Married Life and Asceticism

Ss Peter and Febronia

by Deacon Pavel Serzhantov It all began with our forefathers, Adam and Eve. They received a commandment in paradise not to taste of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (cf. 2:17). The commandment not to “taste of this or that” is quite well known to any Orthodox Christian. This is the commandment to fast—the most ancient, beginning factor of family life. Sts. Peter and Febronia. A painting by: Alexander Prostev As we know, Read more…


One of the Ways Priests are Healed


by Fr. Michael Butler On 15 November, the first day of the Nativity Fast, I concelebrated a service of Holy Unction. Every year several of the clergy in Cleveland get together for this service, which is particularly loved by Romanians, so we usually serve it at one of the local Romanian churches. There were about a 125 people there that evening, mostly Romanian to be sure, but people from several other Orthodox parishes, as well. Read more…


Signs in a Congregation That a Leader Has Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder


Having experienced leaders like this in parishes like this, and grown them anyway, I believe this describes too many Orthodox parishes in North America today. Read and learn. Let the pastor beware. Taking steps to solve these pernicious and destructive issues has gotten me bounced from more than one parish. Go in with both eyes open. Article by John of the Cross, Published at Hubpages (9 October 2013) Member Beware When searching Read more…


Orthodox Chaplain Runs Marathon In Cassock


File this under: Priests: Only Men Need Apply "I wanted to show that the Church always lived with its people and was present at all events: from public events to sports. That's why I took part in this marathon. I could see that the people liked it: whenever I was running, I was applauded more energetically than other participants. Some people asked for prayers. And I was praying while running!" Father Athanasios, 43, was probably the Read more…


On The Mystery Of Ordination

Bishop at Pentecost

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich "And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them" - Acts of the Apostles 6:6 By laying their hands on the chosen faithful, the apostles consecrated bishops, priests and deacons. It is apparent from this that the Christian Faith is not only a teaching, but also a power. It is not only necessary to know but also to have power. It is not only necessary to be chosen by men but you should be Read more…


The Priesthood That Never Was


by Fr. Stephen Freeman A recent question concerning the “priesthood of all believers” has been an occasion for personal reflection. What is it about the priesthood of all believers that seems so important for Protestant thought? The idea is rooted in Scripture: You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you are a Read more…


10 Reasons NOT To Enter Pastoral Ministry


by Jared Moore Certainly the blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below, yet ministry is definitely not easy. That is why pastoral ministry must be a calling and not simply a "job". If you can't reconcile with these 10 difficult realities and challenges concerning pastoral ministry, then perhaps you should avoid it all together. from the Aquila Report: If you enter pastoral ministry… 10. Not everyone will like you. 9. Read more…