CATEGORY: Edification

St. Basil the Great on the Psalms

Ran across this today. Often the most basic aspects of our faith are overlooked and severely undervalued. The Psalms are no exception; they have a very definite purpose, albeit a subtle one, and St. Basil brings this forward beautifully. A psalm implies serenity of soul; it is the author of peace, which calms bewildering and seething thoughts. For, it softens the wrath of the

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Christ is Risen!

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is customary during the Paschal services, beginning at midnight, to read the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom. It is included below in its entirety. “If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy

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Elder Paisios: On Those Who Accuse the Clergy

“Often people come to us to tell us that some priests charge a lot of money for performing the Holy Sacraments; they say that they smoke, or hang around coffee shops; they even say that some priests are involved in immoral acts, and in general, make strong accusations against them and present evidence to justify them. What answers can we give to people who accuse the clergy?”

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Services to Begin February 9, 2013

Today was really exciting. Fr. Charles at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rolla arranged for us to meet the president of the Knights of Columbus chapter at their building on Newman Road at about 10am this morning. We got there and he took us in and showed us around as we tried to visualize how we might set up the first chapel space for an Orthodox Christian community in Rolla. Here are a few photos…

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A Place for Services!


Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking with the priest at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rolla about a potential place to hold services in Rolla. This morning I received an email back from him saying that their Knights of Columbus board has volunteered their hall to allow us to hold our services there every Saturday throughout the year… for free. We really could not have asked for anything better. Thank you, St. Patrick’s (and St. Patrick), and glory to God!

The Orthodox Approach to Mission

A question often asked, especially in an historically Evangelical Protestant state such as Missouri, is, “What is the Orthodox approach to mission and evangelization?” The question has been answered in many ways, coming from multiple angles, but this weekend I had forwarded to me this talk on the Orthodox approach to mission, given by Fr. Irenei Steenburg, and it’s one of the best I’ve heard. Here are a few highlights…

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