Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • Fathers First Ecumenical Council
      2002
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 2008-06-08
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (Word DOC format)
    • 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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    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 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.
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 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
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 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
    • 7th Sunday of Pascha (mp3 format)
    • 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."



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