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 begin instruction in the only comprehensive Spanish Language Orthodox Christian seminary in the world. More information can be found Read more…


The Origins of Priesthood and Orthodox Doctrine

An interview with Fr. Seraphim Cardoza Fr. Seraphim Cardoza ( 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 Priesthood and Orthodox Doctrine   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, by decree of the Holy Synod, priests who had served abroad received the right to wear a cross “from his Majesty’s Cabinet” — these crosses wer 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 Scriptures daily, to the end that the hearers, regarding thee may receive edification; that thou in nowise shaming thine election, mayest prepare 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 but from a life of comfort, how to find the right monastery, which of the holy fathers should be read, what is the proper relationship of a Read more…


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…