Eastern Orthodox Christian sermons on the Sunday Readings, Feasts and other Scriptures

Sundays after Pentecost
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Sundays after Pentecost

    Sunday of Pentecost

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    • 2000
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    • 2001
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    • By Fr David Moser
      2002
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-06-16
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      SYNOPSIS:There are three very important things that are said in the gospel today. They are right in a row. One is basically a question. The other is a command or actually, a suggestion, and the other is the result. We are celebrating today Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, the apostles and all the rest of the believers up to and including us - the Holy Spirit Who enlightens us, Who shows us the way of life, Who speaks to us in groanings that cannot be uttered. He tells us the things of God, the things of Christ; He enlightens us. But none of this, none of this will happen unless first we consider this very, very important question. And we must answer. When you answer a question, a Christian question, it is not something that you say once. It is something that you answer again and again and again...
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    • 2009-06-07
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    • 2010-05-23
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    • Exegesis Of Pentecost Vespers Parables
      Numbers 11-16-17-24-29, Joel 2-23-32, Ezekiel 36-24-28
      2011-06-11
      SYNOPSIS:The "Parables" for an important commemoration are read on the eve of the feast, and are usually from the OT, and they always elucidate the meaning of the feast in some way. We look at the 3 OT readings for Pentecost Vespers, which, among other things, describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the calling of the Gentiles, the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit to all Christians, and a superb description of the human condition and how the Holy Spirit helps heal it. This last point may be the most important one, because of we do not recognize our need, we will not do everything in our power to have the Holy Spirit abide in us.
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    • Ministry Of The Holy Spirit
      O Heavenly King
      2011-06-12
      SYNOPSIS:The giving of the Holy Spirit is the last big piece of our salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, taking on and changing our nature, teaching by word and example, and was crucified, buried and rose from the dead, enabling our flesh to defeat death. Then after 40 days He ascended, showing us that our human flesh could be with God in eternity. Then according to the promise, the Holy Spirit was given, without which our salvation would ot be possible. We look at the ministry of the Holy Sprit by explaining "O Heavenly King", and the various names and symbols for the Holy Sprit. The "take home" message is that in order to have the Holy Spirit abide in us, since He is the Spirit of Truth, we must live according to the truth. This entails much more that only not telling a lie!
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    • I Will Give You A New Heart And Put A New Spirit Within You
      Learning To Discern Between The Old And New Ways
      Acts 21-11, Ezekiel 36-24-28
      2012-06-03
      SYNOPSIS:The readings for Divine Liturgy on Pentecost give the story of Pentecost and our Lord #39;s prophesy of it. The "take home" for Pentecost is from one of the Vespers readings: "I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26) We can know a lot about Pentecost, but if we do not learn how to discern the old ways, which the heart falls into frequently, from the new ways, we will have learned nothing useful for our salvation. We look into how to learn to discern what is in our hearts, whether it be according to the old, or according to the new. The Holy Spirit will not continue to abide in a heart that does not seek after the new ways. We contrast new and old ways and discuss how to develop the skill to discern between them. This is a critically important subject. This homily is a bit longer than normal, but it is important, and it is difficult to discuss important things, and important skills in 12-15 minutes.
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    • I Will Give You A New Heart And Put A New Spirit Within You
      Learning To Discern Between The Old And New Ways
      Acts 21-11, Ezekiel 36-24-28 (1)
      2012-06-03
      SYNOPSIS:The readings for Divine Liturgy on Pentecost give the story of Pentecost and our Lord #39;s prophesy of it. The "take home" for Pentecost is from one of the Vespers readings: "I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26) We can know a lot about Pentecost, but if we do not learn how to discern the old ways, which the heart falls into frequently, from the new ways, we will have learned nothing useful for our salvation. We look into how to learn to discern what is in our hearts, whether it be according to the old, or according to the new. The Holy Spirit will not continue to abide in a heart that does not seek after the new ways. We contrast new and old ways and discuss how to develop the skill to discern between them. This is a critically important subject. This homily is a bit longer than normal, but it is important, and it is difficult to discuss important things, and important skills in 12-15 minutes.
    • Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • If Any Man Thirst Let Him Come Unto Me And Drink
      How To Cultivate Thirst
      John 7-37-52-8-12
      2013-06-23
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel reading for Pentecost includes: "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" and "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." We must *learn* to thirst for the Holy Spirit and for light. This is not innate in our sinful condition. How do we learn to thirst? We must combine (and search for) knowledge about our condition and its weaknesses, and effort, borne of faith, to walk in the light. This does not just happen, as we be-bop through life. May God help us to thirst for Him, may we dedicate ourselves to learning ever more to thirst for Him.
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    • O That All People Might Prophesy And That The Lord Would Give Them His Spirit
      I Will Give You A New Heart
      2014-06-09
      SYNOPSIS:What is a Christian? The readings for Pentecost, especially those from the Old Testament, provide the answer. "O that all the people might prophesy, and that the Lord would give them his spirit!" "And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh."
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    • Exegesis On The Holy Spirit
      How To Listen To Your Heart
      2015-05-31
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      SYNOPSIS:A short catechesis on the Holy Spirit, covering His procession fro the Father, the various symbols for the Holy Spirit, and the important scripture text which tells us not to "quench the Spirit", and about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit it. Then we get to the best part, the best a pastor has to give his flock. We discuss how the Holy Spirit communicates with us, and how to listen to and "feel" our heart, and this "understanding that is within us" will teach us all things, and guide and help us in everything. We must learn to know when our heart is cold, or warm, enlarged or shriveled up, soft or hard. This is a skill which we must learn; we can speak a little bit about it, but only God can teach us.
    • Children's sermon: The Pentecost Icon, King Kosmos, Symbols of the Holy Spirit (mp3 format)
    • Pentecost
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Sermon to children with a detailed explanation of who  King Kosmas  is, and a "spirited" discussion and questions and answers with the children about the Pentecost icon. Why is St Paul in the Pentecost icon? Why is there FIRE in the icon? Symbols of the Holy Spirit.
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    • Pentecost Ikon Holy Spirit Symbols
      Childrens Sermon
      2016
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    • Thirst
      O Heavenly King
      John 7-37
      2016

    1st Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Sunday Of All Saints
      2000
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    • Sunday Of All Saints
      2003
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    • Sunday Of All Saints
      2004
    • 1st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-06-22
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    • 2009-06-14
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    • 2010-05-30
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    • Celebrating Sanctity
      How To Become A Saint
      Hebrews 11-33-12-2,Matthew 10-32-33,37-38,19-27-30
      2011-06-19
      SYNOPSIS:It is apropos to celebrate All Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost, because with the coming of the Holy Spirit, coupled with all the effects of the incarnation, we have the ability to become holy - in fact we are commanded to become holy ("saint" means "holy one"). The readings today focus on how we can become holy. We must have true, living faith - we discuss what faith is (it is not mere belief in something!), and confess the Lord Jesus Christ before men (we discuss what "confession" is - it is not just what we say, but also what we do and who we are - and it is especially difficult in our day, because the spirit of the age permeates and pollutes everything). We also discuss what it means to "take up our cross", and "run with patience the race that is set before us".
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    • Exegesis Of Sunday Of All Saints Vespers Parables
      Isaiah 43-9-14,Wisdom-3-1-9,Wisdom-5-15-6-3
      2011-06-19
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      SYNOPSIS:The "parables" of Vespers are OT or sometimes, NT readings, which elucidate the meaning of the feast. Since this is the Sunday of All Saints, these 3 OT readings describe sanctity - holiness (the word "Saint" means "holy one"). Saints, which we are also called to be, are witnesses who are misunderstood by the world of sinners, and their virtues are described, much like the apostle Paul described virtues in the passage in Ephesians which described the armor of faith (Ephesians 6:13-17)
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    • Sunday Of All Saints
      How To Become A Saint
      Matthew 10-32-33,37-38,19-27-30,Hebrews 11-33-12-2
      2012-06-10
      SYNOPSIS:We are ALL called to be Saints (holy). This is the purpose of Christianity and the church - to guide people towards sanctity and holiness - to become Saints. The scriptures read today are an instruction manual in how to become a saint. It boils down to priorities, the courage to make the effort to hold to them, even when it is difficult (confession) and patience.
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    • All Saints
      Through Faith With Patience
      Heb 11-33-12-1
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The readings for the Sunday of all Saints teach us what we need to do to be "saints" We are ALL called to be saints. The Gospel tells us to confess the Lord before all men, love God above all things, and take up our cross and deny our passions. the Epistle, which we focus on, has two very important phrases, which we look at in detail: " through faith" and "with patience". If we understand these two, we fulfill all in order to be saints.
    • "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? " A question we all must be able to ask. (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of All Saints
      Matthew 19:27
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:We are all called to be saints, therefore, we should be able to say what Peter said, without being a liar: "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?" What does this mean? Can we say this? What must we do to be able to say this? Full disclosure: he text selected was actually read on the Sunday of All Saints, and accidently used again on the Sunday of All Saints of Russia, the following Sunday. Mistakes happen, but the sermon still applies to saints, and therefore, to us, since we are called to be saints.
    • What is confession of Christ in our sin-loving and sin-excusing world? (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of All Saints
      Confession Of Christ
      Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38
      2016-06-26
      SYNOPSIS:What is a  synaxis  of All Saints, and why do we celebrate them the Sunday after Pentecost? It is rare to be a saint, but we are all called to be saints! How are we going to become saints, even though we have sins, some of which we cannot overcome? This starts with how we identify ourselves and the things we, in our heart of hearts, really value. In our modern, sin loving and excusing age, we must take a stand for who we are. This is true confession. In this context, we examine the verses read today: "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."

    2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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    • All Saints Of Russia
      1999
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    • All Saints Of Russia
      2000
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    • 2001
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    • 2003
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-06-29
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    • 2009-06-21
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    • All Saints Of Russia
      3 Necessary Things
      2010-06-06
      SYNOPSIS:This Sunday's readings are continuous, near the beginning of Matthew. They should be read as a whole and contain important instructions in three things that are absolutely necessary to be saved. We must decide to follow Christ, leave our nets, and climb to top of the Mountain, (the only place) where Christ is. Without simple resolutions on our part, we cannot ever understand the truth about the God-man, Jesus Christ.
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    • A Good Beginning
      Matthew 4-18-23
      2011-06-26
      SYNOPSIS:On this day, commemorating All Saints of Russia on the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, we read the beatitudes, and the first Gospel tells us what we MUST do it we are to have any chance whatsoever to fulfil the beatitudes (and we are called to do this!). The calling of the apostles Peter ans Andrew and James and John is recounted. The Gospel is short, but very specific: both pairs left their nets, that is, left everything, and followed Jesus. We must have this sort of dedicated beginning in order to endure to the end. It gets hard in the middle, and if we do not begin with dedication, and constantly remember our original dedication, we will never make it to salvation. What does "leaving their nets" mean for us and how can this resolute act help us?
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    • Follow Me And I Will Make You Fishers Of Men
      Matthew 4-18-23-Matthew 4-25-5-12
      2012-06-17
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    • Everything Is Spiritual
      Follow Me And I Will Make You Fishers Of Men
      Matthew 4-18-23
      2013-07-07
      SYNOPSIS:The calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew and James and John occurs relatively early in the Gospel of Matthew. We "break" a few homiletic rules to muse about this Gospel selection just as we would when reading it prayerfully at home. The key point in all this is that everything in life is spiritual, and we must learn to see this. We illustrate this with mentioning of nets, and that the Lord chose fishermen to follow Him. There is much more here, because unlike in a sermon when we usually try to hone in on one point, we gather many drops of wisdom when reading Scripture.
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    • Beatititudes
      Christian Meaning Of Poverty Of Spirit And Mourning
      Matthew 4-25-5-12
      2014-06-22
      SYNOPSIS:The Beatitudes tell us how to become a saint; we are all called to become Saints. They build upon each other. We look at just the first 2, which is the beginning of sanctity. We must understand that in general, the beatitudes are radical, and not like anything in worldly human life, because they reflect Who God is. We must also understand the proper Christian definitions of things. For instance, "poverty of spirit" may be loosely understood as humility, but this humility is nothing like the world, and without it, we cannot know the first thing about becoming holy. From this beatitude naturally proceeds mourning. Again this is not like the mourning of the world in any way. True Christian mourning always includes expectation and joy.
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    • Beatitudes
      Blessed Are The Peacemakers
      Mat-4-25-5-12
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The Beatitudes describe the Saints. We give a quick overview of them, breaking them into two parts, and then concentrate on the 7th beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.". There are 4 kinds of peacemakers. We are called to strive to be each one.

    3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2002
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    • 2003
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-07-06
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    • 2009-06-28
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    • Answer All The Questions
      2010-06-13
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      SYNOPSIS:The Scripture is full of questions, commands, warnings, promises, and consequences for actions. All of these, every single one of them, applies to us. You must read the Scripture and answer the questions and listen to the commands and heed the warnings and realize they are for you. Here is one: the Lord says: Is not life more than meat and the body more than raiment?” That question is a very important one to answer, and it’s one that actually is answered hundreds of times every day by every person, whether they are Christian or not, whether or not they believe in God. And with it is the question that follows: “And why do you take thought for your clothing?” None of this makes any sense to anyone unless we answer this first question well. This question can be also stated: What is life all about? ...
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    • How To Discern Light And Darkness In The Eye Of The Soul
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2011-07-03
      SYNOPSIS:Today we learn about desire, and what shapes our desires. Just as the light of the body is the eye, the soul also has an eye that enlightens it. Our physical eyes can easily discern light and darkness, but the eye of the soul must be trained to do this, because without training. The eye of the soul will not know light from darkness. How do we train the eye of the soul?
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    • Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness
      As We Think So We Are
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2012-06-24
      SYNOPSIS:The Lord never gives us a command that He does not explain and teach how to fulfill. In this selection, He first teaches us how to fulfill the command by teaching about the eye, and desire, and then progresses to rebuke our thoughts and anxieties. These things are obviously related! They both tie in to HOW to fulfill the command "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness".
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    • The Light Of The Body Is The Eye
      Unbridled Desire Causes Anxiety
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2013-07-14
      SYNOPSIS:There is always a subtext to Jesus' commands to us. In the case of His command to "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on", this command is preceded by a discussion about desire, in which He tells us "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." and He warns us that we cannot serve God and mammon. This juxtaposition of teaching about desire and the commandment to not be anxious should cause a "Eureka!" moment for us - unbridled desire ALWAYS leads to anxiety. We look at this in detail .
    • 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Meaning Of Life
      Is Not The Life More Than Meat And The Body Than Raiment
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2014-06-29
      SYNOPSIS:We must answer all the questions in Scripture; all are intended to teach us, challenge us, enlighten us. The questions the Lord asks in his teaching which begins "The light of the body is the eye" are designed to teach us the meaning of life and how to attain it. He begins by teaching about desire, which is a God-given attribute of the soul, since God has desire, and has made us in His image, and that this desire can be used for good or bad. Desire is good, when it is used for good, that is when we understand what life is and how to live our life according to the only proper answer to the question: "Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" We control and perfect our life through our thoughts. All good and bad things in our life begin with thought. the Lord teaches us how to think, if we are able to answer the question: " Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment?" Let us answer the questions the Lord asks us about the meaning and purpose of our life, and also learn how to attain to this purpose.
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    • Timothy Of Esphigmenou
      New Martyrs Of The Turkish Yoke
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The life of St Timothy of Esphigmenou, a man who feigned apostasy to save his wife, and prepared for martyrdom. There are many "take homes" from his luminous life, and we dwell on his radical love, and obedience, his apparent apostasy and how he ran away from his children because of obedience and love.
    • The eye, desire, anxiety & peace. Matthew 6:22-33 (mp3 format)
    • Matthew-6:22-33 Romans 5:1
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The problem of anxiety and the cure for it. There is a link between bad desires, and weak faith and anxiety. Exposition of Matthew 6:22-33 and Romans 5:1, particularly: "The light of the body is the eye", "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" and "being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" As in any short talk, all solutions are not discussed. There is an organic cause for anxiety, but no more common cause for it is a problem with the "eyes"

    4th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2002
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    • 2003
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-07-14
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    • 2009-07-05
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    • Freedom And Slavery
      2010-06-20
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      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel today form the basis for the Christian definition of freedom, and the path to obtain it. This is not the definition that the world gives for freedom; their understanding is actually slavery to sin. St Paul teaches and the actions of the centurion with the sick servant confirm that true freedom can only be obtained by considering oneself to be a slave of righteousness. Those who make progress in life understand this principle. We can either be slaves of evil or righteousness. True freedom in the Christian sense is the ability to always do good and be good, and this freedom, can only be obtained by freely, of one's own will considering oneself to be a slave of righteousness.
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    • Being Then Made Free From Sin Ye Became The Servants Of Righteousness
      Freedom And Slavery Explained By Paul And The Centurion
      Romans 6-18-23-Matthew 8-5-13
      2011-07-10
      SYNOPSIS:We must understand what happened in baptism and what we are able to do and MUST do because of it. In finishing his classic treatise on baptism, in Romans Chapter 6, St Paul explains what true freedom is and what good and bad slavery is. There are two kinds of freedom and two kinds of slavery. We must be free regarding sin, but slaves to righteousness. This cannot be emphasized enough in our life, and must become a kind of mnemonic, to guide us in all of our decisions. The actions of the Centurion perfectly illustrate the proper kind of freedom and slavery to possess.
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    • Faith Of The Centurion
      Matthew 8-5-13
      2012-03-30
      SYNOPSIS:The Lord commended the faith of the centurion who had a sick servant. We must live our life the way he lived his, or we will not have faith. The centurion teaches us that faith will not exist without profound humility and obedience, and wonder of wonders, the more humble we become, the more bold and confident we will be in prayer. If you lack faith, attention or assurance in prayer, or God in any ways feels distant to you, you absolutely, positively must learn to have the faith of the centurion.
    • 4th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Being Then Made Free From Sin Ye Became The Servants Of Righteousness
      Romans 6-18-23
      2012-07-01
      SYNOPSIS:Romans Chapter Six is one of the most important chapters of the New Testament. It teaches just about everything that is important: about the effect of the incarnation, baptism, the purpose of life and how to accomplish it, and also something that is very important: how to think about sin. To sin, pure and simple, is to become a slave to unrighteousness, and the end of such things is death. We must learn to consider ourselves slaves to righteousness. It is one ... or the other. How can we learn to think AND act in this way?
    • 4th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Centurions Servant
      Character Matters
      Matthew 8-5-13, Romans 6-18-23
      2014-07-06
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the servant of the Centurion, the faith of the soldier is noted by Jesus in an exceptional way: "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel". This story can be understood on two basic levels. The first is basic bible literacy - understanding the clear meaning of the text. After understanding things like the nature of the relationship between the Romans and the Jews, the role of the Centurion in Society, why the Centurion did not want Jesus to actually enter his home, and the prophesied calling of the Gentiles, we are ready for the deeper meaning. What made this man so great - why did he have such great faith? All the clues about his character are plain to see, and they stand as an example to us of how to have faith. Character matters.
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    • Healing Of Centurions Servant
      Obedience
      Mat 8-5-13
      2015
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      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the Centurion's servant demonstrates the necessity of obedience. Only the obedient understand authority. Without obedience, a person cannot know God, nor experience Him. Let us understand obedience, and see where we can seek it in our daily lives.

    5th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2002
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    • 2008-07-20
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    • 2009-07-12
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    • Gergesenes Demoniacs
      2010-06-27
      SYNOPSIS:The reaction of the people of the Gergesenes to their encounter with Christ is a textbook example of how to kill the conscience. We would do well to recognize everything about this great tragedy, and be honest enough within ourselves to see how we often act like the people of the Gergesenes. Various ways to root out the passions shown by these people, which are common in our own lives, are discussed.
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    • What Have We To Do With Thee, Jesus, Thou Son Of God And Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ
      Questions That Must Be Answered
      Matthew 8-28-9-1,Romans 8-28-39
      2011-07-17
      SYNOPSIS:This Sunday the 1st Gospel reading was about the Healing of the Demoniac of the Gergesenes, and the 2nd Epistle, for the Royal Martyrs of Russia, from Romans. A general principle of scriptural exegesis is that we must answer all questions! St Paul asks: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" and then gives a long list of things that will not separate us - tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or the sword. The demons who inhabited the man of the Gergesenes also asked a question :"What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?", and in so doing, together with the people of the Gergesenes, provided a terrible "answer" to Paul's question. Their reaction showed that how we react to Jesus is the only thing that can separate us from the love of Christ. These questions are of critical importance, and apply to us daily, moment by moment, whether we acknowledge them or not.
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    • Gergesenes Demoniac
      What Have We To Do With Thee Jesus Thou Son Of God
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2012-07-08
      SYNOPSIS:The exorcism of the Gergesenes demoniacs is an incredible story, with lots of bizarre occurrences: demons confessing Jesus as God and begging Him for mercy, pigs committing mass suicide in the sea, and an entire town coming out to meet Jesus after the miracle. None of this is the most important thing. The demon #39;s question is what you must not miss; it is a question being asked of you every day: "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?". We must learn to recognize and answer the questions Scripture asks of us. This passage teaches us, what not to answer in the reactions of the townspeople. They are among the most tragic people in the New Testament, because they went to Hell quietly. Before we are too hasty in our judgment of them, let us compare ourselves to their actions.
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    • What Have We To Do With Thee Jesus Thou Son Of God
      That They Might Have My Joy Fulfilled In Themselves
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2013-07-28
      SYNOPSIS:What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? This question must be answered by everyone, ALL the time! Here is the answer. When we examine why the people of the Gadarenes rejected Jesus, and why we sin, in every case, it is because we substitute a false joy for the joy that Jesus prayers that we have: That they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
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    • When They Saw Him They Besought Him That He Would Depart Out Of Their Coasts
      Everything Is An Encounter With Christ
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2014-07-13
      SYNOPSIS:The most important part of the story of the healing of the Gergesenes demoniacs is the end: "And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. 1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city." We talk about how everything in our life is an encounter with Christ and that we rately recognize our missed opportunities. One very personal "missed opportunity" is discussed to show how easy it is to miss opportunities to meet Christ.
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    • Word Is Nigh Thee Even In Thy Mouth And In Thy Heart
      Rom 8-8
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:In our age when Christian words are redefined by society to have other meanings, we must continually understand our purpose, and direct our life to fulfil the words of Paul: "The righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise: The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart." We must understand what sin is and WHY we must avoid it. This skill is particularly important in light of our society redefining marriage and ultimately the purpose of life and sin.
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    6th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2004
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    • 2009-07-19
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    • The Paralytic
      A Promise And Rebuke Regarding Faith
      2010-07-04
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the paralytic shows that God hears the prayers of those who have faith. This is both a promise and a rebuke for us. We are responsible before God to have faith so that our prayers for our loved ones are effective. How do we gain more faith?
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    • Remission Of Sins Of The Paralytic And Woman Who Was A Sinner
      Matthew 9-1-8,Luke 7-36-50
      2011-07-24
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    • Let Love Be Without Dissimulation
      A Reason For All The Rules
      Romans 12-6-14
      2012-07-14
      SYNOPSIS:St Paul can be hard to read because his theology is so dense. There is a common pattern to his writings however; he presents his theological arguments, and then proceeds to tell us the "rules". We are in a non-dogmatic age, where there is only one rule - one cannot believe, much less proclaim that there are rules! the Christian life is not this way! Our rules are based on our theology, and are summarized by love. In this selection, St Paul gives a lot of rules, and they are summed up by his admonition: "Let love be without dissimulation." He gives us a reason for following moral rules just preceding this selection: " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.".
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    • They Brought To Him A Man Sick Of The Palsy
      Bear Ye One Anothers Burdens And So Fulfil The Law Of Christ
      Matthew 9-1-8
      2013-08-04

    7th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2004
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    • 2008-08-03
      SYNOPSIS:The faith of the two blind man Jesus healed and of the men who brought the mute demoniac for healing demonstrate two aspects of faith. The demoniac's muteness shows lack of faith; we cannot proclaim that which we do not know and experience, and the Holy Spirit will not reside where Evil is. We are a composite of all of these examples. How do we gain faith, so that the Lord will say to us "According to your faith, be it unto you"? The answer is contained in the Epistle for today: "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
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    • 2009-07-26
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    • Romans 15-1-7
      2010-07-11
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    • We Then That Are Strong Ought To Bear The Infirmities Of The Weak And Not To Please Ourselves
      Romans 15-1-7
      2012-07-21
      SYNOPSIS:The Apostle Paul usually gives detailed theological arguments in the beginning of his epistles and then admonitions and commands based on these truths. Today he explains immediately why "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves". If we do not understand his lesson we have no idea what Christianity really is. We will see the simple reason for Christian morality.
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    • According To Your Faith Be It Unto You
      Matthew 9-27-35
      2012-07-22
      SYNOPSIS:Before Jesus healed the two blind men who had cried out to him MANY times (with the rudiments of the Jesus prayer), He said to them: "According to your faith be it unto you". Remember, since we read the scripture in order to be taught something about ourselves, we MUST apply this saying to ourselves - does it fit us? If we find ourselves to be lacking in faith, or perhaps the fruit of faith - results in things that matter in our lives, then we must find a way to increase our faith. It is reasonable to ask the Lord for this, since the apostles themselves also asked him to increase their faith. Jesus commended several people concerning their faith - including the centurion Syrophenician woman of Canaan, and the woman "who was a sinner". Each adds to the picture of how we can increase our faith. We look at the example of the two blind men, with humility, recognizing that we have weak faith and need to learn from their example.
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    • According To Your Faith Be It Unto You
      We Then That Are Strong Ought To Bear The Infirmities Of The Weak
      Romans 15-1-7-Matthew 9-27-35
      2013-08-11
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the two blind men Jesus exclaimed: "According to your faith be it unto you". This is the case for everyone; God answers our prayers and heals us according to our faith. That begs the question: what is faith? The Epistle for today explains the matter. We have faith if we live as and become like Christ, Who only thought of others. If we are in any way self-centered, we do not have true faith. The Apostle Paul explains that "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.".
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    • We Then That Are Strong Ought To Bear The Infirmities Of The Weak And Not To Please Ourselves
      Romans 15-1-7
      2014-07-27
      SYNOPSIS:Even unbelievers would agree that the statement of the Apostle Paul: "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves" is axiomatic. It is important to understand WHY it is. This statement is not just good ethics, or even Christian law - it is true because of Who God is. Also, nobody is too weak to help the weak. We should understand what makes a person strong, This is also because of Who God is, and our purpose, and never dare to say we are tpo weak! There is always something that even the weak can do to help those weaker. We must understand moral commands properly in order to understand how to follow them.
    • We are blind men, following the God of patience and consolation. (mp3 format)
    • Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35
      2016-08-07
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel and Epistle (Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35) have a golden link today. First a riddle to solve: "What do you ask for and do not obtain, and because you do not obtain, you are given what you ask for?" The Gospel tells us that two blind men *followed* Jesus crying out for mercy. After a long time, they were healed. We blind people also must follow the Lord, and the prayer of Paul become true for us: "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." We talk about following the Lord, and belief, and patience, and, especially, patience and consolation. What, plainly is consolation, and how do we obtain it? Consolation is one thing only, and there is one way only to obtain it.

    8th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Feeding The 5000 And St Elijah
      1998
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    • 2002
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-08-10
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    • Feeding The Five Thousand,prophet Elijah
      You Give Them To Eat
      2009-08-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Feeding of the 5000 is not only the story of a miracle, it is a command to all Christians. Lest we think we are incapable of 'giving them to eat', we have the example of the holy Prophet Elijah, who was a man 'subject to like passions as we are'.
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    • Feeding Of The 5000
      2010-07-18
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    • Feeding Of The Five Thousand
      Simple Truth And Layers Of Truth Compassion Trust Giving Thanks Apostolic Church
      Matthew
      2011-08-07
      SYNOPSIS:The Feeding of the Five Thousand has many truths that we must learn. Some are apparently obvious, but still we should take note of them, since we do not do them enough: We must cultivate compassion for everyone, give thanks for all things, and trust our Lord Jesus Christ in all things and in all circumstances. The powerful truths of this miracle can be thought of as deeper layers. They are not immediately apparent from a surface interpretation of the text. Let us look especially at these truths as the Lord teaches us about true compassion, and trust in all circumstances. Another layer of truth in this event regarding the ministry of the twelve apostles, and the government of the apostolic church.
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    • They Need Not Depart Give Ye Them To Eat
      Matthew 14-14-22
      2012-07-29
      SYNOPSIS:The feeding of the five thousand was a unique miracle, in that our Lord commanded his disciples to participate in it, by telling them: "Give ye them to eat." This is VERY significant. It is both a promise, a command and a privilege that EVERY Christian must obey EVERY day. Obeying this command is the ONLY way to happiness, as it is part of the fulfillment of the Great Commandment, as the fulfilling of that command is accomplished by actively fulfilling the second commandment. The miracle shows us that no matter what our circumstances are, "giving them to eat " will always be aided by God, and will result in an abundance. We may not feel this abundance until later, but is certainly will accumulate if we obey the command of the Lord to think of others first before ourselves.
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    • Feeding Of The Five Thousand
      Give Ye Them To Eat
      Matthew 14-14-22
      2013-08-18
      SYNOPSIS:The Feeding of the 5000 is not only a historical event, and a miracle; it is a command to each of us. If we do not follow this command we will never be happy. the entire story can be summarized by:" This is a desert place ... Give ye then to eat... end they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full" We are often unhappy because of our circumstances. We define happiness as good things that happen to us, but the Lord shows us not only a better way, but the only way: "Give ye them to eat" The results of following this command are mystically shown by the abundance of leftovers. Let us learn to head this command.
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    • Feeding Of The Five Thousand
      Give Ye Them To Eat
      Matthew 14-14-22
      2014-08-03
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel teaches us how to think! The Feeding of the Five Thousand shows us human thinking vs. spiritual thinking. We are commanded and have the great privilege to feed the people. There is no desert place if a Christian believes. He may have a little or a lot, but whatever he gives, it will always be enough. Learn the difference between weak human thinking and powerful spiritual thinking. It truly is a great privilege to be a Christian!

    9th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Walking On The Water
      1998
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    • We are labourers together with God
      1 Corinthians 3:9-17
      1corinthians3-9-17
    • 9th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • 2001
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    • 2004
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    • 2008-08-17
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      SYNOPSIS:The Lord coming to the disciples in dark of night, after they had struggled for hours with dangerous wind and rain describes many times in our life. Although the disciples were without Christ in body during their struggle, they were not really alone, as He was praying and aware of their needs. So it is with us. When the Lord comes to us in the midst of our struggles, do we recognize him, or are we of "little faith"?
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    • Walking On The Water
      2009-08-09
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      SYNOPSIS:The miracle of Jesus walking on the water in the midst of a storm is not only a recounting of a historical event, but also, mystically,s a description of many events in our lives.
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    • We Are Labourers Together With God
      1 Corinthians 3-9-17
      2010-07-25
      SYNOPSIS:Exposition of todays's epistle reading. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are laboourers together with God. What is the nature of this labor? How do we build upon the foundation that The Apostle mentions with precious materials?
    • 9th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • When The Disciples Saw Him Walking On The Sea They Were Troubled Saying It Is A Spirit And They Cried Out For Fear
      Matthew 14-22-34
      2012-08-05
      SYNOPSIS:When Jesus walked on the water to join the disciples in their boat, the Gospel mentioned that they were afraid - twice. When He approached, they thought they saw a spirit and were afraid, and of course, Peter became afraid when he saw the waves and felt the wind, when he was attempting to walk on the waves to Jesus. They *should not* have been afraid! The Lord had just performed a stupendous miracle, and they should have known that He would always protect them. Why were they afraid? It was for the same reasons that we are afraid, or suffer from the common modern version of fear - anxiety.
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    • Ye Are Labourers Together With God
      Know Ye Not That Ye Are The Temple Of God And That The Spirit Of God Dwelleth In You
      1 Corinthians 3-9-17
      2013-08-25
      SYNOPSIS:To be a Christian is to do Godlike things, to labor together with God. We discuss the great privilege and responsibility of the Christian, elucidated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:9-17; essentially, God expects the Christian to act like God!
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    • Jesus Walks On The Water
      Matthew 14-22-34
      2014-08-09
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis focusing on the account in Matthew of Jesus walking on the water, focusing on the two most important things for we poor ones. 1. The Apostles had witnessed a great miracle (the feeding of the 5000), and when Peter walked on the water to Jesus he became afraid. What does this tell us about ourselves? We must also answer the question, which is also intended for us: "Thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
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    • Ye Are Gods Husbandry Ye Are Gods Building
      Christian Marriage And Family Life
      1 Corinthians 3-9-17
      2014-08-10
      SYNOPSIS:When Saint Paul talks about the Christian life, it can just as much be applied to married life, since, in Christian marriage, two become one. In his epistle to the Corinthians, he states many things that describe marriage and family life. "We are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. " "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon" "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. " All these sayings can be profitably interpreted as instructions not only to all Christians. but all Christian marriages.
    • "Wherefore didst thou doubt?" The relationship between doubt and labor. (mp3 format)
    • Matthew 14:22-34-1 : Corinthians 3:9-17
      2016-08-22
      SYNOPSIS:Every question in the scripture is meant to be answered. There are no rhetorical questions in the scripture. Here is a question from the Gospel today which we will answer: We answer this question partly by confessing that few believe wholly in the resurrection, and few are obey the words of the Apostle: "For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry". We discuss the various kinds of doubt (they are legion) and of labor.

    10th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son Mat17;14 23
      1997-08-26
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    • The Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son Mat17;14 23
      1998-08-25
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    • 2000
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    • Healing Of The Lunatic Son
      2002
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    • 2008-08-24
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      SYNOPSIS:The story of the healing of the demoniac boy illustrates two kinds of belief (faith) and two kinds of unbelief. If we want to have true and saving belief we must recognize the relationship between faith and prayer and fasting (and also understand that "fasting" involves much more than just abstaining from certain kinds of food).
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    • Demoniac Son
      Fasting
      2009-08-16
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    • 2010-08-01
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    • Healing Of The Demoniac Son
      A Very Common Question And The 2 Ways To Understand The Answer
      Matthew 17-14-23
      2011-08-21
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the exorcism of the lunatic son contains a very important question that all of us ask everyday - "Why?" We ask this question consciously and unconsciously and even dissatisfaction, confusion and ignorance are forms of this question. The solution is given in two parts. Firstly, our Lord tells us but we asked this question because of our unbelief, and the solution to this unbelief is given; prayer and fasting, and, very importantly, our admission of our unbelief and prayer that the Lord will help us to believe.
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    • _2012-08-11+-being-defamed-we-intreat-wherefore-i-beseech-you-be-ye-followers-of-me_1corinthians4-9-16 Being Defamed We Intreat Wherefore I Beseech You Be Ye Followers Of Me
      1 Corinthians 4-9-16
      2012-08-11
      SYNOPSIS:The words of St Paul regarding Apostles MUST also apply to us! If we want honor, apparent strength or wisdom, etc, we will not be followers of Christ. If we obey the apostle and are followers of him (we must understand this - we must also live in such a way that people follow us!), we will understand true prayer and virtue in all circumstances.
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    • This Kind Goeth Not Out But By Prayer And Fasting
      Matthew 17-14-23
      2012-08-12
      SYNOPSIS:The exorcism of the lunatic son teaches us how to gain faith. There is no faith, no salvation without labor. We must understand prayer and fasting in this context. We also see that our sins CAN and DO harm others.
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    • Why Could Not We Cast Him Out
      Because Of Your Unbelief For Verily I Say Unto You If Ye Have Faith As A Grain Of Mustard Seed
      Matthew 17-14-23
      2013-09-01
      SYNOPSIS:The disciples were massively successful when they went out two by two, and then the encountered a boy from who they could not cast out a demon. This perplexed and worried them, and they asked the Lord "Why could not we cast him out?" The answer, recorded precisely because it applies to all of us, is it was because of their unbelief. how does belief vs. unbelief manifest in a Christian who encounters a problem? We do not have far to go, the Lord promised that we only need a little belief, and He will magnify it: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain..." Let us talk about how to do this small thing. You can do this.
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    • Being Creators Christian Parenthood
      I Have Begotten You Through The Gospel Be Ye Followers Of Me
      1 Corinthians 4-9-16
      2014-08-17
      SYNOPSIS:Because we are made in the image of God, we have the privilege to do Godly things, such as being creators of life. This is parenthood, and carries with it a great responsibility. We look at the words of St Paul in the light of Christian parenthood: " For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me."
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    • Why Could Not We Cast Him Out
      Works Increase Faith
      Mat 17-14-23
      2015
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    • Why Could Not We Cast Him Out
      Works Increase Faith
      Mat 17-14-23
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:When, regarding the demonized boy, the confused disciples asked the Lord " Why could not we cast him out?", the Lord told them frankly that it was because of their weak faith. He then proceeded to teach them how to increase their faith, teaching them about prayer and fasting. Nothing expels the demons or the passions except faith in God. Only God can heal the soul, and not our prayer or fasting, but these works increase our faith. We explore how this happens and describe fasting and its affects on the soul. This is critical information, and alas, not well understood, by those who fast and those who do not fast. Since it is the day to commemorate St Panteleimon, we also add into our discussion something that must be added to our life if our faith is to increase: "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ". Everything we do must increase our faith, and with faith in God, all is accomplished.

