Archive for March, 2014

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” How do we cultivate this mysterious belief?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-04_2014-03-30+if-thou-canst-believe-all-things-are-possible-to-him-that-believeth_mark9-17-31.mp3

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.
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
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“They that observe vain and false things have abandoned mercy for themselves.” Sobering and comforting at the same time.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

SYNOPSIS:The Biblical Odes are used especially during Great Lent. and during weekday matins, this verse, from ode 6, is always said: “They that observe vain and false things have abandoned mercy for themselves.” This is one of my favorite parts of the matins service, because this pithy verse describes the reason for ALL our problems, and the simple solution. It is sobering, rebuking, but also comforting. It reminds me of the oft read scripture: ” For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39) Nothing can separate the sinner from God, except if the sinner observes vain and false things without repentance.

http://www.orthodox.net/full-voice/full-voice_2014-03-27+they-that-observe-vain-and-false-things-have-abandoned-mercy-for-themselves_biblical-ode-6-jonah2-9.mp3

Biblical Ode 6. Jonah 2:9
2014-03-27

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For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity….

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

“For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. (24) Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.” Wisdom (of Solomon) 2:23-24

This is why I read this book, and you should too. This is a fine, Patristic quality explanation of why man was created and what happened in the fall, many hundreds of years before the birth of the God-man, Jesus Christ. this book is mainly about Him.

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3 homilies: On The forty Martys, The Third sunday of Lent, and “Before Thy Cross”:

Monday, March 24th, 2014

What is “life”? You cannot understand the cross unless you understand life.

We cannot understand the cross, and the way of the cross unless we understand life. What is life? Most people do not know the answer to this simple question or understand why the way of the cross is the only way to have life, or understand what is meant when we are told to “lose our life”, or that everything in our life is an exchange – with life or death.

Sunday of the Cross. Mark 8:34-9:1. 2014-03-23

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-03_2014-03-23+what-is-life+everything-is-an-exchange_mark8-34-9-1.mp3

What should we feel when we prostate during “Before Thy Cross…”

We must learn how to feel the troparion “Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship” as we are prostrating before the cross. this is a moment in the church year that we cannot miss, when our body and soul pray as one, and the mystery of life is explained to us in words that cannot be uttered.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-03_2014-03-22+before-thy-cross-we-bow-down-in-worship.mp3

The Forty Martyrs 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.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-saints-03-09_2014-03-22+forty-martyrs-of-sebaste+for-ye-have-need-of-patience_matthew20-1-16-hebrews10-32-38.mp3

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