Model Ascetic - A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Prophet Elias (2020)

Model Ascetic - A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Prophet Elias (2020)

August 02, 2020

That God was with Elias is obvious, but how did Elias live; how did he live so as not to drive God away from him, to live as one who pleased God and in whom God was pleased to dwell? In answering this question, we will understand why he is a model for Christians and especially a model for ascetics and monastics.

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America Under Siege - A Sermon for the Feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov

America Under Siege - A Sermon for the Feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov

August 02, 2020 3 Comments

Look at the life of the saint that we commemorate today, St. Seraphim of Sarov. In spite of the fallen world that he lived in, he achieved perfect peace and union with God and all mankind.  How could such peace and unity happen in this fallen world? Because through a life of prayer and asceticism he achieved union with Christ in this life.  He transcended this life.  You might say that he connected heaven and earth in his own person.

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The Power of the Word - Sermon for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost (2020)

The Power of the Word - Sermon for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost (2020)

July 19, 2020

“Bless and curse not!” says St. Paul in today’s Epistle. We see both the fulfillment of, and the disobedience to, this command in today’s Gospel.

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Only Orthodoxy Can Save America - A Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints of North America (2020)

Only Orthodoxy Can Save America - A Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints of North America (2020)

June 28, 2020

Even though Orthodoxy does not penetrate America’s national identity, even though from the historian’s point of view, it is of marginal significance, we should not think that we have little to celebrate and give thanks for on this present day. 

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Honoring our Fathers and Mothers in the Faith - A Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints of Russia (2020)

Honoring our Fathers and Mothers in the Faith - A Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints of Russia (2020)

June 21, 2020

Today, those who can, have gathered here to honor all the Saints of Russia. It is a land whose embrace of the Orthodox faith was paired with monasticism from its beginnings in the ancient Lavra of Kiev, and has influenced the world ever since. Although a godless and persecuting regime ruled over that land in the past century, the Christian faith was preserved, the blood of the martyrs watered the meadows of Rus’, and Christian life continues to flourish.

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The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit - A Sermon for the Sunday of Pentecost (2020)

The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit - A Sermon for the Sunday of Pentecost (2020)

June 07, 2020

We are called Christians because we are chrismated with this Chrism, gifted with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Himself. This is the purpose of all Christ’s work!

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Let Us Love One Another - A Sermon for the Sunday of the First Ecumenical Council (2020)

Let Us Love One Another - A Sermon for the Sunday of the First Ecumenical Council (2020)

May 31, 2020

We must bear in mind the essential connection between the Nicene Faith that we hold so dear, and love—true love, love which is according to God. For such love is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ—true faith, right faith, faith in Christ as he is and as he revealed himself, and not faith in a false Christ, an antichrist. 

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On Guarding the Kingdom Within - A Homily on the Sunday of the Blind Man (2020)

On Guarding the Kingdom Within - A Homily on the Sunday of the Blind Man (2020)

May 24, 2020

In this narration, we have the juxtaposition of the physical blindness of this man with the spiritual blindness of the teachers of the Law, the Pharisees, who are continually seeking to condemn Christ. On this occasion, Christ reveals himself as the Creator and Messiah.

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Thirsting for Christ - A Sermon for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (2020)

Thirsting for Christ - A Sermon for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (2020)

May 17, 2020

Let us ask ourselves, am I seeking the love of God with my whole heart? Do I thirst for salvation? Or do I thirst for worldly things, for repose, for something that is fleeting? This is a very simple question. But we do not take it seriously. We would like to find something more interesting to do, and to occupy our mind with. But this is the most salvific.

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