    11th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Unmerciful Debtor Mat 18 23 35
      1998
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    • 2000
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    • Parable Of The Unmerciful Debtor
      2002
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    • 2008-08-31
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    • Parable Of The Unmerciful Debtor
      2009-08-23
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    • Parable Of The Unmerciful Debtor
      2010-08-08
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    • Have Patience With Me And I Will Pay Thee All
      Matthew 18-23-35
      2013-09-08
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the unmerciful debtor teaches us practical knowledge to help us forgive others. We present many practical ways of thinking and acting that help us forgive others, based upon the mystical meaning of the parable.
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    • Parable Of The Unmerciful Debtor
      Golden Rule Restated Do Unto Others As You Would Have God Do Unto You
      Matthew 18-23-35
      2014-08-24
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Unmerciful Debtor has the obvious teaching that we must forgive others or we will not be forgiven. Its meaning is much deeper than that: it reveals the nature of God, and our nature, and gives us a sure and certain guide for ALL of our behavior. In essence, this parable is the "Golden Rule" restated in its perfect form: "Do unto others as you would have God do unto you."
    • 11th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Unmerciful Debtor
      Self Knowledge
      Mat 18-23-35
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:At the end of the parable of the unmerciful debtor is a command to forgive others. Commands are not followed well unless they are understood. The parable explains why we must forgive others, if we are willing to hear. All commands have a reason, and they are based on the two most important pieces of knowledge a man can have: knowledge of himself and knowledge of God. the debtor was lost because he did not know himself. He did not remember his sins. Remembrance of our sins keeps us from many sins, and is critical to the fulfillment of the two greatest commandments.

    12th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Rich Young Ruler Mat 19 16 26
      1999
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    • 2001
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    • The Question Of The Young Rich Man
      2002
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    • 2004
    • 12th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-09-07
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    • The Rich Young Ruler
      2009-08-30
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    • Grace And Labor
      1 Corinthians 15-1-11
      2010-08-15
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:Excerpts from the homily:
      Today in both the Epistle and the Gospel that are appointed for today, the 12th Sunday, we hear about grace and about labor...
      So this is the Gospel: That Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and, because He is the God-man and in His humanity rose from the dead, we can rise from the dead.
      Now, how does this occur? Just knowing about the Resurrection does not make the Gospel effectual in your life.
      St Paul said: "I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am. And His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly then they all."
      Here we see how the Gospel is fulfilled in a man. What a powerful statement, to say by the grace of God I am what I am. It is true. By God?s grace we do everything. Anything that we do that is good is by God?s grace helping us. We breathe by His grace. We know Him by His grace. We have holy thoughts and feelings in our hearts by His grace. Everything is by His grace.
      But inherent in his statement is not just: By His grace I am what I am right now; but, "I will become what I should be by His grace."
      It is good for a Christian to notice, to know what he is now; what is good about you, what is not good about you; what needs to be improved. It is good to know these things. But in knowing these things you should also have the sure confidence that you will become what you should be.
      But this perfection comes through labor. Grace with labor. Grace alone does not cause a man to be saved.
      I've told you before, many times; the greatest heresy of all is that salvation can be had without labor, that believing can be done without labor. To believe is also to do. And so Saint Paul says that he labored and not in vain or the grace bestowed upon him was not in vain because he labored, he says, more abundantly then they all. ...
    • 12th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Christ Died For Our Sins According To The Scriptures
      But By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am
      1 Corinthians 15-1-11
      2011-09-04
    • 12th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Young Rich Ruler
      Answer Every Question Ask The Right Questions
      Matthew 19-16-26
      2014-08-31
      SYNOPSIS:Answer every question in the scripture! There are no rhetorical questions. Look carefully at the answers Jesus gives to questions. He often answers what the question should have been! Be careful to ask good questions and recognize stupid ones. The rich young ruler asked a bad question. Jesus rebuked him on two counts, and taught clearly, for those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, the way of salvation, and the purpose of life. This answer is directly opposed to the minimalist spirit of this age, with its pseudo-Christianity. We can do no "good" thing, because only God is good. The way to salvation is not by doing one or a million good things, although we must attempt to follow the commandments. Jesus gives the way to salvation - not being good enough, but fulfilling the great commandment - to love the Lord with all the heart, soul, mind and strength - which He defines here as "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven." Read the Gospels every day (or it will be as hard for you to be saved as the rich man), and you will learn the purpose of life - perfection! The Lord tells us that "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
    • 12th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Rich Young Ruler
      Exegesis And Take Home
      Matthew 19-16-26
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:An experienced reader of the scriptures sees the scripture like a sunset, taking it all in at once, but another useful way to read scripture to organize it as if one were presenting it on a PowerPoint slide, with an outline and expounding major exegetical points. The story of the rich young ruler, who desire to know "one good thing" to be saved and eventually "went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions" lends itself particularly well to this method. We perform the exegesis of this passage, organizing it into "Errors", "Instruction", "Promises" and then the most important category the "take home". As always, we read the scripture intensely personally. We are liars if we think the rich young ruler is not "us", and fools if we not understand that also we are referred to when the Lord says: "If thou wilt be perfect..."

    13th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Parable Of The Vineyard
      1998
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    • The Parable Of The Vineyard
      2002
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    • 2004
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-09-15
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Vineyard
      2009-09-06
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Parable Of The Vineyard
      We Must Bear Fruit
      2010-08-23
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      SYNOPSIS:All parables have multiple meanings. Many, sucb as the one about the vineyard, had an immediate meaning intended for the original audience, and also contain instruction for all Christians. The immediate meaning and symbolism of the parable is discussed, then the most important "take home" point: we must bear fruit.
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Vineyard
      Outer And Inner Meaning
      Matthew 21-33-42
      2012-09-02
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Vineyard, like most parable, has an immediate, outer meaning, and many layers of inner meaning. We compare all the symbolism in the parable, giving the immediate (Jewish) meaning, and The Christian meaning, and then talk about the main inner point of the parable: we must bear fruit - we are commanded to!
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Vineyard
      The Stone Which The Builders Rejected
      2014-09-07
    • 13th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Vineyard
      The Stone Which The Builders Rejected
      Matthew 21-33-42
      2014-09-07
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the unworthy workers of the vineyard has many meanings, with many rich and theologically dense symbols. Although it is good to understand them, a person can get so caught up in them that he misses the most basic message of the parable. We leave most of the symbols for another time, except for the vineyard and the corner stone, and focus on the most important command of the parable. Although not written as a command, it is most definitely one, and is on every page of the scriptures: we are born in order to bear fruit. In fulfilling our purpose, we will absolutely bear fruit. The key to bearing fruit is given at the end of the parable, and we decode this very symbolic language, because it is very important: "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes" In another place, Jesus talked more about this stone, which is Himself, and gave us the key to bearing fruit: " And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." We must fall upon the stone and be broken, and then we will bear fruit abundantly. Modern day pseudo-Christianity hates this idea, and this is why stadiums are full of people willing to hear a message of salvation without brokenness, but this is not possible. Do not be afraid to fall upon the stone and be broken so that you can bear fruit!

    14th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 1997
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    • 2004
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    • Parable Of The Wedding Feast
      2009-09-18
    • 14th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Wedding Feast
      It Is Always About Morality
      2010-08-29
      SYNOPSIS:The parable about the wedding feast has many layers of complex theology, and all of it is important, but as in any parable, there is something that is the most important. This is a parable about how to live the (only) way that leads to eternal life.
    • 14th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Wedding Feast
      The Wedding Garment Is Christ
      Matthew 22-1-14
      2011-09-18
    • 14th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Wedding Feast Earnest Of The Spirit
      Praying For People During Divine Liturgy
      Matthew 22-1-14, 2 Corinthians 1-21
      2012-09-09
      SYNOPSIS:The homily begins with a request to pray for an Orthodox woman who is planning to have an abortion. The most important place in the liturgy to offer our heartfelt prayers to God for others is given, and it is explained that among other things, the earnest of the spirit, which St Paul mentions in his epistle should motivate us for our brethren who are suffering or in danger. After a little bit about how Orthodox should view abortion, this " earnest" and the "tie in" to the parable of the wedding feast are explained, and we see how praying for others and struggling for good MUST be the result of our entry into the wedding feast, which has already occurred, and is occurring.
    • 14th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Wedding Feast
      Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen
      Matthew 22-1-14
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Wedding Feast. If we are true Christians, we will be like the Apostles at the Supper who said "Lord, is it I?", when we read the concluding words of the parable: "For many are called, but few are chosen." This is our main point today, but we also talk about other parts of the parable that are "circled" on our paper: " The kingdom of heaven ", "But they made light of it", which relates to the last line in a frightening way, and the amazing words: "and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good", and the stark words of God to the bad or the good that "make light" of their baptism and supposed belief: "And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless."

    15th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Sun After Exaltation
      2000
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    • What Is Christianity
      Earthen Vessels
      2 Corinthians 4-6-15
      2002
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    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2004
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Sunday After The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross
      2008-09-28
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Greatest Commandment
      Matthew 22-35-46
      2010-09-05
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Greatest Commandment
      Matthew 22-35-46
      2010-09-05
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • We Have This Treasure In Earthen Vessels That The Excellency Of The Power May Be Of God And Not Of Us
      2 Corinthians 4-6-15
      2012-09-15
      SYNOPSIS:It is crucial that we apply the Scripture we read *personally*. St Paul's writings especially have important doctrinal teachings, but they always have personal application that we must not miss. We hone in on a critical "pointer" the Apostle gives regarding our nature and sin. We must takes his words to heart, and "own" them, so that we do not waste time with sadness, grief, guilt, surprise and shame, and always have productive repentance for our sins.
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Be Not Afraid Of Them That Kill The Body
      The Greatest Commandment
      Matthew 22-35-46-Luke 12-2-12
      2012-09-16
    • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Greatest Commandment
      Image Of God
      Matthew 22-35-46
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:Most people know what the greatest commandment is. Perhaps some do not know the reason why this Commandment is singled out by the Lord as the greatest. We look at the context of the Greatest Commandment and the second one that is like it (scripture from Deuteronomy and Leviticus), and at the most important scripture verse that a true Christian must know and live by: "Let us make man according to our image and likeness". This scripture fully explains the reason for the Greatest commandment: " Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself". In doing so, we heap scorn upon the recent heresy held by so many: that salvation is obtained by faith alone. Anyone who understands the Love of God knows that this new doctrine, which is foreign to the church's thought and came about with the Protestant Reformation, is false and illogical.

    16th Sunday after Pentecost

    17th Sunday after Pentecost

    18th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • 1997
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    • The Miraculous Draught Of Fish
      2000
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The First Great Catch Of Fish
      2002
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Sunday After The Exaltation Of The Cross
      A Simple Way Of Life
      Galations 2:16-20, Mark 8:34-9:1
      2007-09-30
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-10-19
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Great Catch Of Fish
      The Greatest Miracle Was Not The Fish
      Luke 5-1-11
      2009-10-11
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The First Great Catch Of Fish
      Luke 5-1-11
      2010-10-10
      SYNOPSIS:The first Great catch of fish, read in context with the 2nd great catch (which occurred three years later, 8 days after the resurrection) is truly the "Gospel" - the "Good News", because it is a promise to us that we can change and truly become holy - all we need do is be with Jesus Christ throughout our life. We compare the two great catches, and explore what it means to be with Christ. The Epistle reading is from Galatians, them overall theme of which is that we cannot be saved bu . We are not saved by works, but we cannot be saved unless we stay with Christ throughout our life - we examine what this means.
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Launch Out Into The Deep
      The Jesus Prayer
      Luke 5-1-11
      2012-10-07
      SYNOPSIS:When Jesus commanded Peter to "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught;", He was giving a principle, by which, and only by which we will stand in the presence of God, even in this life. This principle is all over the Scriptures. It involves patience, courage, obedience and INTENSITY. Although prayer is not explicitly mentioned, it is also about prayer, and especially about the Jesus prayer. How and why must we "launch out into the deep"?
    • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Internal Laws
      He Which Soweth Bountifully Shall Reap Also Bountifully As Ye Would That Men Should Do To You Do Ye Also To Them Likewise
      2 Corinthians-9-6-11-Luke 6-31-36
      2014-10-12
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel today (2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Luke 6:31-36) contain two internal laws that we must follow if we are to become completely happy. We discuss these related laws and the good news that is contained in them! We must learn to read the scripture with skill and understand its internal laws

    19th Sunday after Pentecost

    20th Sunday after Pentecost

    21st Sunday after Pentecost

    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Luke 8-5-15-Galatians 2-16-20
      1996-10-14
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    • The Parable Of The Sower
      2002
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2003
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2004
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-11-09
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Having Ears To Hear Is Only Possible If There Is Good Ground
      Luke 8-5-15
      2009-11-01
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • 2010-10-18
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Christian Justification
      Galatians 2-16-20
      2010-10-18
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      SYNOPSIS:Galatians was written to a group of Gentiles that had been infected with Judiazing teachings; they had been taught that they were required to fulfil the rituals of the Jewish law (circumcision, washings, dietary laws, etc) to be saved. All of Galatians refutes this heresy, and teaches why Christians must be moral. This passage particularly highlights the differences between Jewish justification (which was only an external declaration) and Christian Justification, which is also a declaration, but also involves the inner man becoming righteous - that is, the obliteration of sin (not just forgiveness), and eventual perfection. Why should we care about the difference between the Jewish view and the Christian reality? Because almost everyone, to a greater or lesser degree often lives and thinks as the Jews did.
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Grace,faith,works
      Ephesians 2-4-10,Luke 8-5-15
      2010-10-31
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      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel selections today, which are rarely read together, both proclaim the Gospel - the "Good News" in both the same and different ways. Ephesians is the classic declaration of the Gospel,and the parable of the sower speaks in metaphor, but both declare that how the gospel is received by us and what we do with it determines whether or not we "bring forth fruit with patience", and be His workmanship ... unto good works".
    • 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • On The Good Ground Are They Which In An Honest And Good Heart Having Heard The Word Keep It And Bring Forth Fruit With Patience
      Luke 8-5-15
      2012-10-28
      SYNOPSIS:In the parable of the sower, the Lord concludes: "On the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." Why did He specify patience as the necessary virtue, and not faith, hope, love, zeal, etc? We examine patience, and how it is the active aspect of faith, hope, love and many virtues. How can we increase our patience?

    22nd Sunday after Pentecost

    23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Gadarene Demoniac
      Luke 8-26-39
      1996-10-28
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    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Gadarene Demoniac
      2002
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2004
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Gadarene Demoniac
      Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 8:26-39
      2007-11-04
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-11-23
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • We Are His Workmanship Created In Christ Jesus Unto Good Works
      Ephesians 2-4-10
      2012-11-11
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel is proclaimed succinctly in this classic and often misunderstood! passage from Ephesians. We go through it carefully, emphasizing that we must not only understand what Christ did for us, but also that this understanding places a moral obligation upon us. Every point made by the Apostle has a moral application to our daily lives, culminating in the significant, somewhat forgotten words (since they follow the famous and significant statement: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God") "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." This is important stuff! At the end of the homily, a pastoral exhortation regarding what we MUST expect when we attend the liturgy or any service (and how to learn to do this by degrees) and the MOST important prayer that a pastor must have in his heart when he celebrates any service.
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Dead In Sins
      By Grace Are Ye Saved Through Faith
      Eph 2-4-10
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:What does it mean to be "dead in sins"? There are two ways to be "dead in sins", and one leads to life. We look at some examples from the Scriptures, and "define" other important words in Eph 2:4-10, that seem simple, but are not well understood: being "quickened", grace, faith, works which do no save and works without which we will not be saved. We also touch again as we did yesterday on our identity in Christ as His workmanship, and tell the sad story of a man who identified with free masonry and his grandfather above Christ. Do you know what is dead and what is alive? This is a critical question which you must answer many times each day.
    • 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Workmanship Created In Christ Jesus Unto Good Works
      Eph 2-4-10
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:Our society has an identity crisis. People identify themselves by many things - their wealth, success, politics, race, sexuality and many more things. Only one identity saves us. We discuss the life of Great Martyr Demetrius in light of the teaching on identity by St Paul: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

    24th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • The Healing Of The Woman With An Issue Of Blood And The Raising Of The Daughter Of Jairus
      1998
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    • Basil Musin Pushkin
      2002
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    • The Woman With The Issue Blood And The Raising Of Jairus Daughter
      2002
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • My Yoke Is Easy And My Burden Is Light
      2007-11-11
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-11-30
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • He Hath Broken Down The Middle Wall Of Partition
      Having Abolished In His Flesh The Enmity
      Ephesians 2-14-22, Luke 8-41-56
      2009-11-22
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • He Is Our Peace
      Ephesians 2-14-22
      2010-11-07
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      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel is exactly proclaimed in this passage from Ephesians. The entire passage is discussed, especially "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity...". What is peace accordig to the Gospel? What did Christ do so we can obtain it? What must we do? What two things are at enmity with each other?
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Having Abolished In His Flesh The Enmity Even The Law Of Commandments Contained In Ordinances
      Ephesians 2-14-22
      2011-11-26
    • 24th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Raising Of The Daughter Of Jairus
      Healing Of The Woman With An Issue Of Blood
      Luke 8-41-56
      2012-11-18
      SYNOPSIS:The number 12 appears twice in the story of the raising of the daughter of Jairus and the healing of the woman with an issue of blood; this is not accidental. We see two kinds of faith - weak and strong, and the good news that the Lord will respond to even to weak faith, but we must also respond when He does! Of course, the whole point of His response to our weak faith is that it would become stronger! We look at the weak faith of Jairus and his necessary response to the Lord, and learn form the strong faith of the woman with an issue of blood.

    25th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Notes
      Walk Worthy Of The Vocation Wherewith Ye Are Called
      Ephesians 4-1-6
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    • Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      Luke 10-25-37
      1999-11-24
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    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • Rus
      2002
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      2002
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Parable Of The Harvest Of The Rich Man
      2002
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      2003
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      Who Is My Neighbor
      2004
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-12-07
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Greatest Commandment And Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      Two Answers To The Question Who Is My Neighbor
      Luke 10-25-37
      2009-11-29
      SYNOPSIS:Regarding the question of "Who is my neighbor", the Lord Jesus Christ, as is usual, gives many answers at once. The parable of the Good Samaritan is rich in symbolism and Theology, and teaches about morality, the church, the second coming and the judgment, but it basically boils down to two broad "answers": we must know God and know ourselves. This parable, more than any other in Scripture, shows the ministry of the incarnate God-man Jesus Christ and the nature of man. If we understand both, we will always know who our neighbor is.
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
      Descending,then Ascending Fulfills The Gospel
      Ephesians 4-1-6
      2010-11-14
      SYNOPSIS:In this longer than usual sermon, the first part of Ephesians chapter 4 is expounded on. This selection not only presents important dogmas that are the bedrock of our faith, it also presents the proper perspective to have regarding our neighbor - a perspective that will help us to fulfill all the commandments. The doctrine of Christ's descent into Hell is discussed, and its moral application to all of our prayer, and indeed, all of our life. This selection contains some of the most important spiritual lessons a pastor can preach.
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      8th Sunday Of Luke
      Luke 10-25-37
      2010-11-28
      SYNOPSIS:The very important Parable of the Good Samaritan, only in Luke is always read in or near the Nativity Fast, appropriately, since it may be the finest exposition of incarnational theology in the Gospels. The answer to the question teaches us a critical virtue - empathy with our fellow man, without which we will not be saved, by describing the whole economy of the incarnation in the symbolism of the elements of the parable. Truly, this is a parable we should contemplate deeply. This parable is read on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, or in some years when the Lukan jump is employed before this Sunday, on whatever Sunday is the 8th Sunday of Luke. In this year (2010), it was read on the 27th Sunday after Pentecost, which was the first day of the Nativity fast.
    • 25th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      Understanding The Greatest Commandment
      Luke 10-25-37
      2011-11-25
      SYNOPSIS:What must I do to be saved? Follow the Greatest commandment and understand how to do this by understanding the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

    26th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Harvest Of A Rich Man
      1997
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    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2003
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Parable Of The Rich Man Whose Ground Brought Forth Plentifully
      An Urgent Question We Must Answer; What Shall I Do
      Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21
      2007-11-25
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • 2008-12-14
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    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • 2009-12-06
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Harvest Of A Rich Man
      2009-12-06
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Harvest Of The Rich Man
      Luke 12-16-21
      2010-12-04
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Harvest of a rich man should be read in context, as it is in the middele of important teaching about how we shuold regard wealth and the things we should value. The context of the parable is discussed, and then follows an exposotion of the symbolism and moral teacing of the parable. This year (2010), We read this the 28th Sunday after Pentecost, on the 28th Sunday of Luke, since we follow the Julian Calendar and the Lukan jump.
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • Harvest Of A Rich Man
      Plenty Of Time Remembrance Of Death
      Luke 12-16-21
      2010-12-06
      Also in Format: Word DOC
      SYNOPSIS:An excellent homily by Fr David Moser on the parable of the harvest of the Rich man and the remembrance of death. Let us compare oursleves to the rich man and see if we also live as if we had plenty .
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
    • See Then That Ye Walk Circumspectly Not As Fools But As Wise Redeeming The Time
      Ephesians-5-9-19
      2011-12-10
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    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Harvest Of A Rich Man
      What Shall I Do
      Luke 12-16-21
      2012-12-02
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Harvest of a Rich man has an important question which the rich man asks wrongly and we MUST ask rightly, many times each day: "What shall I do?" We examine this question, how is is asked wrongly most of the time, and how we must ask it, in order to be "rich towards God".
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • He Thought Within Himself What Shall I Do Because I Have No Room Where To Bestow My Fruits
      Harvest Of The Rich Man
      Luke 12-16-21-Ephesians 2-4-10
      2013-12-01
      SYNOPSIS:There are questions in Scripture we should never ask, but must answer (we must answer all questions in Scripture!). For example, in the Gospel today, the parable of the harvest of the rich man, wondering about his harvest, "He thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?" We answer this important question, and also bring in the words of the Apostle Paul read today which apply: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." We were born to become good, and do good, because God is good. If we do not understand this, we have not understood Christianity.
    • 26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • All Things That Are Reproved Are Made Manifest By The Light For Whatsoever Doth Make Manifest Is Light
      Ephesians 5-9-19
      2013-12-21
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Ephesians 5:9-19. There are moral requirements placed upon a Christian - things he should do and not do. Why? This passage explains. It also, in a mystical way explains the reason for confusion and despondency and similar ailments they are common in modern man: "All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light."

    27th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (RTF format)
    • The Healing Of The Woman With An Infirmity Of Eighteen Years
      Luke 13-10-17
      1996-12-06
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Two Visions Of The Kingdom
      Ephesians 6:10-17, Luke 13:10-17
      2007-02-11
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • 2008-12-21
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Woman With An Infirmity Of Eighteen Years
      Luke 13-10-17
      2009-12-13
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • Jesus Christ Came Into The World To Save Sinners
      The Reason For The Season
      1 Timothy 1-15-17, Luke 13-10-17
      2010-12-12
      Also in Format: Word DOC
      SYNOPSIS:This excellent homily by Fr David Moser explains the "reason for the season" is fully laid out by the scripture read today. First of all, "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners". The reason and effect of the incarnation is succinctly explained, including how the Lord calls to each one of us, and an example of its effect is given - the woman with the infirmity of 18 years, in which her physical infirmity is like the infirmity of the soul - bent over because of sin - and the only solution to this infirmity is the incarnation of the God-man, Jesus Christ.
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Jesus Christ Came Into The World To Save Sinners
      What Is Sin
      1 Timothy 1-15-17, Luke 13-10-17
      2010-12-12
      SYNOPSIS:The epistle read today succinctly sums up the reason for the incarnation of the God-man: "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners". To understand this, we must understand what sin is. Most have a great misconception about sin and only think that is is something that offends Almighty God, and do not understand that the reason God is offended is because all sin darkens us, and makes us "bent over", unable to see God and know Him. The effect of sin is well shown by the woman with the infirmity of 18 years. Lets us explore what sin does to us, and the only solution to our terrible predicament.
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of Woman With A Spirit Of Inrimity 18 Years
      Love Is The Highest Law
      Luke 13-10-17
      2012-12-09
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the woman with a spirit of infirmity of 18 years warns us to not be formal in our religion. Love is the highest law; we can only obey this law if we understand something critically important about ourselves. This healing teaches us both of these things.
    • 27th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • A Woman Which Had A Spirit Of Infirmity Eighteen Years And Was Bowed Together And Could In No Wise Lift Up Herself
      Luke 13-10-17
      2013-12-08
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      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel is a mirror for our souls. We should learn something about ourselves every time we read it. The sinful and cruel reaction of the rule of the synagogue when the woman with an infirmity of 18 years was healed on the Sabbath has much to teach us - about ourselves. If we do not know ourselves, we will not love God. This Gospel will teach us, and teach us how to become more compassionate, if we have the humility to listen.

    28th Sunday after Pentecost

    29th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
    • The Healing Of The Ten Lepers
      Luke 17-12-19
      199612-22
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    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Healing Of The 10 Lepers
      10 Are Cleansed But Only The One With Graditude Is Made Whole
      1 Timothy 1:15-17, Luke 17:12-19
      2007-12-03
    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Ten Lepers
      Arise,go Thy Way Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole
      Luke 17-12-19
      2009-12-20
    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole
      Healing Of The Ten Lepers
      Luke 18-18-27
      2012-12-23
      SYNOPSIS:The response of gratitude of the one leper of the ten who were healed by Jesus prompted our Lord to say to him " thy faith hath made thee whole." This common expression of Jesus must be investigated closely, for in each instance, different aspects of faith are revealed. This Samaritan's faith was expressed in two ways, that he prayed for mercy and he gave thanks for his great gift. Regarding his prayer, we have a detailed interlude to talk about the Jesus prayer and how we should pray it, including praying it for others. Then we link the prayer to thanksgiving, for without the latter, the former withers. As we become aware of how much God's mercy surrounds us and helps us. we thank Him, and seek his mercy even more, for ourselves and others. Our heart becomes softer, and feels the needs of others - our heart becomes like that of Jesus. These two things, seeking God's mercy and thanking him for everything - are required for salvation.
    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • All Things That Are Reproved Are Made Manifest By The Light For Whatsoever Doth Make Manifest Is Light
      Ephesians 5-9-19
      2013-12-21
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Ephesians 5:9-19. There are moral requirments placed upon a Christian - things he should do and not do. Why? This passage explains. It also, in a mystical way explains the reason for confusion and despondency and similar ailments thay are common in modern man: "All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light."
    • 29th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Ten Lepers
      Gratitude Makes One Whole
      Luke 17-12-19
      2013-12-22
      SYNOPSIS:There is great power and energy in gratitude. It is fundamental part of the Christian life, and absolutely necessity if we are to "be made whole" - and this is the aim and purpose of human life. We look at the two healings in the healing of the ten lepers. All were healed of leprosy but only one was made whole. Let us learn how to inculcate gratitude in practical ways in our life. We also speak briefly on the Jesus prayer and how it should be a model for our prayer.

    30th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 30th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • When Christ Who Is Our Life Shall Appear Then Shall Ye Also Appear With Him In Glory
      Colossians 3-4-11, Luke 18-18-27, Matthew 25-1-13
      2013-01-27
      SYNOPSIS:"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.". So starts the reading for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers (before Nativity), which I mistakenly preached on today. I am happy I made the mistake because the epistle integrated nicely with both of the Gospels, that of the rules who wanted to know what he should do to be saved, and the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins. There are general reasons why so many of us lead mediocre and unhappy, not very spiritual lives. These scriptures address all of them. Here is the reason to struggle against sin! There is a lot here, and it is all important.
    • 30th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Rich Young Ruler
      Questions Not To Ask
      Luke 18-18-27
      2013-12-15
      SYNOPSIS:There are questions we should never ask and things we should never say that are in the Scriptures - as an example to us, to teach us that we should know better. One of these questions is asked today by the Rich Young Ruler: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?". The response of Jesus makes it clear this is a bad question. why is this a bad question and what should we know and how should we live so that we do not ask this (often asked) question?
    • 30th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Lackest Thou One Thing Sell All That Thou Hast
      Luke 18-18-27
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the encounter of Jesus with the rich young Ruler. Implications of calling Jesus good. Fulfilling the commandments is NOT the purpose of life. Knowing what we lack, and selling all to be healed.

    31st Sunday after Pentecost

    35th Sunday after Pentecost

    36th Sunday after Pentecost

    • 36th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • The Canaanite Woman
      A Perfect Example Of How To Pray
      Matthew 15:21-28
      2008-02-03
    • 36th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • This Is A Faithful Saying And Worthy Of All Acceptation That Christ Jesus Came Into The World To Save Sinners Of Whom I Am Chief
      1 Timothy-15-17
      2011-01-30
      SYNOPSIS:"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." This extreme statement by the Apostle Paul must define the way we live our life, and is the key to making any progress in virtue. It is a &mindset" that permiates Orthodox Christian life and prayers, but is not well understood. Let us look at how in our daily lives we can make this saying "worthy of all acceptation". Many examples from the scriptures will help us, such as the publican, the woman who annointed the Lord's feet, and the Apostle Peter.

Sundays of Luke

    1st Sunday of Luke

    • 1st Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • First Great Catch Of Fish Compared With The Second
      Luke 5-1-11
      2011-2011-10-09
      SYNOPSIS:The first great catch of fish, in Luke 5:1-11, occurred at the very beginning of the ministry of Jesus with His apostles. It must be read in conjunction with the second great fish of 153 fishes, which occurred after the resurrection, and was His last earthly meal with His apostles (John 21:1-14). There are many beautiful morsels here! After sampling this beautiful smorgasbord, we must not miss the most important aspect of this story: 1. the command to "let down the nets" applies to everyone, and 2. after the disciples saw the power of the Lord, they left all and followed Him. If we do not learn these two things from these stories, we have learned nothing.
    • 1st Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Launch Out Into The Deep
      First Great Catch Of Fish And Instructions In How To Live
      Luke 5-1-11
      2013-10-06
      SYNOPSIS:The first Great catch of fish has an important commandment, and it is a daily commandment to us from the Lord. When He commanded his disciples to "Launch out into the deep" He was giving us a rule for victorious living. We examine this rule, examples of how to follow it and when it is not followed. May God help us to follow it!
    • 1st Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • First Great Catch Of Fish
      Prayer Of The Heart Described
      Luke 5-1-11
      2014-10-05
      SYNOPSIS:The first great catch of fish, described in Luke 5:1-11 has multiple mystical meanings., One of them is that it describes the process and results of the prayer of the heart. Prayer is the hardest and most important thing you will ever do in your life. This story, coupled with the second great catch of fish (which occurred after the resurrection and is only in John) may be understood as a parable which describes the most significant prayer a human being can have - the prayer of the heart. May God help us to understand how to pray, how to combat temptations when in prayer, and to pray!
    • 1st Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Great Catches Of Fish Compared
      Luke 5-1-11
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The first great catch of fish, given in Luke 5:1-11 occurred as the Lord was assembling his apostles. They were ignorant and untested men. This incident is more powerful for the soul when it is read with the account of the second great catch of fish, in the Gospel of John. This occurred after 3 1/2 years of seasoning, teaching, successes and failures. The differences in the two accounts are very edifying to explore. They will affect the way you live your life if you are paying attention.

    2nd Sunday of Luke

    • 2nd Sunday of Luke (HTML format)
    • Saint John Of Kronstadt And The Golden Rule And The Purpose Of The Incarnation
      Luke 6-31-36
      2010-01-02
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel selected for St John of Kronstadt is the same as for the Second sunday of Saint Luke, and perfectly describes the purpose of the Incarnation. This Gospel contains the admonishments of our Lord to love, using concrete examples, and concludes with the promise "And ye shall be children of the highest". This is the purpose of the incarnation, and examining this Gospel along with the life of St John, which struggled to fulfill it illuminates this purpose for us. We also suggest another way to describe the "Golden Rule" and what should be our inner motivation for loving our fellow man, and doing anything that is good in this life.
    • 2nd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Reason For The Golden Rule
      Ye Shall Be The Children Of The Highest For He Is Kind Unto The Unthankful And To The Evil
      Luke 6-31-36
      2011-10-16
      SYNOPSIS:Everybody knows the Golden Rule, but few understand is essence. Many feel it is a command based upon common sense, and others even believe it is a way of changing the behavior of others. The reason for it is given plainly by the words of our Lord: "Your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." We explore the great privilege we have as Christians to become Children of the Highest, and why the fulfillment if the Golden Rule is indispensable for this to happen
    • 2nd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Golden Rule
      As Your Father Also Is Merciful
      Luke 6-31-36
      2015-10-18
      SYNOPSIS:The reason for the Golden rule varies, depending on the level of spiritual development of the hearer. It is good to understand the "stages" a Christian goes through in obeying this rule, and what it is and what it is not. Most think it is about fairness, or, if more advanced, that it tells us to use our desires and feelings to judge how others would want to be treated. These understanding are good, but not perfect. At the end of His teaching, Jesus gives the reason why the perfect follow the Golden rule: "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."

