by St. John Chrysostom The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, “Wives, be subject to […]
by St. John Chrysostom “To show that it is not true that the soul, when it departs from the body, comes under the dominion of evil spirits, hear what St Paul says: “He that is dead is freed from sin,” (Romans 6.7,) that is, he no longer sins. For if while the soul dwells in the body, […]
by St. John Chrysostom “Sound doctrine and saving truth are to be learned with accuracy, not from evil spirits, but from the Holy Scripture.” On Lazarus and the Rich Man, Homily 2
by St. John Chrysostom They sit there all day long, preparing a medicine of salvation for you.
by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The scene at Mount Moriah, where Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac, has long lived in Christian memory as a source of theological reflection. Melito, a 2nd century bishop of Sardis, commented on the event at some length in a Paschal homily. In this comment we observe how easily […]
by St. John Chrysostom Our father among the saints John Chrysostom (347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was a notable Christian bishop and preacher from the 4th and 5th centuries in Syria and Constantinople. He is famous for being one of the most powerful preachers of the Gospel in history and his denunciation of abuse of authority […]
I have learned over the years that the best feedback about preaching comes from ‘the folks’ – the ones who actually listen (not just hear). If you are not used to getting feedback from laypeople, other than an occasional ‘attaboy’ on Sundays, I strongly recommend it. Their insights cut right to the bone of what […]
The Akathist Hymn: “Glory to God for All Things” This Akathist, also called the “Akathist of Thanksgiving,” was composed by Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a prison camp in 1940. The title is from the words of Saint John Chrysostom as he was dying in exile. It is a song of praise […]