Feb
14

On the Priesthood, Book 4 – On the Danger of Unworthy Ordination (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom (St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI)

Treatise on the Priesthood.Saint John Chrysostom(source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book IV.  On the Dangers of Unworthy Ordination Basil heard this, and after a little pause thus replied: If you were ambitious of obtaining this office on your own, then your fear would have been reasonable; for in being ambitious of undertaking it, a man confesses himself to be qualified for its administration, and if he fail therein, after it has been Read more…

May
13

On The Day Of His Ordination To The Priesthood

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HOMILY GIVEN BY ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON THE DAY HE WAS ORDAINED PRIEST St. John Chrysostom was called to the priesthood and ordained by Flavian, bishop of Antioch, early in the year 386.  This is the date of his first sermon: he had not yet descended into the lists, as he himself puts it.  What will you preach at your ordination? Think about it! St. John Chrysostom speaks of himself, the bishop and the people. 1.  Is what has happened Read more…

Jan
25

St. Vlad’s Offers D.Min. With Advanced Preaching Focus

News about Preaching

Well, here it is. After discussions about the dormant D.Min. program at SVS and the need for more homiletics offerings, we now have something serious and available to us. This is on a cohort basis - it won't be available every year. Brothers, don't let this opportunity slide by. Tell Fr. Sergius you saw it here. Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree Read more…

Nov
27

Knowledge Required by a Preacher

Gospel and Cross

by Humbert of Romans As the primary responsibility of any competent clergyman is preaching with excellence, I decided to repost this portion of "On the Formation of Preachers" from Preachers Institute, and post it here. Meditate on these words well, and put them into action! Chapter Two VIII. Knowledge Required by a Preacher We must not overlook the high degree of learning that is necessary for preachers, who are commissioned to Read more…

Nov
15

On The Formation Of Preachers

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by Fr. John A. Peck Many of my subscribers know that I consider excellence in preaching to be the most basic skill of any clergyman. Lately I've been inundated with statements by well-meaning folk who claim that preaching is not important. They don't say it directly, but that is what they mean. Usually, they back up their statements with something like the falsely attributed 'saying of St. Francis of Assissi' - "Go into all the world Read more…

Oct
20

Great Ebook Available NOW Through Preachers Institute

On The Formation Of Preachers

Faithful readers of GGWB: the following appeared this evening on the Preachers Institute and is available to you as well. A venerable text on the formation of preachers, called (not surprisingly) “On The Formation Of Preachers”is now available through Preachers Institute. This is a considerable text, loaded with Scriptural and Patristic quotes on the work, art, craft and science of preaching and the personal formation of those who Read more…

Oct
18

Orthodox Mission: Transforming the Heart of the World

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by Hieromonk Irinei Remarks Given at the XII All-Diaspora Youth Conference Paris, 5th July 2011 Your Eminence, Your Grace, Reverend Fathers, Beloved Brothers and Sisters: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen. It is a joy for me to be giving what amounts to the first ‘formal’ lecture of this blessed conference, in which our whole aim is to explore mission and missionary work, especially in practical terms Read more…