Sermon for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (2019)

Sermon for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (2019)

February 24, 2019

“Sin itself leads us unto God,” says St. John of Karpathos, the great consoler of monks and all those who despair, but he quickly adds, “if we repent.” This is a bold saying, but everyone who has fed themselves on the swine-food of filthy passions, arrogant sins and wretched thoughts, knows this to be true. But only when they feel suffocated and starved, betrayed and deceived by the false shimmering beauty and quickly-passing pleasure of sin, and from such a wretched state cast their eyes to heaven and call upon God in utter humility, confessing their sinful apostasy from Him, their blatant and ungrateful rejection of His infinite gifts and their demonic delusion which sought to live and enjoy itself apart from Life Himself.

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Sermon for the Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee (2019)

Sermon for the Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee (2019)

February 17, 2019

“One who is affected by pride is not even safe in heaven,” says St. John Climacus, because Lucifer was in heaven, yet because of his mad pride he fell therefrom. On the other hand St. John calls humility a “heavenly siphon, which from the abyss of sins can raise the soul to heaven.” He adds, “If the pride of some of the angels made them demons, no doubt humility can make angels out of demons. Therefore, let those who have fallen take courage!”

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Sermon for Zacchaeus Sunday and the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia (2019)

Sermon for Zacchaeus Sunday and the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia (2019)

February 10, 2019

Today’s feast is a call to repentance. As many of us know, with the coming of Zacchaeus Sunday Great Lent is right around the corner. There are many of us who are tempted to think that Great Lent is the Great Season of Repentance. We hear about Zacchaeus Sunday and think to ourselves, “It’s almost time for Great Lent; I’ll just postpone this whole repentance thing for a little while longer.” This, however, is not what we see represented in today’s feast. When Zacchaeus is confronted with Christ he immediately sets out on the path of repentance. There was no season that he waited for; he acted here, now, and today. The expediency of the need to repent is a resounding testament for us because of the other great feast that we celebrate today, that of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.

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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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