The Mystery of the Annunciation Two soul nourishing talks about the Theotokos, our Panagia by Papa Demetrios Carellas Hosted by St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney TX May 27 2017 The Saturday after the Ascension. Everything is free, of course! There will be time for discussion and questions after each talk. Sat, May 27: 3:00 pm… Continue reading Papa Demetrios Carellas to speak on May 27th
The Passions of the Sanhedrin
“O my soul, fear the passions of the Sanhedrin! No matter how terribly criminal they are, they are not far from the weak human heheart. If you are not attentive to yourself, if you do not begin to watch over your feelings and desires, if you do not set the fear of God as a… Continue reading The Passions of the Sanhedrin
Entering Holy Week
As we gathered this evening in worship at the Bridegroom Matins service of Great and Holy Monday, I was struck by the first sticheron on the praises: AS THE LORD WAS GOING TO HIS VOLUNTARY PASSION, HE SAID TO THE APOSTLES ON THE WAY, BEHOLD, WE GO UP TO JERUSALEM, AND THE SON OF MAN… Continue reading Entering Holy Week
A Recent Miracle of St. Nicholas
(thank you to Natalia Hawthorne for finding and translating this story) St. Nicholas and the Church Keys This story is told by nun Maustrigia. During the Soviet persecution of churches, her monastery was closed down and all the nuns were told to leave. Nun Maustrigia had been living in the monastery with her blind sister.… Continue reading A Recent Miracle of St. Nicholas
The greatest sin of Judas was that he had no anger against sin. The action of communion within us, with the exchange of attributes.
SYNOPSIS:On Holy Thursday we simultaneously contemplate the sin of Judas and the institution of the Eucharist. There are two hymns from the matins canon that perfectly explain the greatest sin of Judas – it was not avarice, but to not be angry against sin. This is important to know, and apply to your life. Be angry in a godly way, and become godly. Many partake of communion without understanding why, or what it does. Another hymn from the canon perfectly explains this. We should know why we do things, and how we should do them. Learn from these two hymns the essence of Christianity.
Lacking all conscience, he received the Body that delivers men from sin and the divine Blood that was shed for the world. He was not ashamed to drink what he had sold for money, he felt no anger against sin, for he knew not how to cry, #39;O ye works of the Lord praise ye the and exalt Him above all for ever#39;.
Since I am man not merely in appearance but in reality, the human nature united to Me is made godlike through the exchange of attributes. Know Me, then, as one single Christ, who saves those among whom I have been born and whose nature I have taken.(Canon, Ode 8,9, Matins for Holy Thursday)
“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” Only those whose heart is hot will escape deception.
Overview of the Gospel on for Presanctified Liturgy on Great Monday, in which the Lord teaches about the state of the world, and His second coming, especially emphasizing the coldness of the hearts of modern man. Our reactions to this coldness and depravity? our hearts must be hot to compensate for the cold, or else we risk being deceived with all the rest. Also a story explains how to know if Christ is coming when someone “Here is Christ”
We hold up branches because “The Lord is at hand”, but will we live in such a way that we will “rejoice always”, and overcome the things in our life that are “four days dead”?
Homilies on Palm Sunday and Great Monday Matins
Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer… The Ladder, John Climacus, Step, 28, Prayer
Text and commentary of Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer… The Ladder, John Climacus, Step, 28, Prayer
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” How do we cultivate this mysterious belief?
http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-04_2014-03-30+if-thou-canst-believe-all-things-are-possible-to-him-that-believeth_mark9-17-31.mp3 In the healing of the demoniac boy, context is important. The healing occurred immediately after the Transfiguration and the failure of the other disciples to cast out the demon. There is an important lesson for us. God is very near, even though we do not always (or even often) fell Him. Things can change… Continue reading “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” How do we cultivate this mysterious belief?
“They that observe vain and false things have abandoned mercy for themselves.” Sobering and comforting at the same time.
he Biblical Odes are used especially during Great Lent. and during weekday matins, this verse, from ode 6, is always said: “They that observe vain and false things have abandoned mercy for themselves.” This is one of my favorite parts of the matins service, because this pithy verse describes the reason for ALL our problems, and the simple solution. It is sobering, rebuking, but also comforting. It reminds me of the oft read scripture: ” For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39) Nothing can separate the sinner from God, except if the sinner observes vain and false things without repentance.