Eastern Orthodox Christian sermons on the Sunday Readings, Feasts and other Scriptures

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Weekday Readings during Paschaltide
Weekday Readings after Pascha
Feasts of the Savior, Ascension
Feasts of the Savior, Nativity
Feasts of the Savior, Theophany
Feasts of the Savior, Transfiguration
Feasts of the Savior, Exaltation of the Cross
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Sundays after Pentecost


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Weekday Readings


Homilies for Children


Sundays of Pascha


Weekday Readings during Paschaltide

  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • Important Truths Are Rarely Said Absolutely Unambiguously
    No Man Hath Seen God At Any Time And Make Straight The Way Of The Lord
    John 1-18-28
    2011-02-25
  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Monday Ministry And Baptism Of John
    How To Read The Old Testament
    John 1-18-28
    2014-04-21
  • Bright Monday (mp3 format)
  • The Person Jesus
    Who Are You
    John 1-18-28
    2016-05-02
  • Bright Monday: the resurrection is happening RIGHT now. Two lessons from the Paschal hymns (mp3 format)
  • Bright Monday
    2019-04-29
    SYNOPSIS:On Bright Monday, at liturgy, some thoughts about the secret to triumphant Christian living which is contained in two lessons from the Paschal hymns. 1. Because of the resurrection, we are headed towards INCORRUPTION, and it is happening in us RIGHT NOW. 2. Even though life is messy, it is happening, RIGHT NOW. Also an explanation of how the fear of death leads to sin, but believing in the resurrection removes the fear of death, and therefore, sin, and the difference between Western understanding of the resurrection and the Orthodox understanding.
  • Bright Tuesday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Tuesday
    The Road To Emmaus
    Luke 24-12-35
    2014-02-22
  • Bright Tuesday (mp3 format)
  • Road To Emmaus
    Hearts Burning God Opens Eyes
    Luke 24-12-35
    2016
  • The road to Emmaus and mysterious things and the indispensability of the Eucharist for enlightenment. (mp3 format)
  • Bright Tuesday & the 5th Matinal Resurrectional Gospel
    Luke 24:12-35
    2018-04-10
    SYNOPSIS:After saying "Christ is risen" in many languages including "Texan", we talk about the mysterious road to Emmaus. There many tantalizing things in this story, such as - why did the disciples not recognize Jesus, but the most important take-home here must Be that even after being enlightened by our Lord describing Himself iin the Scriptures, the apostles did not know Him until He gave them the Eucharist. The Eucharist is indispensable for enlightenment.
  • The Road to Emmaus. Our hearts must be burning too. (mp3 format)
  • Bright Tuesday
    The Road to Emmaeus
    Luke 24:12-35
    2019-04-30
    SYNOPSIS:The Resurrectional Gospel from Luke about the encounter of Jesus Christ with two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus is read on Bright Tuesday. We discuss why this is read, even though the Gospel of John is read for almost every other day in the Pascha period, and that this encounter must be like our life. Our hearts must also burn. What is this "burning"?
  • "Where are you staying?" "Come and see." (mp3 format)
  • Bright Wednesday
    John 1:35-51
    2019-05-01
    SYNOPSIS:What will Jesus answer us if we asked him, as Andrew did: "Where are you staying?". We must ask this question and also respond to His answer: "Come and see", in a spiritual way. What is this way? Also: Why are the doors to the altar opened during Bright week? And why are they closed on Saturday? How is the book of John different than every other book in the bible?
  • Bright Thursday (HTML format)
  • 2009-04-23
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • That Which Is Born Of The Flesh Is Flesh And That Which Is Born Of The Spirit Is Spirit
    The Encounter With Nicodemus
    John 3-1-15
    2011-02-28
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Thursday Nicodemus And Christ
    Spiritual Vs Flesh And Remembrance Of Death
    John 3-1-15
    2014-04-24
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Pascha Traditions
    2014-04-24
  • Bright Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Thursday Nicodemus And Christ
    Living Spiritually Listening To Our Heart
    John 3-1-15
    2015-04-16
  • The heart feels as the eyes read: the Encounter of Nicodemus with Jesus Christ. (mp3 format)
  • Nicodemus and Christ
    John 3:1-15
    2018-04-13
    SYNOPSIS:On a Bright Thursday, a more leisurely look at the encounter of Nicodemus and Christ. In a Sunday sermon, a priest must hone in one 1 point or 2, but here we speak from the heart – the heart reacts as the eyes read - this is how we should encounter the scriptures.
  • Bright Thursday: The encounter with Nicodemus is all about learning to live in a spiritual way. (mp3 format)
  • Bright Thursday
    John 3:1-15
    2019-05-02
    SYNOPSIS:The encounter of Jesus with Nicodemus teaches about baptism, the cross, the divinity and humanity of Jesus, and above all, how to think and live spiritually and why this is important. Our exegesis of this very important encounter covers these things, and always focuses on living spiritually. This is an important life skill, and the Gospel of John teaches it more than any other scripture.
  • Bright Friday (mp3 format)
  • Bright Friday Lifegiving Spring
    Let This Mind Be In You Which Was Also In Christ Jesus
    Philippians 2-5-11
    2015-04-17
  • "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus..." (mp3 format)
  • Bright Friday
    Acts 3:1-8 : John 2:12-22 : Philippians 2:5-11 : Luke 10:38-42: 11:27-28
    2019-05-03
    SYNOPSIS:The scriptures must be applied! We savor all 4 of the readings today, and discuss having the mind of Christ, "nice" Jesus (He does not exist in the church), always giving back when given a blessing, the complete and total absence of legalism or formalism in the church, and acquiring moral authority.
  • Bright Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Most Important Happiest Saddest Day Of The Year
    2015-04-18
  • It is not about me! It is about Jesus Christ, who healed me, and it my job to proclaim Him to others. (mp3 format)
  • Bright Saturday
    John 3:22-33 : Acts 3:11-16
    2019-05-04
    SYNOPSIS:A homily by Fr Nicholas Park. Both the Epistle and the Gospel today on Bright Saturday have a central teaching: it is not about me, it is always about Jesus Christ. We must always be asking ourselves about the thing we are doing/teaching/desiring/being - is it about me, or is it about Jesus Christ?

Weekday Readings after Pascha


Feasts of the Savior, Ascension

  • The Ascension changes everything! (mp3 format)
  • The Ascension
    2018-05-17
    SYNOPSIS:Stories provide powerful incentives for changing our behavior. We look at the Ascension story, which is also a dogmatic fact and how it should influence our behavior – it should change EVERYTHING! - and also the 3 dogmatic pillars of the event of the Ascension.

Feasts of the Savior, Nativity


Feasts of the Savior, Theophany

  • Two Sundays before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The "beginning" of the Gospel is accomplished every day.
    Mark 1:1-8
    2009
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord Make His Paths Straight
    Mark 1:1-8
    2011-01-10
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday before Theophany we read from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark 2 important prophesies regarding the ministry of Jesus Christ, and regarding the ministry of John the Baptist. The "baptism of John", and of Christ, and our own is explained, and the admonition of St John: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight", which applies to each one of us, all the time, is explained. There is a very important nuance of meaning that is missed by too many Christians. Our life must be a continual attempt to obey this admonition, and without our effort to do so, we cannot be saved, while, on the other hand, our success in fulfilling this command does not determine if we are saved either. This is the old faith vs. works argument, which, for those who were not raised in the church, can be very confusing. It is actually quite easy to understand (after you have understood it!). Our baptism, and all that God does to give us His grace, enables us to become perfected and to know Him. We are responsible for trying, and only because of His help, we will succeed. Overall, if our life is an effort to fulfill this commandment, we will be saved.
  • The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptism, and the end, where we will have fought the good fight and finished the course. Readings for the Sunday before Theophany explained. (mp3 format)
  • Mark 1:1-8 2Timothy 4:5-8
    2012-01-15
    SYNOPSIS:The Sunday before Theophany (the baptism of Jesus Christ), we read from Mark about the "beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and about the baptism of John, which is a vivid type of Christian Baptism. The entire selection, form Mark 1:1-8 us explained, and especially how John's baptism (of repentance) is different (and the same) as Christian baptism. It is also appropriate on this day to think about the eventual fruit of baptism, which is human perfection and union with God, and the passage of 2Timothy 4:5-8 presents us with a beautiful "after" picture. This is our destiny, if we accept baptism and work to attain it.
  • "Christ has appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters." Exegesis of the Pre-festival Troparion for theophany, and WHY THE THEOPHANY at the baptism of Christ? (mp3 format)
  • 2014-01-18
    SYNOPSIS:What happened at the baptism of Christ? The pre-festival troparion explains it. Why did the Theophany (appearance the Holy Triniy) occur at the baptism of Christ? This is central to the purpose of the reason Christ was baptized, and how we are made - we differ from animals and angels in a critical way, which is mystically described at the baptism of Christ.
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Theology Of Baptism
    Holy Spirit In The Nostrils
    Luke 10-1-15
    2015
  • Sunday before Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Mark 1:1-8
    2015-01-18
    SYNOPSIS:The Gospel read on the Sunday before Theophany helps us to prepare for the feast. This we must do and redo every day. We discuss the difference in how Orthodox Christians prepare for feasts. There was a messenger that heralded the coming of Christ, and we also have such a messenger - the conscience. We must learn to cultivate and listen to this messenger.
  • Purpose of Baptism. Searching for the image which had been buried by sin and the passions and restoring it and adorning it. (mp3 format)
  • Sunday before Theophany
    2017
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of a verse in the Canon for the Forefeast of Theophany. " Thou didst light Thy precious flesh like a lamp in the midst of the Jordan, O Christ, and didst search for Thine image which had been buried by sin and the passions; and finding it, Thou didst adorn it with Thy baptism, O Good One. Wherefore, we hymn Thee. " (Ode 7) As we leisurely explain this hymn, we touch on the personality of the Gospel of Mark, a definition of the Gospel, the purpose of baptism, some of the scriptural allusions in this hymn, and - how do we apply it all?
  • Theophany, The Baptism of the Lord, & "Illumining". "To Fulfil all Righteousness." About Holy Water. (HTML format)
  • 1999
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • 2003
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • 2004
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Two Theophanies, 2 Baptisms
    Titus 2:11-14:34-7, Matthew 3:13-17
    2008-01-19
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Baptism allows us to fulfil all righteousness.
    Matthew 3:13-17
    2009-01-19
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • The Grace Of God That Bringeth Salvation Hath Appeared To All Men
    2011-01-19
    SYNOPSIS:Explanation of the reason for the Lord's baptism, including the prophesies about the visible changes in the Jordan when the Lord was baptised.
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Synaxarion For Theophany
    2012-01-18
  • What does baptism do for us and what MUST we do after baptism? The moral dogma of baptism. (mp3 format)
  • That He Might Redeem Us From All Iniquity And Purify Unto Himself A Peculiar People Zealous Of Good Works
    Titus 2:11-14: 3:4-7
    2012-01-19
    SYNOPSIS:The epistle for Theophany, the Baptism of the Lord, describes for us the purpose of baptism, and especially its "moral dogma". What is this? Most people know that Christianity rests upon various dogmas about God, such as that God is a Trinity of persons, and that the Son of God, Jesus Christ is God and man, but many do not know as well our moral dogmas. The Epistle to Titus describes both the dogma what Christian baptism does. and also the moral dogma concerning it - what we must do. If we do not understnad and embrace this dogma we cannot be saved.
  • Why a Theophany at the baptism of Christ? For the same reason that the Trinity was present at the creation of man. Deep and beautiful theology about baptism, and the image of God in man. (mp3 format)
  • Matthew 3:13-17 Titus 2:11-14,3:4-7
    2014-01-19
  • Gregory Palamas: Purpose of the Baptism of Christ and struggle in the Christian life. (mp3 format)
  • Feast of Theophany
    Matthew 3:13-17
    2017
    SYNOPSIS:Theophany, based on the theology of St Gregory Palamas (Homily sixty), and not only his theology, but the theology of the church. An exposition of the Gospel read on Theophany, Matthew 3:13-17. The baptism of John contrasted with Christian baptism. The difference between the baptism of Christ and all the others John baptized. What did Jesus mean when He said "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness" Our baptism requires many things from us. It makes us capable of ALL of these things. An important segue about the weakness of our age and struggle in the Christian life, and that struggle and success are not synonymous, and that we must be kind and never give up, or we will not be saved, no matter what other virtues we may have.
  • Theophany (Baptism of the Lord) (mp3 format)
  • Thus It Becometh Us To Fulfil All Righteousness
    Matthew 13-15
    2018
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • 2003
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After Theophany
    The Meaning Of The Winter Pascha; Our Nature Is Changed, We Are No Longer Captives
    Ephesians 4:7-13, Matthew 4:12-17
    2008-01-20
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Matthew 4:12-17
    2009-01-25
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Gift Of Christ
    Ephesians 4:7-13
    2011-01-23
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the epistle read for the Sunday after Theophany, Ephesians 4:7-13. Why is this epistle read? What is "the measure of the gift of Christ." "He led captivity captive" describes what Christ's death and resurrection did for us, and is a way of understanding the effects of sin.
  • The purpose of the church, and of baptism. (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2012-01-21
    SYNOPSIS:The selection read on the Sunday after Theophany (Ephesians 4:7-13) is critical to understand in detail. It contains the important dogmas abuot Christ's descent into Hell, and the rarely understood dogma whoch I will express as a question: "What is the purpose of the church?" It is critical to understand the purpose if our life, and of the church, and how baptism affects both. The exegesis of this Epistle explains this. This is a very important 9 minutes for a Christian to understand.
  • How to answer temptations and what happens after baptism. (mp3 format)
  • Saturday & Sunday after Theophany
    Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 4:12-17
    2012-01-22
    SYNOPSIS:The history of what Jesus did after His baptism is critical for us to understand. He set the example, both by accepting baptism and showing us what we MUST do after baptism. Let' look in detail at how to encounter temptation, which will surely come to us. We must be ready.
  • "Every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Do not be afraid to struggle for perfection! (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After Theophany
    Ephesians 4-7-13
    2013-01-20
    SYNOPSIS:The Epistle for the Sunday after Theophany, although it does not mention the word, is all about baptism. St Paul teaches us what our Lord's baptism did for us, and its end result - perfection. We look at this passage in detail, with its hopeful and intricate theology, which urges us to not be afraid to struggle for perfection!
  • Christology 101: Grace, The descent into Hades,unity, salvation and being truly human DEFINED PROPERLY - it is all in here: Ephesians 4:7-13 (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2013-11-07
    SYNOPSIS:Ephesians 4:7-13 is a virtual primer on some of the most import Christological subjects. It is read on the Sunday after Theophany, and also for certain Saints in the Menaion, such As Oct 25 (Marcian & Martyrius, notaries). In this short passage we learn of the descent into Hades, and see salvation, Unity and being truly human defined properly. St Paul is expressing thoughts dear to all Eastern Orthodox Christians, and sometimes not understood so well in the West. We look at these amazing verses: "Every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ" "He led captivity captive" "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ"
  • "Unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ": the purpose of baptism explained. (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2014-01-26
    SYNOPSIS:Why this reading from Ephesians on the Sunday after Theophany? It contains the end result of baptism, and one of the best "definition" of salvation: unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ". It also has marvelous Christology that many have never heard of, even in the church. Let us marvel at it, and be strengthened in our struggles.
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fulness Of Christ
    Eph 4-7-13
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:Ephesians 4:7-13, read on the Sunday after Theophany, is, appropriately, describing what happens AFTER baptism. We explain the phrase " the measure of the gift of Christ", and why St Paul modified the Psalm he quoted, from "received gifts from men" to "gave gifts to men". We discuss a common and deadly way to look at God, and the proper way, and spend a lot of time on the phrase: "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ".
  • Sunday after Theophany (mp3 format)
  • The Measure Of The Stature Of The Fulness Of Christ
    Eph 4-7-13
    2016
  • Becoming human. We are able, because of baptism. (mp3 format)
  • Ephesians 4:7-13
    2017
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Epistle Reading for the Sunday after Theophany (Eph 4:7-13), with emphasis on our only task in life, made possible because of baptism - Becoming human. According to the words of the apostle "the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ  (begun at baptism) leads us to "the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" This is the process of becoming fully human. In the perfect man, Jesus Christ, there is no sin or dark passions, and we will get there because we are able.

