65 Years Of Christ-centered Marriage

On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, the Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Christ the Saviour Church to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and honor Archpriest John and Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki on their 65th Wedding Anniversary. His Eminence concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Priest Leonid Schmidt, Rector, Archpriest John Nehrebecki, and […]

Memory Eternal: John Sklarsky

Sklarsky, John L, 89, of Oakland, NJ reposed in the Lord on Friday, January 20th, 2017. John was born in Simpson, PA in 1927. John resided in Brooklyn, NY prior to enlisting in the United States Navy at 17 During World War II. He received a B.S. in Business Administration at the age of 45. He […]

Deus Vult

“And lest we get on our high horse… remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” —Barack Obama The sentiments expressed by President Obama are often heard. When speaking with friends, you’ve probably heard the refrain, “What about the Crusades?” How do you react? With uncertainty? […]

Draw Up Humility From Jordan

In many homes, it is already time to take down the Christmas trees and pack up the lights and ornaments for another year. Gone is the mess of wrapping and tissue paper and boxes; order has been restored to the living room. The celebration of Christmas, and the novelty of the gifts received, is over. […]

The Perspective of Eternity

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added […]

Breaking the Cycle

“May you see your children’s children; peace be upon Israel” (Ps 128:6). In one of the many “good words” we find throughout the Book of Psalms, the Prophet David blessed the sons of Israel, offering a prayer that God’s people would increase and prosper. Elsewhere, David compared children to an archer’s arrows, saying: “Happy is […]

Memory Eternal: Frank Theodore Hamouz

Frank Hamouz, 93, of Mahwah, NJ passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the New Jersey Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Paramus, N.J. with his loving family beside him until that day.  Born in Mestecko, Czechoslovakia, on July 7, 1923 he was raised in both Mestecko and Prague, Czechoslovakia until his teenage years at which time he immigrated to the U.S. in 1936. His family ultimately settled in […]

First Steps In the Christian Life

In Her wisdom, the Church has always known that faith can’t be reduced to intellectual belief. “Even the demons believe,” according to St James. In other words: they know God exists, but their life is nevertheless a life of rebellion. Orthodox Christians are called not just to have faith, but to live faithfully. And though there […]

Truth, Then and Now

Hours before the crucifixion of our lord, Pontius Pilate asked Christ a question that could just as well be asked in our time: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) This question and the cynicism which accompanies it is found over and again in the most violent eras of human history. It perfectly summarizes fallen man’s pitiable […]

Planning for Our 100th Anniversary

My first two years of priesthood were spent in Syracuse, New York, at Saints Peter and Paul Church on Hamilton Street. Matushka Laura and I were newlyweds, and she had enrolled in the graduate Speech Pathology program at Syracuse University. We were fortunate to begin our life together this way. I was able to learn […]