A Practical Handbook for Priestly Ministry

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The Apostle Paul commands his disciple Timothy to Phoebe an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. This exhortation encapsulates the Orthodox Church's expectations from her clergy and forms the basis of her Pastoral Theology. The aim of the present work is to guide the contemporary Orthodox priest in his application of the Apostle's words to his everyday life as a conduit of Divine Grace and shepherd of Christ's flock. At the same time, its focus on the proper formation of the soul will benefit every Christian, whether ordained or not. Compiled from recent and historical sources reflecting the rich heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church.