Feasts of the Savior, Transfiguration

  • Transfiguration (Word DOC format)
  • Notes
  • Transfiguration (HTML format)
  • Human nature in the midst of the Divine.
    Luke 9:28-36 (The Gospel For Matins)
    2008-08-19
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:There is a startling contrast between Moses and Elias and the Apostles during the Transfiguration. The Apostles show they were not yet ready to fully experience Divine nature because of their sleepiness, confusion and fear. Moses and Elias were perfectly at peace in the midst of the uncreated light. Humanity was created to be able to perceive the Divine uncreated light, but we must be prepared for it.

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  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • 2009-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • A Prophesy Of Things To Come
    Partakers Of Divine Nature
    2010-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Illumined With Effulgence Of The Virtues
    To Be In The Presence Of God
    Vespers Aposticha For The Prefestival Of The Transfiguration
    2011-08-17
    SYNOPSIS:The most important aspect of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mount Tabor is that it is a harbinger of things to come. The apostles were not ready to be in the presence of the divine uncreated light of God, and yet in the end we all will be in His presence. What must we do to become ready? The aposticha for the forefeast teaches us: "Illumined with the effulgence of the virtues, let us proceed to the holy mountain, that we may behold the divine Transfiguration of the Lord." (Vespers Aposticha, August 5, Forefeast of the Transfiguration). Let us look at what happened to the apostles and why and what we must do as the aposticha teaches.
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Old Testament Appearances Of Jesus Christ
    Exegesis of the Parables For Transfiguration Vespers
    Exodus 24:12-18 : Exodus 33:11-23: 34:4-6, 8 : 1 Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15-16
    2011-08-18
    SYNOPSIS:Similar events to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ occured in the Old Testament. Three selections from the Old Testament are read during the Vespers, involving Moses twice and also the Prophet Elijah. These parables are briefly explained.
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • 2011-08-19
  • Transfiguration (mp3 format)
  • Revealing The Human Form I Emit Unapproachable Light Having Put On All Of Adam And Transformed Human Nature
    Transfiguration Matins Teaches Us The Meaning Of The Feast
    2011-08-20
  • Exegesis of Vespers readings on Transfiguration: typology and moral instruction. (mp3 format)
  • Exodus 24:12-18 : Exodus 33:11-23: 34:4-6,8 : 1 Kings 19:3-9,11-13,15-16
    2012-08-18
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Vespers readings (parables, paremia) for the Feast of the Transfiguration, with emphasis on typology, especially comparing the Theophanies Moses and Elijah experienced to the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and the significant moral instruction these events give us, when viewed in a Christian light.
  • Transfiguration: Welcome to the future and examples of how to attain it in the present. (mp3 format)
  • 2012-08-19
  • Transfiguration:A foretaste of what is promised: to be in the presence of God. (mp3 format)
  • 2 Peter 1:10-19
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Transfiguration is a foretaste of what is promised: to be in the presence of God. We discuss the reaction of sinful men when they are the presence of God, and the answer to the riddle: Why do we still sin? It is because we have not fully experienced the light of God. We discuss the BEST and most powerful reason to fight against sin. It is not because of the commandments or fear, or desire for reward. The Apostle Peter explains: "We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
  • Transfiguration: Why? Meaning and Implications? Timing? (mp3 format)
  • 2017-08-19
    SYNOPSIS:What is the Transfiguration? What are the implications? When did it occur and why?
  • An experience in Dachau explains the meaning of the Transfiguration. (mp3 format)
  • Transfiguration
    2018-08-19
    SYNOPSIS:An experience by St. Nikolai Velomirovich in Dachau concentration camp teaches us the most important and primary meaning of the Transfiguration. If we believe this, truly believe it, it will change everything we do, think, say and care about.
  • Our future told in the Transfiguration vs our ***apparent*** present reality. (mp3 format)
  • 2018-08-20
    SYNOPSIS:On the day after the Transfiguration and in the midst of it after-feast, thoughts about the reaction of the apostles, and the mystery as to why we say we believe and yet do the things we do. A work of turn-of-the-century Russian fiction called "The Archbishop", which tells about overcoming the cognitive dissonance in life, since we know God is so good, and yet we are not, and we and our neighbors do not appear to be getting that much better helps us to understand how the vision of the Transfiguration will help us to overcome the ***appearance*** of our present reality.
  • Transfiguration (Word DOC format)
  • Leavetaking
    2019
    Also in Format: mp3
  • Transfiguration (Adobe PDF format)
  • Our Future
    Eyewitnesses Of His Majesty
    2 Peter 1-10-19-Rus
    2019
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • The Transfiguration. Why were Moses and Elijah present? (Word DOC format)
  • Transfiguration Aug 6/19
    2019-08-17
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    SYNOPSIS:When Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured why were the specific prophets Moses and Elijah present? There are many reasons, we describe them.
  • The Transfiguration. We have seen our future, and we should live according to it in the present. (Adobe PDF format)
  • Transfiguration
    2 Peter 1:10-19
    2019-08-19
    Also in Format: Word DOC or Русская версия PDF or Русская версия RTF or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:The feast of Transfiguration, the "Summer Pascha", shows us our future. Because we have seen our future and indeed will also be eyewitnesses of the majesty of God, we must live differently in present. There is a rule of thumb for life. The Apostle Peter, in his reminisces shortly before his death by crucifixion teaches us, as one who was an eyewitness of the majesty of Jesus Christ about this rule of life.