    3rd Sunday of Luke

    • 3rd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Weep Not And He Came And Touched The Bier And They That Bare Him Stood Still
      Luke 7-11-16-Galatians 5-22-6-2
      2011-10-23
      SYNOPSIS:Only the Lord has the authority to tell us to "weep not". There is an epidemic of dysfunctional sadness in the world today; it is being treated by many partial solutions that often increase the despair and emptiness: medications, entertainments, passions. After His command to the Widow of Nain, the Lord mystically gives us the path we must travel in order to fulfill His command to "weep not" - "And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still." There is no other path that leads to true happiness. We explore the mystical meaning of these words, also incorporating an epistle read today: "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." and "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.", and offer many practical suggestions on what we must do to live according to these words. the only key to happiness is here. The World does not have it; only Christ does, and through the healing of the Widow of Nain and the exhortation of St Paul to the Galatians, the path to it is clearly explained.
    • 3rd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Looking Unto Jesus The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith
      He Touched The Bier And They That Bare Him Stood Still
      Luke 7-11-16
      2013-10-20
      SYNOPSIS:The resurrection of the Son of the Widow of Nain, and the famous "Hall of faith", from Hebrews, was read today. Both contain important mystical references to the Jesus prayer. The solution to everything is before us! This is exciting news! The whole Gospel is contained in the sublime words of Paul: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." It is really this simple! Simple is not easy, but is becomes easy. the theological basis of the Jesus prayer is explained here, and combined with the actions of those in the funeral procession: "And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still", show us the sure and simple way to the resolution of all of our problems.
    • 3rd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Widow Of Nain
      One In Every Crowd 3 Ways God Communicates With Us
      Luke 7-11-16
      2014-10-19
      SYNOPSIS:The resurrection of the son of the Widow of Nain teaches how to love and how to hear God. It is not accidental that two crowds of people met, and that Jesus alone noticed the grieving widow. Jesus showed love that was overflowing from within Him - the love of God. Most people are suffering, and we must become aware of them, if we are to understand God when He communicates with us. Jesus communicated with the widow in three distinct ways, as he does with all of us. We must understand His methods if we are to understand Him. This healing is advanced instruction in how to love, how to pray, and how to hear God answer us.
    • 3rd Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Weep Not
      Young Man I Say Unto Thee Arise
      Luke 7-11-16
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:In the raising of the son of the Widow of Nain, 2 words stand out: "weep not". Only Jesus has the authority to say these words to those who grieve, because He has the ability to do anything. Why do we weep; why are we sad about things great and small in life. Our Lord is continually, forcefully ordering us to "weep not" about such things. We should only weep about sin in ourselves and others. We look at why we weep inappropriately, and how to live in such a way to understand and follow the command of our Lord: "weep not".

    4th Sunday of Luke

    • 4th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Take Heed Therefore How Ye Hear
      Luke 8-5-15
      2011-10-30
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the sower is a rare parable, in that it is explained by the Lord Himself. This explanation is actually longer than most people think and we discuss what His other words, which are not part of the traditional reading, mean. These include "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel" and "Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." Together with the parable, the explanation teaches us the basic purpose of life and how to be "good ground".
    • 4th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      He Which Soweth Sparingly Shall Reap Also Sparingly
      Luke 8-5-15, 2 Corinthians 9-6-11
      2013-10-27
      SYNOPSIS:The most important part of the Parable of the Sower is the Good Ground. We must be that good ground if we are to be saved. How? The parable does little to explain. The Epistle today explains: "He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully". This is the key to happiness in this life and the next.
    • 4th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Honest And Good Heart Patience
      Luke 8-5-15
      2014-10-26
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Sower and the Seed is one of the few parables explained by Christ, but still needs to be talked about because many have no idea what this parable means, nor its explanation. The purpose of Christianity is fulfilled only by bearing fruit. This parable describes 4 kinds of ground, that is, souls, and only one kind bears fruit and is saved. We look quickly at the 3 kinds of ground that are not saved, especially focusing on the words that should be emphasized, such as "cares and riches and pleasures". The description of the good ground is the most important part of the parable, and we look at the critical words "honest and good heart" This parable refutes the heresy of "faith without works", but more importantly, teaches us what we must do to prepare our ground to receive the seed and be filled with God. the parable does not tell us that we must stop sinning to be saved, but must have an honest and good heart. This is good news for those who desire to be saved!
    • 4th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Sower
      Good Ground Patience
      Luke 8-5-15
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Sower is not just a story. It is a command; it teaches us how to live. We go over some of the "circled words" at the end of the parable, "good ground", and "an honest and good heart", and "bring forth fruit with patience". They all teach us the way of life. We especially describe two kinds of patience. One is a wonderful personality trait to possess, but is not salvific, in and of itself, The other is absolutely necessary for salvation; without this kind of patience, no person can be saved. We also talk about ways to cultivate this kind of patience from personal pastoral experience.

    5th Sunday of Luke

    • 5th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
      Everything In Life Is A Trade
      Luke 16-19-31-Galatians 2-16-20
      2011-11-06
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is quickly explained, then we talk about the important and frightening words: "Remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." Our Lord is giving us an immutable principle, which we can use as a sort of mnemonic device to judge everything we do. This is difficult without much change, and the Apostle Paul offers the way to accomplish this massive task of proper trading: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God"
    • 5th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
      Awareness
      Luke 16-19-31
      2013-11-03
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus contains an important detail that we must be "aware" of - AWARENESS. The Rich man knew Lazarus by name, but his sinful life made him blind to the suffering of Lazarus until it was too late for him. How many times in our lives have we passed a "Lazarus"? We must learn to become aware. Practical ways to achieve this essential virtue are discussed.
    • 5th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
      Thou In Thy Lifetime Receivedst Thy Good Things And Likewise Lazarus Evil Things
      Luke 16-19-31-2timothy 2-1-10
      2014-11-02
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus has much deep symbolism and theological meaning. All that is important to know, but the most pressing aspect of the Gospel is that we meet Christ, and learn to become like Him. We must look for moral direction when we read the Gospels, and the focus of this parable is the dialogue of Abraham with the rich man: "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." We speak about attitudes and priorities. Many times we do not understand about the eternal choices we a making in our temporary time on Earth. We must learn to think eternally, and spiritually, and then we will understand about temporary good things in this life, and permanent good things in the next. we also talk about the epistle read for St Artemius today, which ties in very well: "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;" (2 Timothy 2:3-4a)

    6th Sunday of Luke

    • 6th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Gadarene Demoniac
      Varied Temptations Of Demons
      Luke 8-26-39
      2011-11-14
      SYNOPSIS:The demons can tempt man in many ways, and the exorcism of the Gadarene demoniac shows three aspects of their warfare against man. We are shown that without God, we would be annihilated by the demons, and that their most deadly attacks are invisible to most people. If we want to be rid of the demons and their influence, there is one thing that we must do.
    • 6th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Gadarene Demoniac
      And Found The Man Out Of Whom The Devils Were Departed Sitting At The Feet Of Jesus Clothed And In His Right Mind
      Luke 8-26-39
      2014-11-09
      SYNOPSIS:There is, as is often the case in the Scripture, good news and bad news today. The good news is that a tormented demoniac, could be delivered from his affliction and that he could be "sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind" These are among the most beautiful words in Scripture. The healing of the Gadarene demoniac is our healing too. All the healings of the Scriptures apply to us. If we are not demon possessed(God forbid!), how does the expulsion of a legion of demons from a possessed man apply to us? If we read the scripture with desire and compunction, the answer is clear. We have a legion of passions, and we are (should be) striving to be rid of all of them, so that we can be in our "right mind". the bad news is that man can be so tormented by his passions, and that even when healing occurs, it is not recognized, because of spiritual blindness. We must understand the bad to appreciate the good.
    • 6th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Gadarene Demoniac
      What Have I To Do With Thee Jesus
      Luke 8-26-39
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:We must answer all questions in Scripture? The question of the legion of demons in the Gaderene demoniac is one we must answer every moment: "What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high?". The only possible correct (and rare!) answer: "Everything". There are some good examples of this answer: from a man recently baptised in prison, and the Shunaminte woman who went to Elisha because her son died. We also discuss what we should expect when we attend any service, especially liturgy.

    7th Sunday of Luke

    • 7th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Woman With The Issue Of Blood
      Having Spent All Her Living Who touched Me Be Of Good Comfort Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole
      Luke 8-41-56
      2011-11-20
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of Jarius’daughter and the woman with the issue of blood shows two kinds of faith. Both will lead to salvation, because both are reactions to the Lord when He meets us at our level of faith. We should learn our personal lesson from these two items: The woman spent all her living on physicians before she encountered the Great Physician and was healed, and Jesus said "who touched me" Let us compare our faith to this woman, and also to Jairus who definitely had faith, of a weaker sort, but when the Lord responded to Him, he also responded (or else His daughter would not have been saved).
    • 7th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Woman With An Issue Of Blood
      Touching Christ
      Luke 8-41-56
      2013-11-17
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the woman with an issue of blood is told as a parenthetical story within the story of the raising from the dead of the daughter of Jairus, but it is the most important of the two, and contains the greatest miracle. This is a miracle which all of us MUST have, and alas, very few of us experience. A woman who was an outcast, a sufferer from the human condition, was touched by Jesus, because she reached out to Him in faith. This touching is necessary for eternal life. We must cultivate being touched by Jesus. How do we learn to day by day, minute by minute, to reach out to Jesus, and *feel* His touch?
    • 7th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Woman With The Issue Of Blood And Jairos Teach Us About Faith
      Jesus Prayer And Self Talk
      Luke 8-41-56
      2014-11-16
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the daughter of Jairos are a primer on faith. Faith is not just belief; It is action based on belief, and even action in spite of disbelief. It involves courage, and initiative, patience, endurance, and not listening to negative thoughts - self-talk. All these things are present in this story. We also discuss faith and the Jesus prayer, that prayer that tests our faith and rewards us when we have faith. We must learn to be like Jairos in our prayer. He walked with the Lord to the house, even though he knew his daughter was dead. No matter what we think, God knows the truth. To the Lord that girl was alive, and that is all that matters, for He sees everything as it really is.
    • 7th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Who Touched Me
      Luke 7-41-56
      2015

    8th Sunday of Luke

    • 8th Sunday of Luke (Word DOC format)
    • Notes
      The Greatest Commandment
      Luke 10-25-37
    • 8th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      Who Is My Neighbor
      Luke 10-25-37
      2011-11-27
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the best explanation in Scripture answering "Who is my neighbor?". This can only be understood by understanding our own human nature and what the "Good Samaritan", Jesus Christ has done for it. Much is explained in this parable concerning the incarnation, the church, and ourselves. If we do not understand it, we will NEVER know who is our neighbor, because we will not know ourselves.
    • 8th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • And Who Is My Neighbour
      Luke 10-25-37-Galatians 6-11-18
      2013-11-24
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Good Samaritan was told in response the tragic question by the lawyer, "Who is my neighbor" A Christian must never need to ask this questions, but must be answering it every moment in order to be saved. It is clear from the way we live our lives that many, and even we ourselves, do not know the answer to this question! How do we learn to love our neighbor and why is it so important?
    • 8th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Good Samaritan
      The Incarnation
      Luke 10-25-37
      2014-11-23
    • 8th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Good Samaritan
      Theory Vs Practice
      Luke 10-25-37
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Good Samaritan is an excellent example of how theory must become practice. The parable is a deep well, and we can talk about many things. Today we will "connect the dots", between theoretical knowledge and practical actions. Theory is useless without practice. The lawyer understood theory well, and the parable further explained the incarnation (theory) and applied it to how we must live. The dots we connect are summed up by the following snippets from this Gospel: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God ... this do, and thou shalt live.", "who is my neighbor?", "And by chance there came down...", “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was...", “Take care of him!". At the end we give two critical practical suggestions to how we can love our neighbor, and perhaps an unexpected benefit.

    9th Sunday of Luke

    • 9th Sunday of Luke (Word DOC format)
    • Notes
      Parable Of The Rich Man Whose Ground Brought Forth Plentifully
      Luke 12-16-21
    • 9th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Harvest Of The Rich Man
      Luke 12-16-21
      2011-12-04
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Harvest of the Rich man (the rich man whose ground brought forth plentifully) has many pairs of things which are contrasted: 2 kinds of men, of ground, of rooms, of ways to talk to the soul, of goods, or treasure, of wealth. We look at all of them.
    • 9th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Harvest Of The Rich Man
      Talking To Ourselves The Remembrance Of Death
      Luke 12-16-21
      2014-11-30
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Harvest of the Rich man is a teaching on the disastrous effect of keeping our own counsel, and how it makes it impossible for us to have soul saving "remembrabce of death". We explain this important virtue and how the rich man mistook death for life. He equated the love of riches and pleasures, which are death, with life. Let us learn from his example!
    • 9th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Parable Harvest Of The Rich Man
      What Shall I Do
      Luke 12-16
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:Parable of the Harvest of the Rich Man. What was his greatest sin? It was not greed or not caring for the poor. It was something more basic than that. We must learn to know what is life, and what is death. If God is an abstraction to us, we take our own counsel as the rich man did, and choose death over life.

    10th Sunday of Luke

    • 10th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Woman With An Infirmity Of Eighteen Years
      Hidden Motivations
      Luke 13-10-17
      2011-12-11
      SYNOPSIS:All of scripture is about you and me. The reaction of the Ruler of the temple to the healing of the woman with the infirmity of eighteen years on the Sabbath day *exposes* us. The man was hateful and blind because of hidden motivations and passions. Let us look at ourselves and see if we have any of these hidden cockroaches that scurry away from the light so that we are not aware of them: anger, jealousy, ambition, pride, and a host of others. We must work intensely to have the light of Christ shine on our hidden motivations or else we will never be healed.
    • 10th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Woman With An Infirmity Of Eighteen Years
      Thou Art Loosed From Thine Infirmity Kindness Saves Us
      Luke 13-10-17
      2014-12-08
      SYNOPSIS:We hear glorious words today, that every Christian should be earnestly expecting: "thou art loosed from thine infirmity" The woman with the infirmity of 18 years could not look up - she was earthbound because of sin. So are we. We must feel our infirmity and desire to stand up straight! Unfortunately, many people do not feel their infirmity, and therefore do not expect to be loosed from it. We must cultivate this feeling. The aftermath of the healing of this woman shows us the major sin which keeps us from knowing our infirmity and seeking the healing of God - unkindness. The ruler of the synagogue knew all the commandments save the most important two, and the second will especially save us. If we cannot stop sinning, we must at least be kind, and God will loose us from our infirmities.

    11th Sunday of Luke

    • 11th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Ten Lepers
      Jesus Prayer And Thanksgiving
      Luke 17-12-19
      2011-12-18
    • 11th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • When He Heard This He Was Very Sorrowfu For He Was Very Rich
      Knowing What Is Alive And Dead
      Luke 18-18-27
      2014-12-14
      SYNOPSIS:The Evangelist Luke explains why the Rich young ruler rejected the Gospel; he was very rich. There is a deeper reason, and it applies to each of us, no matter what our financial status. The man did not know the things in this life that are alive, and the things that are dead. We suffer from the same malady to varying degrees. The most important task of each day is to learn the things that lead to life and the things that lead to death. How can we answer this question, daily?
    • 11th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole
      Healing Of The Ten Lepers Thankfulness Energizes Everything
      Luke 17-12-19
      2014-12-22
      SYNOPSIS:There are phrases in the Gospel that are repeated so often that we should take special note of them. One goes like this: "Thy faith hath made thee whole." Only one of ten cleansed lepers received this blessing. All had faith, as their story attests, but only one had saving faith. What energizes saving faith? One of the most important things is thankfulness. How do we cultivate thankfulness in our life? It aint just what we say!
    • 11th Sunday of Luke (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of Ten Lepers
      Subtle Teachings
      Luke 17-12-19
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the 10 lepers has an obvious lesson - that we must give thanks to God when He heals us. The lesson is much deeper and a little more subtle than that. There are two subtle lessons in this scripture that we should know well. One is a connection between faith, patience, and the Jesus prayer. Another is that any time (that is every moment) that grace acts, we must change in response.

Weekday Readings

  • 1st Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Jesus Teaches A New Way Of Understanding Sin
    All Life Is Lived From The Heart
    Matthew 5-27-32,Romans 1-28-2-9
    2011-06-16
    SYNOPSIS:When our Lord taught that adultery can be committed even in the mind ("whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart") He redefined what sin is. The Jews and people to this day have a limited understanding of what sin is - mostly that it is things we do that we should not do. Sin is actually a condition of the heart, and the Lord is presenting this teaching here. Life is lived, for good or bad, entirely in the heart.
  • 2nd Wednesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Everything Must Be Done With Faith Or The Lord Say I Never Knew You Depart From Me, Ye That Work Iniquity
    Matthew 7-21-23
    2011-06-22
    SYNOPSIS:This short Gospel teaches us that only things done with faith save, and warns that many will be suprised at the judgment when they find out that the things they did were not recognized by the Lord because they were not done with faith. How can we do everything with faith?
  • 2nd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Childrens Homily
    Jesus Is Always With Us
    Matthew 8-23-27
    2011-06-23
    SYNOPSIS:A homily to the children about Jesus calming the storm and comparing him to Jonah with lots of participation by the children throughout. "Type" is explained in a way that children can understand (Jonah is a "type" of Jesus because there are things in his life that remind us about him). This is in keeping with our principle that children's homilies must be simple still must train them to be students of scripture. "Big words" may be used, but they are always explained. The fact that the disciples were saved by Jesus even though at first He was asleep and they were very scared teaches us an important lesson. We also discuss the other time Jesus calmed the storm - when He walked on the water. The take home is that Jesus is always with us.
  • 2nd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Romans 5-10-16
    2011-06-23
  • 3rd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Childrens Homily
    Fear Not Them Which Kill The Body
    Matthew 10-23-31
    2011-06-30
    SYNOPSIS:A homily for the children most of whom were the grandchildren of the priest, who reminisced with them about how their mother loved the verse "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul", and would emphatically state this in her squeaky little girl voice. We discuss trust and how God is always with us, and knows everything about us - even the number of hairs on our head, as usual, with the children seated "in the round" and with audience participation.
  • 3rd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Groaning Hope And Prayer
    The Spirit Itself Maketh Intercession For Us
    Romans 8-22-27
    2011-06-30
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Romans 8:22-27 which contains the very good news that we are not responsible for competence in our prayer, but rather, if we provide the desire and compunction (described by St Paul as to "groan within ourselves"), "helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.". The very important and misunderstood word "hope" is also defined, and we investigate what "groaning within ourselves" should be. St Paul is often very technical and complicated in his writing, but this passage is among his most comforting - it is truly the "Gospel" (good news) for those who have the proper disposition regarding themselves and the world.
  • 3rd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • The Spirit Itself Maketh Intercession For Us With Groanings Which Cannot Be Uttered
    Romans 8-22-27
    2014-06-26
    SYNOPSIS:Among the most comforting and important words St Paul ever wrote are these: "The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." We talk more personally than usual about what these words mean for the Christian. We must learn to cultivate and recognize this "groaning" How?
  • 4th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Take My Yoke Upon You
    Ye Shall Find Rest
    Matthew 11-27-30
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:God is unknowable and yet we can know him. How? The Lord explains: " neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him" In the context of this amazing promise. He then tells us to "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." CONTEXT is very important in the Scriptures! Here is the description of the purpose of life and how to achieve it. The main problem with us sinners us that we mistake the yoke we put on ourselves, and our labor to serve our sins and passions with the easy yoke of the Lord.
  • 5th Wednesday after Pentecost (HTML format)
  • 2008-07-16
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    SYNOPSIS:When the Pharisees asked the Lord for a "sign", He stated that the only sign they would receive was the "sign of Jonas". This sign can only be understood in the entire context of Jonas' life and ministry, along with the reaction of the people of Nineveh. It includes the resurrection, baptism and the totality of the Christian way of life.
  • 6th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Whosoever Shall Do The Will Of My Father Which Is In Heaven The Same Is My Brother And Sister And Mother
    Matthew 12-46-13-3
    2014-07-10
  • 8th Thursday after Pentecost (HTML format)
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  • 9th Tuesday after Pentecost (HTML format)
  • 2008
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  • 9th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Whosoever Will Be Great Among You Let Him Be Your Minister And Whosoever Will Be Chief Among You Let Him Be Your Servant
    Matthew 20-17-28
    2011-08-11
  • 9th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Pride Is The Problem
    Matthew 20-17-28
    2013-08-22
    SYNOPSIS:The Lord plainly told his disciples about his upcoming crucifixion. They did not understand His plain words. Why. This is a very important question, and the Gospel today answers it. Immediately after plainly for the umpteenth time telling his misunderstanding disciples about His upcoming passion, the mother of James and John came with an absurd and prideful request, and the other disciples, whose pride was tweaked, became angry. thje Lord used this as a "teachable moment," and uttered the famous and important words: " whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." The juxtaposition of these 3 things is important. The Apostles did not understand the Lord's clear prophesies concerning Himself because their pride blinded them, and diminished their intelligence. So it is with us. Much of the reality of life, things we should know, passes by us because our pride blinds us to truth. The only path to wisdom and knowledge is humility and the golden path to humility is serving others, with the proper attitude of a servant.
  • 10th Friday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Beatitudes In Luke
    Learn To Weep To Have Joy
    Luke 6-17-23
    2013-11-10
    SYNOPSIS:The Beatitudes in Luke are read more than any other Gospel selection during the year. We go over each of the 4 beatitudes,. concentration on weeping. The world does not understand the power of weeping; it weeps about the wrong things. The Christian must learn to weep properly; this weeping both increase and be increased by poverty of spirit and hunger. It is not possible to make progress in the spiritual life without weeping. The Gospel insists that the one who does this will laugh; this is true joy, not just worldly and temporal happiness, and it cannot be taken from us. "Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh."
  • 11th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • He That Shall Endure Unto The End The Same Shall Be Saved
    Matthew 24-13-28
    2011-08-25
  • 11th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • For As The Lightning Cometh Out Of The East And Shineth Even Unto The West So Shall Also The Coming Of The Son Of Man Be
    Matthew 24-13-28
    2012-08-16
    SYNOPSIS:This is one of myu most important homilies ever, and involves a very personal story. The Scripture today mentions the Second Coming of the Lord, and Jesus gives instructions that are easy to understand. Basically, He teaches that if there is time to talk about the supposed arrival of Him in the second coming, it is NOT happening. His coming will be so fast that "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." This scripture has always meant a great deal to me, because of hearing it long ago spoken to a person who was absolutely convinced that she could never be deceived. even though at the time she was in a sinful relationship with a man. She figured that God would forgive he when they married, and she was right; God forgives all who repent, but the question that has always been on my mind since that day is, would there come a timer, after many days, months, years of sin that a person would not longer desire to repent, and be capable of being deluded regarding things they formally understood? This is a critical question!
  • 12th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Godly Sorrow Worketh Repentance To Salvation Not To Be Repented Of But The Sorrow Of The World Worketh Death
    2 Corinthians 7-1-10
    2013-09-12
    SYNOPSIS:The world is filled with sorrow, and all of it leads to death. Let us learn what Godly sorrow is, and how to cultivate it.
  • 14th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Healing Of The Gadarene Demoniac
    Fear Of God Vs Other Fear
    Mark 5-22-24,35-6-1
    2011-06-15
    SYNOPSIS:The reaction of the people of the Gadarenes after the healing of demoniac shows several kinds of fear, but not the fear of God. We compare their fear with the fear of God, contrasting it with the reaction of the Samaritan woman at the well. This is a frightening story, and it is not because of the ferocity of the demons, but rather the reaction of the people. Let us learn from them.
  • 16th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Humility Of The Greek Syrophenician Woman Who Cared For Her Husbands Mistress
    Mark 7-24-30-Ephesians 1-1-9
    2011-09-29
    SYNOPSIS:The abyss of humility of the Greek Syrophonecian woman is seen when she answered the curt dismissal of Jesus with the words "Yeah Lord, but even the little dogs under the table eat of the childrens crumbs." We need to acquire this kind of humility! We look at her humility and also two modern and incredible examples, gleaned from a talk by Papa Dimitrios Carellas. One concerns a woman who cared for the mistress of her husband after he brought her into their home, and then accomplished another ascetic feat with her that had the angels in awe, and another concerning a ROCOR bishop falsely accused of sexual assault. We also look at the life of Nun Theodora of Alexandria (9/11). Let us try to acquire even a drop of the humility of these holy ones. We also look at the meaning of the words from the Epistle: "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins". Wondrous is God in His Saints, and wondrous is His Holy blood which redeems us!
  • 16th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Syrophonecian Woman
    Entitlement
    Mark 7-24-30
    2014-09-25
    SYNOPSIS:We need to read the Gospel more, to learn to not be addicted to entitlement, one of the greatest heresies and sins of our age. Almost nobody is immune from this sin.
  • 17th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • No Existence Or Power In Evil
    Do Not Be Afraid Of Being Labeled
    Mark 11-27-33
    2014-01-09
    SYNOPSIS:When the scribes asked Jesus a question, He asked them one in return - a simple question, easily answered by an honest man. Their scheming and refusal to answer the question shows the utter powerlessness and even non-existence of evil. Those who lie have no power.
  • 17th Saturday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Parable Of The Ten Virgins
    Aquiring The Holy Spirit
    Matthew 25:1-13
    2008-01-27
  • 19th Wednesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • I Therein Do Rejoice Yea And Will Rejoice
    Joy Is A Choice
    Philippians 1-12-20, Philippians 1-20-27
    2013-10-31
    SYNOPSIS:Life is lived well if our thoughts are good. The Gospel in particular and all of Scripture teaches us to think well. The Apostle Paul is a master teacher of the art or arts and science of sciences. He teaches us this life-giving and necessary skill with the words "I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice." and "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." If we understand these words and begin to act upon them we will know where joy comes from, and where it does not, and also the difference between joy and mundane, temporal and earthly happiness. We must learn that joy is a choice.
  • 20th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • What Went Ye Out Into The Wilderness For To See A Reed Shaken With The Wind
    Luke 7-17-30
    2014-10-16
    SYNOPSIS:An exegesis of Luke 7:17-30, discussing the question of St John the Baptist: "Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? " and the TWO answers of Jesus. The second is the most important: He teaches what a Christian should be, and in so doing pretty much describes contemporary pseudo-Christianity, when he asked: "What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? " and other things. We also discuss the lamentable experimentation with changing the sexual morals of the church that the Latins are currently trying to do . they are reeds being shaken by the wind. How can we be a strong reed, not shaken by the wind?
  • 21st Monday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Sinful Woman Who Annointed Jesus In The House Of Simon The Pharisee
    Loving Much Seeing Reality
    Luke 7-36-50
    2014-10-20
    SYNOPSIS:Who can read the story of the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus on the house of Simon the Pharisee and not feel the hand of self recrimination upon themselves? We read the Gospel to learn and to change, and the conduct of the repentant, formerly sinful woman and Simon the Pharisee and his dinner guests will teach us if we listen.
  • 21st Monday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • I Know Both How To Be Abased And I Know How To Abound
    I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me
    Philippians 4-10-23
    2014-10-27
    SYNOPSIS:The words of St Paul to the Philippians give us a way to live - the only way to be happy. Most unhappiness is caused by not living according to his confession: "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound", "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." We talk about what makes us unhappy and how to become happy. It is not the way the world does it!
  • 21st Tuesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Spiritually Praying For People
    Main Problem In Society Today
    Colossians 1-2-7-11
    2014-10-28
    SYNOPSIS:Praying spiritually for people according to the example of St Paul. The problems of our society is not political, it is moral. Praying for people connects us to them. How to pray for people. "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." Col 1:9-12
  • 21st Wednesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Having Made Peace Through The Blood Of His Cross By Him To Reconcile All Things Unto Himself
    Colossians 1-18-23
    2012-10-25
    SYNOPSIS:Colossians chapter 1 contains one of the most succinct and clear descriptions of Who Christ is, what He did, how the cross was involved, and what we must therefore do. It is "Christology 101" and we must understand it and act accordingly. This is not your Baptist Grandmother's Christology or understanding of the cross!
  • 21st Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • The Mystery Which Hath Been Hid From Ages And From Generations But Now Is Made Manifest To His Saints
    Perfection Happening In The Midst Of The Mundane
    Colossians 1-24-29
    2011-11-03
  • 22nd Tuesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • If Any Man Will Come After Me Let Him Deny Himself And Take Up His Cross Daily And Follow Me
    Luke-9-23-27
    2011-11-01
  • 22nd Wednesday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • And Whatsoever Ye Do Do It Heartily As To The Lord And Not Unto Men
    Colossians 3-17-4-1
    2011-11-09
  • 22nd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Continue In Prayer
    Let Your Speech Be Alway With Grace Seasoned With Salt
    Colossians 4-2-9
    2011-11-10
  • 23rd Monday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • We Give Thanks To God Always For You All Making Mention Of You In Our Prayers
    Pray For Others
    1 Thessalonians 1-1-5
    2011-11-16
  • 23rd Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • True Eucharist Every Day
    For This Cause Also Thank We God Without Ceasing
    1 Thessalonians 2-9-14
    2013-11-28
    SYNOPSIS:On the day of the American Holiday of Thanksgiving it is appropriate to celebrate the Eucharist (which means the giving of thanks), and to thank God for all things. The words of the Apostle Paul read today are also appropriate and will give us opportunity to discuss what the world gives thanks for, and what a Christian should thank God for, and how to learn to give thanks in this way: "... we thank God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
  • 26th Saturday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • No Man Having Put His Hand To The Plough And Looking Back Is Fit For The Kingdom Of God
    Timothy Of Esphigmenou
    Luke 9-57-62
    2013-11-30
    SYNOPSIS:The Gospel of Luke today gives the answers of Jesus to 3 who wish to follow him, but do not. His answers apply to many of us, even those who consider themselves to be in the church. The last answer also reminds us of the wonderful martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou.
  • 27th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • They Understood None Of These Things And This Saying Was Hid From Them
    Understanding Is A Process
    Luke 18-31-34
    2013-12-05
    SYNOPSIS:Although Jesus told His disciples plainly about His upcoming arrest, trial and death, they did not believe or understand Him; the Gospel mysteriously says "They understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them". Why was it hidden? We can learn much about ourselves and others by meditating upon this, and we will learn about the mystery of learning spiritual things, sin, patience and labor.
  • 27th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Keep That Which Is Committed To Thy Trust Avoiding Profane And Vain Babblings And Oppositions Of Science Falsely So Called
    Stephen The New
    1 Timothy 6-17-20
    2014-12-11
    SYNOPSIS:An abbreviated life of Monk Martyr Stephen the New, and then an easy segue into the daily epistle reading, where Paul counsels his son Timothy "Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:" St Stephen obeyed this to the letter, and many Orthodox of this day do not. We mention some "vain babblings" which Pope and Patriarch alike are uttering, and what we MUST DO to distinguish truth from fiction in our politically correct age. We must know the truth and walk in it, because the name calling already is common, and persecution will co me. These words apply equally well also to writers such as Fr Robert Arida, David Dunn, and others who use many words, that make no sense from an Orthodox ecclesiological perspective, and are therefore, vain babblings.
  • 30th Friday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Whosoever Shall Give You A Cup Of Water To Drink In My Name Shall Not Lose His Reward
    Mark 9-33-41
    2014-01-02
    SYNOPSIS:Mark 9:33-41 is the Gospel that famously refers to St Ignatius the God-bearer, but this is just a historical footnote. This gospel contains one of those verses that has been life-changing for me. We all should have such verses, and they are different for different people. If you do not have any, or very few, you do not read the Gospels enough. The verse: "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward." We must learn to not evaluate our actions by whether they are successful (in our eyes) or not. Most of what we do in life will not appear successful, or permanent, but God remembers everything.
  • 31st Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Whoso Looketh Into The Perfect Law Of Liberty This Man Shall Be Blessed In His Deed
    James 1-19-27
    2014-01-23
    SYNOPSIS:The "law of liberty" is a law unlike any other. God follows this law, and we must also. Our entire life, if it is lived well, will be spent obtaining (and not just following) this law. what is it? How do we obtain it? This is important - CENTRAL to the Christian life.
  • 32nd Saturday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Increase Our Faith
    Order Of Events And Answers In Scripture
    Luke 17-3-10
    2014-12-25
    SYNOPSIS:On Dec 25, ns, perhaps half of the Orthodox world celebrates the Nativity of our Lord, and we others remember St Herman and St Spyridon. The Gospel spoken about today may not appear to be about Christmas, but it is, because we celebrate the implications of the Nativity (every day, in every service) more than the event itself. Because of the Nativity, we can become saints. We need faith to be saints, and indeed, to live the Christian life even a tiny bit. It is natural for us to therefore echo the words of the Apostles: "Increase (be increasing) our faith" We need to read Scripture in context to fully glean its meaning. The order in which stories are presented is sometimes very important. The way Jesus answers questions of very important; He never answers *just* the question. We have an example here of both things: sandwiched around the request of the Apostles is His teaching on forgiveness, and humility. We have the answer! This is how to increase our faith! We must "take heed to ourselves" and forgive, and learn to fight the popular disease of our society - entitlement, and learn to act as servants. The goal is straightforward, but because of our passions, the path we must take to fulfill it is not. We discuss some of the curves in this path.
  • 35th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • For Ye Have Need Of Patience
    Hebrews 10:35-11:7
    2008-01-24
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  • Which Country Are We Mindful Of
    Hebrews 11:8,11-16
    2008-01-25
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  • 36th Thursday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
  • Pure Religion And Undefiled Before God And The Father Is This
    James 1-19-27
    2011-01-27
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  • What Did Christ Do On The Cross
    1 Peter 2:21-3:9
    2008-02-11
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Homilies for Children


Sundays of Pascha

    Pascha

    Thomas Sunday

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    • 1998
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    • Saint Thomas Sunday
      1998
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    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • 2008-05-04
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    • 2009-04-26
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    • Saint Thomas Sunday
      Realism About The Resurrection
      2010-04-11
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      SYNOPSIS:Of all the resurrection stories, perhaps the one concerning St Thomas is the one we can most relate to. He is the "common man", who was later able to do uncommon things. We are just like him, so our path of life must also be like his, which is the Christian life in microcosm. He, like us, was a complex indivicdual, believing, then faint of heart, couargeous, then full of fear. The one thing that he did that we must do to be saved is to endure, and "believe in the midst of our unbelief". If we do this, we are not far away from the supernatural exploits of St Thomas, the Apostle.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (HTML format)
    • Why Are The Altar Doors Open On Pascha
      When Are They Closed What Does It Mean
      2011-04-30
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      SYNOPSIS:Five minutes in between Vespers and Matins at the Vigil for Thomas Sunday about the closing of the altar doors, which have been open all of Bright week. There is profound and sobering symbolism concering the closing of the doors which we should understand.
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    • Thomas Sunday
      Believing Disbelief Is The Most Important Part Of The Story
      John 20-19-31
      2011-05-01
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      SYNOPSIS:There are several important parts to the story of the encounter of the Apostle Thomas with the risen Lord, such as why the first words Jesus spoke to the assembled apostles were "Peace be unto you", the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit and the power that Jesus gave to His Apostles to remit sins. The most important gleaning from the reading is none of these, but is understood in the blunder of St Thomas, and his subsequent behavior, which led to his full enlightenment, and gave him the privilege to be the first to proclaim in the scripture that Jesus is fully God and man. We are all much like Thomas in his mistakes; let us also investigate his great virtue, which the church calls "believing disbelief", without which, scarcely one would be saved.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Always Stay Close To Christ No Matter What The Understanding Says
      John 20-19-31
      2012-04-22
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the "unbelieving disbelief" of Thomas, always read on the Sunday after Pascha, and also several other times during the year has one core message that applies to every human being. We look at this, and the only reason Thomas stayed with the Apostles through the eighth day, when He saw Christ - love. Without love, and the actions of Thomas replicated in *our* lives the resurrection will be of no good effect for us. the Christology and theology in this selection is deep and important, but the example which we must learn is of even higher importance.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Thomas Is Just Like Us
      John 20-19-31
      2013-05-12
      SYNOPSIS:The Apostle Thomas is a perfect example of how we are, deep inside. We have doubts, problems, unresolved issues. We must follow his example to resolve all these problems. We also talk about the closing of the doors in the altar on Bright Saturday night, and what it means. It is VERY related to the story of Thomas, which must become our story if we are to be saved.
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Exegesis Of Epistle For Thomas Sunday Do Something
      Acts 5-12-20
      2014-04-26
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Acts 5:12-20., with a twist. An additional reflection os posted at the end of the homily. It is a reaction to good advice given to me after I gave the homily.It takes courage to be a Christian, and that without courage you cannot be a Christian. This is an absolute statement, and is true, but is very difficult for many to bear, and must be qualified. Courage, forgiveness, chastity and many other virtues all have absolutes associated with them - some directly from the mouth of Jesus, but the reaching of these absolutes happens in stages. This reflection is meant to be an encouragement and call to arms for the weak among us - that is everyone.
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    • Thomas Sunday
      Love With Perseverance Fixes Everything
      John 20-19-31
      2014-04-27
      SYNOPSIS:We explain why Thomas Sunday is the most important day of the year. For Thomas, it certainly was, as the full effect of the resurrection was manifested to him on that day, and we are much like Thomas, with our "stupid human tricks" The fervent love and perseverance of Thomas saved him from his doubts and despair, and so it can be for us. We must learn to emulate the virtues of Thomas, so that the resurrection will not be a yearly commemoration, but an ongoing transformation in our life; this will fix everything, even though it may take a lot of time. Critical to our change over time, even in the midst of our weakness, passions, ignorance and "stupid human tricks" is that we learn how to love and persevere.
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    • Thomas
      Doors Were Shut Peace Be Unto You
      John 20-19-31
      2015-04-19
      SYNOPSIS:This homily does not mention the Apostle Thomas very much, but it is all about him, and you and me. We discuss the comforting spiritual implications of Jesus visiting the frightened apostles by going to them even thought the doors were shut. We also discuss why His initial greeting "Peace be unto you", the most appropriate greeting, and appreciate the command given in the second greeting, which was also about peace. In the midst of our discussion we talk about the sadness and inevitability of closing the doors of the iconostasis on Bright Friday after they have been open all week. Homily for Thomas Sunday, 2015
    • 2nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Thomas Sunday
      Be Not Faithless But Believing
      John 20-19-31
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:An exegesis of 10 aspects of the Gospel account of John about Thomas and his encounter with the risen Christ. There is a little bit of everything here, but the most important part is: what will we do with our lives because of the resurrection? Jesus tells Thomas and us: "Be not faithless, but believing". There is also much about Christology, the authority of the church, confession, the reason for the priesthood, the purpose of life and what salvation is, and in general, more practical theology in 20 minutes than you will hear on any talk radio station!

