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 the coming out of one’s self to offer himself to others. This is connected with the struggles, the sacrifices, the patience in slanders and Read more…

Oct
14

Refresher for the Orthodox Pastor

by Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky) 1. Having accepted the grace of ordination, bear in mind of what a gift and of what mercy the Lord has found you worthy – and what responsibility you now bear. A priest is an apostle to his flock. "I do not belong to myself, but to others," said the great Russian pastor Fr. (now St.) John of Kronstadt. 2. Scripture says, "The priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the Read more…

Sep
09

Advice for New Deacons

One of the many blessings I enjoy in my present assignment (St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI)  is that I have three deacons serving with me.  It's the sign of the health of our parish that we have grown three diaconal vocations within our parish over the last few years (note that one moved and serves elsewhere while one of our serving deacons moved here from elsewhere).  Our deacons are more than Read more…

Jun
10

Christian Priesthood and Ecclesial Unity

Some Theological and Canonical Considerations by Professor Contantine Scouteris School of Theology of the University of Athens 1. The records of the early Christian tradition leave no doubt that Christian priesthood is not a "function" necessary for the institutional being of the Church. Nor is it an autonomous, isolated and self sufficient office belonging to the ordained individual. It is rather a ministry related and belonging Read more…

Jun
04

Five Reasons I Love Serving with Deacons

Hierodeacon Vasyl and Deacon Paul lead Subdeacon Michael into the altar for ordination.One of many blessings that come with serving at St. Michael's in Woonsocket is that we have three good deacons.  Our senior deacon is Hierodeacon Vasyl.  He was assigned here in 2014 after retiring from his secular job and moving to Woonsocket.  Our second deacon, Dn. Paul Cherkas, grew up in the parish and was ordained in 2013.  He is also retired Read more…

May
06

The Liturgy and the Deacon in the Orthodox Church

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

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…