    COMMENT:Also in Russian: Russian - Word doc<r> Russian - PDF

Feasts of the Savior, Exaltation of the Cross

  • Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • The Cross Is the Sign of Christianity, A Christian Cannot Be Without His Cross: On the Inevitability of Suffering
    By New Hieromartyr John, Archbishop of Riga and Latvia
    Also in Format: Word DOC
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • John 12:28-36, 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2008-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    A promise that only one man can deliver, after the cross.
    John 3:13-17
    2009-09-20
  • Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • We Preach Christ Crucified
    What is the way of the cross?
    1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2009-09-27
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    SYNOPSIS:Main points of this homily, which may express my deepest Christian feelings more than any other homily I have ever spoken: What is the preaching of the Cross? The preaching of the Cross is preaching about the way of the Cross. ** Our Lord spoke about the way of the Cross. It's rather mysterious, really. And the reason it's mysterious is because of our sins, because the way of the Cross is the way of life; and yet, in order to gain it, we must die. The way of the Cross is the way of joy -- or to joy. But in order to gain it, we must undergo tribulation and be sad. ** This is the way of the Cross: To know that you are missing something that is so critically important to your soul; to know that you're missing wisdom and compassion and gentleness and humility and wholeness. And that the only way to gain this is to follow Christ and to cleave to Him, to hold onto Him, no matter what. ** If your heart doesn't ache for what you should be and what others should be, then you're not following the way of the Cross.
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2009-10-04
  • Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Cross. We are saved from the poison of our passions and sin through the Cross. Exegesis of John 3:13-17 (HTML format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    2010-09-26
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    SYNOPSIS:An explanation AND APPLICATION of the Gospel on the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, John 3:13-17, which has the famous verse: John 3:16. The more important part of the passage describes the standard with the serpent on it which Moses lifted up in the wilderness. The cross and the resurrection must be thought of in the same breath, and how we must live because of the cross. Excerpt ... Our poison is sin. Our poison is passions. We are saved from our passions and sin through the Cross. Why? Because the Son of Man has the authority to lay down His life and to take it up again. And He would shortly lay down His life and take it up again. He has the authority to change our nature such that we no longer would be held by death. That is what happened after His death on the Cross. He descended into Hades of His Own will and filled Hades with His divinity and broke the gates of Hades. We sing about this in Pascha, and actually we sing about it every Saturday evening. And in breaking those bars, breaking the bonds that hold humanity when they die, He made us capable of ascending. ...
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Two Identical Definitions of Christianity. What is the way of the Cross? Important questions we must answer.
    Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34-9:1
    2010-10-03
    SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross both contain identical 'definitions' of Christianity. They both involve the cross, which is an instrument of death and of life. All Christians must voluntarily be crucified with Christ, and take up their cross. This is explained by our Lord's instruction that we must 'lose' our life to save it, and His questions: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We must understand this if we are to truly live the Christian life and know Christ.
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    Two Hymns Explaining What Happened On The Cross
    2011-09-24
  • What does this mean - God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we have this treasure in earthen vessels? (mp3 format)
  • Sunday Before The Exaltation
    2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Galatians 6:11-18
    2011-09-25
    SYNOPSIS:On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, two of the epistle readings (2 Corinthians 4:6-15 and Galatians 6:11-18) relate directly to the cross. St Paul states emphatically: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." What does it mean to "glory" in the cross? People glory in many things - wealth, attractiveness, popularity, political correctness, having a good marriage, job, etc. None of these things is glorying in the cross. We answer this important question, and also why we who are "new creatures" because of the cross "have this treasure in earthen vessels".
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • The Length And Height Of The Cross Is Equal To Heaven
    Praises-Matins
    2011-09-26
  • The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (mp3 format)
  • The Preaching Of The Cross Is To Them That Perish Foolishness; But Unto Us Which Are Saved It Is The Power Of God
    1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2011-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After The Exaltation
    Christ Liveth In Me
    Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:4-9:1
    2011-10-02
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • God Forbid That I Should Glory Save In The Cross Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    Sunday Before Exaltation Of The Cross
    Galations 6:11-18
    2012-09-22
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Blessed Is The Man That Findeth Wisdom And Is Rich In Prudence
    Proverbs 3-11-18
    2012-09-27
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • For The Preaching Of The Cross Is To Them That Perish Foolishness But Unto Us Which Are Saved It Is The Power Of God
    1 Corinthians 1-18-24
    2012-09-27
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" - the Cross and the REMEMBRANCE OF DEATH, which is the ONLY way of life. (mp3 format)
  • Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2012-09-30
    SYNOPSIS:We begin with an admonition from the Apostle Paul, in the selection read on the 17th Sunday after Pentecost: "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." This is the what, but most of a pastor's life is spent explaining the how, which the readings for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious cross do very well. The Epistle ends with the stirring words " I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me...", and the Gospel tells us that "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it ". These describe an attitude, a way of living. Without this attitude, we will not be able to make our way and be "perfecting holiness". One way to explain this attitude is to elucidate the uniquely ascetic and Orthodox understanding of the "remembrance of death"; this is CRITICAL stuff! We must understand this way of life, the ONLY way of life, which starts with baptism and the cross, and must continue in the way of the cross.
  • "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." What does the world vs. Christians glory in? (mp3 format)
  • Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    Galatians 6:11-18
    2013-09-22
    SYNOPSIS:"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." The world and true Christians "glory" in different things. What does a Christian "glory" in, how does he cultivate the proper things to "glory" in and what does this mean: "by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."?
  • Jesus connects the cross to love by saying "He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." followed immediately by "whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water ...shall in no wise lose his reward." (mp3 format)
  • Saturday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    Matthew 10:37-11-1
    2013-09-26
    SYNOPSIS:The way of the Cross is to love. Jesus makes this connection, not in so many words, but nonetheless, emphatically for those who understand by stating quot;He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." followed immediately by "Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water ...shall in no wise lose his reward." The giving of water is symbolic for a particular kind of love that a Christian must have if he is to truly a Christian.
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:" The way of the cross is to choose to not make a choice! It is the easy and light way! (mp3 format)
  • Sunday after the Exaltaiton of the Holy Cross.
    "The things I used to do, I don't do no more"
    Galatians 2:16-20
    2013-09-29
    SYNOPSIS:When the Apostle Paul exclaims extravagantly: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:", he is teaching us how to think, and how we think determine what we become. If we live by this amazing statement. we choose to give up our will, and therefore refuse to choose to sin. This is the light and easy way compared to the way of the world. The cross is not an instrument of suffering and the way of the cross is the only way that leads to happiness. We must understand the words of the apostle if we are to fully give up our will to this way. In so explaining, we even quote an old Blues song, whose secular wisdom directly applies to our choosing to be crucified with Christ: "The things I used to do, I don't do no more"
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross: The way of the cross is not suffering; It is love without limits. (mp3 format)
  • 2014-09-27
    SYNOPSIS:The Orthodox understanding of the Cross is not like the view of the West. We see victory, and resurrection, and healing. There is suffering when one follows the way of the cross, but suffering in and of itself is not the way of the cross! Our Lord said: "If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." His purpose to get on the cross was to draw all men to Him, and not to be punished. How does He draw us? Love without limits. We even work in an old Hollies Song to illustrate the point, and reword it a little from its original: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother"
  • "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (mp3 format)
  • Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross
    Galatians 2:16-20
    2014-09-28
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday after the exaltation of the Holy Cross, we read these words of St Paul: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? this is a voluntary act of the will, since Christ voluntarily went to the cross. The West thinks of the cross as punishment, but if we ascend the cross with Christ, and Christ is punished in our place, our presence on the cross is superfluous! This is not why we put ourselves on the cross. We must understand this doctrine, and the cross is not about punishment, or even, primarily, suffering; it is because of voluntary love and the giving of ourselves to others. This is the good news! Let us understand it and rejoice in it!
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross. What is the Preaching of the Cross, which is foolishness to them that are perishing, but for us is the power of God? (mp3 format)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:Exaltation of the Holy Cross. What is the Preaching of the Cross, which is foolishness to them that are perishing, but for us is the power of God? We look a little at what happened on the cross, a subject which our minds are to feeble to fully understand, and more at how we should live because of the cross. This is something we can understand by experience.
  • The connection between the Transfiguration, the Kingdom and the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Galations 2:20 : Mark 8:34-9:1 : 2 Corinthians 9:8
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:The Exaltation of the Cross and the Transfiguration of the Lord are linked liturgically and spiritually. The linking verse is: "there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.". We explain the most important phrase in our Lord's command: "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. " and look at epistles which explain fully how to follow the Lord, and the end result of our labor. "I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work"
  • " And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." (mp3 format)
  • Galations 6:11-18
    2015-09-20
    SYNOPSIS:The Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we read from Galatians, and encounter this verse: " And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." We talk about what this "rule" is; it is an internal rule, a consequence of becoming a "new creature" in baptism. Let us evaluate how much we walk according to this rule.
  • We cannot have the earnest of the Holy Spirit unless we glory in the cross! (HTML format)
  • Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross
    2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4 : Galatians 6:11-18 : 2 Corinthians 1:22 : Galations 6:14
    2016-09-24
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    SYNOPSIS:A serendipitous combination (not!) of the Epistle for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, and the Epistle read on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. We define the "earnest of the Holy Spirit". This experience of God cannot be obtained unless we live according to the words of the apostle: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Just 6 minutes, but very important.
  • Because we are new creature, our belief in Christ is not cheap. Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross (HTML format)
  • Matthew 22:1-14 : Galatians 6:11-18 : John 3:13-17
    2016-09-25
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    SYNOPSIS:Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. First a quick summary about the Parable to the Wedding Feast, so that we can discuss the concept of the wedding garment in the context of the pre-festal scripture read: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" and "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This latter scripture, so well known, but not well understood, tells us that salvation is through belief in Christ. If we understand what a "new creature" is, and the implications regarding our wedding garment, we will understand what "belief" in Christ. Our belief is not cheap, or malleable to whatever whim and fashion of the day holds sway, as in our day. It is wholly a product of us becoming new creatures and glorying in the cross. Matthew 22:1-14 Galations 6:15 John 3:13-17
  • I am crucified with Christ! We must live according to these words in order to understand or follow any command that leads to life (HTML format)
  • Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross
    Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2016-10-02
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    SYNOPSIS:Homily on the Galatians 2:16-20, read on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, particularly: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God" We will not understand the purpose or meaning of all the commands God gives us, nor be able to follow them if we do not understand and embrace the meaning of being crucified with Christ. This is not merely theological triva; it is the only way to live that gives life.
  • Symbolism of the cross, as it pertains to our relationship with Christ. The Good Thief. Reconciliation. (mp3 format)
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    2017
    SYNOPSIS:The Symbolism of the cross, as it pertains to our relationship with Christ. The Good thief Dismas. Man is reconciled to God on the Cross, and not God to man, as the Western heresy believes.
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Fear Of Death Vs Preaching Of The Cross
    1 Cor 1-18-24
    2017
  • The symbol of the cross, and fulfilling the words: "I am crucified with Christ" (mp3 format)
  • Galations 2:16-20
    2017-10-01
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, we look at the cross as a symbol, in order to change our behavior. There are practical ways to put into practice the statement of St Paul, which describes the practical Christian life: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God"
  • Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)
  • Sunday After Exaltation
    Sophia-Faith-Hope-Love
    2018
  • "As many as walk according to this rule..." Why the cross? What was accomplished on the cross? (mp3 format)
  • Galatians 6:11-18 : John 3:13-17
    2018-09-22
    SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, the Epistle and Gospel readings tell us why the cross, what Jesus did on the cross, and what we must do because of the cross.
  • What is glorying in the cross, and being crucified to the world? It is living as a new creature, and according to the only rule that brings us peace and grace. (mp3 format)
  • Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    Galatians 6:11-18
    2019-09-22
    SYNOPSIS:The cross and baptism are linked. One cannot talk about one without the other. In the epistle today, the Apostle Paul shows this link. We also talk about what glorying in the cross is, and what he means when he says: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" and "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus". All of us must also glory in the cross, and bear these marks, and the promise will apply to us: "as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy"
  • The fear of death is the reason why the preaching of the cross is foolishness to the world. (mp3 format)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    2019-09-27
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Epistle of St Paul, read on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross. In the midst of our discussion, we explain why the world sees the way of the cross as foolish, and also describe how a Christian will  preach Christ crucified  – this is not so much with words as by fulfilling the Christian dogma of giving up our life for another.
  • Why is the way of Christ the way of the Cross? (mp3 format)
  • Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
    2019-09-29
    SYNOPSIS:The Readings on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross are all about following Christ. Fr Nicholas discusses exactly what this is, and how we must do it, and why the world hates it. In so doing, he conducts a primer on basic Christological concepts, and answers the important question: "Why is the way of Christ the way of the Cross?". A shorter version of this homily, in Russian, is at:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/exaltation-03_2019+the-way-of-christ+way-of-the-cross_russian.mp3
  • Why is the way of Christ the way of the Cross? - in Russian (mp3 format)
  • Galatians 2:16-20 : Mark 8:34-9:1
    2019-09-29
    SYNOPSIS:The Readings on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross are all about following Christ. Fr Nicholas discusses exactly what this is, and how we must do it, and why the world hates it. In so doing, he conducts a primer on basic Christological concepts, and answers the important question: "Why is the way of Christ the way of the Cross?". A longer version of this homily, in English, is at:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/exaltation-03_2019+the-way-of-christ+way-of-the-cross_gal2-16-20-mark8-34-9-1.mp3

Feasts of the Theotokos

  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Annunciation
    A Homily By Saint Proclus
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Entry Of The Theotokos
    By Saint Gregory Palamas
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  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    A Homily By Saint Andrew Of Crete
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos, Sep 8/21
    "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2008-09-21
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    SYNOPSIS:Before the homily, a little bit about those special "moments of clarity" and what we should expect each time in the holy services. The homily addresses the Epistle reading, where the Apostle tells us: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." This is the totality of the Gospel, just as the two great commandments are the totality of the law. If we fulfilled this command, we would never sin! Let us explore how to attain this "mind". Everything we do or think of doing should be evaluated in the light of this command.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)
  • Dormition
    Explanation Of The Dormition Troparion
    2009-08-28
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    SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

