Mar
14

Preaching Better – Practical Suggestions for Homilists

One of the complaints made against priests is that their homilies are largely a waste of time.  Personally, I think that a good portion of the blame for this lays with the hearer (e.g. lack of preparation, inability to focus, unrealistic expectations), but there is LOT of room for improvement on the Read more…

Feb
03

Advice for priests who feel sorry for themselves (from St. Leo the Great)

I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain an upcoming procedure was sure to inflict.  In 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 Read more…

Nov
28

A Reflection on a Quiet Celebration

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to do something special; I concelebrated with a man on the 44th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  From the outside it looked pretty simple: just a quiet service in a small chapel.  On this, what I hope to be the first of a "40 Days of (Old 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 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 Read more…

Jun
24

Do Clothes Make the Man? Keeping the Cassock

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos (The cassock) has a history connected with sacrifices, struggles, tears and blood. … To clergy the cassock reminds them that they are spiritual physicians and not just social workers. The life of the cleric is sacrificial, an ongoing offering that requires Read more…