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About padrerichard

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

Why not partake of the Divine Eucharist?

St Paul tells us: “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks [Gr. eucharistesas], … Continue reading

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When our church attendance drops off

Abbot Tryphon wrote this a few days ago, “It seems we all go through periods in our lives when our church attendance drops off. Work and home life can seem hectic, and we fall into the trap of letting ourselves … Continue reading

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Chains

Originally posted on Ramblings of a Redneck Priest:
“the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains” Acts 12 I have wondered at this verse all my life. Peter, as far as he knows, is about…

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The Preacher and Jerry Springer — Ramblings of a Redneck Priest

I don’t know if you ever watched the Jerry Springer Show on television. It’s been on for many years and is still quite popular. Basically, people come on the show to tell the world about their problems and sins. Most … Continue reading

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Profanity according to God’s Word

I often hear friends and family, believers in Jesus Christ, use language that would be referred in modern days as cursing, swearing, or profanity.  God’s Word specifically commands us not to use such language. But Father, this is normal every … Continue reading

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Priorities

Today is the Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration.  When Jesus decided it was time to show 3 of his Apostles His Divinity, he set a Priority for them and us, Himself! Here is today’s Epistle reading: 2 Peter 1:10-19 10 … Continue reading

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Cremation: A Message from St. Nikolai Velimirovic (written in 1956)

Originally posted on VONMEM:
You ask me, why is the Orthodox Church against cremation. First of all, because it considers it violent. The Serbs still shudder with the crime of Sinan Pasha, who burned the dead body of St. Sava…

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