First Sunday of Great Lent

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    • Before Zacchaeus
      2002
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    • Triumph Orthodoxy Come And See
      2002
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    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2004
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    • Triumph Orthodoxy
      2004
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    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2007-02-25
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    • 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.
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    • 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)
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    • "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.
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    • 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.



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