The Church is a Ship

And this ship is headed to the safe harbor As the waves of passions confront us and threaten to hurtle us against the rocks, it is good to remember that as long as we remain on board the ship of the Church, we are safe. We sail aboard a ship that is piloted by Christ Himself, and we are comforted…

Our Need for Others

Isolation kills the soul and prevents us from learning to love Our Christian faith is communal in nature, and requires us to be actively involved with others. The corporate nature of salvation itself necessitates our interaction with others, for we are not “saved” in a vacuum. The salvation of my neighbor must be as much a concern to me, as…

Our Lenten Journey

Our transformation through the Lenten Journey The Byzantine Court was filled with sycophants, busying themselves with building alliances that would help them rise in status and influence. During the thousand years of the empire, a few emperors were tricked into believing these sycophants were truly their friends, and could be trusted, when in actuality they were being played, and these…

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Communing from the Body and Blood of the Master during the period of spiritual combat The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is attributed to Saint Gregory the Dialogist († 604), Pope of Rome, but in actuality, it is not the work of one individual, but is a composite work coming down to us from Holy Tradition. The Liturgy of the…

Angels Unawares

“We just encountered an angel unaware, and we were being tested” While sitting in a sidewalk cafe with my friend, Archpriest Basil Rhodes, having a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, we noticed a homeless man stop behind me. The man was staring at our food, so Father Basil asked him if he was hungry. He answered with…

The Catholicity of the Church

The Church is catholic because Christ is catholic Christ’s presence in the Church, which is His Body, by it’s very nature requires us to manifest His catholicity by fully living out our faith by the way we live, and by the way we love. The fact that Christ transforms us by grace, negates that which separates us from one another.…

Our Struggle Against Sin

The struggle against the passions and our victory in Christ As we struggle with anger, gluttony, with judging others, sexual impurity and a myriad of others passions, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. We find ourselves feeling defeated and tempted to give up the battle. Sometimes we even tell ourselves that we have no choice, for we were…

Self-Centeredness

Christ came to heal us of our self-centeredness The communal nature of salvation is directly traced to the fact that God created us, not in isolation from one another, but involved in an interpersonal relationship with His love, and with all other humans. Because we are all created in God’s likeness, we are united in the Source of all goodness…

Our True Vocation

When we work on strengthening our relationship with God, our love increases for all those around us. By increasing our faith we diminish the estrangement between ourselves and others, while increasing the bond between ourselves and God. This is our true vocation, that we decrease while Christ increases. As we begin the Great and Holy Lenten Journey, I ask you…

Persuasion

Correcting the stumblings of others Christians, above all men, are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force…it is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion. God gives the crown to those who are kept from evil, not by force, but by choice. –Saint John Chrysostom The use of force in the correction of…

Orthodox Evangelism

Sharing Orthodoxy with the world around us Everyone who knows me is aware of my passion for missionary work. My blog, The Morning Offering, was begun as a pastoral and missionary tool. My use of facebook, with over 25,000 “friends” on my Abbot Tryphon page, has been vehicle for my on-line missionary efforts in sharing Orthodoxy. Additionally, I do a…

The Church’s Next Generation

How do we keep our youth in the Church? We are living in an age that has witnessed changes on a massive scale as never before. The way we communicate has changed with the coming of the internet, with information available that would have required a library and advanced degrees to access in the past. Ideas and information are available…