Day Sixteen – Saint Andrew

The Orthodox Church takes apostolic succession very seriously; the preservation of “the faith passed on to the apostles” is maintained by the physicality of the ordination of bishops by bishops, all of who can trace the history of the ordination of the bishops who ordained them back to one or more of the apostles themselves. […]

RIOCF: Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

Rhode Island Orthodox Clergy FellowshipStatement on Same-Sex Marriage  We, the clergy of the Orthodox Churches of Rhode Island, express our disappointment over recent developments concerning the status of marriage in our country and in our state.  Specifically, we disapprove our state legislature’s vote in favor of and signing into law the practice of same-sex marriage. […]

Homily – On Unity (Ephesians 2: 14-22)

The Reading from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians. [2:14-22]: Christ is our peace, Who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, * by abolishing in His Flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in […]

20120916 Prepping and Social Media with Father John Peck

Listen to the Show In this episode, I start by sharing the news and press release from the third meeting of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, then move into a wonderful interview on Orthodox media and prepping with Fr. John Peck. Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North & Central […]

Homily – Ss. Peter and Paul

Symbols of Nothing… but the One Thing   Introduction It is has been a challenging few weeks for Orthodoxy in America. Here, I speak less of the repose of our beloved + Metropolitan Constantine – for his was a constant witness for the stability and unity that are in Christ – but rather of two […]

Homily, Saints of Rus-Ukraine and America: the coming baptism of America (and Woonsocket)

All Saints of Rus’-Ukraine, America, and Woonsocket (also Father’s Day) Romans 2:10-16: There is no partiality with God St. Matthew 4:18-23: Fishers of men The Church is Christ Incarnated: it blesses real people in time and place Last week we celebrated the lives of all the saints, known and unknown who have found perfection through […]

A 9/11 Homily – We are All Connected

This day we commemorate the beheading of St. John the Baptist.  The slaughter of such a righteous man by the wicked is hard for us to accept.  It causes us great grief, and so, on this day we observe a strict fast.  On this same day ten years ago, thousands were killed by the wicked.  […]

Homily – Unity in Liturgy

Third Sunday after PentecostRomans 5:1-10; St. Matthew 6:22-33 This Summer, during the time of shortened homilies, I am dedicating this brief time to the topic of the Eucharistic Liturgy as the “common work of a thankful people” and how it is designed to bring us into a deeper salvific and sanctifying relationship with Jesus Christ.. […]

20110304 Lent, News, and Evangelizing Moral Therapeutic Deists

The USB Symbol: a Sign of  Ukrainian Orthodoxy’s Global Influence!!! Shownotes for 20110221Lesson: Lenten Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops beyond the Borders of Ukraine [Musical Interlude is the Lenten Prokimen “Turn not away Thy Face”, available here by St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, CA.] Mail Call:Question from a new reader/listener:  Why doesn’t […]

20110221 The Ontology of Evil

Shownotes for 20110221Lesson:Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron… But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.  For bodily exercise profits […]