On the Priesthood, Book 2 – On the Qualities of a Good Pastor (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom (Archangel Icons)

Treatise on the Priesthood, by St. John Chrysostom(source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book II.  On the Qualities of a Good Pastor. 1. Chrysostom:  That it is possible then to make use of deceit for a good purpose, or rather that in such a case it ought not to be called deceit, but a kind of good management worthy of all admiration, might be proved at greater length; but since what has already been said suffices for demonstration, it would Read more…


Don’t let the “modern project” motivate your calling to the priesthood (or anything else)

Fr. Stephen Freeman

This article is part of Fr. Stephen Freeman's series on "The Modern Project."  While I recommend all of the articles in the series, this one has special relevance for those who feel called to the priesthood.  Why?  Because I have met men who want to become priests so badly that they cannot imagine their lives being complete without it.  Some believe this nonsense so much that they are willing to "shop for a bishop" (even outside Read more…


On the Need to Approach Ordination with Humility

Ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Anton Pospelov / Pravoslavie.ru

How to Avoid the Priesthood Priest Sergei BegianPravoslavie.ru  (16 December 2013) Whoever has been to an ordination knows how grace fills the church at the moment of the imposition of hands…. Joy fills the hearts of those praying, even if they do not personally know the person being consecrated to the priestly rank. With what stateliness and joy do they sing the troparia “Holy Martyrs,” “Glory to Thee, O Christ God,” and “Dance, Read more…


An Introduction to Vocations: Every soldier is a rifleman…

Christ Pantocrator; Michael Kapeluck, Archangel Icons

An Introduction to Vocations, Part One;Every soldier is a rifleman; every clergyman is a Christianby Fr. Anthony PerkinsI have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  (Galatians 2:20)Preface:I do not know what your background is, whether you are young or old, what kind of of job you Read more…


A Letter of Elder Joseph To A Seminarian


To John, student of the Theological School Holy Cross, Brookline of Boston Mount Athos, on 06/05/1959. To my beloved John, I pray you have long health and illumination from God, that His good Spirit may open your nous, just as He sent to His holy disciples. Well, good son, fear God and do His commandments and all will be accomplished. I received your letter today and saw what you enclosed, and I rejoiced greatly that you asked for Read more…


Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children


I love my sons who are now all adults, and in at least one parish I paid a price for putting them first. That being said, I never missed a single meeting for Church business. Remember, sometimes everything isn't enough for some people. As an Orthodox priest, you will have to be there for your own kids. If you're not, who will be? I was a husband and father before I was a priest, and that is a part of who I am and what makes me effective Read more…


On The Day Of His Ordination To The Priesthood


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…