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…

Jan
20

Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

Another video from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, this time a video edited to 10 minutes, the ordination of a subdeacon to the order of deacon. Another visual and musical feast, and worth the time to enjoy!   Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy Read more…

Jan
18

Ordination to the Priesthood: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

This video of a deacon being ordained to the Holy Priesthood was taken on October 18, 2015, on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, in St. Petersburg Theological Academy in Russia. It's a visual and musical feast to behold, so be attentive as it has been edited for time. A beautiful video! 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…

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 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…