Category: General

  • I Have Resigned the Holy Priesthood

    On Tuesday, April 3/16, 2013, the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America heard my petition to resign the Holy Priesthood for personal reasons, and accepted it. I have been returned to the lay state. I realize this will come as a surprise to many of you, but it was […]

  • Going to Church, Going to Soccer Games

    I’ve never been a big sports fan—let’s be clear on that! However, I will attend sporting events or watch them on television if family, friends, or co-workers invite me. I recognize the opportunity for social interaction that can occur during sporting events, and recognize that relationships have to be built and maintained. Not everyone likes […]

  • Reflection on Funerals and Cremation

    Recently, I traveled to my birthplace of Toledo, Ohio, to attend the funeral of my grandmother, Jane Marcy Cole. She died at the age of 88 on Monday, March 25, 2013. She is survived by her husband Ralph, three daughters, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous extended family. One thing that worried me was that […]

  • New Calendarism, Vaganteism, and the True Orthodox Church

    In the last century, a new heresy permeated the Orthodox world, the heresy of ecumenism.  This umbrella term encompasses several related problems that have been eating away at Orthodox life for more than eighty years.  For the purposes of this article, we will use ecumenism as an umbrella term to refer to the problems of […]

  • On Wayward Parishioners

    Just so we’re clear on something: Priests Have Feelings, Too! One of the worst feelings a priest has is when parishioners he is particularly close to depart into error (for instance, leaving the Orthodox Church). Sure, anyone leaving is a sad occasion, but when people you have worked closely with and spent a great deal of […]

  • References to the Toll Houses in the Canon of the Parting of the Soul from the Body

    Here are just a few of the many references to the Toll Houses which are found in the Canon of the Parting of the Soul from the Body found in the Great Book of Needs(these are from the St. Tikhon’s edition). “Noetic roaring lions have surrounded me, seeking to carry me away and bitterly torment me. […]

  • Concerning this Website and My Writing

    Over the past five years, over 120 of my articles have appeared in various places online, but mostly on the websites of St. Mark the Evangelist Orthodox Mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nativity of the Holy Theotokos Orthodox Church in Greenville, North Carolina, the Eastern Carolina Orthodox blog, and the Triangle Orthodox blog. Content was […]

  • September 2012 Bulletin Message

    Please Note: This is something I wrote over a year and a half ago, which I never published online. I am posting it now for posterity. – Anastasios Dear Friends in Christ, I am happy to inform you that our Church in America continues to grow, paralleling our parish in Greenville’s growth over the past […]

  • On Wearing Jewelry to Ward Off the Evil Eye

    Just a public service announcement mostly aimed at the Greeks on my Facebook friends list, owing from a question I recently received: wearing the blue eye necklace/pin/jewelry as a way to “ward off” the evil eye is itself a demonic superstition, especially with all the rituals associated with it involving oil, spitting, etc. You are […]

  • Twice Now the Seasons Have Come and Gone

    A Reflection on the Second Anniversary of Roberto Rivas’s Repose (November 19, 2008) Twice now the seasons have come and gone; the sleepy Winter and the rebirth of Spring, the never-ending days of Summer, and the gradual fading away of Fall.  I have always disliked Fall, with the eerie sound of the wind whipping through […]