Jul
21

What a Clergyman Should and Should Not Be

Presentation by His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Andida. It is truly an exceptional honour but also a great responsibility for all of us that we have been chosen by God to be clergymen. The Lord Himself affirms: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16). The Greek word for a clergyman is klhrikoς, which means the person who was chosen by lot (klhrwqhke) to serve God and men. In the early Church, “they chose Read more…

Jul
19

What Is It To Be A “Former” Priest

Interviewed by Alexander Vygovskyy For obvious reasons, we do not use real names and places, so as not to repeatedly "rub salt in the wound" in the soul of a man who has lost the honor of being a priest and serving the altar. So, our source — Alexander, is now just Alexander ... Let us need the wisdom of his experience. – Alexander, tell us your story. How is it that you were defrocked? — To clarify the situation, it is Read more…

Jul
17

Podcast episode #9: The Context of Discernment for the Priesthood

After making a plea for keeping ecclesial politics subordinated to our Unity and Love for one another, Fr. Anthony makes a case for the priesthood being one of many options for those desiring to serve God and His Church. He also spends time introducing a book on vocations that the founder of the GGWB website, Fr. John Peck, recently released.  Enjoy the show! Read more…

Jul
07

Discerning Your Vocation to the Priesthood Ebook Now Available

The Calling. Those of us who are clergy know it and know how relentless and ephemeral it can be sometimes. Discerning a Vocation to Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, or Bishop) is not something to be taken lightly, or under one's own initiative. This guide, originally made available during the "You're On with Fr. John" program on Vocations, is now available to you. For those accepting a calling from Christ to serve as clergy, there is no Read more…

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…

Jun
04

A Case Study in Church Division – and repentance

This article, "The Widowmaker Repents", recently appeared in my Facebook Newsfeed.  It's a couple years old, but still well worth the read. One of the challenges of Orthodoxy in America is that so many of our parishes were founded out of schism.  Whether the split was from Rome (as is the case for so many parishes now with the OCA, UOC-USA, and Carpatho-Russians) or not, the legacy of division is often generations of toxicity, Read more…

Jun
01

Abbot Tryphon – The priesthood should be like a funnel

From The Morning Offering,  May 30 2016 By Abbot Tryphon If a priest is truly to be an agent for grace, he must become like a funnel through which the Lord’s mercy can flow. That a priest has received the grace of ordination, if he does not attempt to live a life of holiness, if he does not become a living sacrifice for his people, if he does not give himself over to his parishioners as a loving servant, he will have failed in his Read more…