fr. Anthony interviews Fr. Gregory Jensen about the need for priests to know themselves.   Read more…

Jan
05

Episode 19: Advice on Chanting … for Priests

Advice on Chanting - for Priests  (Ancient Faith Radio) Fr. Anthony Perkins, 05 January 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony shares some advice on how to build a good relationship with choir directors and chanters, talks about the need to have and work towards a vision of parish worship, and e Read more…

Jan
04

The Need for Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

A Musical Culture in Crisis Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) January 2, 2017 The longer I spend working in church music—conducting, singing, rehearsing, teaching, composing, arranging, copying, stapling, along with the myriad other things I do as a full-time c Read more…

Jan
03

What is a Priest? An Orthodox Statement

by Thomas Hopko The following remarks are intended as a brief apologia for what I understand to be the theological and spiritual vision of the sacrament of the priesthood in the Christian Church. I believe that this vision is rooted in the Church’s understanding of God as the Holy Trinity, with s Read more…

Dec
27

Podcast Episode #18: Ten Suggestions for Chanters

Good Guys Wear Black (AFR), 27 December 2016 Fr. Anthony Perkins In this episode, Fr. Anthony gives ten suggestions, ranging from practical advice on how to pass the liturgical baton to the need for humility and attentiveness—that will help chanters and singers witness to the peace, harmony, and Read more…

Dec
26

Therefore I Urge You: Imitate St. Paul

Saint Paul is such a great example of leadership. First, he gave himself 100% in service to God and the Church, showing us what commitment looked like, what it costs, and how it can transform people and communities.  I love that.  Enthusiasm is contagious, and St. Paul was enthusiastic for a Read more…