    Myrhhbearing Women

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    • The Myrrhbearing Women
      1998
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    • Myrrhbearing Women
      2000
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    • Myrhhbearing Women
      2003
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    • 2008-05-11
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    • 2009-05-03
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    • 2010-04-18
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      SYNOPSIS:The story of the Myrhhbearing women and Joseph and Nikodemus is fundementally about boldness, and doing the right thing, without regard to how it will get done. Here is a small excerpt: To become bold doesn't mean you do something without being scared. It means you do something despite the fact that you're scared, or confused, or whatever. That's what courage is. Courage is to do things regardless of how you feel, and that's what the Myrrhbearing Women did, and that's what Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus did, and that's what we must do. And there will be moments in our life when we have to be bold, not just one, but many moments.
    • 3rd Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Myrhhbearing Women
      2010-04-18
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the myrhhbearers is like ours, in microcosm. Life is full of moments when we must "become bold" as Joseph (and the myrhhbearers) did, and do what is right, even if we do not how we can accomplish the task (roll away the stone and deal with the armed guards) or what will come of it. Even when we have accomplished something, or grace visits us, we may not recognize it or understand it, just like the myrrhbearers, who were afraid after hearing the announcement of the resurrection from the angel. The myrhhbearers who us the way - do what is right, or even what we think is right, no matter ho "possible" it seems or how likely that the outcome will be pleasing, and in time, all will be revealed to us. This Gospel continues the theme of how the enlightenment of the resurrection is actualized in us.
    • 3rd Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Myrrhbearing Women
      2011-05-07
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    • Myrrhbearing Women
      Joseph Became Bold Who Shall Roll Us Away The Stone From The Door Of The Sepulchre
      Mark 15-43-47
      2011-05-08
      SYNOPSIS:The most important parts of the reading for the Holy Myrhhbearers are the actions of Joseph and the myrhhbearers. We are told that "Joseph became bold" - the same man who had been a secret follower of Christ because of fear. Why did he become bold? This is very important. Three of the myrhhbearers observed the burial of Jesus. Why is this important? Life is full of ordinary things,. but sometimes when we do them, they are extraordinary,. We must do ordinary things in an extraordinary way, as did Joseph and Nicodemus and the Holy Myrhhbearers. In doing these things, we will encounter obstacles, and ask like the myrhhbearers "who shall roll away the stone", and if have fidelity to Christ as they had, the stone will always be rolled away.
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    • Myrrhbearing Women Joseph Nicodemus
      Having Become Bold
      Mark 15-43-16-8
      2012-04-29
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      SYNOPSIS:The Scriptures tell us that Joseph "became bold" and asked for the body of Jesus from Pilate. He did a dangerous thing, which would likely cost him his life, as did the Holy Myrhhbearers when they went to the tomb on the day of the resurrection, to anoint a dead man. Why did they become bold? This is very important! They did not quite " get things right", since Jesus was not dead, so it is not so important that we get everything right and understand everything, but we must &become bold", because of love, and God will cause everything to work to the good. Also, at the beginning, an instruction about praying for people during the most sacred part of the Divine Liturgy, which is an obligation for all Orthodox Christians, and not only the clergy.
    • 3rd Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Myrrhbearing Women Joseph Nicodemus
      The Ache In The Heart
      Mark 15-43-16-8
      2013-05-19
      SYNOPSIS:First I discuss the feeling that temporal feast of Pascha is passing and I did not "get enough" out of it. I was not aware enough that there was holiness all around me and I did not catch it, apprehend it. This is related to not having enough of the virtue on full display in the exploits of the Myrrhbearers and Joseph and Nicodemus. they had an ache for God in their hearts, and this ache made them give their best to god, even though they had many obstacles, such as the stone, the soldiers, the murderous Jewish leaders, and above all, that they believed that their Messiah was dead. They overcame their obstacles because of the ache in their heart. We have many obstacles too; the only way that they will be overcome is if you cultivate the ache for God in your heart. The sermon by St Ignati Brianchaninov that was mentioned in the homily is entitled "Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women. On Spiritual Deadness" and is at: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/53230.htm
    • 3rd Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • They Trembled And Were Amazed Neither Said They Any Thing To Any Man For They Were Afraid
      Mark 15-43-16-8
      2015-04-26
      SYNOPSIS:A discussion about fear, the typical fear people have, and the fear of the Myrhhbearing women as they fled the sepulchre, and the fear of God. As we unpack this mysterious sentence: "...They went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid", we discuss the mystery of Scripture and how it can never be mastered like a secular book, and especially how to cultivate the fear of God and what it is and is not.
    • 3rd Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Having Become Bold
      Who Shall Roll Us Away
      Mark 15-43-16-8
      2016

    The Paralytic

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    • The Paralytic
      Today Is A Feast Day For All Of Us Paralytics Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov Sretensky Monastery Moscow
      John 5-1-15
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      SYNOPSIS:Today is a feast day for all of us paralytics. Today, brothers and sisters, we to a certain degree are meeting our name-day, our feast day. Who among us can boast that he is strong, courageous, bearing all the misfortunes of this age, fulfilling all of Christ’s commandments? Deliver us, O Lord, if such a person stands in our midst -- one cannot imagine a worse righteous or strong man! The Apostle Paul says: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Cor 12:10). But the Apostle did not deprive himself of one thing: strong faith and undoubting hope in the Savior. "The power of God is made perfect in weakness!" How can the world, which does not believe in God and preaches the illusory omnipotence of mankind, understand this? Paralytic brothers and sisters! Let us rejoice that we at least understand ourselves as we are! ...
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    • The Paralytic
      1999
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    • The Paralytic
      2000
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    • The Paralytic
      2001
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    • 2008-05-21
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    • 2009-05-10
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    • The Paralytic
      2010-04-25
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      SYNOPSIS:Today, brothers and sisters, we continue on the Paschal theme, which is the enlightenment of the Resurrection and how it occurs in real life, not in our fantasy, but how it really occurs. In this story there are basically three things that the Lord is teaching to be made whole. It all depends how we answer the question "Wilt thou be made whole?". We must learn to hear this question reverberating in us ALL THE TIME, and answer it in three ways EVERY TIME.
    • 4th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Doctrine Of The Cross In Vespers
      Victory Over Death And Healing
      Sunday-Octoechos-Tone-3
      2011-05-14
      SYNOPSIS:The Orthodox dogma about the cross is often displayed in the Sunday hymns for Vespers and Matins. Many or even most who identify with Christianity and are not Orthodox only have a legal view of what happened on the cross. For us Orthodox, what happened on the cross was the destruction of death, and our healing. We have a relational view. What good is it to be forgiven and not also healed? Two hymns from the Sunday Octoechos help illustrate a part of our understanding of the significance of the cross: "By Thy cross, O Christ our Savior, the dominion of death hath been destroyed, and the deception of the devil hath been abolished; and the race of man, having been saved by faith, doth ever offer praise to Thee" (Lord I have cried, Sunday Octoechos, Tone 3), "Thy precious cross do we worship O Christ, and Thy resurrection do we praise and glorify, for by Thy wounding are we all healed." (Lord I have cried, Sunday Octoechos, Tone 3)
    • 4th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • The Paralytic
      Doctrine Of Baptism And Baptismal Admonitions
      John 5-1-15
      2011-05-15
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the paralytic teaches rather completely the important doctrines of baptism, such as what happens in baptism, and what we must do.
    • 4th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Peter Heals Aeneas And Raises Tabitha
      Faith And Miracles
      Acts 9-32-42
      2012-05-05
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Acts 9:32-42, the reading for the 4th Sunday of Pascha. Two miracles of Peter. The variable relationship of faith to miracles.
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    • Paralytic By The Sheeps Pool
      I Have No Man
      John 5-1-15
      2012-05-06
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      SYNOPSIS:The Healing of the Paralytic by the sheep's pool has many deep theological concepts in it, but none of this matters if we do not adopt the character and faith of the paralytic. We examine his patience and also his despondency. All true faith must battle with despondency. The paralytic and other examples during this Paschal period, such at the Apostle Thomas and Peter, and the Myrrh bearing women teach us this critical lesson.
    • 4th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Baptism
      Wilt Thou Be Made Whole I Have No Man Rise Take Up Thy Bed And Walk Sin No More
      John 5-1-15
      2013-05-26
      SYNOPSIS:The whole process of baptism and how it affects our entire life is explained in the story of the healing of the paralytic by the sheep's pool, which we read on the 4th Sunday of Pascha. We can summarize it by extracting the phrases: Wilt thou be made whole; I have no man; Rise, take up thy bed, and walk; Sin no more. We look at these phrases in detail. Look sharp! Christ says these words to you every day and expects an answer!
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    • Paralytic By The Sheeps Pool
      Exegesis
      John 5-1-15
      2013-05-26
      SYNOPSIS:The Scripture has two basic meanings, the apparent meaning, and the spiritual meaning. We need to understand the former well in order to be fully taught the spiritual meaning of Scripture. The apparent meaning involves the basic story, context, symbolism, typology and history. We must understand this well, and this takes some work and repetition, just as one must know vocabulary and syntax well to understand fine poetry. The apparent meaning rarely is the subject of a sermon in church, because the pastor is trying to teach important spiritual truths, but on this occasion, before matins, we will look at the symbolism, typology and other aspects of the apparent meaning of the story of the healing of the Paralytic by sheep's pool.
    • 4th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • The Paralytic
      Wilt Thou Be Made Whole
      John 5-1-15
      2014-05-11
      SYNOPSIS:The healing of the Paralytic by the Sheep#39;s pool is read the Sunday before Mid-Pentecost. The summary of the story can be found in 3 sentences within it, a question and two commands, and the question is the most critical element. A true Christian will answer the question "Wilt thou be made whole" MANY times each day and it will guide him always in the fulfilling of the two commands: "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" and "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" All success in the Christian life is predicated on our answering this question many times, and our actions proving that our answer is sincere.

    The Samaritan Woman

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    • The Samaritan Woman
      2001
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    • 2008-05-25
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    • 2009-05-17
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    • Samaritan Woman
      2010-05-02
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      SYNOPSIS:The story of the woman at the well, the Samaritan woman, Photini, must be understood in a historical, theological, mystical and practical context. She said "the well is deep", and this story can be discussed from many perspectives, many of which are, alas, unintelligible to most because of their low level of theological knowledge and interest. The most important one for us is what we must do do get the living water, the Holy Spirit. Saint Photini shows us several things that we MUST be if we are to be saved - theologically literate, having thirst for righteousness, humility, and zeal. Her conversation with the Lord and subsequent actions show all these things.
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    • Samaritan Woman
      John 4-5-42
      2011-05-22
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    • The Samaritan Woman
      John 4-5-42
      2012-05-13
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the woman at the well, St Photini (Svetlana) has an enormous amount of deep and important theology, but the most important part is the personality of the Samaritan woman must be understood an emulated to understand any of it. She was very humble; when the Lord exposed her sin, she stayede with Him to hear more. When she understood Him, she left her waterpot. We esplore these two actions. She was an extremist. We cannot be saved unless we are too.
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    • The Samaritan Woman
      Feastday For All Us Samaritans
      John 4-5-42
      2013-06-03
      SYNOPSIS:The conversation and conversion of the Samaritan woman by the well, recorded only in John, is the conversation of Christ with the soul. This is good news for us, as the future Equal to the Apostles Photini (Svetlana) was not a good woman - she had many sins - and we are not good either, however, she listened to the Lord, even as He sternly corrected her false beliefs and immoral lifestyle. The same conversation is happening to us, every day. Are you listening? Do you know how to listen? St Photini teaches us.
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    • Luminous Personality Of The Samaritan Woman Photini
      Courage Honesty Curiosity Burning Heart
      John 4-5-42
      2014-05-18
      SYNOPSIS:The personality of the Great "Equal to the Apostles&qot;, Photini (Svetlana) shines in the story of her encounter with Jesus at the well. We can learn many things from her. We must learn to have her honest and courage, her inquiring heart, and cultivate within us the burning love she had for Christ. Her life also teaches us that we can recover and be healed from ANYTHING. Observe her path to full healing, and walk it!

    The Blind Man

    Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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    • Fathers First Ecumenical Council
      2002
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    • 2008-06-08
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    • 2009-05-31
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    • Holy Fathers Of The First Ecumenical Council
      John 17-1-13
      2010-05-16
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    • Holy Fathers Of The First Ecumenical Council
      High Priestly Prayer Of Jesus Christ
      John 17-1-13
      2011-06-05
      SYNOPSIS:The Christology of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ (which He made just before His arrest on Holy Thursday) is explained, and then the moral application of this prayer which is as important as the dogma in it is discussed. Our Lord proves that He is equal to the Father, and gives us two instructions on what we must do to be saved. Both instructions are intimately related to His relationship with the Father, and consequently what our relationship should be with God and our neighbor.
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    • Fathers First Ecumenical Council
      That They May Be One
      John 17-1-13
      2012-05-27
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    • That They May Be One As We Are
      Reintegration Of The Faculties Of The Soul
      John 17-1-13
      2013-06-16
      SYNOPSIS:First, a little bit of basic literacy about the First Ecumenical council and Jesus' emphatic expressions of unity and equality with His Father. We then emphasize how Jesus' unity with the Father is the model for our salvation - the powers of the soul - the appetitive, knowledge and irascible - are integrated in the soul in perfect unity with each other, as God is one with Himself. This is important stuff - it is salvation defined in a very deep and mystical way, and you should be aware of it happening in you
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    • That They May Be One As We Are
      Reintegration Of The Faculties Of The Soul
      John 17-1-13
      2013-06-16
      SYNOPSIS:First, a little bit of basic literacy about the First Ecumenical council and Jesus' emphatic expressions of unity and equality with His Father. We then emphasize how Jesus' unity with the Father is the model for our salvation - the powers of the soul - the appetitive, knowledge and irascible - are integrated in the soul in perfect unity with each other, as God is one with Himself. This is important stuff - it is salvation defined in a very deep and mystical way, and you should be aware of it happening in you
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    • Old Testament Is Not So Hard
      Do You Therefore Love Strangers Because You Also Were Strangers In The Land Of Egypt
      Deuteronomy 18-11-15-17-10-14-21
      2014-03-31
      SYNOPSIS:Many people find the Old Testament to be almost incomprehensible and rarely read it. It is not that hard! There are a few principles that will help you to understand the OT.

      First, you must read the OT just as the Gospels and the rest of Scripture, with anticipation and attention. and to gain something useful for your soul. Look for moral lessons, good and bad examples of how to live, and *ESPECIALLY* things that resonate in your soul. You do not need to learn all the intricate details of history and culture, and the Jewish law, etc to benefit, and if a passage seems very hard to understand, do not dwell on it. Be a "gleaner" All of the Scripture can teach you something you need to know, or strengthen you in some way.

      Also, you should concentrate on the scriptures that are read in church, because the context in which they are read gives you significant clues as to their meaning. The OT is read at Vespers for all the major feasts, and for the celebrations of some of the saints. If you pay attention to the hymnology (especially for the great feasts, such as Nativity, Theophany, etc) , the reading will be explained.

      We apply especially the first principle to two readings from Deuteronomy, which are read at the vespers commemorating the Fathers of the First Ecumenical council, on the Sunday in between Ascension and Pentecost. We hone in on the moral and practical lessons, which resonate in the Christian soul. It is not that hard, and you do not need to be a scriptural scholar! Just read, as if at the feet of Jesus, listening as did Mary, the sister of Lazarus. " There shall be no difference of persons, you shall hear the little as well as the great: neither shall you respect any man's person, because it is the judgment of God" Duet 1:17 " And do you therefore love strangers, because you also were strangers in the land of Egypt." Deut 10:19
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Fathers First Ecumenical Council
      God Is One Salvation Is To Be One
      John 17-1-13
      2014-06-01
      SYNOPSIS:Why do we commemorate the first Ecumenical Council just before Pentecost and read from the High Priestly prayer of Jesus? There is a simple explanation. What is salvation, and how do we obtain it? It is explained in the High Priestly prayer of Jesus. Both derive from the nature of God, Who is one with Himself. Glory be to God that the Church knows what salvation; is it is not just a legal standing before God; it is union with God and with each other. Let these worded be your "mnemonic" to help you in every situation you encounter: "Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Fathers First Ecumenical Council Arius
      That They May Be One As We Are
      John 17-1-13
      2015-05-24
      SYNOPSIS:The reason that the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council are celebrated between Ascension and Pentecost. Why the theology of Arius is absurd. The purpose of life and how to achieve it.
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 1st Council
      Exegesis Of High Priestly Prayer
      John 17-1-13
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:First we explain why the Fathers of the First Ecumenical council are remembered on the Sunday preceding Pentecost. There is a very good reason. What follows is important for all Christians to know and live by - an exegesis of the beginning of the High priestly prayer of Jesus - John 17:1-13. Let us especially understand the promise: " Keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
    • 12nd Sunday of Pascha; Thomas Sunday (mp3 format)
    • Young Rich Ruler
      Answer Every Question Ask The Right Questions
      Matthew 19-16-26
      2014-08-31
      SYNOPSIS:Answer every question in the scripture! There are no rhetorical questions. Look carefully at the answers Jesus gives to questions. He often answers what the question should have been! Be careful to ask good questions and recognize stupid ones. The rich young ruler asked a bad question. Jesus rebuked him on two counts, and taught clearly, for those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, the way of salvation, and the purpose of life. This answer is directly opposed to the minimalist spirit of this age, with its pseudo-Christianity. We can do no "good" thing, because only God is good. The way to salvation is not by doing one or a million good things, although we must attempt to follow the commandments. Jesus gives the way to salvation - not being good enough, but fulfilling the great commandment - to love the Lord with all the heart, soul, mind and strength - which He defines here as "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven." Read the Gospels every day (or it will be as hard for you to be saved as the rich man), and you will learn the purpose of life - perfection! The Lord tells us that "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

Weekday Readings during Paschaltide

  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • Important Truths Are Rarely Said Absolutely Unambiguously
    No Man Hath Seen God At Any Time And Make Straight The Way Of The Lord
    John 1-18-28
    2011-02-25
    SYNOPSIS:John 1:18-28 The effect of the incarnation and the absolute necessity for a moral life is declared inn the Gospel for Bright Monday. As is the usual case, profound truths about the Christian life are stated, but not with absolute clarity. The fullness of the meaning of Scripture is not apparent to the casual observer, but only to those who struggle foe righteousness. We look at the whole passage, but particularly the two phrases: "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him", and "Make straight the way of the Lord."
  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Monday Ministry And Baptism Of John
    How To Read The Old Testament
    John 1-18-28
    2014-04-21
    SYNOPSIS:This is a far ranging exegesis of John 1:18-28. It touches on the significance of Christ being God and man in regard to seeing the Father, the baptism of and ministry of John, aspects of the baptism of Christ, and what it did and how it was different than that of John, and also how to read and interpret the Old Testament, which is a hard book for many, but need not bee, if we read it as the church reads it. We should always read the scripture to be changed, and scriptural knowledge must assist this, so on weekdays, we can go into more background detail.
  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • The Person Jesus
    Who Are You
    John 1-18-28
    2016-05-02
    SYNOPSIS:John 1:18-28. The primary message of the Gospel of John is the person:Jesus. We must be theologically literate and understand Who Jesus is. This does not require a high IQ, but it does require us to know without hesitation the answer to the question "Who are you"
  • Bright Tuesday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Tuesday
    The Road To Emmaus
    Luke 24-12-35
    2014-02-22
    SYNOPSIS:During the Paschal season, all 11 matinal resurrectional Gospels are read. The first one read is on Bright Tuesday: Many aspects of this story are explained, but the most important thing is that the way to Emmaus, this intensely personally story (told by Luke, who was there), is our way too, if we so choose. We are ignorant like the apostles on the way to Emmaus, we make plenty of mistakes too. the reason the apostles were enlightened because their hearts were burning within them as Jesus opened to them the scripture. What is this "burning"? This is a critical question.
  • Bright Tuesday (mp3 format)
  • Road To Emmaus
    Hearts Burning God Opens Eyes
    Luke 24-12-35
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:Why do we read from Luke (the Road to Emmaus) during Bright Week? This Gospel shows that the Lord will meet us, where we are, in the midst of our weakness. You do not need to be strong; the Lord will make you strong. You do not need to be smart; the Lord will make you smart. You do need to be faithful; the Lord will not make you faithful. You must have a burning heart. We discuss what a burning heart is, and how to attain it, and also how God opens eyes.
  • Bright Thursday (HTML format)
  • 2009-04-23
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • That Which Is Born Of The Flesh Is Flesh And That Which Is Born Of The Spirit Is Spirit
    The Encounter With Nicodemus
    John 3-1-15
    2011-02-28
    SYNOPSIS:John 3:1-15That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Exegesis of the encounter of Nicodemus with Christ.
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Thursday Nicodemus And Christ
    Spiritual Vs Flesh And Remembrance Of Death
    John 3-1-15
    2014-04-24
    SYNOPSIS:John 3:1-15 The encounter of Christ with Nicodemus is a deep well of theology, and much of it is explained here, but the most important "take home" is that baptism initiates a radical change, and we must learn to think spiritually. This is radically different than the flesh. We explain that the Orthodox "remembrance of death" is precisely spiritual thinking, as opposed to the flesh. There is more stuff here too, including a (partial) list of scriptures that Fr Seraphim wants to be preached about at his funeral, in lieu of a eulogy.
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Pascha Traditions
    2014-04-24
    SYNOPSIS:A short discussion about various Paschal and Bright week traditions and their meanings (of course!) Why are the doors of the altar open, and when do they close? Why do we omit saying "O Heavenly King", and a few other things.
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Thursday Nicodemus And Christ
    Living Spiritually Listening To Our Heart
    John 3-1-15
    2015-04-16
    SYNOPSIS:John 3:1-15 The encounter of Nicodemus & Jesus Christ. It primarily tells us how to live spiritually. We talk about how to listen to our heart. We also talk about why we read John after Pascha and do a general exegesis of this passage.
  • Bright Friday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Friday Lifegiving Spring
    Let This Mind Be In You Which Was Also In Christ Jesus
    Philippians 2-5-11
    2015-04-17
    SYNOPSIS:Homily given Bright Friday, in the chapel of the Iviron Mother of God, in Willis, Texas. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" How are we to understand this command? It is about much more than humility. We must understand the primary purpose of the Scriptures when we evaluate this command. The primary purpose is not historical, theological or even dogmatic; it is to teach us how to live (and become), by following our model, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the "mind of Christ" is obtaining a truly human mind, which is wholly in Christ. In the course of this homily we also describe the role of the Theotokos, and why we say "Most Holy Theotokos save us", and her hidden role in mentoring the apostles.
  • Bright Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Most Important Happiest Saddest Day Of The Year
    2015-04-18

Weekday Readings after Pascha

  • 2th Tuesday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Football Signs
    Light And Darkness
    John 3-16-21
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:In years gone by, John 3:16 was displayed in countless end zones across the land when an extra point was kicked. We examine the context of this verse, in exegesis of John 3:16-21, and concentrate on darkness and light. In our day, light is called darkness and darkness is called light. A Christian must know the difference and live in the light.
  • 2th Wednesday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • 2011-05-04
  • 2th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • John 5-24-30
    2011-05-02
  • 2th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Scripture Is Easy To Understand
    Childrens Sermon
    John 5-24-30
    2012-04-26
    SYNOPSIS:A children's sermon on John 5:24-30, and important Christology that 7, 5 and 4 years olds know and liberal seminary students do not!
  • 2th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Salvation Is A Journey From Death To Life
    John 5-24-30
    2015-04-23
    SYNOPSIS:John 5:24-30 is read the 2nd Thursday of Pascha and also on Saturdays when we commemorate the dead. We do a "personal" exegesis of the passage. The scripture must be personal to us it is always telling us something individually. It is important to understand what it says, and then apply it to ourselves. For instance, our Lord said: "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." This "passage" is a lifelong process, and should give us great comfort and energize us. We also discuss how the passage of Jesus through Hades was prophesied, the most common and perplexing heresy of our age, and what the Lord meant when He said He could do nothing apart from His Father. There is a great mystery hear, and a "secret" that, if we understand it, leads to a completely fulfilling and happy life. In the midst of explaining this passage, we even discuss a little bit about prison ministry. It all ties together.
  • 3th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Acts 8-26-39-John 6-40-44
    2011-05-12
  • 5th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • The Sheep Follow Him For They Know His Voice
    John 9-39-10-9
    2012-05-17
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (HTML format)
  • Ascension
    2009-05-28
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:Because Jesus Christ took on our flesh in every way, His ascension tells us that we will ascend in the flesh. This will be accomplished by living according the the Holy Spirit, Who was promised to us after His ascension.
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Exegesis Of Old Testament Parables Read During Ascension Vespers
    2011-06-01
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Childrens Sermon
    2011-06-02
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Human Nature Deified Holy Spirit Sent Judgment To Come
    2011-06-02
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Why Stand Ye Gazing Up Into Heaven
    Acts 1-1-12
    2013-06-15
    SYNOPSIS:We need to understand the 3 main dogmas taught in the Ascension - this is basic biblical literacy. After this, we must apply these dogmas to our daily lives. This is the command given to the apostles and to us, which is implicit in the question the angels asked them: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?" God gives us grace to be acted upon.
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Time To Do Something Now
    Acts 1-1-12
    2014-05-29
    SYNOPSIS:The three main important things about Ascension and then the fourth, which integrates the first three and is the answer to the question: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?" It is time to do something now.
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Three Things
    2016
  • 6th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Ascension
    Three Things
    Acts 1-1-12
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:The Ascension of Jesus Christ teaches emphatically three main dogmas. They are important to know, but more important to live by. They must abide in our heart. We describe these dogmas in detail: about the ascension of our flesh, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the Second coming of Christ.
  • 7th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • John 16-23-33
    2013-06-20
  • 7th Thursday after Pascha (mp3 format)
  • Do Ye Now Believe
    John 16-23-33
    2015-05-28

Feasts of the Savior, Nativity


Feasts of the Savior, Theophany

  • Two Sundays before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The "beginning" of the Gospel is accomplished every day.
    Mark 1:1-8
    2009
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord Make His Paths Straight
    Mark 1:1-8
    2011-01-10
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday before Theophany we read from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark 2 important prophesies regarding the ministry of Jesus Christ, and regarding the ministry of John the Baptist. The "baptism of John", and of Christ, and our own is explained, and the admonition of St John: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight", which applies to each one of us, all the time, is explained. There is a very important nuance of meaning that is missed by too many Christians. Our life must be a continual attempt to obey this admonition, and without our effort to do so, we cannot be saved, while, on the other hand, our success in fulfilling this command does not determine if we are saved either. This is the old faith vs. works argument, which, for those who were not raised in the church, can be very confusing. It is actually quite easy to understand (after you have understood it!). Our baptism, and all that God does to give us His grace, enables us to become perfected and to know Him. We are responsible for trying, and only because of His help, we will succeed. Overall, if our life is an effort to fulfill this commandment, we will be saved.
  • The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptism, and the end, where we will have fought the good fight and finished the course. Readings for the Sunday before Theophany explained. (mp3 format)
  • Mark 1:1-8 2Timothy 4:5-8
    2012-01-15
    SYNOPSIS:The Sunday before Theophany (the baptism of Jesus Christ), we read from Mark about the "beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and about the baptism of John, which is a vivid type of Christian Baptism. The entire selection, form Mark 1:1-8 us explained, and especially how John's baptism (of repentance) is different (and the same) as Christian baptism. It is also appropriate on this day to think about the eventual fruit of baptism, which is human perfection and union with God, and the passage of 2Timothy 4:5-8 presents us with a beautiful "after" picture. This is our destiny, if we accept baptism and work to attain it.
  • "Christ has appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters." Exegesis of the Pre-festival Troparion for theophany, and WHY THE THEOPHANY at the baptism of Christ? (mp3 format)
  • 2014-01-18
    SYNOPSIS:What happened at the baptism of Christ? The pre-festival troparion explains it. Why did the Theophany (appearance the Holy Triniy) occur at the baptism of Christ? This is central to the purpose of the reason Christ was baptized, and how we are made - we differ from animals and angels in a critical way, which is mystically described at the baptism of Christ.
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Theology Of Baptism
    Holy Spirit In The Nostrils
    Luke 10-1-15
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:A short catechesis on Baptism, then the good stuff. We explain how man was created, the consequence of the Fall, the need for Baptism, and signs at the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ that prove that Baptism effects a momentous change in man. Then we discuss the greatest fruit of baptism - to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and use examples from the Scriptures read today, as well as the words of Job: "Verily, while my breath is yet in me, and the breath of God which remains to me is in my nostrils, my lips shall not speak evil words, neither shall my soul meditate unrighteous thoughts. (Job 27:3-4)
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Mark 1:1-8
    2015-01-18
    SYNOPSIS:The Gospel read on the Sunday before Theophany helps us to prepare for the feast. This we must do and redo every day. We discuss the difference in how Orthodox Christians prepare for feasts. There was a messenger that heralded the coming of Christ, and we also have such a messenger - the conscience. We must learn to cultivate and listen to this messenger.
  • Theophany, The Baptism of the Lord, & "Illumining". "To Fulfil all Righteousness." About Holy Water. (HTML format)
  • 1999
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • 2003
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Two Theophanies, 2 Baptisms
    Titus 2:11-14:34-7, Matthew 3:13-17
    2008-01-19
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Baptism allows us to fulfil all righteousness.
    Matthew 3:13-17
    2009-01-19
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • The Grace Of God That Bringeth Salvation Hath Appeared To All Men
    2011-01-19
    SYNOPSIS:Explanation of the reason for the Lord's baptism, including the prophesies about the visible changes in the Jordan when the Lord was baptised.
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Synaxarion For Theophany
    2012-01-18
  • What does baptism do for us and what MUST we do after baptism? The moral dogma of baptism. (mp3 format)
  • That He Might Redeem Us From All Iniquity And Purify Unto Himself A Peculiar People Zealous Of Good Works
    Titus 2:11-14: 3:4-7
    2012-01-19
    SYNOPSIS:The epistle for Theophany, the Baptism of the Lord, describes for us the purpose of baptism, and especially its "moral dogma". What is this? Most people know that Christianity rests upon various dogmas about God, such as that God is a Trinity of persons, and that the Son of God, Jesus Christ is God and man, but many do not know as well our moral dogmas. The Epistle to Titus describes both the dogma what Christian baptism does. and also the moral dogma concerning it - what we must do. If we do not understnad and embrace this dogma we cannot be saved.
  • Why a Theophany at the baptism of Christ? For the same reason that the Trinity was present at the creation of man. Deep and beautiful theology about baptism, and the image of God in man. (mp3 format)
  • Matthew 3:13-17 Titus 2:11-14,3:4-7
    2014-01-19
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2003
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After Theophany
    The Meaning Of The Winter Pascha; Our Nature Is Changed, We Are No Longer Captives
    Ephesians 4:7-13, Matthew 4:12-17
    2008-01-20
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Matthew 4:12-17
    2009-01-25
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Gift Of Christ
    Ephesians 4:7-13
    2011-01-23
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the epistle read for the Sunday after Theophany, Ephesians 4:7-13. Why is this epistle read? What is "the measure of the gift of Christ." "He led captivity captive" describes what Christ's death and resurrection did for us, and is a way of understanding the effects of sin.
  • The purpose of the church, and of baptism. (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2012-01-21
    SYNOPSIS:The selection read on the Sunday after Theophany (Ephesians 4:7-13) is critical to understand in detail. It contains the important dogmas abuot Christ's descent into Hell, and the rarely understood dogma whoch I will express as a question: "What is the purpose of the church?" It is critical to understand the purpose if our life, and of the church, and how baptism affects both. The exegesis of this Epistle explains this. This is a very important 9 minutes for a Christian to understand.
  • How to answer temptations and what happens after baptism. (mp3 format)
  • Saturday & Sunday after Theophany
    Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 4:12-17
    2012-01-22
    SYNOPSIS:The history of what Jesus did after His baptism is critical for us to understand. He set the example, both by accepting baptism and showing us what we MUST do after baptism. Let' look in detail at how to encounter temptation, which will surely come to us. We must be ready.
  • "Every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Do not be afraid to struggle for perfection! (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After Theophany
    Ephesians 4-7-13
    2013-01-20
    SYNOPSIS:The Epistle for the Sunday after Theophany, although it does not mention the word, is all about baptism. St Paul teaches us what our Lord's baptism did for us, and its end result - perfection. We look at this passage in detail, with its hopeful and intricate theology, which urges us to not be afraid to struggle for perfection!
  • Christology 101: Grace, The descent into Hades,unity, salvation and being truly human DEFINED PROPERLY - it is all in here: Ephesians 4:7-13 (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2013-11-07
    SYNOPSIS:Ephesians 4:7-13 is a virtual primer on some of the most import Christological subjects. It is read on the Sunday after Theophany, and also for certain Saints in the Menaion, such As Oct 25 (Marcian & Martyrius, notaries). In this short passage we learn of the descent into Hades, and see salvation, Unity and being truly human defined properly. St Paul is expressing thoughts dear to all Eastern Orthodox Christians, and sometimes not understood so well in the West. We look at these amazing verses: "Every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ" "He led captivity captive" "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ"
  • "Unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ": the purpose of baptism explained. (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2014-01-26
    SYNOPSIS:Why this reading from Ephesians on the Sunday after Theophany? It contains the end result of baptism, and one of the best "definition" of salvation: unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ". It also has marvelous Christology that many have never heard of, even in the church. Let us marvel at it, and be strengthened in our struggles.
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fulness Of Christ
    Eph 4-7-13
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:Ephesians 4:7-13, read on the Sunday after Theophany, is, appropriately, describing what happens AFTER baptism. We explain the phrase " the measure of the gift of Christ", and why St Paul modified the Psalm he quoted, from "received gifts from men" to "gave gifts to men". We discuss a common and deadly way to look at God, and the proper way, and spend a lot of time on the phrase: "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ".
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fulness Of Christ
    Eph 4-7-13
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:Ephesians 4:7-13, read on the Sunday after Theophany, is, appropriately, describing what happens AFTER baptism. We explain the phrase " the measure of the gift of Christ", and why St Paul modified the Psalm he quoted, from "received gifts from men" to "gave gifts to men". We discuss a common and deadly way to look at God, and the proper way, and spend a lot of time on the phrase: "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ".

