The Orthodox Pastoral School, under the auspices of the Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest are offering a Liturgical Practicum July 10-13, 2022. Taking place in Chicago, this practicum will cover: How to Serve According to the Traditional Practices of ROCOR (Everything every Deacon and Priest … [Read more...]
Make THE Difference, where you are, right now
I want you to join our team, and make a difference in every corner of the globe. Did you know that half of the first class of graduates of the Greatmartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy have already been ordained? By four different national churches/jurisdictions? We need your help. If you … [Read more...]
The Rank of Reader: History and More!
by John Nichiporuk The Orthodox divine service is performed by the priest and deacon in the altar, as well as singers and readers in the choir. Arguably we hear the voices of the readers most frequently in the church. They are assigned the important role of reading aloud the Paremias and the … [Read more...]
How and Why Did the Entrance Prayers Come into Being?
by John Nichiporuk Everyone who comes to the church early enough to attend the Divine Liturgy may see the clergy doing the so-called entrance prayers. What are they, when did they appear, and what is their purpose? Purpose Entrance prayers are a special short prayer sequence performed by … [Read more...]
Russia Builds 5000 Churches, adds 10,000 Clergy in Six Years
"There could not be such growth in the Church if there were no demand. That is why we feel so special when we place the foundations of new churches..." Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that increasing number of Orthodox churches in Russia is testimony that the mission of the … [Read more...]
GM Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy Fall Semester
Enrollment for Fall Semester 2019 is opening on Wednesday. Now is the time to register for Fall 2019 classes! You have your choices of our new Fall Semester 2019 courses: Dogmatic Theology (What the Church teaches, and why) Comparative Theology (Orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and all that … [Read more...]
Why Smaller Churches are Making a Comeback
by Thom Rainer Smaller churches are poised to make a comeback. I’m serious. I see too many signs and indicators to believe otherwise. For certain, I know the bad news. The median size of a church has declined from around 100 to 70 in worship attendance in a decade. That means one-half of … [Read more...]
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