When I was in college, and on the way to Orthodoxy, but still not even knowing that it existed, it was fashionable in my circle to deny that we were “religious”. This was a four letter word to us – we arrogantly and ignorantly (I know now) stated that we were “Christian” and NOT “religious”.… Continue reading 36th Thursday after Pentecost – James 1:19-27 – Are you religious?
Both the epistle and gospel readings for today talk about what we must do, about the moral life of a Christian. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.” “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father… Continue reading With God all things are possible
LISTEN NOW The Parable of the Ten Virgins is also appointed for Holy Equal to the Apostles Nina, Enlightener of Georgia. She is remembered Jan 14/27. This day fell on a Sunday in 2008. Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to… Continue reading 17th Saturday after Pentecost – Matthew 25:1-13 – Parable Of The Ten Virgins
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. This is saying… Continue reading 35th Friday after Pentecost – Hebrews 11:8, 11-16 – Which country are we mindful of?
It is easy to forget in the midst of our day-to-day responsibilities that the purpose of our life is not less than union with God. This is what we were created for. Not in the sense of losing our own personalities or being absorbed into the essence of God – God in his essence is… Continue reading Purpose of Our Life
LISTEN NOW This is a homily, first to myself, spoken concerning the following scripture, which is appointed for the 35th Thursday after Pentecost: Hebrews 10:35-11:7 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive… Continue reading 35th Thursday – "For ye have need of patience"
Today we celebrate St Theophan the Recluse. His was a unique ministry – a “recluse” who communicated with hundreds of people regularly via letters. We are fortunate to have many of his letters, evidently saved by his correspondents. In addition, this “modern” Saint wrote many excellent books, all of which were steeped in the wisdom… Continue reading MENAION Jan 10/23 St Theophan the Recluse
LISTEN NOW Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us If the “LISTEN NOW” link does not work, copy this URL into your browser:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/prayers-of-the-church_2008-01-22+the-trisagion.m3u If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/prayers-of-the-church_2008-01-22+the-trisagion.mp3 http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthodoxChristianCatecheticalTalksRSS feed of Audio catechetical talks:http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthodoxChristianCatecheticalTalks Archive of Audio catechetical talks:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism
Sunday after Theophany – The Meaning Of The Winter Pascha; Our Nature Is Changed, We Are No Longer Captives LISTEN NOW If the “LISTEN NOW” link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-savior-theophany-04_2008-01-20+sunday-after-theophany+the-meaning-of-the-winter-pascha;-our-nature-is-changed,-we-are-no-longer-captives_ephesians4;7-13+matthew4;12-17.m3u If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-savior-theophany-04_2008-01-20+sunday-after-theophany+the-meaning-of-the-winter-pascha;-our-nature-is-changed,-we-are-no-longer-captives_ephesians4;7-13+matthew4;12-17.mp3 RSS… Continue reading Sunday after Theophany – The Meaning Of The Winter Pascha; Our Nature Is Changed, We Are No Longer Captives
The week in review – 2008 Jan 5-12, church calendar // Jan 18-25, Civil Calendar Dear Brothers and sisters: This week was the last part of the “twelve days of Christmas”, with The Eve of Theophany on Friday, Jan 5/18, and Theophany the next day, on Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the fast free period.… Continue reading The week in review – 2008 Jan 5-12, church calendar // Jan 18-25, Civil Calendar