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  • Entry of the Theotokos (Nov 21). One of the "Great Forgotten Feasts" because of our pride in this egalitarian age. Let us explore holiness; we are called to it also! (HTML format)
  • Luke 10:38-42: 11:27-28
    2010-12-04
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    SYNOPSIS:The Entry of the Theotokos is one of the "great forgotten feasts" in the church calendar, even though it is one of the "12 great feasts". There are good reasons for this - this feast is especially about holiness, humility and submission, which our modern egalitarian world does not understand. The Theotokos is holy because she chose to be holy, of her own free will. We do not denigrate her by thinking that God in any way made her holy by making her different in some way from the rest of humanity. The Gospel reading for this feast (and all feasts of the Theotokos) is explained in detail. It is a peculiar reading, because the Mary in the reading is not the Theotokos, and it is also a concatenation of two sections of Scripture that are not related in time to each other, but it describes fully the virtue of the Theotokos, which we must emulate. Let us be in awe of the holiness of the Theotokos and all the Saints, and see our destiny in them. Let us explore holiness in this arrogant and egalitarian age.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • _2011-08-14+-pilate-and-govern-me-into-thy-sheltered-port-for-thou-art-author-of-good-things-and-staff-of-the-faithful_small-paraklesis-canon-ode-3-irmos Pilate And Govern Me Into Thy Sheltered Port For Thou Art Author Of Good Things And Staff Of The Faithful
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-3-Irmos
    2011-08-14
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • I Came To Knowledge Of Thy Works
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-4-Irmos
    2011-08-14
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Law Of God Understood In The Orthodox Way
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-5
    2011-08-23
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Human Condition,elias,job,jonas,moses,david,peter Recognized Their Corruption
    Demonic Audacity
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Ode-6
    2011-08-24
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • From My Youth Do Many Passions War Against Me
    Hymns-Of-Ascent-Tone-4
    2011-08-25
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • I Shall Commemorate Thy Name In Every Generation And Generation
    The True Church Remembers The Theotokos
    Prokeimenon
    2011-08-27
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos
    "Mary hath chosen that good part" and "blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it."
    Luke 10:38-42,11:27-28
    2011-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:The usual reading for feasts of the Mother of God is actually a composite reading in which she does not appear at all, but another "Mary" (the sister of Lazarus) is mentioned, who shares her name. The reason why is because this selection, coupled with a later part of the same Gospel succinctly sums up the virtues of the Theotokos: "Mary hath chosen that good part" and "blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." On this great day, let us examine ourselves, as to whether we have also chosen that good part, and kept the word of God. This is why we venerate the Most Holy Theotokos with such love; our veneration is in vain if we do not also emulate! Let us examine how we can accomplish this.
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Exegesis Of Gospel For The Theotokos
    Small-Paraklesis-Gospel-Reading-Luke 1-39-49
    2011-08-29
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Godly Sorrow
    Small-Paraklesis-Canon-Hymns-After-The-Gospel
    2011-09-03
  • Dormition: Children's sermon (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    2012-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:A homily/talk with the children about Dormition.
  • The Meeting of the Lord: The Song of Symeon must be our song at the end. (mp3 format)
  • Meeting of the Lord
    2014-02-15
  • Dormition. Why do we know that the Theotokos is Ever-Virgin? (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    2014-08-288
    SYNOPSIS:We venerate the Theotokos because of her great, voluntary holiness. Many people are not comfortable with this level of holiness. Many others, who read the Scripture without deep understanding, or think in secular ways, do not believe that the Theotokos was virgin before, during and after giving birth. The unanimous witness of the church on this dogma is clear to those who know such things scholastically, and our God-inspired services mention it often and scripture speaks of it in a type shrouded, and mystical way. There is however, one clear witness to her virginity that is not in books, but is in the heart, if it experiences even a little bit of holiness. We discuss this important witness, and also ways to learn of it.
  • Nativity of the Theotokos: Exegesis of the Old Testament Readings for the Feast. (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos
    Genesis 28:10-17 Ezekiel 43:27-44:4 Proverbs 9:1-11
    2014-09-20
    SYNOPSIS:Nativity of the Theotokos: Exegesis of the Old Testament Readings for the Feast. We learn about the ladder reaching from earth to heaven, the ever-virginity of the Theotokos which was prophesied, and about the house which wisdom hath builded for herself.
  • Nativity of the Theotokos: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." The Jesus Prayer (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos
    The Jesus Prayer
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2014-09-21
    SYNOPSIS:The epistle for feasts of the Theotokos is from Philippians, and contains this theologically rich command: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Paul brackets this command with an explanation of the moral life we are to lead, and the theological significance of the incarnation. All this is good to know, but the most important thing to learn is how do we develop this mind in Christ Jesus. On the Nativity of the Mother of God, we contemplate the example of the Theotokos, who developed this mind. We look at how she did it, and give the most important practical advice that we MUST follow if we are to develop this mind.
  • Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Entrance of the Theotokos. (mp3 format)
  • Luke 10:38-42:11:27-28
    2014-12-04
    SYNOPSIS:The typical reading at liturgy for feasts of the Theotokos us a curious composite selection of two events that did not occur in close proximity to one-another. This fact must mean that the selection is teaching us something important about the Theotokos. We discuss the reading, which beings with the story of Mary and Martha, and the complaints of Martha and the answer of Jesus, then segues to the cry of a woman in the crowd, and the answer of Jesus (usually not translated correctly): "Yea indeed, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." We discuss why the Theotokos is so-called, and why we say "Most Holy Theotokos save us." It is all about the incarnation, and obedience, and the striving for holiness. We also discuss why veneration of the Theotokos is very important in our increasingly impure society.
    COMMENT:Also on the Ancient Faith Radio Audio Blog "Redeeming the Time" playable here or downloadable here
  • Why are we here today celebrating Dormition? A spiritual answer. (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Luke 1:39-49,56
    2015
    SYNOPSIS:We ask on the feast of Dormition, what is the purpose of this feast. This is a general question, and not about the theology of the feast and the historical event. It deserves a spiritual answer. Why do we come to church today? We have just finished reading the selection from the Gospel of Luke, about Mary Going into the Hill country and greeting Elizabeth, 14 days in a row, since it is part of the Paraclesis service (Service of supplication, when the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos is swung in sweet melody; we serve it every day during the Dormition fast). We also read it during matins for the feast, as we do for all the feasts of the Mother of God. It tells us of a holy moment, which should be our ultimate goal. Let us meditate for a little while in wonder, mixed with desire and regret, on the important words from Luke: "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit".
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    The Closed Gate
    Ezekiel 43-27-44-4
    2015
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)
  • Nativity Of The Theotokos
    The Spiritual Ladder
    Genesis 28-10-17
    2015
  • "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus..." Why is this read on Feasts of the Theotokos? How to change the mind. All theology is moral. (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Philippians 2:5-11
    2015-08-30
    SYNOPSIS:Philippians 2:5-11 is read on feasts of the Theotokos. We ask why. This is one of the most important Christological passages in the Scripture. We do an exegesis of it, emphasizing two points. 1. We must continually be changing and renewing our mind. How is this done? This is a skill that all Christians must learn, or else they are not really Christians. 2. All theology, all dogma is moral. That is, if your knowledge does not directly affect the way you live, and continually change the way you live, it is useless for the salvation of your soul.
  • But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part. (mp3 format)
  • Entry of the Theotokos
    Luke 10:42
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:On feasts of the Theotokos, such as her Entrance, which we celebrate today, we read a concatenated reading from Saint Luke (Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28). Information is USELESS unless it changes the way you live. We will talk about her great virtue: "But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part". We MUST choose this good part to be saved, and it is actually a choice between life and death, moment by moment
  • The Mystery before time began explained, and how man can become a god explained - in one hymn. (mp3 format)
  • Annunciation
    Lazarus Saturday
    Doxasticon For The Feast Of The Annunciation, The Composition Of Theophanes, In Tone II
    2017-04-07
    SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of a Doxastikon (theological hymn of praise about the Theotokos and the incarnation) for the feast of the Annunciation, which was sung on the Eve of the Saturday of Lazarus. This hymn links the two feasts, and all the great feasts. It is the "mystery hidden from before time began", and explain exactly what the incarnation accomplished. We never think of the Theotokos without the incarnation, and what the incarnation consisted of and what it accomplished - sinful man can become a god! We explain this audacious, but scriptural transformation - from a deceived man, a failure, to a god. This hymn is one of the best examples, but still only one of hundreds which explain the incarnation and salvation to the faithful who read the services and are zealous to hear the hymns, interrupting their daily routines in order to hear about the bread from heaven.
  • Dormition Scriptures. The point is the mind of Christ and the good part, and how to acquire them. (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Phillipians 2:5-11 : Luke 10:38-42,11:27-28
    2017-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:On the Dormition, an exegesis of the readings for the feast, with an emphasis on the mind of the Theotokos and the mind of Christ and how to aquire this mind - that is point of Christian life! - and why we venerate her so highly.
  • Meeting of the Lord: The Song of Symeon and the only way to pursue peace, personally, or in society. (mp3 format)
  • Meeting of the Lord Feb 2/15
    2018-02-15
    SYNOPSIS:The reason why the sinless Lord Jesus Christ gave a sin offering. The song of Symeon, and the reason why Symeon was waiting over 200 years for the Messiah. Commentary about the recent tragic shooting in a school in Florida, and the beginning of the song: "Lord, now lettest Thy servant depart in ***peace***." About the search for peace, and the turmoil in the world. Only in Christ we will find peace, or even pursue peace in society.
    COMMENT:The school shooting referred to occured 2/14/2018 (ns), in Parkland Florida. An expelled student came to his former school, and apparently indiscriminately shot people in the school. Some general categories for prayer (which were mentioned in the homily) are online at http://www.orthodox.net/trebnic/general-categories-for-personal-prayer.doc & http://www.orthodox.net/trebnic/general-categories-for-personal-prayer.pdf
  • The Dormition Troparion and Kontakion explained (mp3 format)
  • Dormition of the Theotokos
    2018-09-01
    SYNOPSIS:The purpose and general content of the Troparion and Kontakion and explanation of the ones sung on the Dormition of the Theotokos.
  • The Nativity of the Theotokos. Because of her, we are no-longer barren, nor aliens. (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos.
    2018-09-21
    SYNOPSIS:The Nativity of the Theotokos. Because of her, we are no-longer barren, or aliens. Exegesis of a hymn from the Vespers service: "Today is the pronouncement of universal joy! Today the winds have blown which herald salvation, and our nature is released from barrenness! For the barren woman is shown to be the mother of her who remaineth virgin even after giving birth to the Creator, from whom God taketh to Himself that which is alien to Him by nature, and Christ, the Deliverer of our souls, Who loveth mankind, doth accomplish salvation for the lost by means of flesh. "
  • The Annunciation and the connection between belief and obedience. (mp3 format)
  • The Annunciation and 4th Sunday of Great Lent the exorcism of the demoniac son.
    Luke 1:39-49, 56 Mark 9:17-31 Hebrews 2:11-18
    2019-04-07
    SYNOPSIS:The Discussion of the obedience of the Theotokos and how without obedience we have nothing. This is juxtaposed to the statement and lament of the man who had a child who was demon possessed: "Lord I believe, help my unbelief". Before belief is obedience. Before understanding is obedience. Before peace is obedience. We also talk about the Epistle to the Hebrews which discusses the incarnation, and the scriptural account of the Annunciation. It is impossible to speak of the Theotokos without speaking of the incarnation.
  • Dormition and our pursuit of holiness (Adobe PDF format)
  • Dormition
    Luke 1:39-49,56
    2019-08-16
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:During two prison visits on the 2nd day of the Dormition fast, I sang the Small Pareklesis and preached on the Gospel from Luke appointed for it, about the Theotokos and holiness. Christians should pursue holiness. It is the entire goal of our life, because God is Holy. We discuss the difference in the understanding of what salvation is for an Orthodox Christian vs. other Christian faiths, and about the pursuit of holiness and how the Theotokos is an example of holiness, and why we talk so much about her. Since our goal is to become holy, we come up with a "rule of thumb" to evaluation everything we do in life.
  • Dormition. The Good part, the mind of the church, and holiness (mp3 format)
  • Dormition
    Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 10:38-42: 11:27-28
    2019-08-28
    SYNOPSIS:Explanation of the Gospel and the Epistle read on a feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. We emphasize the good part, the mind of the church, and holiness.
  • Celebrating barrenness beginning to become fruitfulness. The Nativity of the Theotokos. (mp3 format)
  • Nativity of the Theotokos September 8
    2019-09-21
    SYNOPSIS:We look at the hymns from Vespers for the Nativity of the Theotokos, which are especially about the theme of barrenness coming fruitfulness. There are actually three ways in which the birth of the Theotokos was or began the process of barrenness becoming fruitfulness.

