Tag Archives: Ordination

St. Anatoly of Optina: How can one laugh at a clergyman? . . .

PriestHow can one laugh at a clergyman? So what if he serves poorly? He still has grace. He is ordained. One must not, must not, laugh!

+ St. Anatoly of Optina, quoted from Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of Optina

St. Gregory Palamas: If from one burning lamp someone lights another, then another from that one . . .

Icon of St. Gregory of Palamas“If from one burning lamp someone lights another, then another from that one, and so on in succession, he has light continuously. In the same way, through the Apostles ordaining their successors, and these successors ordaining others, and so on, the grace of the Holy Spirit is handed down through all generations and enlightens all who obey their shepherds and teachers.”

+ St. Gregory Palamas, “On how the Holy Spirit was manifested and shared out at Pentecost”

St. John of Kronstadt: . . . do not waver in the lightest degree when celebrating any of the sacraments. . .

Icon of St. John of Kronstadt“The Lord said of His Church: ‘I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Mt. 16:18). This is said of the pastors of the Church and of all true believers, as well as of all the sacraments, all the dogmas and commandments of the Holy Orthodox Faith, and of all the offices of the sacraments; for instance, the Liturgy, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Baptism, Chrism, Holy Oil, which have been established unto all the ages, and have already been in existence unchanged during many centuries. See how firm is the Church, founded by the Lord! Remember these words of the Lord and do not waver in the slightest degree when celebrating any of the sacraments. Be firm as adamant.”

— St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

St. Firmilian: On baptism by heretics

Icon of St. Firmalian“Just as a heretic may not lawfully ordain or lay on hands, so neither may he baptize….What kind of thing is it that when we see that Paul, after John’s baptism, baptize those disciples again, we are hesitating to baptize those who come to the church from heresy, after their unhallowed and profane dipping.”

— St. Firmilian, Bishop of Caesarea Mazaca (256 A.D.)