LISTEN NOW Matthew 19:16-26 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep… Continue reading The Rich Young Ruler The main points are about hidden passions, ignorance about God and self, and yes, money too. Audio Homily 2009
LISTEN NOW 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 If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not… Continue reading Dormition 2009. Explanation Of The Dormition Troparion. Audio Homily.
I am amazed at how often the hymns at the end of vigil seem so much more profound and beautiful than those at the beginning. I do not think they are of substantially higher quality, although it could be argued that the “Canon” is the masterpiece of all Orthodox hymnology, but I do believe that WE are of higher quality! Standing (sitting, pacing, having an itch, having your mind wander, thinking about how your feet hurt, getting hungry, etc, etc) during the vigil prepares us for holy moments when something being chanted seems to permeate to the very depths of our soul. …
What follows is a little more discussion about vigil and a particuarly powerful metaphor for the Theotokos, which is mentioned in hymns to her: a furnace.
LISTEN NOW Matthew 18:23-35 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him… Continue reading The unmerciful debtor. It is all about imitation. Audio homily. 11th Sun 2009.
When Christ was transfigured on the mountain, Moses and Elias appeared conversing with Him. Why were these two present, out of all the righteous of the Old Testament? The service texts explain this. There are two equally valid answers. One has to do with the respective ministries of the two saints, and… Continue reading Why were Moses and Elias with Christ on the mountain?
Questions and answers about the Transfiguration. http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration_1.html Transfiguration (mp3 format) Human nature in the midst of the Divine. Luke 9:28-36 (The Gospel For Matins) 2008 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, Revver, DailyMotion, Blip.TV, VeohSYNOPSIS:There is a startling contrast between Moses and Elias and the… Continue reading Holy Transfiguration
LISTEN NOW Matthew 17:14-23 14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I… Continue reading 10th Sunday. The Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son Why fast? Audio Homily 2009.
Aug 1/ 14 10th Friday after Pentecost. Beginning of Dormition Fast. Good news this week on the fund raising front. We are in the midst of trying to raise $40,000 to complete our building project. A letter to this end is here, and also available in PDF or WORD format. We would be in… Continue reading Fund-raising news New Construction photos. Hard work man.
July 30/ Aug 12 2009 10th Wednesday after Pentecost Thou didst endure suffering, O Master, that Thou mightest bestow dispassion upon all who worship Thy sufferings and voluntary sacrifice – the spear, nails and reed, which Thou didst endure with long-suffering of Thine own will – that for the sake of Thy sufferings, O… Continue reading What happened on the Cross? Dispassion.
Daily Readings. Guidelines for reading, with freedom for departures. Who are we hanging out with? What we do IS who we are with. EVERYTHING we do affects our intelligence. 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV) We are almost at the end of First Corinthians in our… Continue reading July 29 / Aug 11 2009 10th Tuesday after Pentecost