Feasts of the Saints

    June 29

    July 04

    July 13

    August 29

    July 21

    June 24

    • Nativity of John the Baptist. Exegesis of Vespers Parables (mp3 format)
    • Genesis 17:15-17, 19: 18:11-14: 21:1-8 : Judges 13:2-8, 13-14, 17-18, 21 : Isaiah 40:1-3, 9: 41:17-18: 45:8: 48:20-21: 54:1
      2011-07-06
      SYNOPSIS:The Vespers parables for the Nativity of St John are what we might expect: the stories of barren women who bare children (notable Sarah, who bore Isaac, and the unnamed mother of Sampson, wife of Manoah) and the seminal passage from Isaiah which prophesies the coming of the Forerunner, with the memorable line "The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God"). What is important about these readings? Since the whole of the teaching of the Baptist was preparation via morality, we can expect there to be a heavy emphasis on how we should live. By the way, astute listeners will recognize that the second reading was incorrectly identified as referring to Hanna, the mother of Samuel, when actually the reading is about Sampson. Of course, Hannah was another barren woman who bore a child. Ooops.
    • Nativity of John the Baptist. The Teaching of John the Baptist Explained by St Paul (mp3 format)
    • Romans 13:11-14:4
      2011-07-07
      SYNOPSIS:The selection from Romans read for the Nativity of the Forerunner is a remarkable summary of the core teaching of St John the Baptist. Note that "teaching" is not plural, because, primarily, the Holy Forerunner was concerned with only one thing - preparing the way for the immanent appearance in the world of Jesus Christ, and he could only see one way to do this: "make his paths straight" We discuss how St Paul summarizes this teaching and also the wonderful assertion that " now is our salvation nearer than when we believed", which also applies very much to the ministry of St John, and should be realized by us each succeeding day of our life.

    June 29

    • Two things that made the apostles great: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" & "therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities" (mp3 format)
    • Two things that made the apostles great.
      "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" & "therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities"
      Matthew 16:13-19 : 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9
      2011-07-12
      SYNOPSIS:Our Lord asked two questions of His followers - one completely unimportant, and takes up too much of our time, and the other is of priceless important and should take up all of our time. St Peter answered correctly, with conviction: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." & This confession is part of what made the Apostles great. It is not a one-time answer, but must be answered with conviction, in all that we do. Our Lord told Peter that because of this confession, the gates of Hell would not prevail against the church. We examine this confession, and how the church endures. Part if the reason why the church endures is because of those who hold to the inner conviction the Apostle Paul had (and we must have): "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
    • Exegesis of Vespers readings for the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul and Differences between Peter and Paul (HTML format)
    • 1 Peter 1:3-9 : 1 Peter 1:13-19 : 1 Peter 2:11-24
      2011-07-12
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:A short exegesis of the 3 selections from the Epistles of the Apostle Peter, read at the Vespers for the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The difference between their writings is explored. The Apostle Peter writes with simplicity and the conviction and wisdom that can only be gained by a life lived well, with many moral admonitions, based upon a deep understanding of what the God-man has done for us. It is like listening to your wise grandfather imparting his wisdom at the end of his life. He does not feel compelled to give detailed proofs, but he merely speaks with overpowering conviction because of experience. A few of verses from the selections are explored to illustrate this kind of "fireside chat" character of his writings. Those who are temped to call themselves Christians and still not heed the words of the Apostle " abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" should read the Apostle with greater care and humility. We are in an age that very much needs to heed the words of the Apostle Peter. There is also a short excursus into Peter's restoration and how he was able eventually to say to His Lord, not only did he have affection for Him, but that He loved him with an all consuming, perfect love. This love is only possible if the admonitions of Peter are heeded.

    August 01

    August 29

    • Beheading of The Glorious Prophet Forerunner and Baptist John. Exegesis of Vespers Readings. (mp3 format)
    • Isaiah,Malachi,Wisdom
      2011-09-11
    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Beheading Of The Glorious Prophet Forerunner And Baptist John
      Hidden Addictions And Passions Kill.
      Mark 6:14-30
      2011-09-11
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the beheading of John the Baptist shows us how an ordinary life ends in death. Herod was an ordinary man, since he was ruled by his passions and sins (lust,adultery,ambition,drunkeness) and because of his indulgence in his passions, most if which he was not aware of, he was also a coward, and when he made an unwise oath, he was unwilling to renege on it to save face. Therefore, he had Saint john beheaded, who then passed into eternal life, and Herod continued his descent into eternal death. We explore especially how hidden passions (present in all of us!) can kill the soul.

    September 23

    September 26

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Apostle John The Theologian Showed Perfect Love With A Robber
      Exegesis Of Vespers Readings Especially The Heart And Love
      2011-10-08

    December 06

    January 24

    August 20

    • Holy Prophet Samuel: Behold, here am I. Speak, for thy servant hears. (mp3 format)
    • Prophet Samuel
      2012-09-01
      SYNOPSIS:The Holy Prophet Samuel teaches us how to approach EVERYTHING in life. The manner of the birth and calling of Samuel is also mentioned.
    • Great Martyr Phanurios of Rhodes. (mp3 format)
    • Great Martyr Phanurios Of Rhodes
      2012-09-08
      SYNOPSIS:Talk on Great Martyr Phanutios of Rhodes, including details about his icon, his known ability to help people find things, and his request that people pray for the soul of his sinful mother, and phanuropita. There is also a lesson to learn in how and when Holy Phanurios was revealled to the world - this has DIRECT application to our lives.

    November 16

    January 22

    March 09

    • Feasts of the Saints (mp3 format)
    • Forty Martyrs Of Sebaste
      Matthew 20-1-16
      2013-03-20
    • Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. "For ye have need of patience." (mp3 format)
    • Hebrews 10:32-38 Matthew 20:1-16
      2014-03-22
      SYNOPSIS:The Forty Martys 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.

    October 28

    August 29

    September 01

    • 3 honorable estates in life. Purpose of marriage, & example of Saints Peter & Fevronia of Murom. Prayer in marriage. (mp3 format)
    • Peter And Fevronia Of Murom
      2014-09-14
      SYNOPSIS:On the feast of Saint Peter and Fevronia of Murom, we speak about the example of their life, and the purpose of life in general and the three God pleasing states of life. All have the same aim and purpose, and most choose marriage. We concentrate on the state of marriage, noting its core agreement with monasticism, and its purpose, and how those who enter into it should view it and therefore prosper. This great mystery of Christ and the church is the first sacrament mentioned in the Bible, even before the incarnation and baptism: " Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." The purpose of marriage and how it is lived flows directly out of the nature of Who God is. After discussing the theology of marriage, then we have practical advice, since theology without practice is useless. The most important practical advice for those who are married is to pray with and especially for each other. This may seem obvious, but it is not easy, and alas, not common enough. Let us come us with a plan, and with the help of God, follow it.

    September 26

    • Apostle John the Theologian: Love is simple in practice. (mp3 format)
    • Apostle John The Theologian
      1 John 4:12-19
      2014-10-08
      SYNOPSIS:On this feast day of the Holy Apostle John the Theologian, we discuss a little of the Gospel for his day, specifically the significance of the command of Jesus to take care of His mother. Stuff like this happens all the time to us. Love is simple in practice. We also discuss his confident claim that regarding his Gospel: "We know that his testimony is true". Very few people know something is true. How do we gain this knowledge? His first epistle explains. It is love. We do a leisurely exegesis of the Epistle reading for his day, with plenty of stories - from the Desert Fathers, the life of the apostle, and even a few from the reflections of Fr Moses Berry, from his talks in the 21st annual St Moses the Black Conference.

    October 15

    • Hieromartyr Lucian Presbyter of Antioch +312, A Living Antimension (mp3 format)
    • 2014-10-28
      SYNOPSIS:On Oct 15, we celebrate the memory of the holy Hieromartyr Lucian, Presbyter of Antioch (+312). He was tortured for 9 years in Syria, no doubt in some of the same ways people are being tortured today in that besieged part of the world. He did something remarkable in prison. He became a living Antimension. We explain what an Antimension

    June 29

    • "A lively hope" The unequivocal moral teaching of the Apostle Peter on the day of the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul (mp3 format)
    • Apostles Peter And Paul
      A Lively Hope
      1 Peter 1:3-9 1 Peter 1:13-19 1 Peter 2:11-24
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:On the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, This a partial exegesis of the 3 selections read at Vespers from the First Epistle of Peter. This is unequivocal moral teaching based on Jesus Christ, which is much needed, and neglected in our age, even in churches that call themselves Christian. Let us check our faith and see if it is a "lively hope", and if this description of a Christian applies to us: "being dead to sins, (we) should live unto righteousness". In between these two bookends to the 3 selections, Peter prepares his people for persecution and "heaviness of temptations". Nowadays, a priest must also be a prophet as were the Apostles, and encourage his people to pursue purity in their lives and to expect and be prepared for "heaviness through manifold temptations".

    January 22

    July 20

    November 30

    January 02

    March 09

    • Martyrdom of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste explained. Martyrdom, or the cross is not suffering, it is the way of life. (mp3 format)
    • 2015-03-21
      SYNOPSIS:The Martyrdom of the 40 martyrs is described in detail along with an explanation of what "sacrificing to the emperor" entailed. Many Christians did this, and went back to their business, unhindered. These martyrs teach us how to look at life and make choices. Also discussion of the sticheron : "Valiantly enduring the present torments,/ rejoicing in that for which they longed,/ the holy martyrs said one to another:/ If we do not shed our garments, we shall not put off the old man./ Winter is cruel, but paradise is sweet;/ the ice is painful, but the acquisition of the Kingdom is delightful./ Then, let us not give way, O warriors!/ Let us endure but a little while,/ that we may be crowned with crowns of victory by Christ God,// the Savior of our souls." Also an important point. The way of the cross, just like that of martyrdom should not be described as the way of suffering. Both are the way to life, even if they involve suffering.
    • "Let us lay aside every weight" The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste teach us to make a choice! (mp3 format)
    • Hebrews 12:1-10
      2015-03-22
      SYNOPSIS:The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste are highly celebrated during Great Lent. Truly they fulfilled the instruction of St Paul in the epistle from the Hebrews appointed for them: "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" To be a Christian is a choice. They gave their blood, that is their entire life to Christ BEFORE their martyric struggle began. We must give our blood, so that we are not guilty of the accusation: "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." What does this implicit command mean? It is not just about martyrs who are killed for Christ; it is a command we must understand and follow.

    July 02

    • Personal reflections on the life of Saint John Maximovich. His prayer, liturgizing, boldness. (mp3 format)
    • Saint John Maximovich
      Prayer Boldness Liturgy
      2015-07-03
      SYNOPSIS:When we read the life of a Saint, it should be a very personal experience. Here are the things about St John that have touched a particular sinner and priest, who began his ministry in Texas 21 years ago on the day of the glorification of St John, July 3, 1994. St John always prayed and never "prepared" for prayer. He prayed for everyone he ministered to, often late into the night as they slept. St John loved the Liturgy and served it everyday. He derived great power from this. St John was bold, in ways we who pray little and sleep much cannot understand. One example is the famous story about him trading vodka for an orphan who otherwise would have been sold into slavery, in the slums of Shanghai.
    • The Life of St John Maximovich compared to the "Shepherd" Gospels. (mp3 format)
    • Saint John Maximovich
      John 10:1-16
      2015-07-04
      SYNOPSIS:The "Shepherd"Gospels are read for most hierarchs, and encompass John 10:1-16. We compare these Gospels to the life of St John, and to what should also be our life.

