Homily – Pentecost and the Unifying Language of Love

Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12. God is love; the Father is love when He creates us and the world we are called to serve; the Son is love when He sacrifices Himself for our salvation; the Holy Spirit is love when He comforts, sustains, and strengthens us so that we can live in imitation of and in participation with them in this unifying love. In our tradition, Pentecost is also known as Trinity Sunday, and it is important that we celebrate not just the coming of the Holy Spirit, but the way that all three persons of the Holy Trinity act out of one will, one essence, one "love" if you will. It is this love, variously referred to as grace or energy or gifts or living water, that allows us to grow beyond our fallen nature and selfishness … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Blind Man

  Sunday of the Man Born Blind Acts 16:16:34 John 9:1-38 I strongly encourage you to spend time studying scripture. Not just reading it; it's not like a novel that is easy to follow or a textbook that lays everything out and then footnotes the hard stuff; it requires effort. And part of the effort is asking questions. We've talked about this before: the Bible, like Orthodoxy and everything else worthwhile, can handle scrutiny. Asking questions - not out of a desire to attack or discredit, but out of a desire to understand and even test – is the way our rational mind learns. Our subconscious mind learns through the repetition of ritual and story, but the rational part of our mind learns best from active and continuous dialogue. … [Continue reading]

Homily for the Sunday of the Woman at the Well

Homily on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman; St. John 4:5-42.  What are we to learn about water that is more than water and the secret food that sustained Jesus?  Listen and find out! Check out this episode! Homily Notes: We have some … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Sunday of the Paralytic

St. John 5:1-15; Acts 9:32-42.  Summary: Three lessons: A Life lesson from St. John Chrysostom: We must persevere, even when there is no clear solution.  A moral lesson from St. Augustine: There is a time for being cared for and healed, but … [Continue reading]

2019 St Thomas Sunday Homily

Homily on Belief St. John 20:19-31 Does God hate doubt? Did he shame doubters? No, He had a different approach. He wants us to know the truth; but this is MUCH less about facts than it is about us knowing Him as the God. In St. John 14:6, He … [Continue reading]

Lamentations of Holy Saturday (chanted by Father and Son)

The Lamentations/Praises from the Matins service of Holy Saturday.  Rdr. Nicholas Perkins sang the verses; Fr. Anthony Perkins (his father) sang the Psalm verses.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily on Palm Sunday – Faith in Christ not Pride

Palm Sunday Homily.   Where do we get our spiritual strength? What is the source?  Is our spiritual health fragile and dependent on the circumstances, or is it robust? Do the events and people in our lives "damage our calm", or do we have the … [Continue reading]

Homily for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (Great Lent)

St. Mark 10:32-45.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony shared three lessons from the life of St. Mary: the distinction between worldly happiness and an anti-fragile joy; how our sin alienates us from knowing and loving God and neighbor; and the difficult … [Continue reading]

Homily – The Mystery of Cross is Sacrificing for Others

Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Matthew 16:24 Christ is talking as if "coming after" or "following" Him is something good. What is that all … [Continue reading]

Homily – Hesychasm and Love

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas Notes: So, when the saints contemplate this divine light within themselves, seeing it by the divinising communion of the Spirit, through the mysterious visitation of perfecting illuminations—then they behold the … [Continue reading]