Feasts of the Savior, Transfiguration

  • Transfiguration (Word DOC format)
  • Notes
  • Transfiguration (HTML format)
  • Human nature in the midst of the Divine.
    Luke 9:28-36 (The Gospel For Matins)
    2008-08-19
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, Revver, DailyMotion, Blip.TV, Veoh
    SYNOPSIS:There is a startling contrast between Moses and Elias and the Apostles during the Transfiguration. The Apostles show they were not yet ready to fully experience Divine nature because of their sleepiness, confusion and fear. Moses and Elias were perfectly at peace in the midst of the uncreated light. Humanity was created to be able to perceive the Divine uncreated light, but we must be prepared for it.
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • 2009-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • A Prophesy Of Things To Come
    Partakers Of Divine Nature
    2010-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Illumined With Effulgence Of The Virtues
    To Be In The Presence Of God
    Vespers Aposticha For The Prefestival Of The Transfiguration
    2011-08-17
    SYNOPSIS:The most important aspect of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mount Tabor is that it is a harbinger of things to come. The apostles were not ready to be in the presence of the divine uncreated light of God, and yet in the end we all will be in His presence. What must we do to become ready? The aposticha for the forefeast teaches us: "Illumined with the effulgence of the virtues, let us proceed to the holy mountain, that we may behold the divine Transfiguration of the Lord." (Vespers Aposticha, August 5, Forefeast of the Transfiguration). Let us look at what happened to the apostles and why and what we must do as the aposticha teaches.
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Old Testament Appearances Of Jesus Christ
    Exegesis of the Parables For Transfiguration Vespers
    Exodus 24:12-18 : Exodus 33:11-23: 34:4-6, 8 : 1 Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15-16
    2011-08-18
    SYNOPSIS:Similar events to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ occured in the Old Testament. Three selections from the Old Testament are read during the Vespers, involving Moses twice and also the Prophet Elijah. These parables are briefly explained.
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • 2011-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Revealing The Human Form I Emit Unapproachable Light Having Put On All Of Adam And Transformed Human Nature
    Transfiguration Matins Teaches Us The Meaning Of The Feast
    2011-08-20
    SYNOPSIS:The services for any important feast day explain in great detail the theological and moral meaning of the feast. We look at a small sample of the important teachings, by looking at three hymns from matins: "Revealing the human form of Thy second and awesome coming with Thy glory, O Savior Thou, wast transfigured on Mount Tabor. Elijah and Moses conversed with Thee, and Thy three disciples were summoned to behold Thy glory O Master, and marveled at Thy radiance. O Thou who then shone forth Thy light upon them, illumine our souls!" (Matins for the Transfiguration, 1st Sessional Hymn, Tone IV) "Speaking words of life in giving instruction concerning that which is divine, Christ said to his friends. "Recognize the Father in Me, for I emit unapproachable light, onto the joy of those who chant: let us sing unto our God for he hath been glorified!"" (Matins for the Transfiguration, Canon, Ode I) "Moses who of old foresaw Thee in the fire and in the bush, and Elijah, who was taken up in the chariot of fire, arriving on Tabor proclaimed Thy glory, For the sake of Thy cross, O Christ." (Matins for the Transfiguration, Canon, Ode IV)
  • Exegesis of Vespers readings on Transfiguration: typology and moral instruction. (mp3 format)
  • Exodus 24:12-18 : Exodus 33:11-23: 34:4-6,8 : 1 Kings 19:3-9,11-13,15-16
    2012-08-18
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Vespers readings (parables, paremia) for the Feast of the Transfiguration, with emphasis on typology, especially comparing the Theophanies Moses and Elijah experienced to the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and the significant moral instruction these events give us, when viewed in a Christian light.
  • Transfiguration: Welcome to the future and examples of how to attain it in the present. (mp3 format)
  • 2012-08-19
  • Transfiguration:A foretaste of what is promised: to be in the presence of God. (mp3 format)
  • 2 Peter 1:10-19
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Transfiguration is a foretaste of what is promised: to be in the presence of God. We discuss the reaction of sinful men when they are the presence of God, and the answer to the riddle: Why do we still sin? It is because we have not fully experienced the light of God. We discuss the BEST and most powerful reason to fight against sin. It is not because of the commandments or fear, or desire for reward. The Apostle Peter explains: "We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."

Feasts of the Savior, Exaltation of the Cross

  • Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • The Cross Is the Sign of Christianity, A Christian Cannot Be Without His Cross: On the Inevitability of Suffering
    By New Hieromartyr John, Archbishop of Riga and Latvia
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  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • John 12:28-36, 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2008-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    A promise that only one man can deliver, after the cross.
    John 3:13-17
    2009-09-20
  • Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • We Preach Christ Crucified
    What is the way of the cross?
    1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2009-09-27
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    SYNOPSIS:Main points of this homily, which may express my deepest Christian feelings more than any other homily I have ever spoken: What is the preaching of the Cross? The preaching of the Cross is preaching about the way of the Cross. ** Our Lord spoke about the way of the Cross. It's rather mysterious, really. And the reason it's mysterious is because of our sins, because the way of the Cross is the way of life; and yet, in order to gain it, we must die. The way of the Cross is the way of joy -- or to joy. But in order to gain it, we must undergo tribulation and be sad. ** This is the way of the Cross: To know that you are missing something that is so critically important to your soul; to know that you're missing wisdom and compassion and gentleness and humility and wholeness. And that the only way to gain this is to follow Christ and to cleave to Him, to hold onto Him, no matter what. ** If your heart doesn't ache for what you should be and what others should be, then you're not following the way of the Cross.
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2009-10-04
  • Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Cross. We are saved from the poison of our passions and sin through the Cross. Exegesis of John 3:13-17 (HTML format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    2010-09-26
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    SYNOPSIS:An explanation AND APPLICATION of the Gospel on the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, John 3:13-17, which has the famous verse: John 3:16. The more important part of the passage describes the standard with the serpent on it which Moses lifted up in the wilderness. The cross and the resurrection must be thought of in the same breath, and how we must live because of the cross. Excerpt ... Our poison is sin. Our poison is passions. We are saved from our passions and sin through the Cross. Why? Because the Son of Man has the authority to lay down His life and to take it up again. And He would shortly lay down His life and take it up again. He has the authority to change our nature such that we no longer would be held by death. That is what happened after His death on the Cross. He descended into Hades of His Own will and filled Hades with His divinity and broke the gates of Hades. We sing about this in Pascha, and actually we sing about it every Saturday evening. And in breaking those bars, breaking the bonds that hold humanity when they die, He made us capable of ascending. ...
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Two Identical Definitions of Christianity. What is the way of the Cross? Important questions we must answer.
    Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34-9:1
    2010-10-03
    SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross both contain identical 'definitions' of Christianity. They both involve the cross, which is an instrument of death and of life. All Christians must voluntarily be crucified with Christ, and take up their cross. This is explained by our Lord's instruction that we must 'lose' our life to save it, and His questions: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We must understand this if we are to truly live the Christian life and know Christ.
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    Two Hymns Explaining What Happened On The Cross
    2011-09-24
  • What does this mean - God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we have this treasure in earthen vessels? (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Galatians 6:11-18
    2011-09-25
    SYNOPSIS:On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, two of the epistle readings (2 Corinthians 4:6-15 and Galatians 6:11-18) relate directly to the cross. St Paul states emphatically: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." What does it mean to "glory" in the cross? People glory in many things - wealth, attractiveness, popularity, political correctness, having a good marriage, job, etc. None of these things is glorying in the cross. We answer this important question, and also why we who are "new creatures" because of the cross "have this treasure in earthen vessels".
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • The Length And Height Of The Cross Is Equal To Heaven
    Praises-Matins
    2011-09-26
  • The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (mp3 format)
  • The Preaching Of The Cross Is To Them That Perish Foolishness; But Unto Us Which Are Saved It Is The Power Of God
    1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2011-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Christ Liveth In Me
    Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:4-9:1
    2011-10-02
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • God Forbid That I Should Glory Save In The Cross Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    Sunday Before Exaltation Of The Cross
    Galations 6:11-18
    2012-09-22
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Blessed Is The Man That Findeth Wisdom And Is Rich In Prudence
    Proverbs 3-11-18
    2012-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • For The Preaching Of The Cross Is To Them That Perish Foolishness But Unto Us Which Are Saved It Is The Power Of God
    1 Corinthians 1-18-24
    2012-09-27
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" - the Cross and the REMEMBRANCE OF DEATH, which is the ONLY way of life. (mp3 format)
  • Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2012-09-30
    SYNOPSIS:We begin with an admonition from the Apostle Paul, in the selection read on the 17th Sunday after Pentecost: "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." This is the what, but most of a pastor's life is spent explaining the how, which the readings for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious cross do very well. The Epistle ends with the stirring words " I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me...", and the Gospel tells us that "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it ". These describe an attitude, a way of living. Without this attitude, we will not be able to make our way and be "perfecting holiness". One way to explain this attitude is to elucidate the uniquely ascetic and Orthodox understanding of the "remembrance of death"; this is CRITICAL stuff! We must understand this way of life, the ONLY way of life, which starts with baptism and the cross, and must continue in the way of the cross.
  • "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." What does the world vs. Christians glory in? (mp3 format)
  • Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    Galatians 6:11-18
    2013-09-22
    SYNOPSIS:"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." The world and true Christians "glory" in different things. What does a Christian "glory" in, how does he cultivate the proper things to "glory" in and what does this mean: "by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."?
  • Jesus connects the cross to love by saying "He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." followed immediately by "whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water ...shall in no wise lose his reward." (mp3 format)
  • Saturday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    Matthew 10:37-11-1
    2013-09-26
    SYNOPSIS:The way of the Cross is to love. Jesus makes this connection, not in so many words, but nonetheless, emphatically for those who understand by stating quot;He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." followed immediately by "Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water ...shall in no wise lose his reward." The giving of water is symbolic for a particular kind of love that a Christian must have if he is to truly a Christian.
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:" The way of the cross is to choose to not make a choice! It is the easy and light way! (mp3 format)
  • Sunday after the Exaltaiton of the Holy Cross.
    "The things I used to do, I don't do no more"
    Galatians 2:16-20
    2013-09-29
    SYNOPSIS:When the Apostle Paul exclaims extravagantly: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:", he is teaching us how to think, and how we think determine what we become. If we live by this amazing statement. we choose to give up our will, and therefore refuse to choose to sin. This is the light and easy way compared to the way of the world. The cross is not an instrument of suffering and the way of the cross is the only way that leads to happiness. We must understand the words of the apostle if we are to fully give up our will to this way. In so explaining, we even quote an old Blues song, whose secular wisdom directly applies to our choosing to be crucified with Christ: "The things I used to do, I don't do no more"
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross: The way of the cross is not suffering; It is love without limits. (mp3 format)
  • 2014-09-27
    SYNOPSIS:The Orthodox understanding of the Cross is not like the view of the West. We see victory, and resurrection, and healing. There is suffering when one follows the way of the cross, but suffering in and of itself is not the way of the cross! Our Lord said: "If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." His purpose to get on the cross was to draw all men to Him, and not to be punished. How does He draw us? Love without limits. We even work in an old Hollies Song to illustrate the point, and reword it a little from its original: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother"
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (mp3 format)
  • Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross
    Galatians 2:16-20
    2014-09-28
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday after the exaltation of the Holy Cross, we read these words of St Paul: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? this is a voluntary act of the will, since Christ voluntarily went to the cross. The West thinks of the cross as punishment, but if we ascend the cross with Christ, and Christ is punished in our place, our presence on the cross is superfluous! This is not why we put ourselves on the cross. We must understand this doctrine, and the cross is not about punishment, or even, primarily, suffering; it is because of voluntary love and the giving of ourselves to others. This is the good news! Let us understand it and rejoice in it!
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross. What is the Preaching of the Cross, which is foolishness to them that are perishing, but for us is the power of God? (mp3 format)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Exaltation of the Holy Cross. What is the Preaching of the Cross, which is foolishness to them that are perishing, but for us is the power of God? We look a little at what happened on the cross, a subject which our minds are to feeble to fully understand, and more at how we should live because of the cross. This is something we can understand by experience.
  • The connection between the Transfiguration, the Kingdom and the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Galations 2:20 : Mark 8:34-9:1 : 2 Corinthians 9:8
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:The Exaltation of the Cross and the Transfiguration of the Lord are linked liturgically and spiritually. The linking verse is: "there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.". We explain the most important phrase in our Lord's command: "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. " and look at epistles which explain fully how to follow the Lord, and the end result of our labor. "I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work"
  • " And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." (mp3 format)
  • Galations 6:11-18
    2015-09-20
    SYNOPSIS:The Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we read from Galatians, and encounter this verse: " And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." We talk about what this "rule" is; it is an internal rule, a consequence of becoming a "new creature" in baptism. Let us evaluate how much we walk according to this rule.
  • We cannot have the earnest of the Holy Spirit unless we glory in the cross! (HTML format)
  • Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4 : Galatians 6:11-18 : 2 Corinthians 1:22 : Galations 6:14
    2016-09-24
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    SYNOPSIS:A serendipitous combination (not!) of the Epistle for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, and the Epistle read on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. We define the "earnest of the Holy Spirit". This experience of God cannot be obtained unless we live according to the words of the apostle: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Just 6 minutes, but very important.
  • Because we are new creature, our belief in Christ is not cheap. Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • Matthew 22:1-14 : Galatians 6:11-18 : John 3:13-17
    2016-09-25
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    SYNOPSIS:Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. First a quick summary about the Parable to the Wedding Feast, so that we can discuss the concept of the wedding garment in the context of the pre-festal scripture read: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" and "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This latter scripture, so well known, but not well understood, tells us that salvation is through belief in Christ. If we understand what a "new creature" is, and the implications regarding our wedding garment, we will understand what "belief" in Christ. Our belief is not cheap, or malleable to whatever whim and fashion of the day holds sway, as in our day. It is wholly a product of us becoming new creatures and glorying in the cross. Matthew 22:1-14 Galations 6:15 John 3:13-17

Feasts of the Theotokos

  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Annunciation
    A Homily By Saint Proclus
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Entry Of The Theotokos
    By Saint Gregory Palamas
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  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    A Homily By Saint Andrew Of Crete
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos, Sep 8/21
    "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2008-09-21
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    SYNOPSIS:Before the homily, a little bit about those special "moments of clarity" and what we should expect each time in the holy services. The homily addresses the Epistle reading, where the Apostle tells us: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." This is the totality of the Gospel, just as the two great commandments are the totality of the law. If we fulfilled this command, we would never sin! Let us explore how to attain this "mind". Everything we do or think of doing should be evaluated in the light of this command.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Dormition
    Explanation Of The Dormition Troparion
    2009-08-28
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    SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death
  • Entry of the Theotokos (Nov 21). One of the "Great Forgotten Feasts" because of our pride in this egalitarian age. Let us explore holiness; we are called to it also! (HTML format)
  • Luke 10:38-42: 11:27-28
    2010-12-04
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    SYNOPSIS:The Entry of the Theotokos is one of the "great forgotten feasts" in the church calendar, even though it is one of the "12 great feasts". There are good reasons for this - this feast is especially about holiness, humility and submission, which our modern egalitarian world does not understand. The Theotokos is holy because she chose to be holy, of her own free will. We do not denigrate her by thinking that God in any way made her holy by making her different in some way from the rest of humanity. The Gospel reading for this feast (and all feasts of the Theotokos) is explained in detail. It is a peculiar reading, because the Mary in the reading is not the Theotokos, and it is also a concatenation of two sections of Scripture that are not related in time to each other, but it describes fully the virtue of the Theotokos, which we must emulate. Let us be in awe of the holiness of the Theotokos and all the Saints, and see our destiny in them. Let us explore holiness in this arrogant and egalitarian age.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • _2011-08-14+-pilate-and-govern-me-into-thy-sheltered-port-for-thou-art-author-of-good-things-and-staff-of-the-faithful_small-paraklesis-canon-ode-3-irmos Pilate And Govern Me Into Thy Sheltered Port For Thou Art Author Of Good Things And Staff Of The Faithful
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-3-Irmos
    2011-08-14
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Irmos from Ode 3: "I have thee as the shelter and defense of my life, thee the Theotokos and Virgin, pilate and govern me into thy sheltered port for thou art author of good things and staff of the faithful, o thou only all lauded one. " There are many beautiful scriptural allusions here, such as, "shelterd port", "staff of the faithful" (an allusion to the rod of Aaron that budded - a symbol of the Theotkos, which refers to her ever-virginity", "author of good things". We also discuss the spirit of this canon and what is the most important thing to "get out" of it.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • I Came To Knowledge Of Thy Works
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-4-Irmos
    2011-08-14
    SYNOPSIS:A meditation on the Irmos for Ode 4 of the Small Paraklesis canon to the Theotokos: "I have hearkened and heard, O Lord, of Thy dispensation's most awesome mystery; and I came to knowledge of Thy works, and I sang the praise of Thy Divinity.". We must feel the rythym of prayer. Our liturgical prayers are not just a message that we give to God but also a message that comes from God. Let us talk about what this phrase "I came to knowledge of thy works" means, and how it is enhanced by the way theparaklesis canon is sung.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Law Of God Understood In The Orthodox Way
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-5
    2011-08-23
    SYNOPSIS:A meditation on the 5th Ode of the Small Paraklesis Canon to the Theotokos, especially about how to understand the law of God. It is not even close to what the West thinks! The following hymns are discussed:
    "Lord, enlighten us by Thy precepts and by thy commands; and by the power of Thy lofty arm bestow Thy peace upon us all, since Thou art Friend of man."
    "Dissipate the gloom of my trespasses, O bride of God, with the clear brightness of thy radiance; for thou didst bear the Light divine which was before all-time."
    "Heal me, O Pure one, of the sickness which the passions bring, and make me worthy of a guardiancy; and by thy prayers intercessions grant thou health to me."
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Human Condition,elias,job,jonas,moses,david,peter Recognized Their Corruption
    Demonic Audacity
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-6
    2011-08-24
    SYNOPSIS:Explanation of the entire 6th Ode of the Paraklesis Canon. How to look at the human condition. Elias, Job, Jonas, Moses, David, Peter and many others in Scripture recognized their corruption and need for God. This is nuerotic to the world but completely normal and essential to the Christian. Also a detailed converstation about "demonic audacity"
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • From My Youth Do Many Passions War Against Me
    Hymns-Of-Ascent-Tone-4
    2011-08-25
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • I Shall Commemorate Thy Name In Every Generation And Generation
    The True Church Remembers The Theotokos
    Prokeimenon
    2011-08-27
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos
    "Mary hath chosen that good part" and "blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it."
    Luke 10:38-42,11:27-28
    2011-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:The usual reading for feasts of the Mother of God is actually a composite reading in which she does not appear at all, but another "Mary" (the sister of Lazarus) is mentioned, who shares her name. The reason why is because this selection, coupled with a later part of the same Gospel succinctly sums up the virtues of the Theotokos: "Mary hath chosen that good part" and "blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." On this great day, let us examine ourselves, as to whether we have also chosen that good part, and kept the word of God. This is why we venerate the Most Holy Theotokos with such love; our veneration is in vain if we do not also emulate! Let us examine how we can accomplish this.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Exegesis Of Gospel For The Theotokos
    Small-Paraklesis-Gospel-Reading-Luke 1-39-49
    2011-08-29
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Godly Sorrow
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Hymns-After-The-Gospel
    2011-09-03
  • Dormition: Children's sermon (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    2012-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:A homily/talk with the children about Dormition.
  • The Meeting of the Lord: The Song of Symeon must be our song at the end. (mp3 format)
  • Meeting of the Lord
    2014-02-15
  • Dormition. Why do we know that the Theotokos is Ever-Virgin? (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    2014-08-288
    SYNOPSIS:We venerate the Theotokos because of her great, voluntary holiness. Many people are not comfortable with this level of holiness. Many others, who read the Scripture without deep understanding, or think in secular ways, do not believe that the Theotokos was virgin before, during and after giving birth. The unanimous witness of the church on this dogma is clear to those who know such things scholastically, and our God-inspired services mention it often and scripture speaks of it in a type shrouded, and mystical way. There is however, one clear witness to her virginity that is not in books, but is in the heart, if it experiences even a little bit of holiness. We discuss this important witness, and also ways to learn of it.
  • Nativity of the Theotokos: Exegesis of the Old Testament Readings for the Feast. (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos
    Genesis 28:10-17 Ezekiel 43:27-44:4 Proverbs 9:1-11
    2014-09-20
    SYNOPSIS:Nativity of the Theotokos: Exegesis of the Old Testament Readings for the Feast. We learn about the ladder reaching from earth to heaven, the ever-virginity of the Theotokos which was prophesied, and about the house which wisdom hath builded for herself.
  • Nativity of the Theotokos: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." The Jesus Prayer (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos
    The Jesus Prayer
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2014-09-21
    SYNOPSIS:The epistle for feasts of the Theotokos is from Philippians, and contains this theologically rich command: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Paul brackets this command with an explanation of the moral life we are to lead, and the theological significance of the incarnation. All this is good to know, but the most important thing to learn is how do we develop this mind in Christ Jesus. On the Nativity of the Mother of God, we contemplate the example of the Theotokos, who developed this mind. We look at how she did it, and give the most important practical advice that we MUST follow if we are to develop this mind.
  • Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Entrance of the Theotokos. (mp3 format)
  • Luke 10:38-42:11:27-28
    2014-12-04
    Also on the Ancient Faith Radio Audio Blog "Redeeming the Time" playable here or downloadable here
    SYNOPSIS:The typical reading at liturgy for feasts of the Theotokos us a curious composite selection of two events that did not occur in close proximity to one-another. This fact must mean that the selection is teaching us something important about the Theotokos. We discuss the reading, which beings with the story of Mary and Martha, and the complaints of Martha and the answer of Jesus, then segues to the cry of a woman in the crowd, and the answer of Jesus (usually not translated correctly): "Yea indeed, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." We discuss why the Theotokos is so-called, and why we say "Most Holy Theotokos save us." It is all about the incarnation, and obedience, and the striving for holiness. We also discuss why veneration of the Theotokos is very important in our increasingly impure society.
  • Why are we here today celebrating Dormition? A spiritual answer. (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Luke 1:39-49,56
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:We ask on the feast of Dormition, what is the purpose of this feast. This is a general question, and not about the theology of the feast and the historical event. It deserves a spiritual answer. Why do we come to church today? We have just finished reading the selection from the Gospel of Luke, about Mary Going into the Hill country and greeting Elizabeth, 14 days in a row, since it is part of the Paraclesis service (Service of supplication, when the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos is swung in sweet melody; we serve it every day during the Dormition fast). We also read it during matins for the feast, as we do for all the feasts of the Mother of God. It tells us of a holy moment, which should be our ultimate goal. Let us meditate for a little while in wonder, mixed with desire and regret, on the important words from Luke: "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit".
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    The Closed Gate
    Ezekiel 43-27-44-4
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Ezekiel 43:27-44:4. This text is read on most feasts of the Theotokos, and indicates her perpetual virginity.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    The Spiritual Ladder
    Genesis 28-10-17
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Genesis 28:10-17. This text is read on most feasts of the Theotokos. The heavenly ladder which Jacob saw is the Theotokos.
  • "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus..." Why is this read on Feasts of the Theotokos? How to change the mind. All theology is moral. (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2015-08-30
    SYNOPSIS:Philippians 2:5-11 is read on feasts of the Theotokos. We ask why. This is one of the most important Christological passages in the Scripture. We do an exegesis of it, emphasizing two points. 1. We must continually be changing and renewing our mind. How is this done? This is a skill that all Christians must learn, or else they are not really Christians. 2. All theology, all dogma is moral. That is, if your knowledge does not directly affect the way you live, and continually change the way you live, it is useless for the salvation of your soul.

Feasts of the Saints

    June 29

    July 04

    July 13

    August 29

    July 21

    June 24

    • Nativity of John the Baptist. Exegesis of Vespers Parables (mp3 format)
    • Genesis 17:15-17, 19: 18:11-14: 21:1-8 : Judges 13:2-8, 13-14, 17-18, 21 : Isaiah 40:1-3, 9: 41:17-18: 45:8: 48:20-21: 54:1
      2011-07-06
      SYNOPSIS:The Vespers parables for the Nativity of St John are what we might expect: the stories of barren women who bare children (notable Sarah, who bore Isaac, and the unnamed mother of Sampson, wife of Manoah) and the seminal passage from Isaiah which prophesies the coming of the Forerunner, with the memorable line "The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God"). What is important about these readings? Since the whole of the teaching of the Baptist was preparation via morality, we can expect there to be a heavy emphasis on how we should live. By the way, astute listeners will recognize that the second reading was incorrectly identified as referring to Hanna, the mother of Samuel, when actually the reading is about Sampson. Of course, Hannah was another barren woman who bore a child. Ooops.
    • Nativity of John the Baptist. The Teaching of John the Baptist Explained by St Paul (mp3 format)
    • Romans 13:11-14:4
      2011-07-07
      SYNOPSIS:The selection from Romans read for the Nativity of the Forerunner is a remarkable summary of the core teaching of St John the Baptist. Note that "teaching" is not plural, because, primarily, the Holy Forerunner was concerned with only one thing - preparing the way for the immanent appearance in the world of Jesus Christ, and he could only see one way to do this: "make his paths straight" We discuss how St Paul summarizes this teaching and also the wonderful assertion that " now is our salvation nearer than when we believed", which also applies very much to the ministry of St John, and should be realized by us each succeeding day of our life.

    June 29

    • Two things that made the apostles great: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" & "therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities" (mp3 format)
    • Two things that made the apostles great.
      "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" & "therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities"
      Matthew 16:13-19 : 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9
      2011-07-12
      SYNOPSIS:Our Lord asked two questions of His followers - one completely unimportant, and takes up too much of our time, and the other is of priceless important and should take up all of our time. St Peter answered correctly, with conviction: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." & This confession is part of what made the Apostles great. It is not a one-time answer, but must be answered with conviction, in all that we do. Our Lord told Peter that because of this confession, the gates of Hell would not prevail against the church. We examine this confession, and how the church endures. Part if the reason why the church endures is because of those who hold to the inner conviction the Apostle Paul had (and we must have): "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
    • Exegesis of Vespers readings for the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul and Differences between Peter and Paul (HTML format)
    • 1 Peter 1:3-9 : 1 Peter 1:13-19 : 1 Peter 2:11-24
      2011-07-12
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:A short exegesis of the 3 selections from the Epistles of the Apostle Peter, read at the Vespers for the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The difference between their writings is explored. The Apostle Peter writes with simplicity and the conviction and wisdom that can only be gained by a life lived well, with many moral admonitions, based upon a deep understanding of what the God-man has done for us. It is like listening to your wise grandfather imparting his wisdom at the end of his life. He does not feel compelled to give detailed proofs, but he merely speaks with overpowering conviction because of experience. A few of verses from the selections are explored to illustrate this kind of "fireside chat" character of his writings. Those who are temped to call themselves Christians and still not heed the words of the Apostle " abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" should read the Apostle with greater care and humility. We are in an age that very much needs to heed the words of the Apostle Peter. There is also a short excursus into Peter's restoration and how he was able eventually to say to His Lord, not only did he have affection for Him, but that He loved him with an all consuming, perfect love. This love is only possible if the admonitions of Peter are heeded.

    August 01

    August 29

    • Beheading of The Glorious Prophet Forerunner and Baptist John. Exegesis of Vespers Readings. (mp3 format)
    • Isaiah,Malachi,Wisdom
      2011-09-11
    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Beheading Of The Glorious Prophet Forerunner And Baptist John
      Hidden Addictions And Passions Kill.
      Mark 6:14-30
      2011-09-11
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the beheading of John the Baptist shows us how an ordinary life ends in death. Herod was an ordinary man, since he was ruled by his passions and sins (lust,adultery,ambition,drunkeness) and because of his indulgence in his passions, most if which he was not aware of, he was also a coward, and when he made an unwise oath, he was unwilling to renege on it to save face. Therefore, he had Saint john beheaded, who then passed into eternal life, and Herod continued his descent into eternal death. We explore especially how hidden passions (present in all of us!) can kill the soul.

    September 23

    September 26

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Apostle John The Theologian Showed Perfect Love With A Robber
      Exegesis Of Vespers Readings Especially The Heart And Love
      2011-10-08

    December 06

    January 24

    August 20

    • Holy Prophet Samuel: Behold, here am I. Speak, for thy servant hears. (mp3 format)
    • Prophet Samuel
      2012-09-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Holy Prophet Samuel teaches us how to approach EVERYTHING in life. The manner of the birth and calling of Samuel is also mentioned.
    • Great Martyr Phanurios of Rhodes. (mp3 format)
    • Great Martyr Phanurios Of Rhodes
      2012-09-08
      SYNOPSIS:Talk on Great Martyr Phanutios of Rhodes, including details about his icon, his known ability to help people find things, and his request that people pray for the soul of his sinful mother, and phanuropita. There is also a lesson to learn in how and when Holy Phanurios was revealled to the world - this has DIRECT application to our lives.

    November 16

    January 22

    March 09

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Forty Martyrs Of Sebaste
      Matthew 20-1-16
      2013-03-20
    • Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. "For ye have need of patience." (mp3 format)
    • Hebrews 10:32-38 Matthew 20:1-16
      2014-03-22
      SYNOPSIS:The Forty Martys of Sebaste are a fantastic example of patience. This year, their feast was on the 3rd Saturday of Great Lent, which has an epistle the says in part "For ye have need of patience." Such simple words, and so true for each of us! Let us see how their martyrdom exemplifies patience. Depending on God with patience will always turn out well. We also explain why the Gospel of the workers of the vineyard is read for their feast.

    October 28

    August 29

    September 01

    • 3 honorable estates in life. Purpose of marriage, & example of Saints Peter & Fevronia of Murom. Prayer in marriage. (mp3 format)
    • Peter And Fevronia Of Murom
      2014-09-14
      SYNOPSIS:On the feast of Saint Peter and Fevronia of Murom, we speak about the example of their life, and the purpose of life in general and the three God pleasing states of life. All have the same aim and purpose, and most choose marriage. We concentrate on the state of marriage, noting its core agreement with monasticism, and its purpose, and how those who enter into it should view it and therefore prosper. This great mystery of Christ and the church is the first sacrament mentioned in the Bible, even before the incarnation and baptism: " Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." The purpose of marriage and how it is lived flows directly out of the nature of Who God is. After discussing the theology of marriage, then we have practical advice, since theology without practice is useless. The most important practical advice for those who are married is to pray with and especially for each other. This may seem obvious, but it is not easy, and alas, not common enough. Let us come us with a plan, and with the help of God, follow it.

    September 26

    • Apostle John the Theologian: Love is simple in practice. (mp3 format)
    • Apostle John The Theologian
      1 John 4:12-19
      2014-10-08
      SYNOPSIS:On this feast day of the Holy Apostle John the Theologian, we discuss a little of the Gospel for his day, specifically the significance of the command of Jesus to take care of His mother. Stuff like this happens all the time to us. Love is simple in practice. We also discuss his confident claim that regarding his Gospel: "We know that his testimony is true". Very few people know something is true. How do we gain this knowledge? His first epistle explains. It is love. We do a leisurely exegesis of the Epistle reading for his day, with plenty of stories - from the Desert Fathers, the life of the apostle, and even a few from the reflections of Fr Moses Berry, from his talks in the 21st annual St Moses the Black Conference.

    October 15

    • Hieromartyr Lucian Presbyter of Antioch +312, A Living Antimension (mp3 format)
    • 2014-10-28
      SYNOPSIS:On Oct 15, we celebrate the memory of the holy Hieromartyr Lucian, Presbyter of Antioch (+312). He was tortured for 9 years in Syria, no doubt in some of the same ways people are being tortured today in that besieged part of the world. He did something remarkable in prison. He became a living Antimension. We explain what an Antimension

    June 29

    • "A lively hope" The unequivocal moral teaching of the Apostle Peter on the day of the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul (mp3 format)
    • Apostles Peter And Paul
      A Lively Hope
      1 Peter 1:3-9 1 Peter 1:13-19 1 Peter 2:11-24
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:On the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, This a partial exegesis of the 3 selections read at Vespers from the First Epistle of Peter. This is unequivocal moral teaching based on Jesus Christ, which is much needed, and neglected in our age, even in churches that call themselves Christian. Let us check our faith and see if it is a "lively hope", and if this description of a Christian applies to us: "being dead to sins, (we) should live unto righteousness". In between these two bookends to the 3 selections, Peter prepares his people for persecution and "heaviness of temptations". Nowadays, a priest must also be a prophet as were the Apostles, and encourage his people to pursue purity in their lives and to expect and be prepared for "heaviness through manifold temptations".

    January 22

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Priest Nicholas Prozorov
      According To His Purpose
      Rom 8-28-39
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:First, a short telling of the life of the Holy New Martyr of Russia Priest Nicholas Prozorov, who was martyred on the eve of Transfiguration, (1930) on this day remembering all the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. His martyric feat has a direct link to the words of the Epistle read today for the martyrs. We explain what Christian belief is. It is not what the world thinks belief is, and this belief is directly responsible for the courage of the martyrs. Our words turn out to be a short primer on what " called according to his purpose" means, and an exegesis of the important theology contained in "he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son " (with that misunderstood word "predestinate") and in so doing describe what being made in the image and after the likeness of God means, and the application of these fundamental things to how we should live our life. One last thing: the question is asked: ?" Why are you here at the liturgy today?" There is one, best answer.

    July 20

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Elijah
      Elias Was A Man Subject To Like Passions As We Are
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The Holy Prophet Elijah (Elias) was among the greatest men of God, and yet he had weaknesses also. His life teaches us much about prayer and struggle if we will listen. There is much encouragement in St James' words concerning the prophet: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months" Do you understand the implications of this? Your weaknesses and sins do not hinder your prayer, if you have belief, and desire. God always inclines His ear to strugglers who pray, even when they fail.

    November 30

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Apostle Andrew
      Come And See
      John 1-35-51
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:Homily given on the Feast of Saint Andrew. This Scripture is also read on the first Sunday of Great Lent. All of our life we are given the same Come and see! as was Andrew and Nathaniel: "Come and see"! This command describes the only victorious way of living the Christian life.

    January 02

    March 09

    • Martyrdom of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste explained. Martyrdom, or the cross is not suffering, it is the way of life. (mp3 format)
    • 2015-03-21
      SYNOPSIS:The Martyrdom of the 40 martyrs is described in detail along with an explanation of what "sacrificing to the emperor" entailed. Many Christians did this, and went back to their business, unhindered. These martyrs teach us how to look at life and make choices. Also discussion of the sticheron : "Valiantly enduring the present torments,/ rejoicing in that for which they longed,/ the holy martyrs said one to another:/ If we do not shed our garments, we shall not put off the old man./ Winter is cruel, but paradise is sweet;/ the ice is painful, but the acquisition of the Kingdom is delightful./ Then, let us not give way, O warriors!/ Let us endure but a little while,/ that we may be crowned with crowns of victory by Christ God,// the Savior of our souls." Also an important point. The way of the cross, just like that of martyrdom should not be described as the way of suffering. Both are the way to life, even if they involve suffering.
    • "Let us lay aside every weight" The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste teach us to make a choice! (mp3 format)
    • Hebrews 12:1-10
      2015-03-22
      SYNOPSIS:The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste are highly celebrated during Great Lent. Truly they fulfilled the instruction of St Paul in the epistle from the Hebrews appointed for them: "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" To be a Christian is a choice. They gave their blood, that is their entire life to Christ BEFORE their martyric struggle began. We must give our blood, so that we are not guilty of the accusation: "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." What does this implicit command mean? It is not just about martyrs who are killed for Christ; it is a command we must understand and follow.

