Jul
01

Royal Inadequacies of the Royal Priesthood

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by Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov One of my favorite writers, Fr. Sergei is the author of Imagine That: Mental Imagery in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion, and I recommend it to everyone, especially those discerning a priestly vocation. You can get it on Amazon HERE. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”–Psalm 133:1 While there are many wonderful and holy pastors who labor in Christ’s Read more…

Jun
10

Christian Priesthood and Ecclesial Unity

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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.

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
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…

Apr
16

Survey Results: Observations and Advice for New Priests

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We are coming up on graduation day for our seminaries, so I fielded a survey to gather the collective wisdom of priests to share with our new graduates and ordinands. These sets of “five things” are offered with thanks to the priests who answered the survey and prayers for all our clergy.  It's a beautiful and blessed - but often incredibly difficult - life. Five Things that Surprised Us in Parish Ministry Worldly Behavior. Read more…

Mar
24

The Meekness of a Spiritual Father

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By Fr. Joseph Gleason From The Orthodox Life (21 March 2015) St. Gregory the Great says that a spiritual father should be gentle and meek. If he reproves a person who unintentionally sinned, this is especially true. If a person has malice, and has sinned willfully, that is a different story. But if a person has sinned out of “ignorance or infirmity”, then the priest is duty-bound to be very gentle when offering correction. St. Read more…

Mar
18

Seminaries: What Were and Are They For?

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This was originally presented in a series over the space of several months and contained a great deal of repetition.  I first published it in its entirety.  I have now attempted to out the repetition.  With thanks, Fr. Anthony By Ihumen Gregory (Woolfenden) Published in The Ukrainian Orthodox Word, Issues 1996 8, 9, and 10 Part One. In the history of the Orthodox Church, seminaries as we know them today are a relatively Read more…