On The Duties Of Clergy

before thy cross

By St. Ambrose of Milan Book I: Chapter I Elected to the episcopacy while still a layman, by the common acclaim of the citizens of Milan, St. Ambrose took his duties and those of his clergy with great seriousness and exacting. We'll be publishing a section of his work "On The Duties Of Clergy" every Monday for awhile. Read and enjoy. 1. I think I shall not seem to be taking too much on myself, if, in the midst of my children, I yield Read more…


The Priesthood & The Remission of Sins: Part 3

remission of sins

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos 3. Remission of Sins The subject of the remission of sins needs to be examined here because, under the influence of Western ideas, we have a legalistic view of it. We look upon sins as moral transgressions that arouse God’s anger, and so we see the remission of sins as nothing other than the propitiation of God’s justice and wrath. This whole perception, which is borrowed from courts of law, is Read more…


The Priesthood & The Remission of Sins: Part 2


by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos 2. Spiritual Priesthood Apart from Sacred (ordained) priesthood, there is also what is called spiritual priesthood. Orthodox Psychotherapy has a whole section analyzing this important subject. It is explained there that a person who has noetic prayer and prays for the whole world belongs to this spiritual clergy. I write: “The faithful who have noetic prayer have spiritual priesthood, Read more…


The Priesthood & The Remission of Sins: Part 1


by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos 1. Sacred (ordained) Priesthood My book Orthodox Psychotherapy emphasizes the great value of the Mystery of the Priesthood. Priesthood is highly prized. It is described in the writings of the holy Fathers of the Church, particularly in the teaching of St John Chrysostom, who has been rightly called an expert on the priesthood. As well as observing and analyzing the value of the priesthood, Read more…


Why Study The Diaconate?


An Video Interview with Dr. Andreas Andreopolis Source Read more…


Orthodox Marriage & Its Misunderstanding


by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev The love that exists between a man and a woman is an important theme in many books of Scripture. The Book of Genesis, in particular, tells us of holy and pious couples, such as Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Rachel. A special blessing, bestowed on these couples by the Lord, was made manifest in the multiplication of their descendants. Love is praised in the Song of Songs, a book Read more…


On The Functions Of The Priesthood

Christ's Tomb

by St. Macarius of Jerusalem And how are the (hierarchical) orders of the holy Church regulated? Let overseers at established posts be given authority to guide into goodness those for whose supervision they have been called. And let those receiving (guidance) from them be not puffed up with haughtiness, holding themselves to be wise while lapsing into foolishness, lapsing into wickedness. For although the spiritual gifts are commonly Read more…