    June 29

    • A tale of the making of a great Saint, in between two fishing expeditions: The Holy Apostle Peter. Saints come from sinners. (mp3 format)
    • Apostles Peter And Paul
      Saints Come From Sinners
      Luke 5:1-11 Matthew 26:31-35 John 21:1-25
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:A story of the Apostle Peter, a sinner who became a Saint. We focus on the period of his formation, between and including the 2 times the apostles went fishing as ordered by the Lord. His experiences show what is happening with us, if we will believe it, and try. Peter was a sinner who became a saint. He, like us, was a mix of good and bad, and he even denied the Lord three times, but his 3+ years with the Lord changed him, and the Lord forgave Him and he became one of the great Apostles. We read the lives of the Saints for instruction and encouragement. Be encouraged by the life of Peter; God will work with you, and you will get better, in you want to get better. Read the story in this order, and "fill in the blanks" for your life: Luke 5:1-11 Matthew 26:31-35 John 21:1-25

    July 13

    August 01

    October 19

    • The Apostle of love teaches us why we must love. (mp3 format)
    • St John of Kronstadt
      1 John 4:7-11
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The Epistle for St John of Kronstadt is from the first letter of John (1 John 4:7-11). The Apostle of love teaches us WHY we must love. This is not because of an external law, but is because of Who God is. He made us to be like Him.

    August 01

    June 24

    • Birth of John the Baptist. "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep" (mp3 format)
    • Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
      Romans 13:11-14:4
      2017-07-07
      SYNOPSIS:On the birth of Saint Baptist, we celebrate, perhaps, the most dedicated and ascetical mortal human being to ever live. He did not waste time; we waste so much time. The Epistle says: "that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed". We must have purpose and resolve or we are nothing. Since this feast occurs within the 40 days for my son +Daniel, I see all things in relation to him, and a great blessing of his passing is that we have reports that many have awoken out of sleep. Let us talk about purpose, and asceticism and personal change. A son's death is an expensive price, but the gifts given are very dear.

    August 20

    • "Here am I" - the answer to almost every question. The Holy Prophet Samuel. (mp3 format)
    • Prophet Samuel
      Samuel(1 Kings)3:1-10
      2017-09-03
      SYNOPSIS:God called the holy Prophet Samuel simply by speaking his name: "Samuel". The young man answered 3 times "Here am I", and a 4th time:"Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth. " This is enough to know about the prophet’s life, it we apply it to our own. His answeres are the answers we should give to almost every question and encounter we have in life. We give a few examples from Samuel's life, and also practical examples, because it is useless to know about Samuel's virtues unless we also emulate them.

    October 30

    August 28

    • Applying the life of St Moses the Ethiopian to our life. (mp3 format)
    • Saint Moses the Ethiopian
      How To Read Lives Of Saints
      2017-9-10
      SYNOPSIS:The life of Saint Moses the Ethiopian, and some of his sayings, APPLIED to our life. We focus on his humility and perseverance, and his fasting. We need not fast as strictly as Moses to benefit - in fact, fasting can benefit us greatly if we do it well AND if we do it poorly. It all depends on our disposition and how much we try. We must be more serious about the salvation of our soul; this is one of the main messages of the life of this great man.

    October 29

    October 08

    • The lives of the Former Harlots Pelagia and Thais teach, inspire us, and REBUKE us. (mp3 format)
    • 2018-10-21
      SYNOPSIS:On the Sunday that we commemorated the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council which restored the veneration of icons, we also remembered the former harlots Pelagia and Thais. When we look upon an icon we see holiness, and struggle and integrity and repentance. We see this also in these former harlots who became great strugglers. Their lives should inspire, encourage and rebuke us. What image do we see when we look in the mirror?

    November 27

    November 28

    March 09

    • The holy 40 martyrs of Sebaste, and the 11th hour, and the agenda of love. (mp3 format)
    • 40 Martyrs Of Sebaste
      Matthew 20:1-16
      2019-03-22
      SYNOPSIS:Why do we read the Gospel about the vineyard and the workers who came at the 11th hour for the 40 martyrs of Sebaste? Those workers can mean two things for us. One is a very comforting thought, and one is a frightening and realistic thought. Also, comments about the agenda of love, and the workers of the 11th hour.

    June 24

    June 29

    July 27

    • Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon: In a good heart, grace will always accomplish its desire. (mp3 format)
    • Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon July 27
      2019-08-09
      SYNOPSIS:The life of St. Panteleimon shows that in a good heart, grace will never be denied. His mother was Christian and his father pagan, and he told him about the faith but then she died and his father deeply educated him in pagan ways. But grace cannot be denied. He had a good heart, and grace will always find a way in a good heart. There are many examples in the life of the great martyr Panteleimon in which things were not done quite "correctly" but grace will never be denied.

    August 26

    • The Martyrs Adrian and Natalia. Not a perfect life! Pray for Everyone! (Adobe PDF format)
    • 2019-09-07
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:The martyrdom of Adrian and Natalia demonstrates that the matter what we do in life, when God calls us, if our heart is open to him, we will be saved. They didn’t do everything right. Natalia was a secret Christian, and Adrian was a pagan. But God did not abandon them, and Natalia became a confessor and martyr and assisted her husband Adrian in a feat of incredible martyrdom.

    September 23

    • Conception of the Baptist vs the Annunciation: One angel, two messages, two different responses, 1 with faith, 1 asking for a sign. (mp3 format)
    • Luke 1:5-25
      2019-10-05
      SYNOPSIS:The difference between the responses of Zacharias when he was told that he and his wife would bear John the Baptist and, Mary the Theotokos, when she was told that she would bear Jesus Christ as a virgin. In the midst of explaining this, we see it is clear that we should never look for a sign, and we also talk about deception and how we should react when we see an angel, and that Satan can never perfectly mimic holiness. There is one personal anecdote at the end when someone who loved my son +Daniel looked for a sign and I’m very glad she did. So, signs may be good, but we should not look for them.

Weeks before Great Lent

  • Week of the Publican and Pharisee;Monday (mp3 format)
  • No Prophecy Of The Scripture Is Of Any Private Interpretation
    2 Peter 1:20-2:9
    2008-02-18
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • If A Man Say I Love God And Hateth His Brother He Is A Liar
    If You Cannot Stop Sinning At Least Be Kind
    1 John 4-20-5-21
    2011-02-25
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • If We Confess Our Sins He Is Faithful And Just To Forgive Us Our Sins And To Cleanse Us From All Unrighteousness
    1 John 1-8-2-6
    2012-02-09
  • Week of the Prodigal Son;Saturday (mp3 format)
  • Saturday Of The Dead
    1 Thessalonians 4-13-17-John 5-24-30
    2011-02-26
  • Week of the Last Judgment (Meatfare);Thursday (mp3 format)
  • _2012-02-16+-if-a-man-say-i-love-god-and-hateth-his-brother-he-is-a-liar+learn-to-love-god-by-loving-neighbor_1john4-20-5-21 If A Man Say I Love God And Hateth His Brother He Is A Liar
    Learn To Love God By Loving Neighbor
    1 John 4-20-5-21
    2012-02-16
  • Praying for the dead shows that we look to the heavenly world and not earthly things. (mp3 format)
  • Commemoration of the Departed Maetfare Saturday
    2019
    SYNOPSIS:Some reflections on one of the hymns for Meatfare Saturday, and the selection from 1 Thessalonians which talks about us being with the Lord after the second coming, and prayer for the dead.

    The hymn which I refer to, which I could not remember the exact words to is this: "Why does man deceive himself and boast? / Why does he trouble himself in vain? / For he is earth, and soon to the earth he will return. / Why does the dust not reflect that it is formed from clay, / and cast out as rottenness and corruption? / Yet though we men are clay, why do we cling so closely to the earth? / For if we are Christ’s kindred, / should we not run to Him, / leaving all this mortal and fleeting life, / and seeking the life incorruptible, / which is Christ Himself, // the illumination of our souls?" (From the Praises, Tone 8, Meatfare Saturday)

  • Great Lent Week Before Great Lent 06 Thursday;Thursday (mp3 format)
  • Do Not Make Friends Because Of Evil
    Father Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do
    Luke 23-2-34,44-56
    2012-02-23

Sundays before Great Lent


Great Lent

    First Sunday of Great Lent

    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Before Zacchaeus
      2002
      Also in Format: Word DOC
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Triumph Orthodoxy Come And See
      2002
      Also in Format: Word DOC
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2004
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Orthodoxy
      2004
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2007-02-25
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      How do *we* partake in the triumph of Orthodoxy?
      Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 John 1:43-51
      2009-03-08
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodocxy
      Pleasures Of Sin For A Season
      Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2, John 1:43-51
      2010-02-21
      SYNOPSIS:What is the triumph of Orthodoxy? A short synopsis of the historical background, then discussion of what this triumph is for the individual. It involves "faith", understanding that the pleasures of sin are for a season, and believing that a good thing CAN come out of Nazareth.
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • The Uncircumscribed Word Of The Father Became Circumscribed
      The Meaning Of Icons
      2011-03-12
      SYNOPSIS:The true meaning of icons is proclaimed in the Sunday of Orthodoxy Services. The "surface meaning" of an icon is that we can depict Jesus Christ as a man precisely because He became a man. We are not satisfied with such a shallow explanation, and the services delve much deeper into the meaning of the incarnation. Two examples, one from Vespers, and the other from matins, describe the wonder of the incarnation. Every time we gaze upon an icon, we must remember that we, who have nothing in common with God, can know God because He chose to have everything in common (one hymn, below, describes this as the God-man taking on all the "distinctive properties" of our flesh), with us, save sin.
      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, "Lord I have cried", Tone VI, spec. mel.: 'Having set all your hope')
      The uncircumscribed Word of the Father became circumscribed, taking flesh from thee, O Theotokos, and He restored the sullied image to its ancient glory, filling it with the divine beauty. This our salvation we confess in deed and word, and we depict it in the holy icons. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Kontakion, Tone 8)
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • "Follow me" and "Come and see"
      The simplest and most important instructions to live according to the Triumph of Orthodoxy.
      John 1:43-51
      2011-03-13
      SYNOPSIS:The "Triumph of Orthodoxy" is not only a historical event that we commemorate today, but also applies to every individual Christian. We spoke about the meaning of icons and the incarnation last night - the triumph of Orthodoxy for the individual is that, as one of the hymns teaches, because of the incarnation "the sullied image (of God, in us) has been restored to its ancient glory and filled with the divine beauty." (http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-01_2011-03-12+the-uncircumscribed-word-of-the-father-became-circumscribed+the-meaning-of-icons.mp3). The readings today teach us how to realize in our lives this promise, and the Gospel is short and succinct - the Lord commands us to "Follow me" and "Come and see" What does this mean practically for us.?
    • The Hymns of the Sunday of Orthodoxy proclaim the restoration of the ikons and their most important teaching - the Incarnation with all its implications, and the reason why we fast. (mp3 format)
    • Vespers And Matins Hymns For The Sunday Of Orthodoxy
      2012-03-04
      SYNOPSIS:The hymns for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which proclaim the restoration of the icons, are a primer in Christology. Their most important teaching is explained, using examples from the services. Also the purpose of fasting, from a matins hymn, is clearly explained, and the importance of the hymnology of the church and how it teaches us true theology is discussed. Allthe following hymns are mentioned:

      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Vespers, Lord I have cried)

      We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Troparion, Tone II)

      Depicting Thy divine form in ikons, O Christ, we openly proclaim Thy Nativity, Thine ineffable miracles and Thy voluntary Crucifixion. So the devils are driven out in fear and the heretics, their fellow workers, lament in shame and sorrow. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Sessional Hymn)

