Sermon for the Circumcision of the Lord (2018)

Sermon for the Circumcision of the Lord (2018)

January 14, 2018

Today we celebrate the Circumcision of the Lord. It might seem strange to us to commemorate this event; after all, the old covenant has been abrogated, and St. Paul and the New Testament Church took great pains to eradicate the belief that circumcision was required of Christian people of the new covenant. If anything, we might think that the significance of this feast is essentially the fulfillment by Jesus Christ of the Old Testament law. And of course, this is true. But it is all too easy to lapse into the unspoken idea that once something has been fulfilled, it is therefore meaningless. This is a grievous error. Every single moment, every word and every act of our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly life was absolutely filled with meaning, purpose and significance. And this particular act was so great and contained so much meaning that today’s feast is accounted among the great feasts of the Church.

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Sermon for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (2017)

Sermon for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (2017)

January 07, 2018

There is a quote by Elder Aimilianos that I think is so appropriate for this Feast of the Nativity. The quote is this:

“That which we lack is precisely faith, not in the existence of God, but in the fact that He can do anything and does indeed do everything!”

This quote strikes right at the heart of our modern post Christian society and raises all sorts of questions:

Is God really involved in our daily lives? Can God really heal diseases? Does God care about my sufferings? Can God reverse the elements of nature?

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Sermon for the Sunday before Nativity (2017) - The Holy Fathers

Sermon for the Sunday before Nativity (2017) - The Holy Fathers

December 31, 2017

Today, all the Saints who shone forth—both before the Law and under the Law—in Old Testament times, those times before grace and truth shone forth from our Incarnate God and Savior Christ; today, all these Saints are commemorated by the Church as co-heirs of Christ, co-equal with all the New Testament Saints—Apostles, Martyrs, Hierarchs, Monastics and Righteous Ones.

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Sermon for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (2017)

Sermon for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (2017)

December 24, 2017

The Holy Scriptures teach that, in the beginning, the curse of Adam would be overturned and that Adam’s heel would crush the head of the serpent. We have already begun to hear the echoes of this: the Virgin shall be with child. This will only become more thunderous as we draw closer to that august day when we celebrate the Nativity of God in the flesh, the second person of the Holy Trinity, our Lord Jesus Christ.

But today, today we recall the path which the fulfillment of this promise took and the people through which this miracle came to pass – the Forefathers, that is, the ancestry of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

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Sermon for the 27th Sunday after Pentecost (2017) - Kursk-Root Icon

Sermon for the 27th Sunday after Pentecost (2017) - Kursk-Root Icon

December 10, 2017

The season has changed, we have entered into the Nativity Fast; the spiritual atmosphere has become different. What is taking place is not just outward. Of course, we see the colors in Church change; we temporarily abstain from certain foods; and we already hear the joyous news that “Christ is born!” However, these outward changes are simply a natural expression of the change which is taking place within us.

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Sermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost (2017)

Sermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost (2017)

December 03, 2017

In today’s Gospel, we see a certain rich man completely bereft of humility and prayer to God; one who relies completely upon his own understanding and power. Seeing his earthly prosperity, he first asks himself—and not God—a question: “what shall I do?” Then, answering himself, he says: “this will I do…” And he continues in this self-reliance, even telling himself what he will counsel his own self in the future, saying, “And I will say to my soul.” The rich man is seen comforting his own soul with temporal comfort, prosperity, vanity and self-deception. No thought of God or the next life enters within his thinking.

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Sermon for the 25th Sunday After Pentecost (2017) - St. John Chrysostom

Sermon for the 25th Sunday After Pentecost (2017) - St. John Chrysostom

November 26, 2017

It has been recorded that the Apostle Paul appeared to St. John and explained to him the meaning of all of his epistles. This may also be the reason that it is said that, “The mouth of Christ is Paul, and the mouth of Paul is Chrysostom.” And alongside these divinely inspired events, to St. John we apply the epithet “Chrysostom,” a term meaning “golden mouth” which has even come to replace his name, at times. He was a prolific writer...

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On the Celestial Hierarchy and the Nature of Love

On the Celestial Hierarchy and the Nature of Love

November 21, 2017

We celebrate today the feast of the holy angels, archangels and all the honorable heavenly bodiless hosts. It is said that just as monks are a light to laypeople, so also the holy angels are a light to monastics. And although we ourselves are weak and sinful and are but dim and hazy reflections of that fiery monastic light with which our fathers shone, yet all the more on this holy feast day we must turn again to contemplate the light of the angels, which has the power to both inspire and purify our darkened hearts.

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