Did St. Tikhon Write a Western Rite Liturgy?

The “Liturgy of St. Tikhon” is not a liturgy of St. Tikhon at all, nor was it ever approved by the Russian Synod of Bishops at the behest of St. Tikhon. As explained by the Antiochian Archdiocese: “In 1904, Archbishop Tikhon received a response from the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to his Read more about Did St. Tikhon Write a Western Rite Liturgy?[…]

The Light and the Spirit: Homily for Holy Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday, Fr. Irineos reflects on the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, and the founding of the Church. He also discusses how, though the Spirit may lead us into all Truth, this is only possible through the guidance of the Light of Christ.

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Of Faith and Works – Part 1

This subject recurs with sufficient frequency that I anticipate there will be a second installment at some point.  In this initial treatment, I wish to demonstrate that the Orthodox treatment of works is not as a means to merit salvation, but rather is an honest assessment of the importance of works as the fruits which prove Read more about Of Faith and Works – Part 1[…]

Blessed by Unbelief – Homily on Thomas Sunday

Fr. Irineos reflects on the Apostle Thomas’s unbelief, changed to belief with his touching of the Risen Lord, and how we remain blessed by his confession of that which his eyes did not see. Listen to “Blessed by Unbelief – Homily for Thomas Sunday” on Spreaker. Today’s Gospel John 20:19-31 19 Then the same day Read more about Blessed by Unbelief – Homily on Thomas Sunday[…]

A Real “Bible Church”

Ah, the common attack on Orthodoxy from so called “Bible believers” – they propogate the lie that the Orthodox Church does not believe in Holy Scripture.  Nothing of course could be further from the truth.  Not only did we canonize the Scripture (you’re welcome), but an Orthodox service contains more Scripture than most evangelical Churches Read more about A Real “Bible Church”[…]

Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols”

Sunday’s Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols” Fr. Irineos uses the story of the life of the martyr Polyeuchtus to reflect on idolatry in our modern age and how we can follow the example of the Holy Martyr! Listen to “Smashing Modern Idols – Homily for the 31st Sunday after Pentecost” on Spreaker. It’s only fair to Read more about Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols”[…]

Thy Nativity O Christ Our God! – Homily on Nativity

In this homily delivered on Nativity (Old Calendar), Fr. Irineos discusses the incredible condescension of our Lord to take on human flesh, and, using the Troparion of the Feast, expounds on the theology behind this Troparion. Listen to “Homily – Nativity of our Lord in the Flesh” on Spreaker. It’s only fair to share…

Troublesome “Christian” Memes

Evangelicals are quite adept at using social media to push their incomplete theology across multiple media.  Whether with videos of “preachers”, songs by praise bands, or the ubiquitous meme, multiple pieces of evangelical social media cross the screens of their friends or others daily.  And some of it is fine.  Some of it is not Read more about Troublesome “Christian” Memes[…]

VIDEO – The Mystery of Holy Chrismation

In this video, Fr. Irineos explores the Mystery of Holy Chrismation, which follows Holy Baptism in Orthodox practice. This video explores the scriptural basis as well as the theological understanding of grace and the sacrament. If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to the YouTube series, “A Few Minutes for Faith.”  In the series we Read more about VIDEO – The Mystery of Holy Chrismation[…]