Chancellor’s Diary

by Fr. John Jillions

Fr. John Jillions

May 14, 2014

Psalm 100

Serve the Lord with gladness!
 Come into his presence with singing! ...

May 13, 2014

Psalm 99

Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool, for it is holy! The Lord reigns…

May 9, 2014

Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
 for he has done marvelous things!

(Psalm 98:1)

We as Orthodox are committed to upholding, defending and passing on the Tradition. Indeed, the words “new” and “innovation” are often used as warning labels. So it’s striking to me how often the scriptures speak of God doing something new.

St Jerome in commenting on this psalm says that...

May 8, 2014

Psalm 97: “When the Land was Restored”

Light dawns for the righteous,
 and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous…

May 7, 2014

Saint Alexis Toth: Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in North America

I was at the canonization of Saint Alexis during Memorial Day weekend in 1994 at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. Along with scores of priests taking…

May 6, 2014

Psalm 96

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice
(Psalm 96:11) ...

April 10, 2014

Psalm 94: God of Vengeance

There are times when we are just so angry and dispirited by the state of the world. Church life too can leave us bitterly disappointed and furious that…

April 8, 2014

Saint Nino, All-American Council, Syrian Patriarch and a devastating fire

It has been a busy few days at the Chancery. ...

April 4, 2014

Psalm 93

The Lord is King [reigns]; He is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed, He is girded with strength…