Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple 2016

Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple 2016

December 05, 2016

In the troparion-hymn, this Feast is called the “the heralding of the salvation of mankind.” Why? Because, the Virgin will give birth to Christ, the Great High Priest, Who was not a Levitical priest, but a priest after the order of Melchizedek; He did not enter to minister in the Jewish temple, nor did He enter physically into the Holy of Holies. But, offering Himself as the Only True Sacrifice for our sins upon the Cross, He has resurrected Himself in our very flesh which He has received from the Virgin-Mother.

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Sermon for the Feast of St. Gregory Palamas 2016

Sermon for the Feast of St. Gregory Palamas 2016

November 28, 2016

Fathers, brothers, sisters although our theosis is a great mystery and its magnitude towers over our understanding,  yet St. Gregory tells us simply keep the commandments and God will unite you to Himself.

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Sermon for the Synaxis of the Unmercenary Physicians 2016

Sermon for the Synaxis of the Unmercenary Physicians 2016

November 20, 2016

On this Sunday we celebrate the Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenary Healers, or, as they are also called, the “physicians without silver.” They are those saints who, out of pure love of God and neighbor, healed the sick and mended the souls of others while asking nothing in return. It was a pure self-sacrifice born out of love. Today we remember the great saints Cyrus and John, Tryphon, Artemius, and the others, as well as Cosmas and Damian, who lived and were martyred in Roman times. And of course, we also remember and honor our great patron, the martyr and healer Panteleimon.

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Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

November 06, 2016

In the Gospel of the Rich man and Lazarus which is appointed for this Sunday, there is a very pertinent message for all of us modern American Christians.  The Gospel begins by saying, There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.

This is the American dream isn’t it?  To have all the money that you could possibly want, to wear the best designer clothes and to dine on the finest gourmet foods.  This great American dream … is described so well by Our Saviour in this Gospel Parable thousands of years ago.

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Sermon for the Feast of the Optina Elders 2016

Sermon for the Feast of the Optina Elders 2016

October 25, 2016

The Optina Elders are dear to us not only because they were (and continue to be!) a light for monastics and lay people alike, both in Russia and around the world, and who were so near to our own time – the very spiritual heart of Russia, right up until the revolution. It is not only for this reason that the Optina Elders are dear to us, but the Optina Elders are dear to us because they were dear to the hear of our founder, Hieromonk Kallistos. In founding his new monastery, this monastery – the Hermitage of the Holy Cross,  Fr. Kallistos made a conscious effort to base the spiritual life of his monastery on the lives, the spirituality, and the monastic spirit of the Optina Elders.

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Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost & St. John the Theologian 2016

Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost & St. John the Theologian 2016

October 09, 2016

The Lord, when He spoke to His disciples the words recorded in the Gospel reading appointed for this Sunday, was only a few days away from His saving Passion and Resurrection. He had only a few short days left in which to say that which was most needful for their salvation, and for the salvation of those of us who would come to believe through them. And in this one brief passage, our Savior declares to us the great and fearful mystery of our lives as Christians on this earth.

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Sermon for the Nativity of the Theotokos 2016

Sermon for the Nativity of the Theotokos 2016

September 22, 2016

How common it is for us to celebrate the birth and milestones in the life of our friends and those whom we hold dear. We enjoy celebrating their birthday and achievements expressing our camaraderie in their triumphs along their life’s journey, rejoicing when they rejoice. Is this not even more natural for us to do within the Church?

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Sermon for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Sermon for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

September 19, 2016

In today’s Gospel, we hear the parable of the vineyard... and we have to ask ourselves: “If this parable continues, if the Church is the New Israel, and if we are in the vineyard right now, in God’s Church… then how do we fare in this parable? What role do I play?”

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