Sermon for the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist (2019)

Sermon for the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist (2019)

January 08, 2019

Today we commemorate the wondrous Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of our Lord Jesus Christ, John, son of the righteous High Priest Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth. Who is this prophet, who is called “more than a prophet” by the Christ Himself? Who is this man, who is called “the greatest of those born of women” by the God-Man Himself? Who is this saint, who is a saint of saints, whose memory the Church honors several times a year?

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Sermon for the Feast of Theophany (2019)

Sermon for the Feast of Theophany (2019)

January 07, 2019

The first instance where we learn of the Trinity is in Genesis at the creation of man. On the sixth day of creation, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” and so it was done. “In the image of God He created man; male and female He created them,” writes the Prophet Moses. (Cf. Gen. 1:26-27). Today, at the baptism of Christ, we see the Trinity revealed again.

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Sermon for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and the Eve of Nativity (2018)

Sermon for the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and the Eve of Nativity (2018)

January 06, 2019

Today we are brought to the cusp of the fast which tomorrow will spill over into the celebration of the birth of the Messiah of the human race, Jesus Christ. In this brimming up, today we also commemorate all of the righteous who have lived up until the birth of Christ, not only His holy ancestors but all the righteous in whose lives the coming of the Son of God is announced by word and by deed. Moreover, for us, the eleventh hour has come, and soon we will participate in the incarnation of Christ, reaping the fruits of our labors in the fast and desiring God to be born in our hearts on this day.

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Sermon for the 30th Sunday after Pentecost: The Healing of the Ten Lepers (2018)

Sermon for the 30th Sunday after Pentecost: The Healing of the Ten Lepers (2018)

December 23, 2018

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A Higher Love: Sermon on St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

A Higher Love: Sermon on St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

December 19, 2018

In other words, we have come to view Santa Claus in many ways as we view God: a benevolent (and mythical) character who asks nothing from us, and who exists only in order to give us exactly what we want. His one commandment: “Have it your way.” And we are only too happy to oblige.

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Sermon for the 29th Sunday after Pentecost: the Parable of the Rich Young Man (2018)

Sermon for the 29th Sunday after Pentecost: the Parable of the Rich Young Man (2018)

December 16, 2018

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Sermon for the 28th Sunday of Pentecost (2018)

Sermon for the 28th Sunday of Pentecost (2018)

December 09, 2018

In today’s Gospel reading, we note the compassion of God for the woman who had suffered for eighteen years, bent to the ground, unable to straighten out. He was not ashamed to call her to Himself while in the Synagogue and to lay His hands on her and heal her so that she could straighten up amidst all those who looked on, His adversaries, as they were called, who were full of hate and accusation.

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Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (2018)

Sermon for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (2018)

December 04, 2018

When we look at the holy face of the Mother of God in the icons, we see a woman, a human being just like us, but one who is filled with peace, because she chose not to look away but to keep her gaze always fixed on Him. No matter what happened in her life, she did not look away from Him. This is the source of her deep inner peace that is undisturbed by the turmoil of this world.

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