May
06

The Liturgy and the Deacon in the Orthodox Church

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From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes During the liturgy, the deacon stands in the midst of the faithful as master of ceremonies, directing them in the proper posture and movements of the service. Let us bow our head unto the Lord and (Lock) the doors, the doors are examples of this. It was part of the deacon’s service to see that each of the assembled faithful—penitents, kneelers, children, chanters, hearers, servers, widows, Read more…

May
05

The Ministry of the Deacon in the Orthodox Church

Deacon Michael Bishop

From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes The ministry of the deacon is based in the ministry which Christ performed for us. This ministry is one of service and is expressed by Christ with these words: I am among you as one who serves. With these words Christ reversed the order of things, for He who is higher than the heavens became a servant for our salvation. The master becomes a servant and makes service to others the path of Read more…

May
03

The Diaconate in the Orthodox Church

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From a talk by Fr. Deacon Photios Touloumes Preface My Lord Bishops, Honoured Hieropriests, Archpriests, Presbyters, Fellow Deacons, and Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you with the words of our Saviour: If any one serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my servant be; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him. (Jn. 12: 26) I would like to begin my talk on The Diaconate in the Church by Read more…

Feb
19

Some Good Advice on (NOT) Taking Offense

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If you aren't following Dn. Michael Hyatt (blog, Twitter, podcast, Facebook), then you have a wealth of practical wisdom waiting for you!  In this episode of his podcast, he takes on a critical skill: avoiding taking offense.  Let's face it: clergy have plenty of opportunity to get upset: they hear all kinds of criticism being directed against them, their parish, their bishop, their families, even Orthodoxy itself.   Dn. Michael argues Read more…

Oct
16

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…

Sep
17

Clergy Anger & the Urgency of a True Spiritual Life

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by Thomas G. Bandy Thinking about ordained ministry? Think twice, act once. As I coach pastors, one of the most pervasive issues is clergy anger. Anger, of course, is just one half of the vicious cycle of anger-depression. Clergy are more likely to admit to depression, because admitting anger makes them feel too guilty. Yet admitting depression ... without admitting the root cause of repressed anger ... is a form of dishonesty with Read more…

May
27

On The Duties Of Clergy: The Dangers Of Speaking

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by St. Ambrose of Milan Manifold dangers are incurred by speaking; the remedy for which Scripture shows to consist in silence. Book 1: Chapter II 5. Now what ought we to learn before everything else, but to be silent that we may be able to speak? lest my voice should condemn me, befor that of another acquit me; for it is written: "By thy words thou shall be condemned." (Matt. 12:37) What need is there, then, that thou should Read more…