Gleanings:A house well swept.

No man is more easily approached by the Devil than one who lives in slothfulness and leisure: this is a house well swept and adorned for the Evil One. – St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

I saw this recently and it is along the same lines as a sermon I recently posted (The Sign of Jonas – Baptism, resurrection, repentance and obedience.).

St Tikhon and the sermon were referring to:

Categorized as Gleanings

The Gergesenes Demoniacs. We are not so unlike the people of the Gergesenes! 2010 Audio Homily.

The reaction of the people of the Gergesenes to their encounter with Christ is a textbook example of how to kill the conscience. We would do well to recognize everything about this great tragedy, and be honest enough within ourselves to see how we often act like the people of the Gergesenes. Various ways to root out the passions shown by these people, which are common in our own lives, are discussed

Lots of icons online

I decided to put a whole lot of icons, most of which are used somewhere on our website, on Flickr, so others have access to them. I generally search for an icon with Google when I am finishing a sermons of something else for the website. Here is the fruit of my labors. This list will grow.

There are true icons, and also iconographic line drawings, and a few of those Protestant inks drawings that are sometimes really nice, and a few painting or photos of contemporaries, like Metropolitan Antony Krapovitsky.

Categorized as Icons

Electronic Newsletter, June 27, 2010 ns

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church McKinney, Texas Electronic Newsletter, June 27, 2010 ns "Since we have been baptized, let us take care that our soul remains swept and garnished but never empty. Our soul should always be filled with the Holy Spirit and then the evil spirit, when he comes anywhere near us, will be filled… Continue reading Electronic Newsletter, June 27, 2010 ns

The Sign of Jonas – Baptism, resurrection, repentance and obedience.

When the Pharisees asked the Lord for a “sign”, He stated that the only sign they would receive was the “sign of Jonas”. This sign can only be understood in the entire context of Jonas’ life and ministry, along with the reaction of the people of Nineveh. It includes the resurrection, baptism and the totality of the Christian way of life.

Our Completed Church! Lots of pictures, from moving in to the 1st services.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

And at long last, the good work of building our church has been completed.

We have a beautiful new temple!!

Much more here, with lots of pictures, including the outside, living fence, the holy certificate of occupancy, the moving in process, first weekened services, and very cute grandchildren 9they have good genetics!)

Go to this post from my daughter’s excellent “Mommy blog”:

Pictures of our first liturgy May 31/June 13 2010

The First Liturgy, May 31/ June 13 2010,
Two days after we attained our long sought after occupancy permit. We only had time to hang iconostasis icons. The mood was festive, the liturgy prayerful, the acoustics excellent, the children excited, and the hall is already too small!