      Moses, in the season of abstinence, received the law and proclaimed it to the people. Elijah by fasting closed the heavens; and the three children of Abraham through fasting overcame the lawless tyrant. Count us worthy, O Christ, through fasting to attain the Feast of the Resurrection, as we cry aloud: "Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us!" (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Praises)

    • The Triumph of Orthodoxy must occur in the heart, and will be because of doing simple things, as the Gospel teaches today. (mp3 format)
    • Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
      Come and see!
      John 1:43-51
      2012-03-05
      SYNOPSIS:Orthodoxy and life is very deep and complex, but the essence of Christian life is simple. The Gospel today teaches us a simple way, and if we obey the simple apostolic command, we will not be confounded. If we think too much, we will always be confused. We look at the calling of Nathaniel and the simple way he was told to approach his doubts; this applies to EVERY doubt and difficulty in our life. "Come and see!" is the only door to the triumph of Orthodoxy, that is, the fullness of the indwelling of God, in our hearts.
    • 1st Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Can There Any Good Thing Come Out Of Nazareth
      Come And See
      John 1-43-51
      2013-03-24
    • "Follow me" and &come and see", and you will know the Triumph of Orthodoxy in your heart. (mp3 format)
    • Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      John 1:43-51
      2014-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:Why is the encounter of Jesus with Philip and Nathaniel the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent, the Triumph of Orthodoxy? It is because this triumph is an intensely personal one, with the Lord seeking our each of us, telling us to follow Him. We must heed the words of Philip (and those of a pastor, who says them daily), "Come and see" This is a process, and must be cultivated, and if we do, the "greater things" that Jesus promised to Nathaniel will be our as well, and the triumph of Orthodoxy will be fully energized in our heart - union with God and perfection.
    • Iconology and Christology in the hymns from the Triodion for the Sunday of Triumph of Orthodoxy (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:The hymns from the Triodion clearly show the relationship between icons and the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and explain the real triumph of Orthodoxy that occurs in the human heart. We look at a few representative hymns from the Triodion:

      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Vespers, Lord I have cried, Tone VI, spec. mel.: #39;Having set all your hope#39;

      We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Troparion Tone II:

      The uncircumscribed Word of the Father became circumscribed taking flesh from thee, O Theotokos, / and He has restored the sullied image to its ancient glory, filling it with the divine beauty. / This our salvation we confess in deed and word, // and we depict it in the holy icons. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Kontakion Tone VIII:

      Depicting Thy divine form in icons, O Christ, we openly proclaim Thy Nativity, Thine ineffable miracles and Thy voluntary Crucifixion. So the devils are driven out in fear and the heretics, their fellow-workers, lament in shame and sorrow. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Sessional Hymn, tone 1
    • "Without guile, and with patience, COME AND SEE, and thou shalt see greater things than these". Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy (mp3 format)
    • Without Guile And With Patience Come And See And Thou Shalt See Greater Things Than These
      John 1-43-51-Hebrews 12-1
      2015-03-01
      SYNOPSIS:When you look at an icon, you should understand what the triumph of Orthodoxy is. It is not that we can venerate icons freely. It is that God became man, and the image of the icon tells us: "you can become perfected" the Gospel and Epistle today give us the way to perfection, if we unpack the things said to the guiless Nathaniel and add an essential ingredient from St Paul: "Without guile, and with patience, COME AND SEE, and thou shalt see greater things than these".
    • "Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed..." The Triumph of Orthodox is only understood by understanding the Incarnation. (mp3 format)
    • Vespers For Sunday Of The Triumph Of Orthodoxy
      2016-03-19
      SYNOPSIS:A very quick history about Iconoclasm and the restoration of the Icons, which we celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent, and then an explanation of what the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" really is. It is VERY personal and is well explained by one of the hymns said at Vespers: "Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee...". The significance is an idea, unique to Orthodoxy, about what salvation is. To explain it, we must give a short primer on the Incarnation. At the end, an exhortation to buy service books, and read them, along with a little personal confession.
    • Why icons? & "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth", "Come and see." (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of Orthodoxy
      First Sunday of Great Lent
      John 1:43-51
      2017
      SYNOPSIS:The encounter between Nathaniel and Jesus is read on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Why? To know this we must describe a little bit about this Sunday and why ikons are important and theologically correct, and the various "senses" of scripture - the theological, allegorical, instructional, practical and, especially the moral sense. If we do not know the moral sense of scripture, we have no profit. We explore the "moral sense" of the question "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth", and the encouraging answer: "Come and see." Great Lent is the time when we struggle to obey this command, with great expectation.
    • Sunday of Orthodoxy. Why Icons? Why Iconoclasm? How do they differ from Western Religious Pictures? Why does it matter? (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of Orthodoxy
      Theology of the icon
      2017
      SYNOPSIS:The Sunday of Orthodoxy explained. What is iconoclasm? Where did it come from and why? A description of the reasons for the iconoclasm of Islam. What does the depiction of Jesus Christ on an icon teach? Since we are spiritual and immaterial, the fact that we can depict the God-Man, Jesus Christ has enormous implications for our salvation. Also, a discussion of the critical artistic and theological difference between Western religious pictures and Orthodox icons. This homily is part of a catechetical series for inquirers.
    • Icons and the incarnation, and our salvation. (Adobe PDF format)
    • Triumph of Orthodoxy
      2018-02-24
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of two hymns from the Vespers service for the Triumph of Orthodoxy, which teach the core dogmas of icons, and the incarnation, and how we are saved.

      COMMENT:

      Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing.

      We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world.

    • Patience. It is active, never passive. It is from faith, and work. It is from knowledge, given by God to those who labor. (mp3 format)
    • John 1:43-51 Hebrews 12:1
      2018-02-25
      SYNOPSIS:The readings for the first Sunday of Great Lent are in an open and hidden way about patience, without which, we cannot be saved.
    • The Implication of icons: He has restored the sullied image to its ancient glory. (mp3 format)
    • The Triumph of Orthodoxy.
      Hebrews 12:1
      2019
      SYNOPSIS:The Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy celebrates the final restoration of icons. The veneration of icons teaches us two important things about Jesus and our faith — that God who is infinite, in the incarnation took on our finite human nature; and that in doing so, he made it possible for us to be like Him. The fact of the Incarnation leads us into an even greater and more compelling truth — that like the icons of the ancient Church, our human nature has been restored by Christ. This reality makes it possible for us to do what before was impossible; to be like God, to perfect that icon of God planted in our souls from the moment our creation. The lives of the saints testify to the possibility that we can become radically better, radically closer to God. If we can, why don't we? What reason do we have for not even trying?
      COMMENT:Also on YouTube: (orthodoxnet) and Facebook, on our Church Web page (): https://www.facebook.com/orthodoxnet/videos/1927705570673670/

    Second Sunday of Great Lent

    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • 2002
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Paralytic
      How do we get past the press? Get up on the roof.
      Mark 2:1-12
      2002
      Also in Format: Word DOC
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      Mark 2:1-12
      2004
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Saint Gregory Palamas
      Mark 2:1-12
      2007-03-04
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      When Jesus Saw Their Faith
      Mark 2:1-12
      2008-03-23
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (HTML format)
    • Saint Gregory Palamas and the Healing of the paralytic borne of four.
      The answer to the question: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth
      Mark 2:1-12, John 1:43-51
      2009-02-28
      Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
      SYNOPSIS:The Second Sunday of Great Lent is like a second "Triumph of Orthodoxy", because the teachings of St Gregory Palamas are remembered. He answers the question posed last week:"Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" with resounding eloquence. The healing of the paralytic also contributes to answering this all important question, and indeed Great Lent especially, and our entire life nust be an answer to this question.
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Paralytic
      We must labor to be healed of our spiritual paralysis.
      Hebrews 1:10-2:3 Mark 2:1-12
      2009-03-15
      COMMENT:You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Saint Gregory Palamas I Am The Door By Me If Any Man Enter In He Shall Be Saved And Shall Go In And Out And Find Pasture
      John 10-9-16
      2011-03-11
      SYNOPSIS:This is an important discussion, too wonderful to believe for most Christians, but absolutely true, and the main teaching of St Gregory Palamas: To be Christian is to become perfect. The Gospel for St. Gregory teaches this in a hidden way, when it says: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture". Let us look in wonder at his teaching, the Gospel John 10:9-16, and the Matins Theotokion: "Adam's nature was made Godlike O Virgin, when without undergoing change, God took flesh within thy womb, and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming Gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation", and how we are to pursue perfection.
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Paralytic Borne Of Four
      Sin Sickness Faith Prayer
      Mark 2-1-12
      2011-03-13
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Personalizing the prodigal son
      Adam's nature was made godlike
      Matins
      2011-03-20
      SYNOPSIS:In an ongoing series of commentary on the service texts between Vespers and Matins at the vigil, we look at the Parable of the prodigal son, which the church explores in a very personal way throughout all of Great Lent. So should we look at this parable in a very personal way, and especially the canon at matins gives us an example of how to do this, such as: "I fed on dark and swinish thoughts when, like the Prodigal, I left Thee, O Savior, and went into a far country; but now I cry: I have sinned; save me, for fervently I run for refuge to Thy tender mercy. (Second Sunday of Great Lent, Matins, Ode 3)". We discuss what sin REALLY is - it is not just things we do or do not do, and it almost always is a product of our thoughts, attitudes, disposition. We also explore the beautiful, intricate and dogmatic theology in one of the theotokia of the matins canon: " Adams nature was made godlike, O Virgin, when without undergoing change God took flesh within thy womb; and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation" (Second Sunday of Great Lent, Theotokion, Matins, Ode 3)
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Salvation defined: "If any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture"
      Saint Gregory Palamas and the healing of the paralytic borne of four
      John 10:9-16, Mark 2:1-12
      2011-03-20
      SYNOPSIS:The reading for St Gregory Palamas today contains a beautiful "definition" of salvation:"If any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" This is true freedom, where the will is able to always choose the right way. We explore how we can obtain this kind of freedom, which the world does not understand, using examples from both Gospels read today.
    • Saint Gregory Palamas & the Gospel: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." teach that Christianity is to become perefect. Not many believe this. How are we to pursue perfection? (mp3 format)
    • John 10:9-16
      2012-03-11
      SYNOPSIS:This is an important discussion, too wonderful to believe for most Christians, but absolutely true, and the main teaching of St Gregory Palamas: To be Christian is to become perfect. The Gospel for St. Gregory teaches this in a hidden way, when it says: "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture". Let us look in wonder at his teaching, the Gospel John 10:9-16, and the Matins Theotokion: "Adam's nature was made Godlike O Virgin, when without undergoing change, God took flesh within thy womb, and we who were deceived of old by the hope of becoming Gods, have been set free from the ancient condemnation", and how we are to pursue perfection.
    • The Healing of the Paralytic borne of four teaches us about sin, sickness, saving faith and that we must help our brother. (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2012-03-12
      SYNOPSIS:Why do we speak of the Paralytic borne of four during Great Lent? It is because we must learn that we are paralytics because of sin, and the relationship of sin to sickeness, physical and mental. We must also learn what saving faith is and that we must help out our brother.
    • The healing of the paralytic borne of four; what is the press and how do we defeat it? (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2013-03-31
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the paralytic borne of four, the helpers of the paralytic could not reach Jesus because of the press (the crowd), and with great effort and ingenuity, found a way to present their friend before Jesus by making a hole in the roof. The "press" has deep theological meaning. It can be described by several words starting with "P": PASSIONS, PRIORITIES, PEOPLE, our PAST and PATTERNS in our life. We look at each of these, with much practical advice about defeating them.
    • What is the main teaching of Gregory Palamas & practical advice about the Jesus prayer. (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-15
    • Gregory Palamas: ideas can lead to life or death. How to cultivate salvific ideas. (mp3 format)
    • 2014-03-16
    • "He shall go in and out and find pasture" Salvation described, and the path to it: activity! (mp3 format)
    • John 10:9-16 Mark 2:1-12
      2015-03-08
      SYNOPSIS:Orthodox Christians think of salvation differently than other believers in Christ. For us, it is not just forgiveness of sins; it is freedom! This is not freedom as the world understands it. This freedom is described by out Lord when he promises that the follower of the shepherd shall "go in and out and find pasture" Freedom of the will is acquired by activity, which is indicated in this Gospel and the one for the day, about the healing of the paralytic, when the Lord commands him to "Rise, take up thy bed and walk".
    • St Gregory Palamas teaches the main difference between Orthodox and Catholicism or any other Christian confession. (mp3 format)
    • Gregory Palamas
      2016-03-28
      SYNOPSIS:On the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the memory of St Gregory Palamas. More than any other Father, he is known for teaching about the uncreated Divine Light of God. His teaching demarcates a huge gulf between Orthodox and the other Christian confessions. First, a minute of history, then illustrate his teaching, which is centered on the Incarnation, using part of the reading for the Sunday from Hebrews, and then continuing with the words of St Paul which follow. (Hebrews 2:3-18)
    • Three important lessons from the Healing of the Paralytic, borne of 4: Obstacles, action, and what do you want? (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2017
      SYNOPSIS:Life is a continual struggle over obstacles, most of which are from ourselves. We must react to the grace God gives us. Most of this reaction is apparently mundane things. We must know what is most important in our life. Reacting to the grace of God is just doing the next right thing.
    • He shall go in and out... Gregory Palamas, Hesychasm, and FREEDOM. (mp3 format)
    • St Gregory Palamas
      John 10:9
      2018-03-04
      SYNOPSIS:The Gospel reading for St Gregory Palamas includes the promise regarding those who follow the shpherd: "If any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture". This is a description of freedom. How do we obtain this freedom, and what is it? The world does not know, but the teachings and example of St Gregory tell us.
    • 2nd Sunday of Great Lent (mp3 format)
    • Healing Of The Paralytic
      Why Do So Many Bad Things Happen
      Heb-12-Mark 2-1-12
      2019
    • The healing of the paralytic. Why do bad things happen in the world? (mp3 format)
    • Mark 2:1-12
      2019-03-24
      SYNOPSIS:In the healing of the paralytic, Jesus first forgave the man’s sins. Why did He do it in this order? Why do bad things happen in the world? What is the greatest crisis in the world today? Understanding this healing answers all of those questions and gives us a way we should live.

