Synopsis: Psalm 75:10, “Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God”, was the prokeimenon for today. Reader David Hawthorne shares how this verse is very timely for our community, and reads a portion of a commentary from Blessed Augustine and briefly expounds upon it. The point is: we must make some vow to the Lord, even if it is a “widow’s mite”, to gain spiritual discipline in our lives.
n this longer than usual sermon, the first part of Ephesians chapter 4 is expounded on. This selection not only presents important dogmas that are the bedrock of our faith, it also presents the proper perspective to have regarding our neighbor – a perspective that will help us to fulfill all the commandments. The doctrine of Christ’s descent into Hell is discussed, and its moral application to all of our prayer, and indeed, all of our life. This selection contains some of the most important spiritual lessons a pastor can preach.
Parish Newsletter Nov 1/14 2010. Chantus Maximus, Pledge Drive, My Mother and more.
Today, brothers and sisters, we have a parable with, as usual, two meanings, or a story meant for two audiences. The Lord gave many parables directed towards the Jews that explained to them what they were about to do, that is, crucify Him, reject Him and not even believe in Him after He had risen from the dead. But every single time He spoke a parable, He also spoke it to you and to me, to the soul of the Christian …
A short summary of the main points of the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. This was part of a short after liturgy talk, because the parable was not the subject of the homily after the Gospel at liturgy.
LISTEN NOW Synopsis: The Gospel is exactly proclained in this passage from Ephesians. The entire passage is discussed, especially "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity…". What is peace accordig to the Gospel?… Continue reading He Is Our Peace. Ephesians 2:14-22. 24th Sunday. Audio Homily 2010
What I want as your pastor is that everyone gives to the church. The amount is not a critical thing to me. What is critical to me, as your pastor, is that you give of your fruits to God and it will increase your faith. I know this to be true in my own lie and the lives of many I have counseled…
2Corinthians 8:12 “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
Deuteronomy 14:22-23 “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.”
A note from a parishioner, whose home was visited and blessed with the Holy Kursk Root icon Friday, Oct 29 (ns). Posted with permission, with very slight editing.
… Something curious happened during the icon’s visit to our apartment… I have a photo of St. Seraphim of Sarov on my bookshelf. I’ve wanted to have it framed properly for a while, but for now it’s just a bare photo standing on a shelf. After the icon’s visit to our apartment I noticed that the photograph of St. Seraphim was bent over almost in half…
O Good One, grant unto me purification of the passions, deliverance from ignorance and forgetfulness, deliverance from all temptation, trial and dereliction, only Thy righteousness, virtue, the spiritual knowledge of Thy kingdom, and whatsoever else Thou deemest best for me. Evagrios the Solitary, “On Prayer,” # 38, 39, The Philokalia, Vol. 1, G. E. H.… Continue reading Prayer of Evagrios the Solitary – O Good One, grant unto me purification of the passions …
A photoreport of the Visit of the Kursk-Root Icon to Holy Protection parish in Austin, Texas, with lots of nice pictures, and a description of the events, is available here.