Feb
07

Episode 21: Benedict Sheehan on the State of Music in American Orthodoxy

"Why Orthodox Can’t Sing . . . and How to Fix It" by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast) Benedict Sheehan is the Director of Music at St. Tikhon's Seminary and the author of the Ancient Faith Radio blog, "The Music Stand".  In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss the state Read more…

Feb
03

Advice for priests who feel sorry for themselves (from St. Leo the Great)

I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain an upcoming procedure was sure to inflict.  In Read more…

Feb
03

The Declining Parish as a Grieving Mother

A few months ago I was invited to a clergy retreat for traditional Anglican clergy.  It was a wonderful experience.  One of the speakers was Fr. Peter Geromel.  During the Q&A portion of his talk on "The Comforts of the Priesthood", he mentioned that parishes that were missing an entire Read more…

Jan
25

Seven Steps to Take if the Cartel and Bullies Run You Out of the Church

by Thom Rainer A church cartel is an alliance of bullies, bully-followers, and even non-Christians in the church. Its ultimate goal is to get its way. It feeds off of selfish power. Bullies love positions of authority in church, and they quickly form Cartels. This is a common thing in the Church, Read more…

Jan
24

The Problem of “Young Elders” in the post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church

The problem of "young elders" is not limited to the Post-Soviet Church.  There, the problem was partly a consequence of the need to provide priests to serve all the new parishes etc. as the Russian Orthodox Church recovered from the collapse of the Soviet Union.  However, the combination of a Read more…

Jan
20

Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

Another video from the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, this time a video edited to 10 minutes, the ordination of a subdeacon to the order of deacon. Another visual and musical feast, and worth the time to enjoy!   Ordination to the Diaconate: St. Petersburg Theological Academy Read more…

Jan
18

Ordination to the Priesthood: St. Petersburg Theological Academy

This video of a deacon being ordained to the Holy Priesthood was taken on October 18, 2015, on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, in St. Petersburg Theological Academy in Russia. It's a visual and musical feast to behold, so be attentive as it has been edited for time. A beautiful video! Read more…