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Two-thirds of churches have an attendance under 125. The smaller church is the norm, not the exception.
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The Russian Orthodox Church is seeing the highest numbers ever training for priesthood , according to an independent Russian news agency. The sharp rise in seminary admissions across the church’s 261 dioceses, known as eparchies, means 1,593 ordinands are expected to begin studies this summer, a 19 per cent increase from last year, Interfax reported. […]
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by Fr. Lawrence Farley I am a great fan of the BBC series “Call the Midwife”, which features a group of Anglican sisters working among the poor in a London neighbourhood as midwives.  Their order is fictional, but is based upon the actual order and London experiences of the Community of St. John the Divine, then […]
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An excellent presentation by Bishop Alexander (Golitzin)
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The diaconate has been a little understood ministry, in fact, often a misunderstood ministry. Although it is one of three ordained orders, most lay people have little or no contact with a deacon, no idea of the history of the diaconate or what it entails today. We hope to clarify some of the questions about […]
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Ecclesiastical hierarchy plays a very important role in the life of the Church. The Church cannot exist or perform Her salvific ministry in the world without the hierarchy that traces its origins to the holy apostles and was laid out by the Lord Jesus Christ himself. That is why it is vital that would-be priests […]
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Question: Your blessing, Father. What should I do: my husband has become a priest but I’m not the right kind of a person to be a matushka (a priest’s wife — translator’s note), unfortunately. I’m really bothered about that because I’m not a quiet, meek, and God-fearing girl. I’m a regular kind of woman who […]
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Sometimes people say, “I am just a reader,” as though this were a petty or insignificant ministry. However, when the reader (whether tonsured or not) begins chanting the selection from the Acts or the Epistles, he or she is performing an evangelical ministry that is absolutely essential to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, and […]
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By Fr. Andrew Chizhenko I remember the words of Alexander Griboyedov from his play “Woe from Wit”: “Read it not like an altar server, but with passion”. For centuries, that aphorism was the reason of sarcastic mockeries about church readings in intellectual circles. In fact, they do not correlate with the truth and ancient thousand […]
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Are you discerning a vocation? Do you think about serving Christ as a priest or deacon? Wondering why things seem to slam up against you? Do you feel like you are charging upstream, against the current, sinking in quicksand half the time? You’re not just being tested – you’re being trained! Memorize these two Scripture […]

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