    July 02

    • Personal reflections on the life of Saint John Maximovich. His prayer, liturgizing, boldness. (mp3 format)
    • Saint John Maximovich
      Prayer Boldness Liturgy
      2015-07-03
      SYNOPSIS:When we read the life of a Saint, it should be a very personal experience. Here are the things about St John that have touched a particular sinner and priest, who began his ministry in Texas 21 years ago on the day of the glorification of St John, July 3, 1994. St John always prayed and never "prepared" for prayer. He prayed for everyone he ministered to, often late into the night as they slept. St John loved the Liturgy and served it everyday. He derived great power from this. St John was bold, in ways we who pray little and sleep much cannot understand. One example is the famous story about him trading vodka for an orphan who otherwise would have been sold into slavery, in the slums of Shanghai.
    • The Life of St John Maximovich compared to the "Shepherd" Gospels. (mp3 format)
    • Saint John Maximovich
      John 10:1-16
      2015-07-04
      SYNOPSIS:The "Shepherd"Gospels are read for most hierarchs, and encompass John 10:1-16. We compare these Gospels to the life of St John, and to what should also be our life.

    June 29

    • A tale of the making of a great Saint, in between two fishing expeditions: The Holy Apostle Peter. Saints come from sinners. (mp3 format)
    • Apostles Peter And Paul
      Saints Come From Sinners
      Luke 5:1-11 Matthew 26:31-35 John 21:1-25
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:A story of the Apostle Peter, a sinner who became a Saint. We focus on the period of his formation, between and including the 2 times the apostles went fishing as ordered by the Lord. His experiences show what is happening with us, if we will believe it, and try. Peter was a sinner who became a saint. He, like us, was a mix of good and bad, and he even denied the Lord three times, but his 3+ years with the Lord changed him, and the Lord forgave Him and he became one of the great Apostles. We read the lives of the Saints for instruction and encouragement. Be encouraged by the life of Peter; God will work with you, and you will get better, in you want to get better. Read the story in this order, and "fill in the blanks" for your life: Luke 5:1-11 Matthew 26:31-35 John 21:1-25

    July 13

    August 01


Weeks before Great Lent

  • Week of the Publican and Pharisee;Monday (mp3 format)
  • No Prophecy Of The Scripture Is Of Any Private Interpretation
    2 Peter 1:20-2:9
    2008-02-18
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • If A Man Say I Love God And Hateth His Brother He Is A Liar
    If You Cannot Stop Sinning At Least Be Kind
    1 John 4-20-5-21
    2011-02-25
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • If We Confess Our Sins He Is Faithful And Just To Forgive Us Our Sins And To Cleanse Us From All Unrighteousness
    1 John 1-8-2-6
    2012-02-09
    SYNOPSIS:Exposition of 1 John 1:8-2:6.
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Saturday Of The Dead
    1 Thessalonians 4-13-17-John 5-24-30
    2011-02-26
    SYNOPSIS:A homily at the liturgy of the Saturday for the dead. Why do we pray for the dead? What is proper and improper sorrow for the dead (it is related to how much we believe in the resurrection)? What will happen on the day of judgment?
  • Week of the Last Judgment (Meatfare);Thursday (mp3 format)
  • _2012-02-16+-if-a-man-say-i-love-god-and-hateth-his-brother-he-is-a-liar+learn-to-love-god-by-loving-neighbor_1john4-20-5-21 If A Man Say I Love God And Hateth His Brother He Is A Liar
    Learn To Love God By Loving Neighbor
    1 John 4-20-5-21
    2012-02-16
    SYNOPSIS:This selection from the end of the First Letter of St John the Theologian, the "Apostle of Love" contains many important passages, and we discuss some of them in detail: "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?", "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.", "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;" St John teaches that the becoming "born of God" is a process, and is only completed when we reach perfection, that is when we no longer sin. He also teaches us the way to learn to love God - love our neighbor. He also teaches the Christian understanding of the commandments of God, which is not well known, or understood: we follow the commandments out of love for God, and not because of fear of punishment.
  • Great Lent Week Before Great Lent 06 Thursday;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Do Not Make Friends Because Of Evil
    Father Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do
    Luke 23-2-34,44-56
    2012-02-23
    SYNOPSIS:The week before Great Lent begins, we visit the Passion of the Lord; we will of course look at it in great detail Holy Week. The account of the passion is so full and rich that we learn something new from it every time we read it. Today we look at the friendship of Herod and Pilate - it has much to teach us about our friendships. We also look at Jesus' last great teaching by example: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

Sundays before Great Lent

    Sunday of Zacchaeus

    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      1 Tim:4-9-15, Luke 19:1-10
      1999
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      2001
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Zacchaeus Sunday
      2002
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zaccheaus
      2007-01-21
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zaccheaus
      Encouragement
      2008-02-10
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      2009-02-01
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      Luke 19-1-10
      2010-01-17
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      He Sought To See Jesus Who He Was
      Luke 19-1-10
      2011--02-06
      SYNOPSIS:Jesus will show Himself to every man, without exception. Why is it that some, such as Zacchaeus see Him as He really is, and others such as the crowd who judged Zacchaeus, do not see Him even though He is in their midst? The whole point to life is to "see Jesus", that is, to know Him. Zacchaeus gives us import instructions as to how to accomplish this. Every day, we must be like Zacchaeus, recognizing who we are, and how little we are and how much our sins present an obstacle to knowing God, and run ahead of them to await the Lord coming to us. HE will always come - are we always in the proper state of mind to receive Him?
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      Process Of Repentance
      2012-01-29
      SYNOPSIS:The Story of the repentance of Zacchaeus, the "chief among the publicans" marks the beginning of the preparation period for Great Lent, which in turn prepares us for Pascha. We look at this story in the larger context of what we should be doing in Great Lent. It is *not* just about fasting and repentance! It is more about opening ourselves to the grace of God to be changed and healed. This is what happened to Zacchaeus, and we look into our Lord's dealings with him and his response in detail, with the aim that both would teach us how to live in a way that makes us more able to receive the grace of God and change, and be truly happy.
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      Zacchaeus Make Haste And Come Down For To Day I Must Abide At Thy House
      2012-02-17
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Zacchaeus
      Make Haste
      Luke 19-1-10
      2014-02-02
      SYNOPSIS:Why the story of Zacchaeus today, as the first of 5 Sundays preparing for Great Lent? Also a discussion of the very important terms: "He was little of stature" and "Make haste!" We should all have "Zacchaeus moments" many times. How do we learn to have these indispensable moments? Do not be afraid if you are weak; be very afraid of you are not trying hard. That is part of the message of Zaccaheus.
    • 1st Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Repentance 101
      Little Run Climb Make Haste
      Luke 19-1-10
      2015-01-25
      SYNOPSIS:The story of Zacchaeus is "Repentance 101" for Christians. It tells us WHAT to do, but MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, it tells us HOW to do it. The process of repentance and the cleansing and healing it brings is fully. It involves things gradual and things that are sudden, and sometimes even instantaneous. We can learn from the important words Luke uses regarding Zacchaeus: that he was LITTLE and that he RAN and CLIMBED, and that the Lord told him to MAKE HASTE, and that he promised that he would give all his wealth away. We will see the remembrance of death, making comparisons, feeling little, when to run and climb, when to make haste, the visitation of grace, changing something that does not change, and the BEST NEWS in the Gospel, which means good news - when a man changes and is healed of his passions.
    • "Zacchaeus moments". We have them too. Great Lent is the best time of the year to learn to listen for them. (mp3 format)
    • Zacchaeus Sunday
      Luke 19:1-10
      2016-02-14
      SYNOPSIS:There is a grave marker in a Utah cemetery showing a boy standing from his wheelchair and reaching towards the heavens. His paralysis is over now. This image is an apt metaphor for the purpose of Great Lent. Since Zacchaeus Sunday is the unofficial beginning of the preparation period for Great Lent, we discuss the purpose of Great Lent in the context of his "Zacchaeus moment". The church will talk about many such moments in the coming weeks and all of Great Lent - with Gospels on the Publican and the Pharisee, the Prodigal son, and much about St Mary of Egypt in the 5th week. All of these had "Zacchaeus moments". We do too, and we must learn to listen for them and "make haste" when we hear them. (The statue is worth seeing, and reading about the memorable child Matthew Stafford is also worthwhile, at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7140314

    Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      1999
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Publican And Pharisee
      2007-01-28
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Publican And Pharisee
      2009-02-08
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Theme Of Great Lent
      2010-01-24
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      2011-02-13
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Do Not Judge
      Luke 18-10-14
      2011-02-13
      SYNOPSIS:The major thrust of Great Lent is given many times in the services for the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, such as "Vainglory brings to nothing the riches of righteousness, but humility scatters a multitude of passions. Grant then that we may seek humilty, O Savior, and do Thou bestow upon us the portion of the publican; (Matins canon, Ode 3). This time is for the pursuit of humility, because without humilty we will not be saved. What can we glean from the publican and pharisee? The worst sin of the pharisee was his judgment of the publican. Above all things, we must not judge others. Since this sin is so pervasive, how can we learn to not judge others?
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • By The Waters Of Babylon
      Dashing The Infants Against The Rock
      Psalm-136
      2011-02-20
      SYNOPSIS:"By the waters of Babylon", Psalm 136 is sung only the 3 Sundays before Great Lent, at matins. It is historical, being a lament of the exiled Jews in Babylon for their beloved Jerusalem, but like everything in the Scriptures, there is also a deep spiritual meaning. This is especially true at the end of the psalm, which talks of "dashing thine infants against the rock". What does this mean? This is really important!
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      He Came To Himself
      Luke 15-11-32
      2011-02-20
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Pride Humility Boasting Self Condemnation Tears
      Our Example Expect Persecution Power Of Scripture
      2 Timothy 3-10-15
      2012-02-05
      SYNOPSIS:The first 3 hymns of Vespers from the Triodion teach us the meaning of the Publican & Pharisee parable. We also examine the epistle for this day, and tremble regarding our example to others. We look at the expectation of persecution that a Christian must have and example from the current news of how "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" is being fulfilled in our day. Also the power of scripture and the necessity of reading it.
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Process Of Repentance
      God Be Merciful Merciful To Me A Sinner The Jesus Prayer
      Luke 18-10-14
      2012-02-05
      SYNOPSIS:This is really two homilies. The first is about the simple meaning of the parable of the Publican and Pharisee. It is that we will not be saved if we are proud and judge others. We discuss some of its nuances. We also discuss the prayer of the publican "God be mercy to be a sinner", and the Jesus prayer. There is a lot of practical detail. This is really important stuff.
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Open Unto Me O Giver Of Life The Gates Of Repentance
      Triodion-Hymns-After-The-Gospel
      2013-02-23
      SYNOPSIS:"Open unto me, O Giver of Life, the gates of repentance: for early in the morning my spirit seeks Thy holy temple, bearing a temple of the body all defiled. But in Thy compassion cleanse it by Thy loving-kindness and Thy mercy." This hymn is sung after the Gopel at Matins during the period of the Lenten Triodion. It teaches us to tell the truth about ourselves, not as the world speaks, and to become free. We look at this hymn closely.
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      This Man Went Down To His House Justified Rather Than The Other
      Luke 15-11-32
      2013-02-24
      SYNOPSIS:Our hymns regarding the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee are quite important, and mainly teach about the evils of pride, and its wicked child, judgment of others, and the virtues of humility. The most important "take home" from the parable is much more than this; it is the only path to true happiness, and it is capable, as one of our hymns says, of delivering us from our sins, "against all expectation". Let us TELL THE TRUTH about ourselves to God without fear, and become free! Let us examine this path, and the joy that it will bring to us. "The Pharisee was exalted in his righteousness, and so he fell. The Publican was abased, defiled by many sins; yet he was exalted and ***against all expectation, he was justified***."
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Spiritual And Psychological Pain
      2014-02-08
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Publican & Pharisee teaches us how to experience spiritual pain, and its great power to give us confidence in prayer and consolation. An evaluation of several of the hymns for this Sunday, which teach this necessary and critical skill. ... "Brethren, let us not pray as the Pharisee: for he who exalts himself shall be humbled. Let us humble ourselves before God, and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican: God be merciful to us sinners!" ... "Mine eyes are weighed down by my transgressions, and I cannot lift them up and see the height of heaven. But receive me Savior in repentance as the Publican and have mercy on me." ... "The Pharisee was exalted in his righteousness, and so he fell. The Publican was abased, defiled by many sins yet he was exalted and, against all expectation, he was justified."
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      This Man Went Down To His House Justified
      Luke 18-10-14
      2014-02-09
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Publican & the Pharisee may be broken down into 3 "take home" messages. We all know the first 2: do not judge & pray with repentance. These are essential, but minor aspects of the parable - it is actually teaching us the path to spiritual consolation; this is different than mere happiness. The world does not understand this skill - to obtain spiritual consolation through repentance, and self-abasement. This parable, and all our services, esp. those in Great lent, teach this critical skill - to recognize useless psychological pain, and turn it into spiritual pain, which always leads to consolation. Let us learn to be like this publican, who " went down to his house justified".
    • 2nd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Publican And Pharisee
      Orthodox Way To Pray For The Deep Heart
      Luke 15-11-32
      2015-02-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Publican and Pharisee has an obvious and important teaching, and a less obvious, more important one. The external meaning is of course, that we are to be humble and not judge others. Pride and judgment clearly kills the soul. The deep ,mystical teaching is how we are to approach God in prayer and how to learn to be humble. This is prayer for the man with the "deep heart". We learn about what we should think of ourselves and expect in prayer. to the uninitiated (those without frequent experience), these things seem to be impossible to coexist together. Our church blesses us with the way to pray deeply, honestly and with expectation and confidence. We discuss the Jesus pray, and numerous citations from the Canon for this day, which teaches this mystical teaching. This is truly the Gospel - the "Good News"!
    • Humility comes about through a relationship: the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. (mp3 format)
    • Parable of the Publican and Pharisee
      Luke 18:10-14
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The external teaching of the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee is a warning against pride and an example of humility. There much more. We discuss what humility is. It is not trying to not be proud! it is a relationship. the prayer of the publican illustrates this relationship. in the midst of our discussion, we define some important words which are not well understood - "hope" and "justified", and "humility".

    Sunday of the Prodigal Son

    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Notes
      Luke 15-11-32
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of The Prodigal Son
      1997
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    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Prodigal Son
      2007-02-04
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Prodigal Son
      2009-02-16
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Prodigal Son
      2010-01-31
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Prodigal Son
      The Process Of Repentance
      Luke 12-11-32
      2012-02-12
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Prodigal Son is part of a 4 week preparation period for Great Lent. We discuss the purpose and main teaching of the 4 Sundays, and then do a somewhat quick survey of the parable, mentioning all the lush symbolism and metaphor, and concentrating on the most important part - the core of the parable - that we must learn. It consists of two things. We must "come our ourselves" - this is not a one time epiphany as described in the parable, but a daily process, that changes over time, and as we are in the process of "arising and going", we must be ever aware of how our Father is always with us and will help us, even when we feel abandoned, fruitless, or our resolve to change falters. We also look briefly at the older son, who teaches us a very important lesson regarding self-knowledge. This is important stuff!
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Prodigal Son
      The Elder Son
      Luke 12-11-32
      2013-03-02
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Prodigal Son
      And When He Had Spent All He Came To Himself I Will Arise And Go
      Luke 12-11-32
      2013-03-03
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    • The Prodigal Son
      How Shall We Sing The Lords Song In A Strange Land
      Luke 12-11-32-Psalm-136-By-The-Waters-Of-Babylon
      2014-02-16
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      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Prodigal Son is very similar to " the waters of Babylon", Psalm 136. We focus especially on: "How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?" The parable proves we are that strange land, and our happiness is contingent on "coming to ourselves" and leaving that land.
    • 3rd Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Parable Of The Prodigal Son
      And By The Waters Of Babylon Compared
      Luke 12-11-32-Psalm-136
      2015-02-09
      SYNOPSIS:The Parable of the Prodigal son is read on the first of 3 Sundays that we read "By the Waters of Babylon", Psalm 136, as preparation for Great Lent. There are great similarities between these, and it is instructive to compare them. Both show some of the critical aspects of repentance and victorious living: awareness of our true condition, anger, and action energized by our anger.
    • Parable of the Prodigal son. Outside the heart is the far country. (mp3 format)
    • Luke 15:11-32
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The parable of the Prodigal Son vividly shows us the immediately apparent teaching that there is nothing that God will not forgive, and we can never be too weak to begin repentance, which God will always react to and make us stronger. It also teaches, less obviously, but more importantly, the consequences of living outside the heart and how to live in the heart. As such, it is part of the preparatory sequence of Gospels for Great Lent, because all of Great Lent is a quest to live more in the heart.

    Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)

    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2007-02-11
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      The Judgment Is All About Love
      Matthew 25:31-46
      2008-03-02
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    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2009-02-22
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    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      2010-02-07
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      SYNOPSIS:Why is this scripture read today, two Sundays before Great Lent begins? What is its meaning? What are the two critical characteristics of those who will be saved? How are we to understand the things the righteous did and the unrighteous did not do, and their identical answers to the Lord? What must we do?
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      The Services Teach Us How To Pray
      2011-02-27
      SYNOPSIS:A short homily given after Vespers and before matins on the Eve of the Sunday of the Last Judgment. The services contain much dogmatic content, but also teach us *how* to pray - what our attitude should be. The Sunday of the Last Judgment has many prayers (in the first person!) which mention the terrifying judgments and our terrible sinfulness, and they always end with hope in God's mercy. We must learn to pray in this way - to consider ourselves the worst of sinners and in the same breath, the same thought, having great confidence in God's mercy. Several examples for the services for tonight are discussed.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment Meatfare
      Things That Are Repeated Are Important
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2011-02-27
      SYNOPSIS:The account of the last judgment in the Gospel of Matthew has a lot of repetition in it. In scripture, when things are repeated, they are important. Both the righteous and the unrighteous heard the same list of good works (fed the hungry, visited the sick and those in prison, etc), and their reactions were externally similar - they wondered when the events the Lord describes occurred. The righteous "forgot" about their good works because their works were because of their consuming love for God and neighbor. Let us look carefully at the list of works the Lord describes and understand their exact meaning, and the meaning of the responses of the righteous and unrighteous. The main criterion for the judgment will be whether we have fulfilled the two greatest commandments.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Meat Commendeth Us Not To God
      1 Corinthians 8-8-9-2
      2012-02-08
      SYNOPSIS:Perhaps one of the best remembered scriptures among those who do not fast and do not read the scripture much is the well known phrase of Saint Paul: "But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse." We look at the context of this true statement, and its application to our day. The entire passage is about sensitivity to our brother's weakness, and how the phrase "when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ" is quite similar to the one in today' Gospel: " ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" We also discuss why we fast - it is a natural requirement of our human nature, and is an easy and readily available way to train ourselves in self-control. Without self-control, we cannot make any progress in the spiritual life.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2012-02-19
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      SYNOPSIS:The Sunday of the Last Judgment gives the 3rd piece of important information to us in our preparation for Great Lent. We have learned that to be saved one must not judge others, and feel the weight of personal sins and ask God for mercy. We have seen the process of repentance, from the onset of sin, its destructive affects, self-realization of sin, and the importance process to "arise and go" to our Father, and the critical detail, without which we would never complete our repentance and be saved - our Father will go to us, as we are trying to change, and comfort us and empower us to complete the good work we have started. Today's Gospel about the last judgment shows the end result of true repentance, and also the "flip side" - the outcome for those who do not repent. It is a frightening spectacle, and not a pleasant one to meditate upon, but absolute necessary for us to remember. Lets us talk about how Jesus Christ came the first time, how His second coming will be, and what we must do to hear the blessed words: " Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world".
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Inherit The Kingdom Prepared For You From The Foundation Of The World
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2013-03-10
      SYNOPSIS:Are you a glass half full or half empty person? How do you look at the Last Judgment story in Matthew 25:31-46? Many people concentrate on the condemnation of those who go to Hell, but the story actually emphasizes that we are eternal beings ("Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world"), and therefore every thing we do and every work of mercy must be eternal. It teaches us how to accomplish this: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgement
      Do Not Judge Repent Be Kind Forgive
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2014-02-23
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Do Not Judge Repent Be Kind Forgive
      Matthew 25-31-46
      2014-02-23
      SYNOPSIS:Why is the Sunday of the Last judgment celebrated today? The most common answer is that it puts us in the right mindset for the fast, but this is not the main reason. The Gospel of the Last judgment presents criteria for judgment, and they are actual things, and also indicating the nature of the God-man Jesus Christ. We are to learn to become like Christ. If we know this, Great Lent is not a somber time, but a time of joy, expectation and change.
    • 4th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of The Last Judgment
      Matthew 25-31-46-1corinthians 8-8-9-2
      2015-02-15
      SYNOPSIS:Life is not orderly. Things happen all at once. The Gospel is like this too; it is not like a PowerPoint presentation which proceeds in a logical manner from point a to b to c. Classical homiletics teaches that there should be laser like focus on one point, and this is good most of the time, but it is not like we read the scripture, or how our services are, or how we live our lives. All theology and practice is contained in all these things, all at once. We look into the readings for the Sunday of the Last Judgment, known also as "Meatfare" Sunday, as we experience life, and like a bee, take from each flower the nectar it provides. There are many lessons today. Here are some: we see through a glass darkly, and the things we see are not as they seem. We must learn to think spiritually, and then we will be as the sheep, which in appearance in this life, differ very little from the goats. Everything has a purpose, and we cannot be victorious unless we understand this. There is a rule of life which will save us. It is based on love. We must see everyone as (not just "like") Christ. This is not a mind game or a mental exercise; it is the only way to fulfill the law of love. The Apostle and our Lord define it clearly for us. We must be vigorous in our promises! St Paul teaches this to us today.
    • Inner meaning of the Last Judgment Gospel. (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of the Last Judgment
      Matthew 25:31-46
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:First, and overview of all 5 Sunday Gospels in the preparation period for Great Lent, to see how they fit together. Then a discussion of the outer vs. inner teaching of this Gospel form Matthew about the Last judgment. Of course the immediately apparent teaching of this Gospel is that there will be a judgment and we will be judged if we are not compassionate. The inner meaning can be gleaned from understanding why the Lord referred to the "young kids" as being put on the left (the actual word means immature goats - "young kids", and His answer to the righteous when they question Him: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Putting these things together we see with excitement the possibilities before us in this upcoming fast: we are to grow towards maturity, so that, as the image of God within us becomes more apparent, we see Christ in everyone else. Christianity is not rules, or exercises. It is growth toward perfection. We are not to be "young kids", who are immature, foolish and selfish, but mature sheep and even mature goats!

    Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare)

    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      1999
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      SYNOPSIS:Today is the Sunday of Forgiveness, and it is also the day we enter Great Lent. After we pray the Vespers service of Forgiveness early this afternoon, we will then be in the Holy Fast. Why is it that we fast? We have a blueprint for our life, and why we fast, in the Gospel today.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      2007-02-18
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      2009-03-01
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      2010-02-14
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      Triodion Teaches How To Think
      2011-03-05
      SYNOPSIS:An exposition of two hymns from the Triodion for Forgiveness Sunday, after Vespers. It is important to know how to think about ourselves and God, and how to approach God in prayer. More than any other season, the Triodion teaches this in almost every hymn. We look in detail at the hymns: "Adam was cast out of Paradise through eating from the tree. / Seated before the gates he wept, / lamenting with a pitiful voice and saying: / 'Woe is me, what have I suffered in my misery! / I transgressed one commandment of the Master, / and now I am deprived of every blessing. / O most holy Paradise, / planted for my sake and shut because of Eve, / pray to Him that made thee and fashioned me, / that once more I may take pleasure in thy flowers.' / Then the Savior said to him: 'I desire not the loss of the creature which I fashioned, / but that he should be saved and come to knowledge of the truth; // and when he comes to me I will not cast him out.'" and "O Master, Guide to wisdom, / Giver of prudent counsel, / Instructor of the foolish and Champion of the poor, / make firm my heart and grant it understanding. / O Word of the Father, give me words, / for see, I shall not stop my lips from crying out to Thee: / I am fallen, // in Thy compassion have mercy on me."
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday And Cheesefare Sunday
      Instructions For Great Lent
      Romans 13-11-14-Matthew 6-14-21
      2011-03-06
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel for today provide excellent instructions for the beginning of Great Lent, as a thorough exegesis of these readings shows. Let us understand what the purpose of Great Lent is and understand how we can "make no provision for the flesh" in order to learn to forgive completely.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Now It Is High Time To Awake Out Of Sleep
      Romans 13-11-14-4
      2012-02-25
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle for the Sunday of Forgiveness is a perfect introduction into the purpose and aim of Great Lent.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      How To Learn To Forgive
      Matthew 6-14-21
      2012-02-26
      SYNOPSIS:On Forgiveness Sunday, on the precipice of Great Lent, we hear in the Gospel the last important piece of essential information for preparation for Great Lent and salvation in general. Forgiveness is the most important topic here, after we have been taught about in the preceding Sundays about the Judgment, the process of sin and repentance, and the deadly sin of judging others. The first and last Sundays of preparation are like bookends, because the man who judges will not forgive, and the man who forgives will not judge. We talk about, mainly, how we can learn to forgive others. This is mostly from us knowing ourselves. This skill is not optional, because our Lord said "if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Fasting And Forgiving
      Matthew 6-14-21
      2013-03-17
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness And The Casting Out Of Adam From Paradise
      Triodion Textbook Of Repentance
      2014-03-01
      SYNOPSIS:We examine the following characteristic hymns from the Triodion and learn the pattern of all repentant, expectant and confident prayer and the purpose behind abstinence.

      "Adam was cast out from the delight of Paradise: bitter was his eating, when in uncontrolled desire he broke the commandment of the Master, and he was condemned to work the earth from which he had himself been taken, and to eat his bread in toil and sweat. Therefore let us love abstinence, that we may not weep as he did outside Paradise, but may enter through the gate.".

      "Now the season of virtues has come, and the judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with a darkened face, but offering tears, contrition and giving of alms let us keep the fast, and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea, but forgive each of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown, Savior of all!"

      "O Master, Guide to wisdom, Giver of prudent counsel, Instructor of the foolish and Champion of the poor, make firm my heart and grant it understanding. O Word of the Father, give me words, for see, I shall not stop my lips from crying out to Thee: I am fallen, in Thy compassion have mercy on me"
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Forgiveness Sunday
      Now Is Our Salvation Nearer Than When We Believed
      Romans 13-11-14-4
      2014-03-02
      SYNOPSIS:"Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Such are perfect words to introduce the time of our renewal, which is at hand! It is unfortunate that we think first of fasting with Great Lent, because it is primarily a time of joy and expectation. there is hard work to be done, and we are to become closer to our salvation. Changes will happen. We look in detail at the words of St Paul from this perspective.
    • 5th Sunday before Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of Forgiveness
      Why Great Lent Why Fast Why Forgive
      Romans 13-11-14-4-Matthew 6-14-21
      2015-02-22
      SYNOPSIS:On the threshold of Great Lent, it is critical to understand what Great Lent is for and to have a proper goal. Since we fast in this season, along with the question "Why Great Lent?", we also answer "Why fast"? and since it is Forgiveness Sunday., "Why forgive?". The reasons apply to all three. This is an exciting time. We are going to get better!
    • Now is the time to awaken out of sleep ... and pursue paradise (mp3 format)
    • Romans 13:11-14:4
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Today most people know by "Cheesefare" or "Forgiveness Sunday" , or the day we eat blini, but the liturgical theme of the day is the casting out of Adam and Eve from paradise. Most people at least acknowledge that we must forgive to be saved, but the hymns of today teach another truth - you will forgive if you are *being saved*. Today we lament about the greatest catastrophe in creation -- the fall of mankind in paradise -- and we enter into a period when we lament the loss of paradise and seek after it. Let us look at some of the hymns from the Triodion from this day, and the exciting call of the Apostle Paul to action: "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed" and "put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh". All these things teach us what our goal should be in great Lent and that we can reach it - to regain some of paradise.

Great Lent

    First Sunday of Great Lent

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    • Before Zacchaeus
      2002
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    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Triumph Orthodoxy Come And See
      2002
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    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2004
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Orthodoxy
      2004
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2007-02-25
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      How do *we* partake in the triumph of Orthodoxy?
      Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 John 1:43-51
      2009-03-08
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodocxy
      Pleasures Of Sin For A Season
      Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2, John 1:43-51
      2010-02-21
      SYNOPSIS:What is the triumph of Orthodoxy? A short synopsis of the historical background, then discussion of what this triumph is for the individual. It involves "faith", understanding that the pleasures of sin are for a season, and believing that a good thing CAN come out of Nazareth.
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Uncircumscribed Word Of The Father Became Circumscribed
      The Meaning Of Icons
      2011-03-12
      SYNOPSIS:The true meaning of icons is proclaimed in the Sunday of Orthodoxy Services. The "surface meaning" of an icon is that we can depict Jesus Christ as a man precisely because He became a man. We are not satisfied with such a shallow explanation, and the services delve much deeper into the meaning of the incarnation. Two examples, one from Vespers, and the other from matins, describe the wonder of the incarnation. Every time we gaze upon an icon, we must remember that we, who have nothing in common with God, can know God because He chose to have everything in common (one hymn, below, describes this as the God-man taking on all the "distinctive properties" of our flesh), with us, save sin.
      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, "Lord I have cried", Tone VI, spec. mel.: 'Having set all your hope')
      The uncircumscribed Word of the Father became circumscribed, taking flesh from thee, O Theotokos, and He restored the sullied image to its ancient glory, filling it with the divine beauty. This our salvation we confess in deed and word, and we depict it in the holy icons. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Kontakion, Tone 8)
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • "Follow me" and "Come and see"
      The simplest and most important instructions to live according to the Triumph of Orthodoxy.
      John 1:43-51
      2011-03-13
      SYNOPSIS:The "Triumph of Orthodoxy" is not only a historical event that we commemorate today, but also applies to every individual Christian. We spoke about the meaning of icons and the incarnation last night - the triumph of Orthodoxy for the individual is that, as one of the hymns teaches, because of the incarnation "the sullied image (of God, in us) has been restored to its ancient glory and filled with the divine beauty." (http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-01_2011-03-12+the-uncircumscribed-word-of-the-father-became-circumscribed+the-meaning-of-icons.mp3). The readings today teach us how to realize in our lives this promise, and the Gospel is short and succinct - the Lord commands us to "Follow me" and "Come and see" What does this mean practically for us.?
    • The Hymns of the Sunday of Orthodoxy proclaim the restoration of the ikons and their most important teaching - the Incarnation with all its implications, and the reason why we fast. (mp3 format)
    • Vespers And Matins Hymns For The Sunday Of Orthodoxy
      2012-03-04
      SYNOPSIS:The hymns for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which proclaim the restoration of the icons, are a primer in Christology. Their most important teaching is explained, using examples from the services. Also the purpose of fasting, from a matins hymn, is clearly explained, and the importance of the hymnology of the church and how it teaches us true theology is discussed. Allthe following hymns are mentioned:

      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Vespers, Lord I have cried)

      We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Troparion, Tone II)

      Depicting Thy divine form in ikons, O Christ, we openly proclaim Thy Nativity, Thine ineffable miracles and Thy voluntary Crucifixion. So the devils are driven out in fear and the heretics, their fellow workers, lament in shame and sorrow. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Sessional Hymn)

      Moses, in the season of abstinence, received the law and proclaimed it to the people. Elijah by fasting closed the heavens; and the three children of Abraham through fasting overcame the lawless tyrant. Count us worthy, O Christ, through fasting to attain the Feast of the Resurrection, as we cry aloud: "Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us!" (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Praises)

    • The Triumph of Orthodoxy must occur in the heart, and will be because of doing simple things, as the Gospel teaches today. (mp3 format)
    • Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
      Come and see!
      John 1:43-51
      2012-03-05
      SYNOPSIS:Orthodoxy and life is very deep and complex, but the essence of Christian life is simple. The Gospel today teaches us a simple way, and if we obey the simple apostolic command, we will not be confounded. If we think too much, we will always be confused. We look at the calling of Nathaniel and the simple way he was told to approach his doubts; this applies to EVERY doubt and difficulty in our life. "Come and see!" is the only door to the triumph of Orthodoxy, that is, the fullness of the indwelling of God, in our hearts.
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Can There Any Good Thing Come Out Of Nazareth
      Come And See
      John 1-43-51
      2013-03-24
    • "Follow me" and &come and see", and you will know the Triumph of Orthodoxy in your heart. (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      John 1:43-51
      2014-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:Why is the encounter of Jesus with Philip and Nathaniel the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent, the Triumph of Orthodoxy? It is because this triumph is an intensely personal one, with the Lord seeking our each of us, telling us to follow Him. We must heed the words of Philip (and those of a pastor, who says them daily), "Come and see" This is a process, and must be cultivated, and if we do, the "greater things" that Jesus promised to Nathaniel will be our as well, and the triumph of Orthodoxy will be fully energized in our heart - union with God and perfection.
    • Iconology and Christology in the hymns from the Triodion for the Sunday of Triumph of Orthodoxy (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:The hymns from the Triodion clearly show the relationship between icons and the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and explain the real triumph of Orthodoxy that occurs in the human heart. We look at a few representative hymns from the Triodion:

      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Vespers, Lord I have cried, Tone VI, spec. mel.: #39;Having set all your hope#39;

      We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Troparion Tone II:

      The uncircumscribed Word of the Father became circumscribed taking flesh from thee, O Theotokos, / and He has restored the sullied image to its ancient glory, filling it with the divine beauty. / This our salvation we confess in deed and word, // and we depict it in the holy icons. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Kontakion Tone VIII:

      Depicting Thy divine form in icons, O Christ, we openly proclaim Thy Nativity, Thine ineffable miracles and Thy voluntary Crucifixion. So the devils are driven out in fear and the heretics, their fellow-workers, lament in shame and sorrow. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Sessional Hymn, tone 1
    • "Without guile, and with patience, COME AND SEE, and thou shalt see greater things than these". Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy (mp3 format)
    • Without Guile And With Patience Come And See And Thou Shalt See Greater Things Than These
      John 1-43-51-Hebrews 12-1
      2015-03-01
      SYNOPSIS:When you look at an icon, you should understand what the triumph of Orthodoxy is. It is not that we can venerate icons freely. It is that God became man, and the image of the icon tells us: "you can become perfected" the Gospel and Epistle today give us the way to perfection, if we unpack the things said to the guiless Nathaniel and add an essential ingredient from St Paul: "Without guile, and with patience, COME AND SEE, and thou shalt see greater things than these".
    • "Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed..." The Triumph of Orthodox is only understood by understanding the Incarnation. (mp3 format)
    • Vespers For Sunday Of The Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2016-03-19
      SYNOPSIS:A very quick history about Iconoclasm and the restoration of the Icons, which we celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent, and then an explanation of what the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" really is. It is VERY personal and is well explained by one of the hymns said at Vespers: "Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee...". The significance is an idea, unique to Orthodoxy, about what salvation is. To explain it, we must give a short primer on the Incarnation. At the end, an exhortation to buy service books, and read them, along with a little personal confession.

