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.

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

November 6th, 2012

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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

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

November 3rd, 2012

The Holy Orthodox Faith: Finding True Freedom through Slavery,& Total Victory through Surrender by Hieromonk Demetrios Carellas 3 talk series – Mon, Nov 26 ; Tue, Nov 27; Wed Nov 28 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

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

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

October 30th, 2012

The Holy Orthodox Faith: Finding True Freedom through Slavery,& Total Victory through Surrender by Hieromonk Demetrios Carellas 3 talk series – Mon, Nov 26 ; Tue, Nov 27; Wed Nov 28 2012

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

by Archiamandrite 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

 

 

“On the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Why did the Lord say “patience”?

October 29th, 2012

Christ the sowerLISTEN NOW

Synopsis: In the parable of the sower, the Lord concludes: "On the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." Why did He specify patience as the necessary virtue, and not faith, hope, love, zeal, etc? We examine patience, and how it is the active aspect of faith, hope, love and many virtues. How can we increase our patience?

More homilies on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 8:5-15 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.


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The Psalter. Verse by verse meditations on Psalm 118 – Verse 1: Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord

October 28th, 2012

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Synopsis: The Psalter. Verse by verse meditations on Psalm 118 – Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord


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“Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself…” – Basic (but not well known) Christology and what happened on the cross.

October 25th, 2012

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Synopsis: Colosians chapter 1 contains one of the most succinct and clear descriptions of Who Christ s, what He did, how the cross was involved, and what we must therefore do. It is "Christology 101" and we must understand it and act accordingly. This is not your Baptist Grandmother's Christology or understanding of the cross!

Colossians 1:18-23 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;


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Parable! of the Resurrection of the Son of the Widow of Nain.

October 22nd, 2012

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Synopsis: The Resurrection of the son of the widow of Nain, like most miracles in the NT, must be read as a parable to receive the full benefit of its instruction. This miracle is our life in microcosm. We are both the woman and the boy in the "parable", and the words "Weep Not" do not fully apply to us now, but they will. In our life we must weep, with purpose and hope, and also "stand still", and only if we do this, will we receive the much anticipated words of our Savior, "weep Not". Apologies for the sound quality. The homily was inadvertently recorded at too low a volume, and the audio was massaged by an incompetent sound engineer!

More homilies on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 7:11-16 11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.


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Why does a priest wear black? Joyful mourning, and the remembrance of death.

October 18th, 2012

Priest Seraphim Holland LISTEN NOW

Synopsis: An answer to a question posed in a prison visit: "Why do priests wear black?". The answer covers a lot of ground, from prison to abortion clinics to the pain of pastoral ministry and life in general for those who are paying attention, to Johnny Cash, who gave a superficially correct answer to this question, and of critical importance, "Remembrance of death" (which we speak of at some length) and "Joyful mourning"


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“Launch out into the deep” – the first great catch of fish teaches about the Jesus prayer!

October 8th, 2012

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Synopsis: When Jesus commanded Peter to "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught;", He was giving a principle, by which, and only by which we will stand in the presence of God, even in this life. This principle is all over the Scriptures. It involves patience, courage, obedience and INTENSITY. Although prayer is not explicitly mentioned, it is also about prayer, and especially about the Jesus prayer. How and why must we "launch out into the deep"?

More homilies on the 18th day after Pentecost are HERE

Luke 5:1-11 1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.


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