Those Who Quit Church: Why Do We Talk About Converts More?

Recently, someone wrote to ask why the Orthodox blogosphere and media seem to talk far more about converts to Orthodoxy than people who have been Orthodox and have left off coming to church. This is a hard subject, and it’s one I don’t recall seeing talked about much online. This (with some edits and additions) was my response: I will relate why I think…

What’s the Point of Miracles?

Sunday of the Paralytic, May 7, 2017 Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is risen! Do you ever wonder what it might have been like to be with the Apostles during those exciting days after Pentecost, when they were sent forth…

Receiving the Body of Jesus: Joseph of Arimathea and Holy Communion

Myrrh-bearers Sunday, April 30, 2017 Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is risen! Today we celebrate two sets of people who gave attention to the body of our Lord Jesus Christ after His crucifixion: the Myrrh-bearing Women and two men who…

The Priesthood After the Resurrection

Thomas Sunday and the Feast of St. George, April 23, 2017 Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is risen! It’s not easy being a parish priest. It often comes with a lot of disappointment and frustration. There have even been a…

Lent and Priesthood #10: The Priesthood of Paradox

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 Philippians 4:4-9; John 12:1-8 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Today is the tenth and final Sunday of our extended meditation on the priesthood, covering all the Sundays preparing us for Lent, all the Sundays of Lent proper, and now Palm…

Lent and Priesthood #8: The Priesthood of Hope

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder, March 26, 2017 Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Today is the eighth installment in our Lenten series on the priesthood, and we are also just three weeks away from Pascha. Today our focus comes…