    Second Sunday of Great Lent

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    • 2002
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    • Paralytic
      How do we get past the press? Get up on the roof.
      Mark 2:1-12
      2002
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    • Paralytic
      Mark 2:1-12
      2004
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    • Saint Gregory Palamas
      Mark 2:1-12
      2007-03-04
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      When Jesus Saw Their Faith
      Mark 2:1-12
      2008-03-23
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    • Saint Gregory Palamas and the Healing of the paralytic borne of four.
      The answer to the question: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth
      Mark 2:1-12, John 1:43-51
      2009-02-28
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      SYNOPSIS:The Second Sunday of Great Lent is like a second "Triumph of Orthodoxy", because the teachings of St Gregory Palamas are remembered. He answers the question posed last week:"Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" with resounding eloquence. The healing of the paralytic also contributes to answering this all important question, and indeed Great Lent especially, and our entire life nust be an answer to this question.
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      We must labor to be healed of our spiritual paralysis.
      Hebrews 1:10-2:3 Mark 2:1-12
      2009-03-15
      You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh
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    • Saint Gregory Palamas I Am The Door By Me If Any Man Enter In He Shall Be Saved And Shall Go In And Out And Find Pasture
      John 10-9-16
      2011-03-11
      SYNOPSIS:This is an important discussion, too wonderful to believe for most Christians, but absolutely true, and the main teaching of St Gregory Palamas: To be Christian is to become perfect. The Gospel for St. Gregory teaches this in a hidden way, when it says: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture". Let us look in wonder at his teaching, the Gospel John 10:9-16, and the Matins Theotokion: "Adam's nature was made Godlike O Virgin, when without undergoing change, God took flesh within thy womb, and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming Gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation", and how we are to pursue perfection.
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Paralytic Borne Of Four
      Sin Sickness Faith Prayer
      Mark 2-1-12
      2011-03-13
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Personalizing the prodigal son
      Adam's nature was made godlike
      Matins
      2011-03-20
      SYNOPSIS:In an ongoing series of commentary on the service texts between Vespers and Matins at the vigil, we look at the Parable of the prodigal son, which the church explores in a very personal way throughout all of Great Lent. So should we look at this parable in a very personal way, and especially the canon at matins gives us an example of how to do this, such as: "I fed on dark and swinish thoughts when, like the Prodigal, I left Thee, O Savior, and went into a far country; but now I cry: I have sinned; save me, for fervently I run for refuge to Thy tender mercy. (Second Sunday of Great Lent, Matins, Ode 3)". We discuss what sin REALLY is - it is not just things we do or do not do, and it almost always is a product of our thoughts, attitudes, disposition. We also explore the beautiful, intricate and dogmatic theology in one of the theotokia of the matins canon: " Adams nature was made godlike, O Virgin, when without undergoing change God took flesh within thy womb; and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation" (Second Sunday of Great Lent, Theotokion, Matins, Ode 3)
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Salvation defined: "If any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture"
      Saint Gregory Palamas and the healing of the paralytic borne of four
      John 10:9-16, Mark 2:1-12
      2011-03-20
      SYNOPSIS:The reading for St Gregory Palamas today contains a beautiful "definition" of salvation:"If any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" This is true freedom, where the will is able to always choose the right way. We explore how we can obtain this kind of freedom, which the world does not understand, using examples from both Gospels read today.
    • Saint Gregory Palamas & the Gospel: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." teach that Christianity is to become perefect. Not many believe this. How are we to pursue perfection? (mp3 format)
    • John 10:9-16
      2012-03-11
      SYNOPSIS:This is an important discussion, too wonderful to believe for most Christians, but absolutely true, and the main teaching of St Gregory Palamas: To be Christian is to become perfect. The Gospel for St. Gregory teaches this in a hidden way, when it says: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture". Let us look in wonder at his teaching, the Gospel John 10:9-16, and the Matins Theotokion: "Adam's nature was made Godlike O Virgin, when without undergoing change, God took flesh within thy womb, and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming Gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation", and how we are to pursue perfection.
    • The Healing of the Paralytic borne of four teaches us about sin, sickness, saving faith and that we must help our brother. (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2012-03-12
      SYNOPSIS:Why do we speak of the Paralytic borne of four during Great Lent? It is because we must learn that we are paralytics because of sin, and the relationship of sin to sickeness, physical and mental. We must also learn what saving faith is and that we must help out our brother.
    • The healing of the paralytic borne of four; what is the press and how do we defeat it? (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2013-03-31
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the paralytic borne of four, the helpers of the paralytic could not reach Jesus because of the press (the crowd), and with great effort and ingenuity, found a way to present their friend before Jesus by making a hole in the roof. The "press" has deep theological meaning. It can be described by several words starting with "P": PASSIONS, PRIORITIES, PEOPLE, our PAST and PATTERNS in our life. We look at each of these, with much practical advice about defeating them.
    • What is the main teaching of Gregory Palamas & practical advice about the Jesus prayer. (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-15
    • Gregory Palamas: ideas can lead to life or death. How to cultivate salvific ideas. (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-16
    • "He shall go in and out and find pasture" Salvation described, and the path to it: activity! (mp3 format)
    • John 10:9-16 Mark 2:1-12
      2015-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:Orthodox Christians think of salvation differently than other believers in Christ. For us, it is not just forgiveness of sins; it is freedom! This is not freedom as the world understands it. This freedom is described by out Lord when he promises that the follower of the shepherd shall "go in and out and find pasture" Freedom of the will is acquired by activity, which is indicated in this Gospel and the one for the day, about the healing of the paralytic, when the Lord commands him to "Rise, take up thy bed and walk".
    • St Gregory Palamas teaches the main difference between Orthodox and Catholicism or any other Christian confession. (mp3 format)
    • Gregory Palamas
      2016-03-28
      SYNOPSIS:On the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the memory of St Gregory Palamas. More than any other Father, he is known for teaching about the uncreated Divine Light of God. His teaching demarcates a huge gulf between Orthodox and the other Christian confessions. First, a minute of history, then illustrate his teaching, which is centered on the Incarnation, using part of the reading for the Sunday from Hebrews, and then continuing with the words of St Paul which follow. (Hebrews 2:3-18)

    Third Sunday of Great Lent

    Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • 1999
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    • Demoniac Boy
      2001
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    • Before Last Judgement
      2004
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Demoniac Boy
      2004
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (Word DOC format)
    • 2007-03-18
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    • Saint John Climacus
      2007-03-18
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    • Realistic Hope
      Mark 9:17-31
      2008-04-06
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • 2009-03-29
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Demoniac Boy
      2010-03-14
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    • The Significance Of Fasting In The Struggle Against Fallen Spirits
      By St Ignatius Brianchaninov
      2011
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      SYNOPSIS:Homily by St Ignati Briachaninov: The Lord said to His Apostles about the evil spirits, "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting" (Mark. 9:29). Here is a new aspect of fasting! Fasting is acceptable to God when it is preceded by the great virtue of mercy; fasting prepares a reward in heaven when it is foreign to hypocrisy and vainglory; fasting works when it is joined with another great virtue - prayer.
       
      How does it work? It not only tames the passions in the human body, but it enters into battle with the spirits of evil, and conquers them.
       
      St Ignaty goes on to explain in great detail how fasting works and why we must fast, and what our disposition must be. This may be the most important text on fasting you will every read! Your battle against the spirits of the air is very weak unless you understand St Ignaty's words!
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Dark Sorrow Of Material Things
      Sweetness Of Abstinence
      2011-03-30
      SYNOPSIS:A few words after Presanctified liturgy about the DOGMA regarding material things and attachment to them, referring to 3 stichera from the matins canon for St John Climacus. Our DOGMAS are not just about God, but some are strictly moral truths. Especially when we sing canons in honor of Saints, and in many Lenten canons, these truths are very apparent:
       
      "Ascending from the dark sorrow of material things, O holy John, thou hast gone to dwell in spiritual light: give me light through thine intercessions to the Lord. "
       
      "Suckled on the sweetness of abstinence, thou hast cast away the bitterness of sensual indulgence; and so, father, thou givest us a pleasure sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. "
       
      "Ascending to the height of the virtues and rejecting the pleasures that creep upon the ground, O holy father, thou hast become the sweetness of salvation to thy flock. "
       
      (all from the matins canon to St John Climacus, Ode 1)
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Scourged By The Whips Of Sin
      Understanding Sin And Repentance
      2011-04-02
      SYNOPSIS:We must understand the nature and effect of sin. The Matins canon, especially, in the Triodion, describes this in many important ways. Sin is not so much things we do or do not do, as it is our condition - weakened and often estranged from God. Let us look at the Matins Canon for the 4th week of Great Lent as it continues the Lenten theme of exploring the parable of the prodigal son and understand about the "whips of sin", but looking at 3 stichera form the canon:
       
      "My mind has been scourged by the whips of sin by wicked thieves and evil thoughts. Heal me, Christ my Savior, and save me for Thou art rich in mercy" (Matins Canon, 4th Sunday of Great Lent, Ode 1)
       
      "I have wasted my God-given life on the passions, O Master, and I am fiercely scourged in every part by my transgressions; but I turn to Thee for refuge and I pray: Have pity on me" (Matins Canon, 4th Sunday of Great Lent, Ode 6)
       
      "Scourging my mind with the passions, thieves have seized my wealth and left me as one dead, but take pity on me and save me O Lord. " (Matins Canon, 4th Sunday of Great Lent, Ode 1)
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • What Does Fasting Do
      Mark 9-17-31
      2011-04-03
      SYNOPSIS:Why do we fast? Few people understand that we fast because of a requirement of our nature and because of the nature of the demons. "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting" (Mark. 9:29). Let us understand why we fast and put off all legalism concerning this essential practice.
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son
      If Thou Canst Believe All Things Are Possible To Him That Believeth
      Mark 9-17-31
      2012-03-25
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    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • See Then That Ye Walk Circumspectly Not As Fools But As Wise Redeeming The Time
      Ephesians 5-9-19
      2013-04-14
      SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday for St John Climacus (of the Ladder), Ephesians 5:9-19 describes the process by which a person becomes perfected. This is not just for monks. Let's check ourselves: how much of our life is the pursuit of "goodness and righteousness and truth", how much are we "redeeming the time"?
    • 4th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • If Thou Canst Believe All Things Are Possible To Him That Believeth
      Mark 9-17-31
      2014-03-30
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the demoniac boy, context is important. The healing occurred immediately after the Transfiguration and the failure of the other disciples to cast out the demon. There is an important lesson for us. God is very near, even though we do not always (or even often) fell Him. Things can change in a moment. The Lord said to the man: "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." How do we cultivate this belief? It is a very mysterious and holy thing, and required our effort, but only by God's great mercy will we have powerful, life changing belief.
    • The Healing of the Demoniac Son, as a Scriptural parable. (mp3 format)
    • John Climacus
      Mark 9:17-31
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:On the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, we read about the exorcism of the demoniac son. Although this is a historical event, it can also be very beneficial to read it like a Scriptural parable. It has very good news for us, but not pie in the sky good news. It tells us what we must do, and what God will do, honestly talks about the process, and that things are going to be alright, even though we do not have the power to do the stuff we must do. This homily was the best answer I could give to someone who said that everyone is tired and needs a "pep talk"

    Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

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    • 1999
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    • Mary Of Egypt
      2002
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    • Mary Of Egypt
      2004
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    • Saint Mary Of Egypt
      2007-03-25
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    • Saint Mary Of Egypt
      Who Loves The Most
      Luke 7:36-50
      2008-04-14
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    • 2009-04-05
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    • 2010-03-21
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    • 2011-04-09
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    • Mary Of Egypt Shows Us How To Repent
      How To Cultivate A Repentanct Spirit
      2011-04-09
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      SYNOPSIS:In our continuing series of small homilies between Vespers and matins, based upon the texts of the services, we examine the repentance of St Mary of Egypt, and see how we can emulate it. Her repentance was not a one time, unique event! We must find ways to cultivate a repentant spirit; the hymns discussed today give us much to do to accomplish this.
       
      "The pollution of past sins prevented thee from entering the church to see the elevation of the Holy Cross; but then thy conscience and the awareness of thine actions turned thee, O wise in God, to a better way of life. And, having looked upon the ikon of the blessed Maid of God, thou hast condemned all thy previous transgressions, O Mother worthy of all praise, and so hast gone with boldness to venerate the precious cross" (5th Sunday of Lent, Sat Vespers, Lord I have cried)
       
      "I am held fast in the mire of sin, and there is no strength or courage in me; the tempests of my trespasses hast overwhelmed me. Look upon me, O Virgin, I entreat thee, for thou hast borne the Word who alone loves mankind. Deliver me from every sin, from all the passions that destroy my soul, and from every ill inflicted by the enemy, that I may sing with joy; Intercede with thy Son and God, O undefiled, that remission of transgressions may be given to those who in faith take refuge beneath thy protections." (5th Sunday of Great Lent, Matins, Sessional Hymn after the 3rd Ode)
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    • Her Sins Which Are Many Are Forgiven For She Loved Much But To Whom Little Is Forgiven The Same Loveth Little
      Luke 7-36-50, Mark 10-32-45
      2011-04-10
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel for St Mary of Egypt presents a "riddle" to us: "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.". The Lord tells us she is forgiven because of her love! What does this mean? It is very important to understand. We see in both Gospels 3 examples of what to do or not do to nurture this kind of love.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ Have Put On Christ
      How Much More Shall The Blood Of Christ Purge Your Conscience From Dead Works
      Hebrews 9-11-14-Galatians 3-23-29
      2012-03-31
      SYNOPSIS:The 2 epistles for the 5th Sunday of Great Lent describe well the life of St Mary of Egypt, and also how we must live. Truly, after her repentance, she "Put on Christ", and had her conscience purged from dead works. We look in some detail at her life and how these scriptures will fulfilled in her life, and must also be fulfilled in ours.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Learning Takes Time
      A Lesson In Humility
      Mark 10-32-45
      2012-04-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent not only sets the stage for our Lord's passion, which we will shortly go through on our way to Pascha, but also teaches two important truths. Firstly, learning takes time. This may seem like a simple and obvious truth, but it is often an ignored truth. Second: without humility, there will be no learning at all.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Greatest Miracle In The Life Of Saint Mary Of Egypt
      2013-04-20
      SYNOPSIS:The life of St Mary of Egypt is filled with amazing miracles. Which is the greatest? Without s doubt, it is one that most will not mention. Let us look at the first 17 years of her repentance and learn of the mercy of God. We must apply this lesson to our own repentance.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Repentance And Gratitude
      Her Sins Are Forgiven For She Loved Much But To Whom Little Is Forgiven The Same Loveth Little
      Luke 7-36-50
      2013-04-21
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel read for St Mary of Egypt is the same as we read for female martyrs - the sinful woman who washed the feet of Jesus. This Gospel and the life of St Mary teach us the relationship between repentance, gratitude and action. Without the latter two, there is NO repentance.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Saint Mary Of Egypt
      The Others In The Story
      2014-04-03
      SYNOPSIS:In the story of St Mary of Egypt, there are others involved whose experiences can greatly edify us. We look at St Zosimus, the youth who laughed, and the youths whom Mary seduced. We can learn much from them and find some important consolation. The joy of Mary and her peace, even though she remembered that she ruined the lives of many youths, is a critical piece of this consolation. We also discuss how the Theotokos, as our mother, has a deep, intimate relationship with us. This story is very early, and proves that our love for the Theotokos is long-standing and apostolic. This homily was given in the presence of the Kursk Root icon of the Holly Theotokos, and we discuss how to approach this icon, in a way similar to St Zosimus, with deep desires in our heart.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Saint Mary Of Egypt
      The Crowd And Person Who Gave The Coins
      2014-04-04
      SYNOPSIS:A meditation on the crowds of people mentioned in the life of Mary of Egypt, who were able to venerate the Precious Cross unhindered, and our recent small crowd of people who venerated the Kursk Root Icon in our church. Holiness happens (all around us, all the time), and how often do we notice it, and benefit from it?
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Saint Mary Of Egypt
      The Youth Who Laughed
      2014-04-04
      SYNOPSIS:When St Mary of Egypt was telling Abba Zosimus about her life, she mentioned a "youth who laughed" at her unclean jesting. We are in a culture saturated with uncleanness and unholy laughter. This youth should help us gain some sobriety. Holiness, and evil things are happening all around us. Do we recognize them? How much grace do we lose because of our laughter? What do we miss?
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Mary Of Egypt
      Priest At Church Of John The Baptist As Many As Have Been Baptised Into Christ Have Put On Christ
      Gal 3-23-29
      2014-04-05
      SYNOPSIS:In the life of Mary of Egypt is an unnamed great man who broke with protocol and communed Mary of Egypt before she crossed the Jordan to begin her saving struggle. God knows his name, and he was instrumental in her success; perhaps he had spiritual insight. We also discuss what the words read on her Sunday: "As many (of you) as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" and why this is a most appropriate reading to commemorate this great saint.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Mary Of Egypt
      What Is Repentance
      Luke 7-36-50
      2014-04-06
      SYNOPSIS:The gospel about the woman who was a sinner who annointed the feet of Jesus teaches us what repentance really is. It is more than being sorry, and more than trying to change. Her story is read on the day we commemorate Mary of Egypt. We explore her life in light of this Gospel.
    • 5th Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Mary Of Egypt
      Fire In The Belly
      Hebrews 9-14
      2015-03-29
      SYNOPSIS:The Life of St Mary of Egypt teaches us all the steps of repentance. Too many people avoid thinking of themselves as sinners. They do not like the feeling it gives them. Take courage, and learn to have the honesty of St Mary of Egypt, and to have fire in your belly!
    • The life of St Mary of Egypt as a parable, compared to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (mp3 format)
    • 2016-04-17
      SYNOPSIS:The life of St Mary of Egypt is real history, and every word of it is true, how never it has striking parallels and important differences with the parable of the prodigal son. Why do we tell and hear parables? In order to improve! We have much to get better at, and the life of St Mary gives us great encouragement and a great rebuke. We tell it in the context of the parable of the prodigal son, so that we can get better.
    • "I have been wounded by the sword of pleasure, O Lord" Lent is a school to teach us to pursue happiness, not pleasure. (mp3 format)
    • 3rd Tuesday of Great LentTuesday
      Sticheron From Vespers
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Comments on a hymn from Vespers, Tue, week 3 of Great Lent explaining the difference between pleasure and happiness: "I have been wounded by the sword of pleasure, O Lord, / and a shameful death has befallen me. / O Master, pierced by a spear, / who as Savior bringest healing to those wounded by the arrows of the enemy, / heal and restore to life my humble soul, // and grant me to share in Thy Holy Passion."
    • Fourth Week of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • He Sighed And Saith Unto Him Ephphatha That Is Be Opened
      All That Are In The Graves Shall Hear His Voice
      Mark 7-31-37-John 5-24-30
      2015-03-21
      SYNOPSIS:On the 4th Saturday of Great Lent, we celebrate liturgy and commemorate the dead, and the two Gospel readings, one about death and the resurrection, and the other about a deaf and dumb man who is healed, talk about hearing. When we read the scripture it is about us! Therefore when the Lord sighs and says "Ephphatha, that is, Be opened!" it must mean that we should also pray that our ears be opened and our tongue loosed. We should not make the critical error of assuming our ears are open, even though we believe and pray! Let us sigh and long for our ears to be open, and our tongue loosed to be able to glorify God perfectly, in absolute purity and without shame or confusion, so that after the last trump, our ears will hear (and understand!) when at that time "all that are in the graves shall hear his voice"! There is only ONE way to assure our ears are open at that time, and we discuss this.

Lazarus Saturday

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  • Lazarus Saturday
    The Resurrection Is Now
    John 11:1-45
    2008-01-19
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  • Lazarus Saturday
    The Resurrection Applies To Us Now
    John 11-1-45
    2009
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  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    Childrens Homily
    John 11-1-45
    2010
    SYNOPSIS:Homily after liturgy on Lazarus Saturday, with the children enthuistically and usually quite theologically correctly participating.
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    The Entrance Into Holy Week And The Prophesy Of Our Resurrection
    John 11-1-45
    2010
    SYNOPSIS:The Saturday of Lazarus is The entrance into holy week and a prophesy of our resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ enables us to have our resurrection. What it the most important part of this story? All that is true, and that is alive is because of Jesus Christ. Our life is to become like Christ. If we become like him, we will have life in ourselves; If not, we will have no life.
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    I Am The Resurrection And The Life He That Believeth In Me Though He Were Dead Yet Shall He Live
    John 11-1-45
    2011-04-13
    SYNOPSIS:We cannot exhaust all the theological profundity of the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. This short homily after Presanctified liturgy, 3 days before Lazarus Saturday, focuses on just one thing: Martha's interaction with Jesus and the reality that is difficult to fully believe UNLESS it is lived: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live"
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    In Confirming The Common Resurrection And Other Reasons Why Lazarus Was Raised
    John 11-1-45
    2011-04-15
    SYNOPSIS:After Matins for St Lazarus, a short homily giving examples from the services which detail three of the reasons why the story of the resurrection is so prominent in the Gospel of John, and is read at this time of the year, and the most important reason, from the story itself, why this extremely intimate account of this great miracle of Christ is preserved.
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    Exegesis Of The Raising Of Lazarus Story
    John 11-1-45
    2011-04-16
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    The Raising Of Lazarus And Our Sins
    2013-04-27
    SYNOPSIS:The raising of Lazarus has many important things in it, but none is as important as the application of this reality to our own lives. We look at how the church thinks about the raising of Lazarus and our sins and passions all in the same breath. The dialogue between Martha and Jesus should look familiar to us - we think this way too! Let us learn to live powerfully, fully understanding such hymns as: "Thou hast raised Lazarus on the fourth day, though his corpse already stank. Raise me up, O Christ, for I am dead in sin and lie in the pit and the dark shadow of death; deliver me and save me in Thy compassion." "O Master, Thou hast raised a dead man bound in grave clothes, a corpse that already stank. I am held fast in the bonds of sin; raise me up and I shall sing: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou."
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    Lord If Thou Hadst Been Here My Brother Had Not Died
    John 11-1-45
    2014-04-12
    SYNOPSIS:The most significant event in the resurrection of Lazarus, for a man with passions, is the conversation between Jesus and Martha and Mary. They believed in Him, and that He could do anything, but their brother was four days dead! Their belief could not extend that far. A pastor, and anyone who has empathy and see the world as it is, and experiences death daily, has many things in his life that appear to be four days dead! Nothing is ever "more dead" than this, because Christ raised Lazarus the four days dead. We must learn to cultivate faith that believes that no matter what the problem, person or sin, God can bring life, because nothing is ever more than four days dead!
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    Having Completed The Forty Days Grant Us Also To Behold The Holy Week Of Thy Passion
    2015-04-03
    SYNOPSIS:An explanation of a hymn from Vespers for the Resurrection of Lazarus: "Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, / we beseech Thee in Thy love for man: / Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Thy Passion, / that in it we may glorify Thy mighty acts / and Thine ineffable dispensation for our sakes, // singing with one mind: 'O Lord, glory to Thee.'" We explain something very important: what Holy Week is for, and what we should be seeking. We must learn something and become ready, so that our prayer: "Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Thy Passion" is granted in its fullness.
  • Lazarus Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Lazarus Saturday
    Understanding Death And Resurrection And Groaning Within
    Luke 11
    2015-04-04
    SYNOPSIS:We experience a great mystery today, in the resurrection of Lazarus the four days dead, of death and resurrection, and in a practical sense, more powerful than Pascha. Looking at this story closely teaches us about the humanity and divinity of Christ, and teaches us about how to be truly human. This is a great mystery. We choose a few phrases and meditate upon them: "He abode two days still in the same place where he was." ; "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth" ; "Let us also go, that we may die with him" ; "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died" ; "Jesus wept" ; (we must know WHY He wept) and the very important phrase which we MUST understand: "Jesus therefore again groaning in himself" Unless you groan within, you will never understand death or the resurrection.

Palm Sunday

  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • These Things They Did Not Understand At First
    John 12:1-18
    2008-04-21
  • Palm Sunday (Word DOC format)
  • 2009-04-12
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    SYNOPSIS:The events of Palm Sunday are momentous, but they cannot be understood without understanding the words of the Apostle Paul and contrasting them to the actions of the people who received Jesus joyfully and with shouts of praise as he rode into Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of an ass.
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  • Palm Sunday
    2010-03-28
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  • Palm Sunday
    Philippians 4-4-9-John 12-1-18
    2011-04-08
    SYNOPSIS:Why do we read this epistle on Palm Sunday, since it is not about suffering, or the cross or the resurrection? There are many other epistles about these things, but this epistle contains instructions that must be applied during Holy Week in order to truly benefit from Pascha. We can understand how to apply the Apostle Paul's instructions by looking at the good and bad examples in today's Gospel, such as Mary, who annointed the Lord, Judas, the people, and the high priests. There are many lessons here, and all of Holy Week will contain many more. The Lord is at hand!
  • Palm Sunday (Word DOC format)
  • Learning Humility By Recounting The Events Of Holy Week
    2011-04-17
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    SYNOPSIS:A very short homily after Vespers in the vigil for Palm Sunday. The events of Holy week should teach us humility. Many mistakes were made, by those who loved the Lord and those who hated Him. For instance, two prophesies, one from Zechariah, and the other from Jeremiah, were fulfilled to the letter, and the leaders who plotted to destroy Jesus, and who knew the Scripture, were blind to this. Martha and Mary, who loved the Lord, showed deep ingnorance about Who He is. We must learn humility from these examples.
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Rejoice In The Lord Alway And Again I Say Rejoice
    Philippians 4-4-9
    2011-04-17
    SYNOPSIS:A homily by Deacon Nicholas Park in which he discusses the admonition of the Apostle Paul to "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice". Many if the children of Jerusalem who cried "Hosanna" were worshipping Jesus as the person they *wanted* Him to be, and not as He really is.
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  • Palm Sunday
    Philippians 4-4-9-John 12-1-18
    2012-04-08
    SYNOPSIS:Why do we read this epistle on Palm Sunday, since it is not about suffering, or the cross or the resurrection? There are many other epistles about these things, but this epistle contains instructions that must be applied during Holy Week in order to truly benefit from Pascha. We can understand how to apply the Apostle Paul's instructions by looking at the good and bad examples in today's Gospel, such as Mary, who annointed the Lord, Judas, the people, and the high priests. There are many lessons here, and all of Holy Week will contain many more. The Lord is at hand!
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Entry Into Jerusalem Understood In A Spiritual Way
    Luke 19-37-44
    2013-04-28
    SYNOPSIS:The Entry into Jerusalem is not only a historical event, but also an allegory of how God enters the soul and either abides in it or is cast out. We look at all the symbolic meanings of Jerusalem, the children, the rulers, the prophesy of the destruction of the temple, etc. What will we do so that when Jesus enters our Jerusalem, he stays?.
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  • Palm Sunday
    How To Be Like Children And Be Saved
    Matthew 21-1-11
    2013-04-28
    SYNOPSIS:During the entry into Jerusalem, there was a marked contrast: the children praised Jesus and proclaimed Him as God with great joy, but the leaders were "sore displeased". Why were they so indignant? It was because of their sins and passions, especially their anger and pride. They teach us how to be like children and have joy, if we will listen. It is clear that any unrepented of sin makes us like the leaders, incapable of accepting the Lord into our Jerusalem - our soul, and feeling joy. Let us learn how to be like children by observing their behavior
  • Palm Sunday (HTML format)
  • The Lord Is At Hand
    Philippians 4-4-9
    2014-04-13
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    SYNOPSIS:Today is basically from my heart to yours, with a bit of incoherence and great love. The epistle today tells us the Lord is at hand, and we are standing with palms and pussy willows in our hands, emulating the children of Israel. A large portion of those who held palms when the Lord was at hand in the entry into Jerusalem later were complicit in His crucifixion, and a large portion of Orthodox who have not been in church for a great while hold palms on a great church holiday. How are we going to be different? The apostle also tells us to rejoice always - how doe this apply to the raising of Lazarus, which moist of you never hear in church, and the things in your life that are four days dead?

Holy Week

    Holy Monday

    • Holy Monday (mp3 format)
    • Fig Tree Faith Obedience Fruit
      Great Monday Matins
      Matthew 21-18-43
      2012-04-08
      SYNOPSIS:The whole point of Great and Holy week is to prepare us to fully understand and live in the resurrection - not just during the approaching Pascha, but in all of our life. We must listen to the Gospels and hymns with this objective. In Great Monday Matins, the Gospel contains the story of the fig tree that withered; this very short homily explains the spiritual meaning of this passage. The more obvious teaching of this action of our Lord is that we must bear fruit - growing in the virtues and holiness - or else we will wither away. There is much more: the season in which the Lord cursed the fig tree allows us no excuses for our lack of fruit, and we learn that faith is built upon obedience and the bearing of fruit. "O brethren, let us fear the punishment of the fig tree, / withered because it was unfruitful; / and let us bring worthy fruits of repentance unto Christ, // who grants us His great mercy." (Great Monday Matins, Aposticha, T8)
    • Holy Monday (mp3 format)
    • Fig Tree Scribes Scribes Question Jesus The First Son The Vineyard
      Great Monday Matins
      Matthew 21-18-43
      2014-04-13
      SYNOPSIS:A review of the Great Monday Matins Gospel, Matthew 21:18-43, with emphasis on a few spiritually edifying points. - the fig tree teaches us to look at everything spiritually, the scribes who questoinsed jesus show how empty and lifeless dishonoesty is. We must be the first son. The cornerstone in the vineyard parable.

    Holy Tuesday

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    • Judas With Avaricious Thoughts Accepts The Darkness
      The Progression Of Sin Into Self Imposed Slavery
      2011-04-18
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      SYNOPSIS:Six minutes on the progression of sin. Holy Week is not only about the events surrounding the passion of our Lord, but is also a time for introspection and self-amendment. The descent of Judas into the insanity of deicide did not happen all at once, but progressed because of his addiction to a particular passion. We read a sessional hymn from Holy Tuesday Matins, and see how it describes the progression of sin in *our* lives unless we fight to not "accept the darkness". This is VERY important, and applies to EVERYONE.
       
      "Impious Judas with avaricious thoughts plots against the Master, and ponders how he will betray Him. He falls away from the light and accepts the darkness; he agrees upon the payment and sells Him that is above all price; and as the reward of his actions, in his misery he receives a hangman's noose and death in agony. O Christ our God, deliver us from such a fate as his, and grant remission of sins to those who celebrate with love Thy most pure passion." (Sessional Hymn, Tone 8, Holy Tuesday Matins)
    • Holy Tuesday (mp3 format)
    • He Falls Away From The Light And Accepts The Darkness
      Great-Tuesday-Matins
      2012-04-10
      SYNOPSIS:Six and a half important minutes using Judas as an example to teach us how not to "accept the darkness" Commentary on the Sessional Hymn from Great Tuesday Matins: "Impious Judas with avaricious thoughts plots against the Master, / and ponders how he will betray Him. /He falls away from the light and accepts the darkness; / he agrees upon the payment and sells Him that is above all price; / and as the reward for his actions, in his misery / he receives a hangman's noose and death in agony. / O Christ our God, deliver us from such a fate as his, // and grant remission of sins to those who celebrate with love Thy most pure Passion."
    • Holy Tuesday (mp3 format)
    • Great Monday Presanctified
      Because Iniquity Shall Abound The Love Of Many Shall Wax Cold
      Matthew 24-3-35
      2014-04-14
      SYNOPSIS:Overview of the Gospel on for Presanctified Liturgy on Great Monday, in which the Lord teaches about the state of the world, and His second coming, especially emphasizing the coldness of the hearts of modern man. Our reactions to this coldness and depravity? our hearts must be hot to compensate for the cold, or else we risk being deceived with all the rest. Also a story explains how to know if Christ is coming when someone "Here is Christ"
    • Holy Tuesday (mp3 format)
    • Great Tuesday Matins
      God Is Not The God Of The Dead But Of The Living He That Is Greatest Among You Shall Be Your Servant
      Matthew 22-15-23-39
      2014-04-14
      SYNOPSIS:Holy Tuesday Matins Gospel. Conversations with Jesus and the Jewish leaders. All our problems are because we do not fully believe and live according to the truth: "God is the God of the living and not the dead". If we truly live according to the resurrection, which is occurring in us, we will say with conviction the word of the Our Fathe: "Thy Kingdom come" and easily attain it by fulfilling the command: "He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."
    • Holy Tuesday (mp3 format)
    • Great Tuesday Presanctified
      After Two Days Is The Feast Of The Passover And The Son Of Man Is Betrayed To Be Crucified
      Matthew 24-36-26-2
      2014-04-15
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel for Great Tuesday Presanctified Liturgy contains many teachings and parables about the second coming of Christ, the "Son of Man" This selection ends with the Lord prophesying that He would be crucified in 2 days. Nobody understood. Why? The overall theme of all the parables is that we must be watchful. this is a difficult virtue to acquire, and while we are acquiring it, the world is oblivious. This is a great mystery.

    Holy Wednesday

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    • While The Sinful Woman Brought Oil Of Myrrh The Disciple Came To An Agreement With The Transgressors
      Comparing And Personalizing Judas And The Woman Of Bethany
      Holy-Wednesday-Matins
      2011-04-19
      SYNOPSIS:Six minutes after Holy Wednesday Matins about the comparison between Judas and the woman from Bethany who anointed the Lord. It is important to personalize the actions of these two people, and the service texts give a good example of how to acquire this critical spiritual skill:

      While the sinful woman brought oil of myrrh, /
      the disciple came to an agreement with the transgressors. /
      She rejoiced to pour out what was very precious, /
      he made haste to sell the One who is above all price. /
      She acknowledged Christ as Lord, /
      he severed himself from the Master. /
      She was set free, but Judas became the slave of the enemy. /
      Grievous was his lack of love! /
      Great was her repentance! /
      Grant such repentance also unto me, //
      O Savior who hast suffered for our sake, and save us.
      (Praises, Holy Wednesday Matins, Tone 1)

      The harlot drew near Thee, O Thou who lovest mankind, /
      and poured out on Thy feet the oil of myrrh with her tears; /
      and at Thy command she was delivered from the foul smell of her evil deeds. /
      But the ungrateful disciple, though he breathed Thy grace, /
      rejected it and defiled himself in filth, /
      selling Thee from love of money. //
      Glory be to Thy compassion, O Christ.
      (Sessional Hymn after the 3rd Kathisma, Holy Wednesday Matins, Tone 3, Troparion melody)

    • Holy Wednesday (mp3 format)
    • I Have Transgressed More Than The Harlot O Loving Lord
      Cultivating The Proper Attitude To Have Regarding Our Sins And Weak Repentance
      Holy-Wednesday-Matins
      2011-04-20
      SYNOPSIS:Homily after Holy Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy discussion how the services give us a primer in how to regard our sins and weak repentance. The comparison of Judas and the woman of Bethany is very useful to teach us, and especially the Kontakion at matins which teaches us the essence of Christian honesty, repentance and hope:

      I have transgressed more than the harlot, O loving Lord, /
      yet never have I offered Thee my flowing tears. /
      But in silence I fall down before Thee /
      and with love I kiss Thy most pure feet, /
      beseeching Thee as Master to grant me remission of sins; /
      and I cry to Thee, O Savior: //
      Deliver me from the filth of my works.
      (Kontakion, Tone 4, Holy Wednesday Matins)

    • Holy Wednesday (mp3 format)
    • Great Wednesday Matins
      For They Loved The Praise Of Men More Than The Praise Of God
      John 12-17-50
      2014-04-15
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel for Holy Wednesday Matins is about the plotting of the leaders to kill Jesus, and His prediction of His immanent crucifixion and His talking about Himself and what true belief in Him entails. The Leaders and people did not understand, and many who did were afraid to speak out. Their cowardice and self-interest is a terrible lesson for us. A coward and selfish man cannot be saved.
    • Holy Wednesday (mp3 format)
    • Great Wednesday Presanctified
      Judas And The Woman Who Annointed Jesus Compared Gratitude Vs Self Interest
      Matthew 26-6-16
      2016-04-14
      SYNOPSIS:The services on Holy Wednesday focus on the contrast between Judas and the woman who anointed Jesus - as she was doing her act of love and gratitude that our Lord said would be remembered forever as a memorial to her, Judas was plotting against the Lord. The startling words of the Gospel should penetrate our soul like a sudden, loud noise: "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?" Observe the power of gratitude to save and of self-interest to annihilate the soul! Those who are sinners and cannot stop sinning, you will only get better if you allow God to energize you through the conduit of your gratitude and love!

