• 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 Read more…

  • 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 a Read more…

  • 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 H Read more…

  • 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. Read more…

  • This Thing Decreased My Stress as a Pastor – Fr. Andrew Damick

    From Roads from Emmaus (14 December 2016) By Fr. Andrew Damick This week an article about pastors quitting ministry and even Christianity itself circulated among some of the clergy I know. I see articles like this all the time. Among this one’s ominous passages is this on Read more…

  • The Priest and the Parish Council (by Fr. Lawerence Farley)

    Parish Councils are like personal computers in a number of ways. The initials for both are P.C.; neither existed before very modern times, and we can scarcely imagine life in the church here in the West without them. It is sobering and somewhat instructive to learn that in Read more…

  • 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: Read more…

Dec
25

Thoughts on Transhumanism

Genesis is one of my favorite books of the Bible, and its description of our life in paradise is certainly one of the reasons.  Humanity has been plagued since that time by its sense of loss and emptiness and driven by the resulting desire to fill that void and either regain or recreate the paradise Read more…

Dec
23

A Risk-Averse Approach to Confession

There is a tradition among some Orthodox bishops not give a blessing for newly ordained priests to hear confessions.  Presumably this is in recognition of the tremendous harm even well-meaning but ill-formed confessors can do (and have done, as with the "mladostartsi" or "young elders" in the p Read more…

Dec
22

On Christmases, the Accumulation of Rituals, and the Gravity of God

I love the rituals of Christmas.  The home ones are especially nice: hanging stockings (made by my Mom for my Pani, each of my kids, and me), putting up the Nativity banners, setting up the Nativity creche (are they statues if all the figures are pillows?), putting out the Advent candles, hanging up Read more…

Dec
21

On Reader’s Services (with thanks to Fr. John Whiteford)

St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary On Services without a Priest Presentation for Distance Learning Residency, Autumn 2016 Modified from Fr. John Whiteford's excellent site to match local practices. +++ In case a priest is not available, with his blessing or that of his bishop, deacons, Read more…

Dec
20

On Personal Preparedness (i.e. the prepper priest)

When you have four hundred pounds of beans in the house, you need have no fear of starvation. Other things, delicacies such as sugar, tomatoes, peppers, coffee, fish, or meat, may come sometimes miraculously, through the intercession of the Virgin, sometimes through industry or cleverness; but your 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…

Dec
18

Three Traps for New (and Old) Priests

There are many traps that new priests fall into (nor are the more experienced immune).  Today I want to warn them away from three that occur all too frequently; choosing sides necessarily, blaming the former pastor for current problems, and making friends with parishioners. The Temptation of C Read more…