Let This Mind Be In You - A Sermon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (2021)

Let This Mind Be In You - A Sermon for the Nativity of the Mother of God (2021)

September 21, 2021

The way of Christ-like humility is the way of the Cross, which is foolishness to the world and deeply repugnant to our fallen ego. For the ego considers its own rights to be non-negotiable, its own life and activity essential.

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The Gospel - A Homily on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

The Gospel - A Homily on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

September 12, 2021

The gospel is what Jesus preached and what his disciples and apostles expounded, and about which the Apostle Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” why?

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A Shortcut to Heaven and a Shortcut to Hell - A Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

A Shortcut to Heaven and a Shortcut to Hell - A Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

September 05, 2021

My brothers and sisters, we have just heard one of the most important Gospel parables which the Lord ever spoke. At the heart of the Christian religion is forgiveness — and how our hearts yearn for such forgiveness! For who among us does not know — at least somewhere in the depths of our heart — that we too owe just such an immeasurable debt as did the servant in today’s Gospel? Who among us does not feel — at least from time to time — the same sense of complete desperation, the sense that it is utterly beyond our power to set aright all the countless mistakes we have made in our lives, to mend all that we have broken, to heal all the harm that we have done? Who among us does not realize — at least in moments of honest sobriety — that there is nothing left for us to do than to fall down before God and beg for mercy?

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The Crown of Christ's Work - A Sermon for the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos (2021)

The Crown of Christ's Work - A Sermon for the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos (2021)

August 28, 2021

We see fulfilled today the end of Christ’s work, its perfection and crown: the Mother of God is glorified, and according to our Tradition, she is now—not only beyond death, but also—beyond the general Resurrection.

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Holy Lives and Martyrdom: On Bearing Our Cross - A Homily on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost (2021)

Holy Lives and Martyrdom: On Bearing Our Cross - A Homily on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost (2021)

August 15, 2021

The whole world is undergoing a great trial, and COVID has turned the world upside down, and somehow having a vaccine, in many ways, has eased this trial very little. However, this is the cross that has come – to the world, to the Church, to Her Metropolitans, Bishops, and Priests, to the parishes and to the monasteries, and in short, this is the cross that has come to us.

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Made Perfect Through Sufferings: A Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Made Perfect Through Sufferings: A Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost

August 08, 2021

After several weeks of almost unprecedented temptations of both soul and body here at the monastery, we have just heard these beautiful and inspiring words from St. Paul in today’s Epistle lesson: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). And in today’s Gospel reading we are being given an earnest of this comfort and this hope, as we behold Christ healing the physical afflictions of the blind men and the spiritual afflictions of the demoniac.

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A Homily on the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - On the Last Words of Elder Sebastian of Optina

A Homily on the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - On the Last Words of Elder Sebastian of Optina

July 18, 2021

Continuing the theme of the Saints who have been persecuted and martyred through the rise of the Bolsheviks and the Russian Revolution, today’s homily will focus on the Confessor Elder Sebastian of Optina.

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American Tsarism - A Sermon for the Feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia (2021)

American Tsarism - A Sermon for the Feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia (2021)

July 17, 2021 2 Comments

I remember the first time I saw a portrait of Tsar Nicholas II in a church. As a recent American convert to Orthodoxy, it seemed strange to me, and something within me bristled. Not surprisingly, most Americans are uneasy with the concept of monarchy. Our nation was born in casting off the rule of a monarch and the founding a democratic republic.

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American Sanctity - A Sermon for All Saints of America

American Sanctity - A Sermon for All Saints of America

July 11, 2021

We have reached today the Third Sunday after Pentecost, the third Sunday after the feast on which the Holy Spirit was first poured out upon the apostles of Christ, and the great missionary work of the Church was begun. On the first Sunday after Pentecost we celebrate all the saints who have shown forth throughout the entire world, while the second Sunday is set aside for each local church to keep the festival of its own saints — in our case it is the Sunday of All Saints of the Church of Russia, the church which first brought Holy Orthodoxy to our land, and which still to this day leads and guides us [in the Russian Church Abroad] toward the Kingdom of Heaven as our loving mother. And today, on the third Sunday, we honor the saints who have spiritually labored right here, in our rough American soil, so that the same grace of the Most Holy Spirit which transfigured their own lives would also transfigure the lives of you and I and each and every person around us.

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