The Brotherhood of St John of San Francisco, St Nicholas Orthodox Church Presents The first annual “Fish-b-Que” Saturday, July 4 Please join our parish brotherhood as they celebrate the 15th anniversary of the glorification of their patron, St John of San Francisco. This is also the 15th anniversary of our rector, Priest Seraphim… Continue reading FISH-B-Que Invitation. Please join us Sat, July 4.
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Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Matthew 10:5-6) Why did Jesus send his disciples to the Jews, and… Continue reading To the Jew first, and also to the Gentile. Freely you have received, freely give. Hunters for humility.
Simony. Almsgiving. A great privilege. The multitudes and the pastoral heart. Laborers. 3rd Monday after Pentecost. http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2009-06-21.htm http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2009-06-21.doc A fundamental principle of the priestly ministry is contained here: “freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) Actually, this is a fundamental principle of the Christian life, and therefore even more so of… Continue reading Freely ye have received, freely give. A fundamental principal of priestly ministry
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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today, on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the memory of all the saints of Russia who have enlightened that land and shown their light on top of the hill instead of under a bushel. What is… Continue reading Second Sunday After Pentecost. “And they straightway left their nets”
In order to be a saint – “Holy” – we are commanded to become holy – we must have desire and effort, and God will help us. If we do not have this desire and effort, God will not help us, and He will have no part with us.
We must, as the Lord says. “Confess” Him. He says something great and terrible: Whosoever will confess me before me.
One must understand what it means to confess. To confess in the Lord is is to live as He taught us, to have the priorities He taught us to have. Confession involved living the tight way. You cannot confession the Lord and steal, or be an adulterer. We must confess with the lips also – stand for what is right as Christians. We live in an age where good is called bad, and bad good. Abominations are deemed healthy, and to even believe that abominations are bad is labeled as bigoted, or even mental illness.
Let’s not talks about politics, or parties, or particular people – let’s talk about the age we are in, and what we must do – who we must be – in order to confess Christ in this age.
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today, the Sunday after Pentecost, we remember all of the saints, and we are inspired by these two… Continue reading Sunday of All Saints. Homily.
Two sins that lead to all others. It’s always about you. Idolatry. Sexual immorality. The delusion of the age. We must have courage. Immediately after Pentecost, we begin reading The Epistle of Paul to the Romans. This is arguably the most difficult, theological and “head spinning” Epistle in the New Testament. As with all… Continue reading Wednesday after Pentecost Romans 1:18-27 May 28/June 10 2009
Let us therefore make use of this great benefit, and seek for personal experience of this most needful Gift. For the Apostle says, in words I have already cited, `But we have not received the spirit of this world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we may know the things that are… Continue reading This Holy Spirit we must seek and must earn. St. Hilary of Poitiers