In this collection of writings and essays, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov shares insights and lessons gleaned from fifty years of fruitful pastoral service. Although addressed particularly to clergy and those contemplating the priestly vocation, this book will also be of interest to all believers. In discussing the role of the priest as a spiritual guide in the parish, the author helps the faithful to gain a better understanding of the life and the Sacraments of the Church. Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov is among the most widely respected pastors in the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. He received his theological training at Holy Trinity Seminary (Jordanville, NY) and was ordained to the diaconate by St John of Shanghai and San Francisco in 1963. Fours years later, Metropolitan Philaret ordained him to the priesthood and assigned him to St. Alexander Nevsky Church, where he remains today as rector emeritus. Drawing on his secular education as an architect, Fr. Valery designed and erected the beautiful cathedral which is now the seat of the Eastern American Diocese. Throughout his fifty years of service to the Church and the spiritual needs of its people, Fr. Valery directed the schooling of children, lectured extensively at Church assemblies and celebrations, as well as pastoral and youth conferences.