Archive for November, 2012

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.

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Parable of the Good SamaritanLISTEN NOW

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.

More homilies on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 10:25-37 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.


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Commentary on Psalm 118, verse by verse


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Two kinds of faith; whatever faith we have the Lord will respond: Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Ikon: Raising of the daughter of Jairus and healing of the woman with an issue of blood.

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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.

More homilies on the 24th Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 8:41-56 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. 49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.


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Commentary on Psalm 118, verse by verse


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The Gospel proclaimed and its moral imperative: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works”. Ephesians 2:4-10. 23rd Sunday after Pentecost.

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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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.

More homilies on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Ephesians 2:4-10 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 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. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


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Commentary on Psalm 118, verse by verse


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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Everything in life is a trade. Audio Homily 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Ikon of the Parable of the Rich man and LazarusLISTEN NOW

Synopsis: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is very complicated and teaches many things. We focus on two: everything in life is a trade; what do you want the most, pleasure now or happiness later? How do we remind ourselves of this trading, and trade well? Read the Scriptures.

More homilies on the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 16:19-31 19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, 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. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.


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Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

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The Holy Orthodox Faith: Finding True Freedom through Slavery & Total Victory through Surrender by Archimandrite Demetrios Carellas Nov 26,27,28 2012 at St Nicholas

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012


The Holy Orthodox Faith: Finding True Freedom through Slavery, & Total Victory through Surrender

by Archimandrite Demetrios Carellas

 

3 talk series – Mon, Nov 26 ; Tue, Nov 27; Wed Nov 28 2012

Picture of Archiamandrite Demetrios Carellas

Schedule:

* Vespers at 5:30 PM

* Followed by light fasting food

(in consideration of some Orthodox who have begun the Nativity fast)

* Talk at 7:00 – 8:30

 * Visiting and more food after the talk.

Fr. Demetrios currently serves as the chaplain to the Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Saxonburg PA.   He firmly believes that the Spirit-filled teachings and lives of the holy Church Fathers are imperative to our being able to incarnate the Gospel of Jesus Christ within the trenches of our daily lives.  Papa Demetri has hundreds of spiritual children and has delivered talks and retreats extensively across North America

 

The talks will be next door to our church in a very nice lecture hall we use. Our hall will be available at all times.

 

 

 

"EVERYTHING IS FREE, but please RSVP"

(so we can know how much food to make)

 

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church

 

708 South Chestnut, McKinney, Texas 75069 Church Phone: 972-529-2754

 

Priest Seraphim Holland seraphim@orthodox.net   Cell: 972 658-5433

http://www.orthodox.net

 

 

 This Document in word format: http://www.orthodox.net/calendar/archiamandrite-demetrios-carellas-talks-nov-25-26-27-2012.doc

PDF format: http://www.orthodox.net/calendar/archiamandrite-demetrios-carellas-talks-nov-25-26-27-2012.pdf

 

 

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