Sep
13

The 2016 Old Testament Challenge

If you, like many who read this website, are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or the diaconate, I'd like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Preachers Institute Old Testament Challenge. It starts on Sept. 15th. There is still time to join up and get started! There are many good reasons to want to read the entire Orthodox canon of the Old Testament, but to actually do it requires a certain commitment.  Yes, every book of t Read more…

Sep
12

Apocalyptic Angels and Unworthy Servants

A Discourse on the Sacrament of the Priesthood by Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov Today, dear friends, let us set out by casting our minds unto that day of the Cross of Pascha—Holy Friday, when the Great High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, bore Himself in sacrifice to Golgotha’s Cross, extending His hands, nailed to a tree, in order to embrace and attract to Himself all the sinners, penitents, and those with hope for t Read more…

Aug
24

Top 10 Tips for Attending Seminary

by Fr. Stephen Frase From our friend Fr. Stephen come these top 10 tips. What would you add to them? 1. Don't miss services, not even for studying or writing papers. 2. Go to confession, at least once every three weeks. 3. Ask difficult questions (really any question) to professors after class or during breaks. Do your best not to judge them. They are sinners in need of a Savior as we all are. 4. Being "right" is less Read more…

Aug
08

The Tonsuring of Monks

Not all clergy are married. Many are monastics. This article from pravmir.com sheds some light on what the Church does to make a man a monk. I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania, where a priest who had been recently elected bishop was being tonsured a monk prior to his epi Read more…

Aug
01

True, Priestly Image: Bishop, Priest, Deacon

by St. Symeon of Thessalonica Priests are servants of the Creator of all things, who are to serve in the restoration of those, who were alienated by their own free choice and fell into being evil. Priests are ministers of the greatest and most divine work, through which earthly and heavenly beings are reunited, enmity is dissolved, God makes peace with human beings, every deceit ceases, the dominion of the demons is extinguished, and Read more…

Jul
21

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 15:16). The Greek word for a clergyman is klhrikoς, which means the person who was chosen by lot (klhrwqhke) to serve God and men. In the early Church, “they chose Steph Read more…

Jul
19

What Is It To Be A “Former” Priest

Interviewed by Alexander Vygovskyy For obvious reasons, we do not use real names and places, so as not to repeatedly "rub salt in the wound" in the soul of a man who has lost the honor of being a priest and serving the altar. So, our source — Alexander, is now just Alexander ... Let us need the wisdom of his experience. – Alexander, tell us your story. How is it that you were defrocked? — To clarify the situation, it is neces Read more…