Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be … [Read More...]

Orthodoxy and Suicide

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person's life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I le … [Read More...]

Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East

Pastoral Letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East “We have preferred profane and material things to the commandment of love, and because we have attached ourselves to them we fight against men, whereas we ought to prefer the love of all men to all visible things and even to our own body.” (St Maximus the Confessor, The Ascetic Life, 7) Beloved in Christ, Our … [Read More...]

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Prayers for Enemies

In 1941, with the German occupation of Yugoslavia, Bishop Nikolai, together with Patriarch Gabriel Dozhich, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in the infamous Dachau Prison Camp in Germany. He spent two years in Dachau, witnessing and suffering some of the cruelest torture of human beings the world has known. Prayers for Enemies by St. Nicholas Velimirovich  Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than … [Read More...]

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The Scot who shot the Civil War

  The Scots Photographer Alexander Gardner Photographs the American Civil War. … [Read More...]

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Let The Little Children Come To Me

I am not a policy maker or someone who is charged with enforcing the law.  I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and as such, sometimes ministry comes into direct conflict with policy and law.  I try not to break the law, since I believe as a Christian we are called to obey the laws of the land we live in, but sometimes I do have to deal with the fallout of laws and policies.  Sometimes my faith puts me at odds with political theory and I have decided that I will follow the Gospel rather … [Read More...]

Top Posts of the Week

Here is a list of the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls. Yvonne The Restorative Power of Vacations Orthodoxy and Contraception Prayer and the Dormition Fast Sermon: 7th Sunday after Pentecost ~ And Their Eyes Were Opened Transsexuals and Orthodoxy Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Archbishop Demetrios Calls for Prayers for the Christians in the Middle East The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Sermon ~ Take up Your Cross   … [Read More...]

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Prayer and the Dormition Fast

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions. Troparion of the Feast On August 1st, and for the next 15 days, Orthodox Christians around the world will be in a time of fasting and repentance leading up to the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos.  This time, set apart by the Church, is used to call us … [Read More...]