Sermon for Theophany 2017

Sermon for Theophany 2017

January 19, 2017

Yesterday, Christ was born; today, He is baptized. Yesterday, God immersed Himself in our flesh; today, our flesh is immersed in the Most Holy Trinity. Yesterday, the Timeless Son of the Virgin-Father was begotten in time of the Virgin-Mother; today He gives birth to us as sons of God forever.

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Sermon on the Synaxis of the Theotokos (Second Day of Nativity) 2016

Sermon on the Synaxis of the Theotokos (Second Day of Nativity) 2016

January 08, 2017

Today is the Second day of Nativity and is called the “Synaxis of the Theotokos.” The synaxis of a feast is the title applied to the commemoration that falls on the day after a Great Feast (but not all Great Feasts) which honors some person who is intimately connected with that feast. “Synaxis” means “assembly,” and today we assemble to honor the Mother of God.

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Sermon for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Sermon for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

December 11, 2016

Today’s Gospel shows us two great wonders: one—a woman is healed from an affliction which she has suffered for eighteen whole years from an evil spirit; and, two—we see a hypocritical ruler of the synagogue completely blinded by spiritual delusion, earthly-mindedness and, not just numb to this miracle, but filled with indignation…bitter hatred and disgust; for whom? For God incarnate.

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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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