A short talk on the Nativity Fast, on the day the fast began. The Nativity Fast and Great Lent Compared, Nativity Fasting Typikon, Fasting until the Ninth Hour, Why Fast? How does the fast apply to you? (Office parties,Family,The Belly,Prayer,Almsgiving,If you do not fast well). The outline was used in the talk.
he very important Parable of the Good Samaritan, only in Luke is always read in or near the Nativity Fast, appropriately, since it may be the finest exposition of incarnational theology in the Gospels. The answer to the question teaches us a critical virtue – empathy with our fellow man, without which we will not be saved, by describing the whole economy of the incarnation in the symbolism of the elements of the parable. Truly, this is a parable we should contemplate deeply.
The very important Parable of the Good Samaritan, only in Luke, is discussed in ten main points. It is always read in or near the Nativity Fast, appropriately, since it may be the finest exposition of incarnational theology in the Gospels. Its intricate incarnational and moral theology is discussed. The symbolism of the parable is discussed – everything mentioned means something significant. Truly, this is a parable we should contemplate deeply.
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas Electronic Newsletter, November 15/28 2010 http://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_88dpbs3tfq Announcements Prayer Requests Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week Fasting in the Coming week Pledge Form 2011 We mustn't despair when we struggle and continuously see nothing but the slightest progress. We all do nearly nothing, some a little more,… Continue reading St. Nicholas Parish Newsletter 11-28-2010
Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:1-10 27th Monday after Pentecost
She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth
A true widow
The death of Christian Charity
When is a Christian worse than an infidel?
The Healing Of The Woman With An Issue Of Blood And The Raising Of The Daughter Of Jairus Who touched me? Luke 8:41-56. Audio Homily. Also links to other homilies on this Gospel.
Commentary on The Wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach or Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10.
Wisdom, Creation, The Incarnation
Newsletter: Announcements, Gleanings-Almsgiving, Prayer Requests, Commemorations, Schedule, Fasting, Pledge Form 2011
November 8/21, 2010
Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael and all the Heavenly Hosts
O Good Physician,
Thou callest me, demanding no payment, nor spilling my blood,
But my slothfulness prevents me from going to Thee….
After a prayer inspired by a gleaning from St Ephrem the Syrian, the quote which inspired it, and a short commentary on the importance of monasticism and the illness of the modern church.
The whole purpose of the Savior’s commandments is to free the mind from incontinence and hate and to bring it to the love of Himself…
After this quote from St Maximus the confessor, a short pastoral comment:
This has been one of the themes of my priestly ministry…
A pastor must strive to give his flock a reason to follow the commandments. This quote by St Maximus is the reason, or, better, one of the many ways of expressing the reason. A person who really listend to my homilies…