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About padrerichard

I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach, VA

Is YHWH a War Criminal?

Originally posted on Alastair's Adversaria:
The question of divine goodness and justice in light of the deep problems raised by the biblical commands concerning the slaughter of the Canaanites seems to be the hot topic right now. Philip Jenkins…

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Originally posted on Ramblings of a Redneck Priest:
The Fathers say that despair is a great danger to spiritual life. Once you fall into it, it is very difficult to climb out. It frequently comes up in confession, and as…

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Tongue Speaker

Originally posted on Ramblings of a Redneck Priest:
“Though I speak in the tongues of men and of angels…”- I Corinthians 13 ? It’s a wonderful idea to think that the Lord never gives us a command without giving us…

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Orthodox Way of Life

The final goal of man is communion with God. The path to this communion has been precisely defined: faith, and walking in the Commandments with the help of God’s grace.  -Saint Theophan the Recluse The purpose of life taught by … Continue reading

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The Significance of the “Six Psalms” of the Orthodox Matins Service

Matins (also spelled Mattins, from the Latin, matutinae, “morning”), also called Orthros (from Greek, meaning “morning”, “dawn” or “day break”), is the longest and most complex of the daily cycle services. Matins is celebrated in the morning, unless it is … Continue reading

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Lenten Advice

As we enter into the Lenten season, there are loads of articles and information to read to steer us in the direction of working out our Repentance.  This article was written as Pastoral advice for the ones who shepherd a … Continue reading

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“The kingdom of God is within you”

“Take the trouble to spend only one single day according to God’s commandments, and you will see yourself, you will feel by your own heart, how good it is to fulfill God’s will (and God’s will in relation to us … Continue reading

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