The Miracle of the Holy Fire [VIDEO]

The video below chronicles the struggle of a film crew to gain entrance to the Holy Sepulcher, and records the miracle and scenes from the Paschal (Passover) Resurrection Service at the Holy Sepulcher. What is the Miracle of the Holy Fire? When and where does it occur? Source: St. Barnabas Orthodox Church The ceremony, which awes the souls of Christians, takes place in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. The Holy Fire is the most renowned miracle in the world of Orthodox Christianity. It has taken place at the same time, in the same manner, in the same place every single year for centuries. No other miracle is known to occur so regularly and so steadily over time. No other miracle is known to occur so regularly … [Read more...]

Why Does St. Peter’s Parish Exist?

The reason why St. Peter's exists is so that those who attend can find Christ. Our vision when it started and that guides it today is: St. Peter's is here for those who wants to find Christ as He is understood and served in our Orthodox Christian faith. It is open to everyone – even those who are looking for Him but don't know where to find Him yet. This means then that we must always be open to our neighbor, to love our neighbor in the same way that God loves us. When we love our neighbor we love God. When we love God we love our neighbor. If God or neighbor is missing from the equation that we are not really serving God. It also means that each one of us must define what our vocation and ministry is. Vocation and ministry … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Icons are not optional devotional extras, but an integral part of Orthodox faith and devotion. They are held to be a necessary consequence of Christian faith in the incarnation of the Word of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, in Jesus Christ. You won't find a more concise and helpful explanation of why Orthodox Christians keep and venerate icons. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt009sunoforth_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Bp. Timothy Ware on the Prodigal Son and Repentance

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. From the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary and teacher of seminarians and priests for decades passed away in 2015. Fr. Tom was first a pastor, a man with a generous heart and burning love for Christ who directed many towards our Lord. Below are 55 maxims that Fr. Tom says are necessary for a sound Christian life. Memory eternal to Fr. Thomas Hopko. Click the print icon below to print and save. Be always with Christ. Pray as you can, not as you want. Have a keepable rule of prayer that you do by discipline. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day. Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things. Make some prostrations when … [Read more...]