    Third Sunday of Great Lent

    Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

    Fifth Sunday of Great Lent


Lazarus Saturday


Palm Sunday

  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • These Things They Did Not Understand At First
    John 12:1-18
    2008-04-21
  • Palm Sunday (Word DOC format)
  • 2009-04-12
    Also in Format: mp3
  • Palm Sunday (HTML format)
  • Palm Sunday
    2010-03-28
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Philippians 4-4-9-John 12-1-18
    2011-04-08
    SYNOPSIS:Why do we read this epistle on Palm Sunday, since it is not about suffering, or the cross or the resurrection? There are many other epistles about these things, but this epistle contains instructions that must be applied during Holy Week in order to truly benefit from Pascha. We can understand how to apply the Apostle Paul's instructions by looking at the good and bad examples in today's Gospel, such as Mary, who annointed the Lord, Judas, the people, and the high priests. There are many lessons here, and all of Holy Week will contain many more. The Lord is at hand!
  • Palm Sunday (Word DOC format)
  • Learning Humility By Recounting The Events Of Holy Week
    2011-04-17
    Also in Format: mp3
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Rejoice In The Lord Alway And Again I Say Rejoice
    Philippians 4-4-9
    2011-04-17
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Philippians 4-4-9-John 12-1-18
    2012-04-08
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Entry Into Jerusalem Understood In A Spiritual Way
    Luke 19-37-44
    2013-04-28
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    How To Be Like Children And Be Saved
    Matthew 21-1-11
    2013-04-28
  • Palm Sunday (HTML format)
  • The Lord Is At Hand
    Philippians 4-4-9
    2014-04-13
    Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3
  • What pushed Judas over the edge and made him into a traitor? And what will preserve us? (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    John 12:1-18 Philippians 4:4-9
    2017-04-09
    SYNOPSIS:Bad news and the very good news today. The bad news: What caused the transformation of Judas from a disciple to a traitor? It was not just his avarice. Something pushed him over the edge. This must resonate with us, because we are capable of being Judas. The admonition and promises of St Paul to the Philippians teaches us everything we need to know to never be like Judas, and this is indeed very good news.
  • Palm Sunday (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Expectations Desires Only Love
    2018
  • Palm Sunday: The people praised God but did not endure. How do we endure? Two necessities. (mp3 format)
  • Palm Sunday
    Philippians 4:4-9
    2019-04-22
    SYNOPSIS:Many people who praised Jesus when He entered Jerusalem a few days later condemned him, as a hymn from the service teaches: "First they sang in praise of Christ our God with branches, but then the ungrateful Jews seized Him and crucified Him on the cross. But with faith unchanging let us ever honor Him as Benefactor, crying always unto Him: Blessed art Thou that comest to call back Adam." How can we be different than them? It does not just happen by magic, or if we are passive. The epistle today tells us two necessities - inner prayer with rejoicing, and Christian morality.

Holy Week


The Ladder of Divine Ascent


Baptism


Crowning

  • Crowning (Marriage) (Word DOC format)
  • Nicholas And Genevieve Park
    2002
  • Crowning (Marriage) (HTML format)
  • David And Elizabeth Ash
    2002-06-03
    Also in Format: RTF
  • Purpose of life and marriage. Marriage is a school. Advice about marriage. (HTML format)
  • Matthias (Kevin) and Natalie King
    2015-05-17
    Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:A homily given at the crowning (marriage) of Matthias (Kevin) and Natalie. The main part is about the purpose of marriage. It entails a detailed exposition of the most important verse in Scripture: "And God said: let us make man in our own image and after our likeness" (Gen 1:26), which tells us why we were made, how we are made, Who made us, and our destiny, that is, our purpose. There is only one important question in the universe, and we discuss how to go about "answering" it. The words here apply to every Christian, and indeed, every human being, whether or not they are married. For some, the path to answering this question is an honorable marriage and a bed undefiled, and we discuss Adam's important words and prophesy about marriage: "This is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh." "This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Eph 5:32).

    COMMENT:Notes for this passage are found here in WORD or PDF format
  • Purpose of Marriage. Not as romantic as the world believes, but much more meaningful and fulfilling. (mp3 format)
  • Crowning of Paul and Anna.
    2015-10-04
    SYNOPSIS:On the occasion of the crowning of Paul and Anna, a short discourse on the mystery of marriage, emphasizing its purpose. Marriage joins two dissimilar people and teaches them to be of one mind, and to love as God loves . It is the lived out mystery of Christ and the church.
  • Homily at the Crowning of Timothy and Christina McFadden (mp3 format)
  • 2016-09-04
    SYNOPSIS:Homily on Marriage. From a father and priest to his daughter and son-in-law. Its purpose, exegesis of the Epistle and Gospel, and the main symbols in the crowning service - the rings, crowns, walk of Isaiah. The audio quality is a bit different than usual because it is taken from video, and there was a failure of the audio recorder.

Confession

  • Confession (mp3 format)
  • 2016
  • A talk about confession, given in English and translated into Kikuyu to priests and church leaders in Kenya. (mp3 format)
  • 2019-02-07
    SYNOPSIS:The Most important verse in the bible.
    Orthodox view of sin defined and contrasted with the typical Protestant/Roman Catholic view of sin. Everything we do in this life should be towards one thing only.
    4 components to confession, with the first being 99.99% of the importance.
    What is the major thing that happens in confession?
    How to prepare for confession
    How to be a confessor.
    Questions and answers.
        Can a person go to anyone he wants for confession?
        About bad confessors.
        How to understand obedience to your confessor.
        Is confession always to a priest?
        How often should a person go to confession?

Prayer for the dead

  • "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again..." What the resurrection really means - NOW. (mp3 format)
  • Epistle for the commemoration of the dead on Saturday
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
    2017
    SYNOPSIS:There is a very large word in the scriptures, with only two letters: "if". The Apostle says "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again..." We talk about what belief in the resurrection really means. The martyrs understood, our almost post-Christian society does not. We discuss worldly sorrow and Christian sorrow and an overview of last judgment. Remarks at one of the "40 days" liturgies, for +Daniel, my son.
  • At the funeral for Daniel: about his deep heart and how and why we pray for the dead, and how to properly keep his memory. (HTML format)
  • How and why Orthodox pray for the dead
    The deep heart
    2017-06-23
    Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC or mp3
    SYNOPSIS:Remarks at the funeral of Daniel Holland, from his father. His deep heart, and how and why we pray for the dead, with examples from the Akathist for the dead, and how we should remember him. It is with actions, not words.
  • The resurrection is not only in the future. (mp3 format)
  • Gospel for the commemoration of the dead on Tuesday and Saturday
    John 5:24-30
    2017-06-27
    SYNOPSIS:The Gospel for the dead, which is read on Tuesday and Saturday, teaches emphatically that the resurrection is not only a future event. Remarks at one of the "40 days" liturgies, for +Daniel, my son.
  • God's perspective is different than our perspective. There is only one thing that matters. (mp3 format)
  • Gospel for the commemoration of the dead on Thursday
    John 6:40-44
    2017-06-29
    SYNOPSIS:The perspective of God is not the same as our perspective, so we must change. There is only one thing that is important in life, and that is, that we will be raised up on the last day. This eternal perspective should influence everything we do that is temporal. Remarks at one of the "40 days" liturgies, for +Daniel, my son.
  • This corruption must put on incorruption. (mp3 format)
  • Epistle for the commemoration of the dead on Friday
    1 Corinthians 15:47-57
    2017-06-30
    SYNOPSIS:About the earthy man and the spiritual man, and the amazing thing: "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." -- BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, so: "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." This exalted topic is mixed with some reminiscing about the "Campus Crusade" (typical Evangelical Protestant ) view of salvation, which does not understand such things. Remarks at one of the "40 days" liturgies, for +Daniel, my son.

Matins Gospels


Misc


Wisdom of Solomon

  • About The Holy Spirit and Sin. (Word DOC format)
  • Holy Spirit And Sin
    Wisdom 01:01-09
    2016
    SYNOPSIS:The Holy Spirit will not abide where there is sin. Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him. For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him. For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in. For wisdom is a loving spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him. For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds. (Wis 1:1-9 Brenton)
  • Man is immortal, how sin entered into the world. (HTML format)
  • Wisdom 02:23-24
    2016
    Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC
    SYNOPSIS:For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.
  • About idolatry and the beginning of fornication. (Word DOC format)
  • Wisdom 14:12
    2016-08-12
    SYNOPSIS:For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life. (Wis 14:12 Brenton)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is Wisdom. Only He can heal. (Word DOC format)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Is Wisdom
    Wisdom 16:11-13
    2016-08-11
    SYNOPSIS:For they were pricked, that they should remember thy words; and were quickly saved, that not falling into deep forgetfulness, they might be continually mindful of thy goodness. For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things. (Wis 16:11-12 Brenton)

Living Water:Commentary on Orthodox Services

  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Dragging The Net Of The Faith In The Salty Sea Of The Passions
    Octoechos-Tone-4-Wednesday-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-09-14
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Harrowing Of Hell
    Delivered From Deception By His Compassions
    Octoechos-Tone-5-Saturday-Vespers-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-09-17
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • That The Whole Evening May Be Perfect Holy Peaceful And Sinless Let Us Ask Of The Lord
    2011-10-19
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Direct Our Prayer As Incense Before Thee
    Vespers-Prayer-Of-The-Entry
    2011-11-06
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • Free Among The Dead
    Octoechos-Tone-6-Saturday-Vespers-Lord-I-Have-Cried
    2011-11-19
  • Living Water (mp3 format)
  • That We May Be Delivered From All Tribulation Wrath And Necessity Let Us Pray To The Lord
    Great-Ectenia
    2014-11-13

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