    Holy Thursday

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    • He Reckoned Up The Value Of The Oil Of Myrrh And Yet Was Not Afraid To Sell Thee Who Art Above All Price
      Holy Thursday Liturgy
      2011-04-21
      SYNOPSIS:On Holy Thursday we remember the institution of the Eucharist, and how it is salvific for man - but not for all. Much of our hymnology for this day speaks of Judas and his betrayal of the Lord. If we listen carefully, Judas is not just a historical figure far removed from us, but we will feel deeply that we have dangerous similarities to him. Judas fell into the insanity of deicide because of long-standing passions, and bad choices, In a word, he had bad priorities. This point is "hammered home" in many hymns, such as the one we choose to discuss:
       
      Judas the transgressor at the supper /
      dipped his hand into the dish with Thee, O Lord, /
      yet sinfully he reached out his hands to receive the money. /
      He reckoned up the value of the oil of myrrh, and yet was not afraid to sell Thee who art above all price. /
      He stretched out his feet to be washed, yet deceitfully he kissed the Master
      and betrayed Him to the breakers of the Law. /
      Cast out of the company of the apostles, /
      he threw away the thirty pieces of silver, /
      and did not see Thy Resurrection on the third day. //
      Through this Thy Resurrection have mercy on us.
      (Praises, Matins of Holy Thursday, Tone 2)
    • Holy Thursday (mp3 format)
    • Holy Thursday Liturgy
      Greatest Sin Of Judas No Anger Against Sin Action Of Communion Within Us With Exchange Of Attributes
      2014-04-17
      SYNOPSIS:On Holy Thursday we simultaneously contemplate the sin of Judas and the institution of the Eucharist. There are two hymns from the matins canon that perfectly explain the greatest sin of Judas - it was not avarice, but to not be angry against sin. This is important to know, and apply to your life. Be angry in a godly way, and become godly. Many partake of communion without understanding why, or what it does. Another hymn from the canon perfectly explains this. We should know why we do things, and how we should do them. Learn from these two hymns the essence of Christianity.

      Lacking all conscience, he received the Body that delivers men from sin and the divine Blood that was shed for the world. He was not ashamed to drink what he had sold for money, he felt no anger against sin, for he knew not how to cry, #39;O ye works of the Lord praise ye the and exalt Him above all for ever#39;.

      Since I am man not merely in appearance but in reality, the human nature united to Me is made godlike through the exchange of attributes. Know Me, then, as one single Christ, who saves those among whom I have been born and whose nature I have taken.(Canon, Ode 8,9, Matins for Holy Thursday)
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    • Holy Thursday
      Holy Communion Paschal Lamb Exchange Of Attributes
      2015-04-09
      SYNOPSIS:On this day that we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, we look at two wonderful hymns from the canon on Holy Thursday which explain why it is a logical certainly that the Lord would offer His body and blood to the faithful, as "food indeed, and drink indeed". The Body and blood of Christ helps to learn to not be attached to sin! Salvation is not only the forgiveness of sin; it is the obliteration of sin - to not be attached to sin! The story of the old man and his disciple who met a loose woman on the way to the city perfectly illustrates this. The "exchange of attributes" of the divine with our human flesh occurs when we partake of holy communion in the context of struggling against sin. We also explain what "Catholic" means, the paschal lamb, the struggle of Mary of Egypt as a model for losing our attachment to sin, the most pernicious heresies and poor practices of this age and suggest an edifying hobby!

      O God the Lord and Creator of all, Thou art become poor, uniting a created nature to Thyself, while remaining free from passion. Since Thou art the Passover, Thou hast offered Thyself to those for whose sake Thou wast soon to die; and Thou hast cried: "Eat My Body, and ye shall be firmly established in the faith." (Canon for Holy Thursday,Irmos Ode 3)

      Since I am man not merely in appearance but in reality, the human nature united to Me is made godlike through the exchange of attributes. Know Me, then, as one single Christ, who saves those among whom I have been born and whose nature I have taken. (Canon for Holy Thursday, Ode 9)

    Holy Friday

    • Holy Friday (Word DOC format)
    • Good Friday Sermon Before The Shroud
      Archbishop Andrei Of Rockland
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • At The Tomb
      2002
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • At The Tomb
      2003
    • Holy Friday (HTML format)
    • At The Tomb
      2009-04-17
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:Brothers and sisters, behold the Man. That is what Pilate said. He also said, "What is truth?"
      To "behold the man" is to behold truth, but Pilate didn't notice.
      Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Because people did not live according to the truth.
      Why was the crowd, the tumult, why was the crown of thorns, the sham trial, the false witnesses? Because people did not live according to truth, and therefore they did not recognize Truth.
      When the Scripture says something, we must listen. ...
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Before The Tomb And Epitaphios
      Behold The Man
      Holy-Friday-Vespers
      2010-04-02
      SYNOPSIS:We must answer the questions that are asked and the commands that are given in Scripture. Before giving up Jesus to judgment, Pilate asked a question: "Behold the man!", and gave a command: "What is truth?" What should be our response to these? Our life hands in the balance, depending on what we answer.
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Homily Before The Shroud
      3 Reactions To Christ Devotion Hate Indifference
      Holy-Friday-Vespers
      2011-04-22
      SYNOPSIS:The readings of the narrative of the passion of our Lord give us an understanding of the character of our Lord and our our character. I found, and I am sure many of you found this as well, that last night and this morning as Father was reading, as the Lord stood before Pilate, that my heart was often cold, and my mind wandered. The words from St Ephrem the Syrian really resonate: "All creation was in fear and trembling when the King of Heaven, the Savior, suffered, while we sinners, for whom the Only immortal was given up ever treat this with contempt" What follows is a short discussion of the responses to our Lord during His passion, and at all times: devotion, hatred, and indifference. By Deacon Nicholas Park.
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Homily Before The Shroud
      3 Reactions To Christ Hate Love Indifference
      Holy-Friday-Vespers
      2011-04-22
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Lamentation Matins Holy Friday
      Prophesy Of The Dry Bones
      Ezekiel 37-1-14
      2012-04-14
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Homily Before The Shroud
      Purpose Problem Solution
      2013-05-04
      SYNOPSIS:Homily before the shroud, at the end of Vespers on Holy Friday. Life is pretty simple. Here is the Gospel, presented the Orthodox way, in a way that is similar to the typical Evangelical Protestant approach - our purpose, the problem, and the solution. The Western believer will see some similarities, but we emphasize healing from death. Both things are appropriate to discuss as we stand before the grave of our Lord.
    • Holy Friday (mp3 format)
    • Homily Before The Tomb
      Appearances And Reality
      2016-04-29
      SYNOPSIS:Homily before the shroud after Good Friday Vespers. Appearances and reality.

    Holy Saturday

    • Holy Saturday (HTML format)
    • Great Saturday
      2002
      Also in Format: RTF
    • Holy Saturday (RTF format)
    • Holy Great Saturday
      2002
    • Holy Saturday (mp3 format)
    • The Resurrection Fulfils Every Need
      Sunamite Woman Abraham And Ezekiel
      Holy-Saturday-Liturgy-2kings 4-8-37-Genesis 22-1-18-Ezekiel 37-1-14
      2011-04-23
      SYNOPSIS:We proclaim the resurrection every week in the scriptures read in matins on Sunday. The resurrection is also declared in a hidden way in the OT. On this Holy Saturday, after we have read the Gospel of Matthew in front of the tomb which proclaims the resurrection, let us see how three of the readings we have recently read from the OT proclaim it in a mystical and beautiful way, with examples including Abraham, Ezekiel, and the Sunamite woman.
    • Holy Saturday (mp3 format)
    • Holy Saturday Matins
      Homily Of Saint Epiphanius Of Cyprus
      2013-05-04
      SYNOPSIS:A homily by Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus on the burial of the Divine Body of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Joseph of Arimathea, and on the descent of the Lord into Hades which, after His saving Passion, wonderously ensued on the Holy and great SaturdayA homily on the burial of the Divine Body of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Joseph of Arimathea, and on the descent of the Lord into Hades which, after His saving Passion, wondrously ensued on the Holy and great Saturday. Read from the Lamentations of Matins, pub by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston MA

The Ladder of Divine Ascent

    Step 04

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 04.31 (mp3 format)
    • Macedonius The Archdeacon Men Not Demons
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 04.31 About Macedonius the Archdeacon. Dogma about the nature of angels, demons and men. The benefit of humiliation. Practical advice about repentance after we fall, because we are men, not demons. A portion of this story: "It is the property of angels,’ he continued, ‘not to fall, and even, as some say, it is quite impossible for them to fall. It is the property of men to fall, and to rise again as often as this may happen. But it is the property of devils, and devils alone, not to rise once they have fallen."

    Step 05

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 05.01 (mp3 format)
    • Repentance Carefree Self Care
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 05.01 About repentance. We discuss in under 5 minutes, that "repentance is carefree self-care and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness", fasting for lay people, what is sin, and the purpose of Great Lent, and we do not talk fast!
    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 05.26 (mp3 format)
    • Repentance
      Turning Lust Into Love
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 05.26 Repentance. "I have seen impure souls raving madly about physical love; but making their experience of such love a reason for repentance, they transferred the same love to the Lord; and, overcoming all fear, they spurred themselves insatiably on to the love of God."Using the energy of lust to love God and conquer lust. A discussion about shifting the paradigm. Very few who have lust struggle against it effectively. St John Climacus offers us another way. Will you try it?

    Step 06

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 06.09 (mp3 format)
    • Remembrance Of Death
      Long Habit
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 06.09 Remembrance of death. How to eradicate bad habits. St John tells us that if we all knew the day of our death, we would delay repentance and... "From long habit, (we) would become confirmed in vice, and would remain utterly incorrigible." We talk about the purpose of reading the Ladder, how the remembrance of death helps eradicate bad habits, how to fight certain bad habits in a practical way, and a great fear we must have regarding bad habits - all in under 5 minutes. "Some inquire and wonder: ‘Why, when the remembrance of death is so beneficial for us, has God hidden from us the know ledge of the hour of death?’—not knowing that in this way God wonderfully accomplishes our salvation. For no one who foreknew his death would at once proceed to baptism or the monastic life; but everyone would spend all his days in iniquities, and only on the day of his death would he approach baptism and repentance. From long habit he would become confirmed in vice, and would remain utterly incorrigible."

    Step 07

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 07.04 (mp3 format)
    • Mourning
      Steps In Controlling Our Thoughts
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 07.04 Mourning. Progression in controlling our lips, then thoughts, then actions.
    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 07.43 (mp3 format)
    • Mourning
      God Hears Inarticulate Prayer
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 07.43 Mourning. There is good news for we who pray poorly! We must merely pray as well as we know how to. God will hear inarticulate prayer. We discuss the teaching of St John Climacus on this subject in under 4 minutes:"I have seen shameless petitioners and beggars with clever words soon incline even the hearts of kings to compassion. And I have seen men poor and needy in virtue, with words not clever but rather humble, vague and stumbling, call shamelessly and persistently from the depths of a desperate heart upon the Heavenly King and by their violence force His inviolable nature and compassion."

    Step 08

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 08.01 (mp3 format)
    • Freedom From Anger
      Gradual Change
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 08-01 Freedom from Anger. Be patient: it is a process. "As the gradual pouring of water on a fire completely extinguishes the flame, so the tears of true mourning are able to quench every flame of anger and irritability."
    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 08.04 (mp3 format)
    • Freedom From Anger
      Silence Of The Lips
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder, Step 08.01 Freedom from Anger. We have a workable plan! "The beginning of freedom from anger is silence of the lips when the heart is agitated; the middle is silence of the thoughts when there is a mere disturbance of soul; and the end is an imperturbable calm under the breath of unclean winds."

    Step 09

    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 09.05 (mp3 format)
    • Banishing Revenge Or Untimely Labors
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Ladder puts things in perspective by making connections we would not otherwise make. Tembrance of wromgs causes &untimely labors", and these are more labors than are spent on remembering the wrong! Also, it gives sharp instruction. We must BANISH revenge, and not just let it fade away with time. Forgiveness is action!
    • The Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 09.10 (mp3 format)
    • Remembrance Of Wrongs
      Distorted Reality
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:Remembrance of wrongs warps our reality. We can fight it with the Jesus prayer.

Baptism


Crowning

  • Crowning (Marriage) (Word DOC format)
  • Nicholas And Genevieve Park
    2002
  • Crowning (Marriage) (HTML format)
  • David And Elizabeth Ash
    2002-06-03
    Also in Format: RTF
  • Purpose of life and marriage. Marriage is a school. Advice about marriage. (HTML format)
  • Matthias (Kevin) and Natalie King
    2015-05-17
    Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC or mp3 Notes for this passage are found here in WORD or PDF format

    SYNOPSIS:A homily given at the crowning (marriage) of Matthias (Kevin) and Natalie. The main part is about the purpose of marriage. It entails a detailed exposition of the most important verse in Scripture: "And God said: let us make man in our own image and after our likeness" (Gen 1:26), which tells us why we were made, how we are made, Who made us, and our destiny, that is, our purpose. There is only one important question in the universe, and we discuss how to go about "answering" it. The words here apply to every Christian, and indeed, every human being, whether or not they are married. For some, the path to answering this question is an honorable marriage and a bed undefiled, and we discuss Adam's important words and prophesy about marriage: "This is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh." "This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Eph 5:32).
  • Purpose of Marriage. Not as romantic as the world believes, but much more meaningful and fulfilling. (mp3 format)
  • Crowning of Paul and Anna.
    2015-10-04
    SYNOPSIS:On the occasion of the crowning of Paul and Anna, a short discourse on the mystery of marriage, emphasizing its purpose. Marriage joins two dissimilar people and teaches them to be of one mind, and to love as God loves . It is the lived out mystery of Christ and the church.
  • Homily at the Crowning of Timothy and Christina McFadden (mp3 format)
  • 2016-09-04
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Marriage. From a father and priest to his daughter and son-in-law. Its purpose, exegesis of the Epistle and Gospel, and the main symbols in the crowning service - the rings, crowns, walk of Isaiah. The audio quality is a bit different than usual because it is taken from video, and there was a failure of the audio recorder.

Confession


Matins Gospels

  • 1st Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Introduction To Matinal Resurrectional Gospels
    Believing In The Resurrection Is Hard
    Matthew 28-16-20
    2012-04-21
  • 1st Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • All Power Is Given Unto Me In Heaven And In Earth
    Voluntary And Involuntary Submission
    Matthew 28-16-20
    2013-09-14
    SYNOPSIS:The 1st Matinal Gospel has an incredible statement if it is understand according to its deep spiritual meaning: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." This is more than it seems to be! We examine involuntary submission, which applies to all men, and voluntary submission, which is only possible because of the incarnation and resurrection.
  • 1st Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • All Matins Resurrectional Gospels Recited
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:During the vigil at the tomb, at 7pm Saturday evening, I recorded all the 11 Sunday Resurrectional Gospels, plus the first Resurrectional Account, in Matthew. the reading is not my best, but it is good to listen to these Gospels often. Perhaps you could listen to them in the car, instead of NPR, Sports Radio, or Rush Limbaugh!
  • 2nd Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Details
    Why Were Brave People Afraid
    Mark 16-1-8
    2013-09-21
    SYNOPSIS:The Sunday Matinal Gospels are particularly rich in details. In the second Gospel, Mark 16:1-8, we have several important details; they can teach us many things about ourselves and our Christian life. for instance, why were brave people afraid? This is a really important detail. They were not afraid to confront the Jews or the guards, but the empty tomb and the words of the angel made them tremble, and they did fully follow his instructions. Why? there are other important details, such as their question as they approached the tomb, and the important instruction of the angel to tell Peter the news. All of this is not just history, it is a description of your life too.
  • 3rd Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Resurrection Chronology
    Mark 16-9-20
    2012-04-28
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the 3rd Matins Gospel, Mark 16:9-20, and chronology of the day of the resurrection. The most important points are the spiritual ones - the resurrection was not witnessed by anyone. What does that mean? A lot!
  • 3rd Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • He That Believeth And Is Baptized Shall Be Saved But He That Believeth Not Shall Be Damned
    Mark 16-9-20
    2013-09-28
  • 5th Matins Gospel (HTML format)
  • The Road To Emmaus
    2002-06-03
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • 5th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • The Road To Emmaus
    Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us
    Luke 24-12-35
    2011-12-17
  • 5th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • The Road To Emmaus
    Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us
    Luke 24-12-35
    2013-07-27
    SYNOPSIS:Matins Gospel five, The Road to Emmaus, in Luke, is an explanation of the Christian life of anyone. We labor with ignorance and negative thoughts among our greatest adversaries, but in the true Christian, the heart is always burning. What does this mean? How do we continue to have our heart burn, and why?
  • 5th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Their Eyes Were Holden That They Should Not Know Him
    Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us
    Luke 24-12-35
    2015-04-14
    SYNOPSIS:The Road to Emmaus story, told intimately in the third person by St Luke teaches us profoundly about how human nature encounters the divine. It involves unbelief! We must know how to deal with our unbelief. All of us have it; it is our "road to Emmaus". Why did the apostles not recognize the Lord? We must understand, because the same thing happens to us. The solution to our ignorance is shown brilliantly, by their question after the Lord broke bread in their presence: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" A Christian must have a heart that burns. We explain what this means and how to cultivate such a heart. Also, a small liturgical question is answered: Why are the Gospels the way we learn about life and how to be a true human being? There are two main reasons. Why read a resurrectional Gospel from Luke during Bright week when we are in the midst of reading from John?
  • 6th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Peace Be Unto You
    Then Opened He Their Understanding That They Might Understand The Scriptures
    Luke 24-36-53
    2013-08-03
  • 7th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • For As Yet They Knew Not The Scripture That He Must Rise Again From The Dead
    John 20-1-10
    2013-08-10
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of Matins Gospel 7, John 20:1-10, with emphasis on what can teach the soul. We do not care about all the historical details as much as we care about how our souls can be profited by noting the bravery and humility of Mary Magdalene, about judgment of others, and why it would be stated concerning pious men who were very conversant with the Scriptures, that: "For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead."
  • 8th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Woman Why Weepest Thou
    Jesus Saith Unto Her Mary
    John 20-11-18
    2013-08-17
    SYNOPSIS:In Matins Gospel 8, John 10:11-18, Mary Magdalene is at the tomb weeping, and Christ appears and asks her "Woman, why weepest thou?" We must answer ALL questions in Scripture - this question is also for us. What will you answer and how will your weeping be stopped? In the Gospel, as in life, Mary stopped weeping when she recognized Jesus, when he called her "Mary" This Gospel is our life in microcosm. We weep because we do not see Christ, but He is always calling our name and right by us; when we recognize him, we no longer weep.
  • 9th Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Peace Be Unto You
    Whose Soever Sins Ye Remit They Are Remitted Unto Them And Whose Soever Sins Ye Retain They Are Retained
    John 20-19-31
    2013-08-24
    SYNOPSIS:The 9th Matinal Gospel, John 20:19-31, is about a lot of things, but since it has the story of the doubt of Thomas, it seems that the critically important things before this story get neglected in homilies. We talk about them here, especially the incredible promise (and command!) that we will be like God, and do the things of God. This is inherent in the command and promise of Jesus: "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." There are many other things of God that have been delegated to man and we must know them. Also, the first words Jesus spoke to the gathered disciples on the day of the resurrection were "Peace be unto you". this is VERY significant, and very much related to the things of God that we are ordered to do.
  • Matins Gospels (mp3 format)
  • Cast The Net On The Right Side Of The Ship And Ye Shall Find
    John-211-14
    2013-08-31
    SYNOPSIS:The 10th Matinal Gospel is the story about the Apostles fishing, and Christ encountering them on the shore. He told them: "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. " In our minimalist, benighted and politically correct age, we must understand clearly what the "right side" is. There are other nuances to this first half of this story that are very important to our life, as they apply directly to the way we grow and change.
  • 11st Matins Gospel (mp3 format)
  • Lovest Thou Me More Than These
    Feed My Sheep
    John 21-15-25
    2013-09-07
    SYNOPSIS:Matins Gospel 11 (John 21:15-25) contains the triune questions and exhortations of Christ to Peter. They contain the instructions for how to learn to love as God loves, as we are commanded.

Misc

  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Blessed Is God Who Restest In The Saints
    2004
  • Misc (HTML format)
  • About Prayer
    2005-01-05
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • 40 Days For Life Prayer Before A Late Term Abortion Clinic
    2011-10-19
    SYNOPSIS:Personal experience of an Orthodox Christian and priest praying in front of a late term abortion clinic during the 40 days for life campaign, Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011. This is difficult and heavy prayer because outside, on the street, things look normal, but inside some lives are terminated, and many other lives are perhaps irrevocably damaged in terrible ways. A spiritual reflection, including whether we should pray for "them" or "us", and that a Christian must feel responsible for all sin and act upon his inner impulses from the heart, and about praying "one hour", and personalizing the "Akathist for a Woman Who Has Aborted a Child"
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Go To Sleep Giggling
    World Vs Christian Way Of Life
    2012-05-16
    SYNOPSIS:Billboard messages and pop culture show that a chasm exists between the way of life in the world, and the way a Christian should live. Here is one: "Go to sleep giggling!" - an advertisement for TV comedy shows from 9-11pm. We investigate how the world views daily life, and the end of the day, and how a Christian should view it, partially by quoting some important prayers at the end of the "Prayers before sleep".
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • It Takes A Really Good Man To Be Better Than No Man At All
    Advice To Orthodox Youth At Peter The Aleut Summer Camp
    2012-07-07
    SYNOPSIS:At St Peter the Aleut Summer camp, which is at Possum Kingdom Lake (Texas) in July each year, we love to have campfires late at night with the youth and talk about stuff. This year, Fr Cassian Sibley came up with a gem, a quote from his grandfather: "It takes a really, REALLY good man to be better than no man at all". This short talk expands on that quote, which is critical for our youth to understand, or else they may "settle" for a marriage to a man (or woman) who is not suitable for them to save their souls and raise good children. There are reliable ways to make sure this DOES NOT HAPPEN. This is important stuff!
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Why Does A Priest Wear Black
    Joyful Mourning Remembrance Of Death
    2012-10-18
    SYNOPSIS:An answer to a question posed in a prison visit: "Why do priests wear black?". The answer covers a lot of ground, from prison to abortion clinics to the pain of pastoral ministry and life in general for those who are paying attention, to Johnny Cash, who gave a superficially correct answer to this question, and of critical importance, "Remembrance of death" (which we speak of at some length) and "Joyful mourning"
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Ordinary Is Made Extraordinary
    2013-03-09
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • A Man Leave His Father And His Mother And Shall Cleave Unto His Wife And They Shall Be One Flesh
    Sunday Of Marriage Family And Loyalty
    Genesis 2-24, Eph 5-32
    2013-09-16
    SYNOPSIS:The "Sunday of Marriage, Family and Loyalty" is celebrated every year in September in the Russian Orthodox church. This homily attempts to explain the unexplainable - the Mystery of Marriage and the Church. We discuss how we can learn to give our will to another, and thus become like Christ. We cannot be saved unless we learn to give our will to another, and marriage is among the best estates in life to learn this.
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Thanksgiving Day
    Giving Thanks Is Living As The One You Thank
    2014-11-27
    SYNOPSIS:Thoughts on Thanksgiving Day, 2014, when we are appropriately celebrating the Eucharist, which means "thanksgiving" Giving thanks is not the stuff we say, it is the stuff we do. We look at the ten lepers who were healed, and the one who returned to give thanks, and from an apparently unlikely place, the parable of the unjust steward and discuss what a Christian should be most thankful for and how he gives thanks.
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • As The Lord Liveth I Will Not Leave Thee
    Holy Stubborness Disobedience
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:We modern Christians give up too easily. The saints of the Scriptures did not give up. They had things in their life that they chose to make "non-negotiable". We must too. We look at the examples of Elisha, Ruth and the Apostle Peter. If we do not have non-negotiable things in our lives, we have no life. " As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee." "Whithersoever thou goest, I will go, and wheresoever thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" " Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life."
  • Misc (mp3 format)
  • Thanksgiving
    The Heart Is Deep
    Psalm 63-6
    2015
  • Misc (HTML format)
  • The Soul Purpose Of Life Remembrance Of Death Prayer Of The Heart
    2016
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3

Wisdom of Solomon

  • About The Holy Spirit and Sin. (Word DOC format)
  • Holy Spirit And Sin
    Wisdom 01:01-09
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:The Holy Spirit will not abide where there is sin. Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him. For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him. For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in. For wisdom is a loving spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him. For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds. (Wis 1:1-9 Brenton)
  • Man is immortal, how sin entered into the world. (HTML format)
  • Wisdom 02:23-24
    2016
    Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC
    SYNOPSIS:For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.
  • About idolatry and the beginning of fornication. (Word DOC format)
  • Wisdom 14:12
    2016-08-12
    SYNOPSIS:For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life. (Wis 14:12 Brenton)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is Wisdom. Only He can heal. (Word DOC format)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Is Wisdom
    Wisdom 16:11-13
    2016-08-11
    SYNOPSIS:For they were pricked, that they should remember thy words; and were quickly saved, that not falling into deep forgetfulness, they might be continually mindful of thy goodness. For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things. (Wis 16:11-12 Brenton)

Living Water:Commentary on Orthodox Services

  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Dragging The Net Of The Faith In The Salty Sea Of The Passions
    Octoechos-Tone-4-Wednesday-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-09-14
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Harrowing Of Hell
    Delivered From Deception By His Compassions
    Octoechos-Tone-5-Saturday-Vespers-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-09-17
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • That The Whole Evening May Be Perfect Holy Peaceful And Sinless Let Us Ask Of The Lord
    2011-10-19
    SYNOPSIS:In the last litany of Vespers and Matins we pray "That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us ask of the Lord." Why do we pray this prayer, when past experience tells us that it will not be fulfilled today? Do we mean what we say, or are these just words? We look into the meaning and intent of this prayer and why it is so important. We should understand what we pray, why we pray and what we must do to indicate to the Lord that we mean what we pray.
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Direct Our Prayer As Incense Before Thee
    Vespers-Prayer-Of-The-Entry
    2011-11-06
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Free Among The Dead
    Octoechos-Tone-6-Saturday-Vespers-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-11-19
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • That We May Be Delivered From All Tribulation Wrath And Necessity Let Us Pray To The Lord
    Great-Ectenia
    2014-11-13
    SYNOPSIS:We look in detail at the petition from the Great Ectenia: "That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord. "

The Psalter

  • The Psalter (HTML format)
  • Blessed Are The Blameless In The Way Who Walk In The Law Of The Lord
    Psalm 118-01
    2012-10-27
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:01: Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. What is the way?
  • The Psalter (Word DOC format)
  • Blessed Are They That Search Out His Testimonies With Their Whole Heart Shall They Seek After Him
    Psalm 118-02
    2012-11-03
    Also in Format: mp3
    SYNOPSIS:Commentary on Psalm 118. Verse 2
  • The Psalter (Word DOC format)
  • For They That Work Iniquity Have Not Walked In His Ways
    Psalm 118-03
    2012-11-10
    Also in Format: mp3
    SYNOPSIS:Commentary on Psalm 118, Verse 3. The reason for EVERY problem we have. What are the "ways" of God?
    Notes for this passage are found here in word or pdf format
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Thou Hast Enjoined Thy Commandments That We Should Keep Them Most Diligently
    Psalm 118-04
    2012-11-17
    SYNOPSIS:Meditation on Psalm 118:04. The commandments are not arbitrary; they have a purpose. What is diligence (it has two parts) and how do we maintain it? Notes for this passage are found here in word or pdf format
  • The Psalter (Word DOC format)
  • Thou Hast Enjoined Thy Commandments That We Should Keep Them Most Diligently
    Psalm 118-04
    2012-11-17
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Would That My Ways Were Directed To Keep Thy Statutes
    Psalm 118-05
    2012-11-24
    SYNOPSIS:A meditation on Psalm 118:05, "Would that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes." How does a Christian properly "wish" for something? What must we do to be ready for the change to happen?
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Then Shall I Not Be Ashamed When I Look On All Thy Commandments
    Psalm 118-06
    2012-12-02
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:06: Then shall I not be ashamed, when I look on all Thy commandments. Shame gives way to illumination.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • I Will Confess Thee With Uprightness Of Heart When I Have Learned The Judgments Of Thy Righteousness
    Psalm 118-07
    2012-12-02
    SYNOPSIS:Commentary on Psalm 118:07. There are two kinds of confession of God. How do we learn to do the one that is righteous? Also the Christian understanding of the judgments of God.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • I Will Keep Thy Statutes Do Not Utterly Forsake Me
    Psalm 118-08
    2012-12-15
    SYNOPSIS:Psalm 118:08 introduces a difficult concept: the grace of God (His abiding presence) may depart from the soul for a season, for many different reasons, known only to God, for the strengthening of the soul, but His mercy is never absent. Examples of this process are seen clearly in the lives of the Prophet Elias and Apostle Peter. The courageous Christian embraces the inevitability that He will chasten whom He loveth, although, being of weak flesh, even the courageous need reassurance. This is not disbelief, but rather a part of our human condition.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Wherewithal Shall A Young Man Correct His Way By Keeping Thy Words
    Psalm 118-09
    2012-12-29
    SYNOPSIS:A meditation on Psalm 118:09, "Wherewithal shall a young man correct his way? By keeping Thy words." for something? This is a process, and not cicular reasoning. The Christian law of attraction.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • With My Whole Heart Have I Sought After Thee Cast Me Not Away From Thy Commandments
    Psalm 118-10
    2013-01-27
    SYNOPSIS:A meditation on Psalm 118:10, "With my whole heart have I sought after Thee, cast me not away from Thy commandments." How should we understand absolute statements that are false? They are a plea for help to make the statement true. Also a short discussion of the use of hyperbole in our prayers.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • In My Heart Have I Hid Thy Sayings That I Might Not Sin Against Thee
    Psalm 118-11
    2013-02-02
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:11, part of our series. This verse is a promise. When the heart treasures the things of God, there is great power against sin and for virtue. We look to the Theotokos as an example.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Blessed Art Thou O Lord Teach Me Thy Statutes
    Psalm 118-12
    2013-02-09
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:12: "Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes" The preceding verses are a promise and prerequisite before God will agree to teach us His statues, that is, reveal Himself to us by grace. We must promise to seek after the Lord with all our heart, and desire to treasure all we learn of Him in our heart, and then, God will be attracted to our zeal, and visit us, and teach us His statutes. It is significant that we sing this verse several times in the Evlogitaria of the Resurrection (sung in Sunday matins). Following the reliable principle that the New Testament (and the church, whose life is described in it) interprets the Old, we must therefore live in the resurrection if we are to "entice" God to visit us and teach us about Himself. These words are radical for many, but well understood by true Christian ascetics. Read this psalm daily, and try to live according to it, and you will also understand.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • 13 With My Lips Have I Declared All The Judgments Of Thy Mouth
    Psalm 118-13
    2013-02-16
    SYNOPSIS:"With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Thy mouth" is the 13th verse of Psalm 118. It is a superlative statement, and therefore, when we say it we are liars, but God loves our sweet sadness, repentance, and expectant longing as we make an earnest plea in the form of a statement of fact. Only Jesus Christ can say this verse with authority, and in fact, this Psalm describes Him, who certainly declared all the judgments from the Fathers mouth.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • In The Way Of Thy Testimonies Have I Found Delight As Much As In All Riches
    Psalm 118-14
    2013-03-16
    SYNOPSIS:"In the way of Thy testimonies have I found delight, as much as in all riches." a meditation on Psalm 118:14. We must understand what the "way" is and what the testimonies of God are. The Psalmist is describing the constant comparisons we must be making, and the remembrance of death. This cannot understood by study; it is only understood by experience.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • On Thy Commandments Will I Ponder And I Will Understand Thy Ways
    Psalm 118-15
    2013-03-30
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:15. How does one "ponder"? This is a learned skill, and like all skills, requires frequent work and some planning.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • On Thy Statutes Will I Meditate I Will Not Forget Thy Words
    Psalm 118-16
    2014-11-01
    SYNOPSIS:Personal commentary on Psalm 118:16. We must learn something from the things we read! Meditation is an active pursuit, and not just memory.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Give Reward Unto Thy Servant Quicken Me And I Will Keep Thy Words
    Psalm 118-17
    2014-11-08
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:17 Third octave. Gimmel = camel. Pack animal with the most endurance. All about endurance in struggle.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • O Unveil Mine Eyes And I Shall Perceive Wondrous Things Out Of Thy Law
    Psalm 118-18
    2014-11-22
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:18. the plaintive cry of a sinner who knows his sins make him ignorant and forgetful, and only God can save him from this.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • I Am A Sojourner On The Earth Hide Not From Me Thy Commandments
    Psalm 118-19
    2014-11-29
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Psalm 118:19. A sojourner has no interest in the places he passes through. The remembrance of death. Ignorance.
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • My Soul Hath Longed To Desire Thy Judgments At All Times
    Psalm 118-20
    2014-12-06
    SYNOPSIS:The judgments of God are his ways, His nature, not His commandments. We were not born to follow God's commandments; we were born to know God, and following His commandments is essential to know Him. Knowing Him is only possible thorough Him revealing Himself to us, and the more holy the soul, the more God is understood. But we are not holy. This is why the psalmist cries out with great desire "My soul hath ***longed*** to desire Thy judgments at all times"
  • The Psalter (mp3 format)
  • Thou Hast Rebuked The Proud Cursed Are They That Decline From Thy Commandments
    Psalm 118-21
    2014-12-13
    SYNOPSIS:The Psalmist David says words that must be our own: "Thou hast rebuked the proud; cursed are they that decline from Thy commandments." He is begging to be delivered from his pride.

Archimandrite Demetrios Carellas


St Herman Youth Conference

  • St Herman Youth Conference (mp3 format)
  • Prison Ministry Is Like Marriage
    Priest Seraphim
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:A talk on prison ministry, at the St Herman Youth Conference, 2015. The theme of the conference was marriage, so I showed conclusively, using the 4 principles of prison ministry, that it is just like marriage. You do not believe? Listen and you will. There is really important stuff here about how to live, which includes how to minister in prison and have a stupendous marriage. The 4 principles are: Pray, Just do it, 90% of life is just showing up, and whatever crosses your path.
  • St Herman Youth Conference (Adobe PDF format)
  • Prison Ministry Is Like Marriage
    Priest Seraphim Notes
    2015
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • St Herman Youth Conference (Powerpoint Presentation format)
  • Sanctifying The Home
    Mat Elizaveta
    2015
    Also in Format: mp3
    SYNOPSIS:A wonderful, practical talk by Matushka Elizaveta Temidis on Marriage and Sanctifying the Home. She moved around a lot, so sometimes you need to listen closely, but it will be worth it! There is a ton of practical advice here. Unfortunately, she was telling a great story at the very end of her talk, when gremlins made the recording stop, but the bulk of her talk has been preserved.


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