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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

Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

For a Christian ending to our life: painless, unashamed, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord. From my childhood, I have memories of the phrase, “Great White Throne … Continue reading

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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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“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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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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