Sermons & Homilies

Our Brother Is Our Life - A Sermon for the Sunday after Theophany (2023) - Holy Cross Monastery
Our brother is our life. We’ve all heard this saying before. But have we really grasped it yet? Have we actually started to live it ourselves? Does it bear any relation to how we experience each day of our monastic life? Even in the monastery—or we might say, especially in the monastery—the force of this saying can be lost on us. Instead, we see our brethren as obstacles to be overcome, as burdens to be endured, as competitors to be defeated, or nuisances to be ignored.
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Fighting the Good Fight: Confidence and Love Towards God - A Homily on the 31st Sunday after Pentecost - Holy Cross Monastery

When we consider our death, do we approach it with a dreadful fear of God, or do we approach it with a sober and conscientious love toward God?

In today’s epistle reading, the Apostle Paul is writing to his spiritual son Timothy, and this will be the last epistle that the Apostle will ever write, because, as he says, “the time of my departure is at hand,” (2 Tim. 4.6ff) because he is soon to go on to Rome where he will be executed and die a martyr’s death under Nero.

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Christmas in Exile - A Nativity Sermon (2023) - Holy Cross Monastery
Today is the Feast of the Nativity, whereon we commemorate the Incarnation of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. So great is this feast-day that even centuries of unprecedented godlessness and apostasy have been unable to erase it...
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