A Short Message from Bp. Irineos on the Current Turmoil in the World These recent days of the pandemic, civil unrest and political conflict have had an impact on all of us. Particularly, I have noticed many people on social media expressing their fears of the inevitable downfall of our society and their inability to Read more about Struggle Against the World![…]
A 60 second thought I had: Is it a fair criticism of the Orthodox that we do not evangelize like the protestants, and especially the non-denominational protestants? Yes and no. In an absolute sense (and probably a per capita sense if such were measurable) I think it is true there is more emphasis on evangelism Read more about Do Orthodox Neglect Evangelism?[…]
People sometimes wonder why the Orthodox Church commemorates saints of the past during our service of worship to the One True God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is because they serve as examples to us of how we may better fulfill the commandments of Christ. In their victory, we are made stronger; we Read more about The Example of St. Vladimir[…]
“Those who feel the greatest need to rebuke others are probably the ones who ought to be doing it the least.” Abba Poemen said, ‘If a man has sinned and denies it, saying: “I have not sinned,” do not reprimand him; for that will discourage him. But say to him, “Do not lose heart, brother, Read more about The Desert Fathers On Rebuking Others[…]
Today’s Homily on the gospel account of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).
Q. I recently saw a video where a priest said that evolution and creation is irrelevant in Orthodoxy. He says it isn’t consequential. Is this right? A. I suppose we have to define consequential to decide whether it is right or not. On some very macro scale where the ultimate and only weight is one’s Read more about Creation v. Evolution: Does it matter?[…]
As the Nativity services approached, I commented that it was almost time for Royal Hours, and I received an inquiry as to what Royal Hours are. Here was my response: From the earliest days of the Church, there have been appointed certain prayers to be read at certain times (or certain Hours if you will). Read more about What are the Royal Hours?[…]
My prayers are weak and ineffectual. They are diluted by the sinful state of my soul. It is only in His great mercy that God would condescend to hear them! I am possessed of the passions, egoism, pride and gluttony foremost. God permits me to pray for others so that I might fight against these Read more about Reflection on My Soul[…]