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…


The Orthodox Priesthood and the Love for God

A deep study of the Orthodox priesthhood by Archimandrite (now Bishop) Irenei Steenberg. Enjoy!     The Orthodox Priesthood and the Love for God Read more…


Pastoral School to Provide Comprehensive Seminary Instruction in Spanish

Glorious news! With the blessing of Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America, President of the Pastoral School, and Bishop John of Caracas and South America, the Pastoral school is pleased to announce that beginning in February 2017 the Spanish Language Sector of the Pastoral School will Read more…


The Origins of Priesthood and Orthodox Doctrine

An interview with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza Fr. Seraphim Cardoza (www.StInnocentOrthodoxChurch.org) talks about the Early Church worship, the spread of Christianity in the first centuries after Christ, and the origins of priesthood on the program Focus Today.     The Origins of Read more…


On the Origin of Priestly Pectoral Crosses

by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk In the ancient Church priests did not wear crosses on the breast. The four-ended, gold breast cross was introduced in the Russian Orthodox Church as an award for deserving priests by the decree of Emperor Paul I on December 18, 1797. On February 24, 1820, Read more…


What is a Reader, and How Can You Become One?

by Fr. John Whiteford We learn a great deal about what it means to be a Reader from the admonition that the bishop gives to a Reader after he is tonsured (i.e., made a Reader): "My son, the first degree in the Priesthood is that of Reader. It behooveth thee therefore to peruse the divine Read more…


Advice to Potential Monastics

A slight departure from vocations strictly to Holy Orders, this excellent interview with an Archbishop about vocation to monastic life is worthy of inclusion at GGWB. If you are considering monastic life, please enjoy this article. Why do people now go to monasteries not from an impoverished life Read more…