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
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
17

Which Professions Are Incompatible With The Priesthood?

All dioceses of the Russian Church will soon be receiving the document “Professions compatible and incompatible with the priesthood,” intended for broad discussion, writes the Church’s official site. The draft document was created by order of an inter-council commission dated January 28, 2015. To Read more…

Jan
10

How to Get Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

Addressing the Crisis:  Part II of the Musical Culture in Crisis series. Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) 06 January 2016 Orthodox church music in America is collapsing. What can we do? The first step is simply to recognize that a collapse is taking place. However, Read more…

Jan
04

The Need for Competent Musical Leaders (Benedict Sheehan)

A Musical Culture in Crisis Benedict Sheehan, The Music Stand (Ancient Faith Blogs) January 2, 2017 The longer I spend working in church music—conducting, singing, rehearsing, teaching, composing, arranging, copying, stapling, along with the myriad other things I do as a full-time 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…

Dec
19

Podcast Episode #17: Advice for Preparing For and Dealing With Parish Disasters

Good Guys Wear Black Podcast (Ancient Faith Radio), 19 December 2016 Fr. Anthony Perkins On St. Michael's Day of 2012, the parish of St. Michael the Archangel (UOC-USA) in Woonsocket, RI suffered tremendous damage from a fire. In this podcast, Fr. Anthony, the priest of St. Michael's at that Read more…