Archive for April, 2014

The greatest sin of Judas was that he had no anger against sin. The action of communion within us, with the exchange of attributes.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I think it is really important that you listen to this 11 minute homily.

SYNOPSIS:On Holy Thursday we simultaneously contemplate the sin of Judas and the institution of the Eucharist. There are two hymns from the matins canon that perfectly explain the greatest sin of Judas – it was not avarice, but to not be angry against sin. This is important to know, and apply to your life. Be angry in a godly way, and become godly. Many partake of communion without understanding why, or what it does. Another hymn from the canon perfectly explains this. We should know why we do things, and how we should do them. Learn from these two hymns the essence of Christianity.

Lacking all conscience, he received the Body that delivers men from sin and the divine Blood that was shed for the world. He was not ashamed to drink what he had sold for money, he felt no anger against sin, for he knew not how to cry, #39;O ye works of the Lord praise ye the and exalt Him above all for ever#39;.

Since I am man not merely in appearance but in reality, the human nature united to Me is made godlike through the exchange of attributes. Know Me, then, as one single Christ, who saves those among whom I have been born and whose nature I have taken.(Canon, Ode 8,9, Matins for Holy Thursday)

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/holy-week-day-04_2014-04-17+holy-thursday-liturgy+greatest-sin-of-judas-no-anger-against-sin-action-of-communion-within-us-with-exchange-of-attributes.mp3

 

 

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“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” Only those whose heart is hot will escape deception.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Great Monday Presanctified Gospel.

Overview of the Gospel on for Presanctified Liturgy on Great Monday, in which the Lord teaches about the state of the world, and His second coming, especially emphasizing the coldness of the hearts of modern man. Our reactions to this coldness and depravity? our hearts must be hot to compensate for the cold, or else we risk being deceived with all the rest. Also a story explains how to know if Christ is coming when someone “Here is Christ”

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/holy-week-day-02_2014-04-14+great-monday-presanctified+because-iniquity-shall-abound-the-love-of-many-shall-wax-cold_matthew24-3-35.mp3

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We hold up branches because “The Lord is at hand”, but will we live in such a way that we will “rejoice always”, and overcome the things in our life that are “four days dead”?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

We hold up branches because “The Lord is at hand”, but will we live in such a way that we will “rejoice always”, and overcome the things in our life that are “four days dead”?

 

Today is basically from my heart to yours, with a bit of incoherence and great love. The epistle today tells us the Lord is at hand, and we are standing with palms and pussy willows in our hands, emulating the children of Israel. A large portion of those who held palms when the Lord was at hand in the entry into Jerusalem later were complicit in His crucifixion, and a large portion of Orthodox who have not been in church for a great while hold palms on a great church holiday. How are we going to be different? The apostle also tells us to rejoice always – how doe this apply to the raising of Lazarus, which moist of you never hear in church, and the things in your life that are four days dead?

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-06_2014-04-13+the-lord-is-at-hand_philippians4-4-9.mp3

 

 

A review of the Great Monday Matins Gospel, with emphasis on a few spiritually edifying points.? – the fig tree teaches us to look at everything spiritually, the scribes who questioned Jesus show how empty and lifeless dishonesty is. We must be the first son. The cornerstone in the vineyard parable.

?http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/holy-week-day-01_2014-04-13+fig-tree-scribes–question-jesus-the-first-son-the-vineyard+great-monday-matins_matthew21-18-43.mp3

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Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer… The Ladder, John Climacus, Step, 28, Prayer

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer…

The Ladder, John Climacus, Step, 28, Prayer

29. Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer, that nothing has been gained, for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling the Lord and to persevere in unceasing union with Him?

The Ladder, John Climacus, Step, 28, Prayer

I have learned, slowly, to pray more, almost exclusively the Prayer of Jesus. There is an irrational feeling that this is not productive since I have many temporal things to do, and because of my passions and insensitivity, I do not feel God very much.

I am reminded of a phrase my friend, Fr Michael, rails against. He hates it when someone says, often apologetically, “At least I will pray for you”. This is the MOST we can do, and our actions are fruitless without prayer.

Try praying for those you are concerned about with lengthy sessions of the Jesus prayer. This is hard, but is the only work that will succeed; it gives wings to all our other work.

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2014??? ?St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

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http://www.orthodox.net/full-voice/full-voice_2014-04-10+do-not-say-after-spending-a-long-time-at-prayer_ladder-of-divine-ascent-step28-29.doc

http://www.orthodox.net/full-voice/full-voice_2014-04-10+do-not-say-after-spending-a-long-time-at-prayer_ladder-of-divine-ascent-step28-29.html

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