Second Sunday of Great Lent

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    • 2002
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Paralytic
      How do we get past the press? Get up on the roof.
      Mark 2:1-12
      2002
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    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      Mark 2:1-12
      2004
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • 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
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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)



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