Homily – The Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Multiplication of Grace

In this, his last homily as the priest of St. Mary's in Allentown, Fr. Anthony describes how the multiplication of the loaves is a model for all the good work we do in the world, to the glory of God and the serving of our neighbors.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily: A Christian Response to Violence and Division

Matthew 9:27-35 Romans 15:1-7 A world of violence, of division, of demonization, of sinful self-righteousness. Surely we have to do something. And so we try. We come up with policies, but because we are so damaged and divided, these just polarize us more. Gun control? Assimilation? Immigration? The reaction each of us have to these words; the defensiveness, the anger, the argumentativeness... these demonstrate the need for something stronger, something that goes deeper. We need a new start. A way to allow us to approach ourselves, one another, and our problems with new eyes. The Gospel is that the Lord has seen our divisions and our pain, and so He has sent His Son. Through His Son, we can all be given a new start. Baptism. … [Continue reading]

Homily – Virtue as the Fruit and Seed of Evangelism

Homily on Romans 12:6-14, St. Volodymyr (it was his day), and Fr. Richard Jendras' ordination (which took place the previous day).  He shares the relationship of culture to virtue to the spread of all things good, focusing on the pivotal role of … [Continue reading]

Homily: How to heal in Christ

  Christ sent his disciples out to heal.  Today (7/14) we celebrate Sts. Cosmos and Damion, the Unmercenary Healers.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony reminds us that is our calling - not just that of clergy and medical professionals - to heal the … [Continue reading]

Excerpts from a Mission Liturgy

This Liturgy was celebrated in Waynesville, NC as an outreach of St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown, PA and in anticipation of the mission (Holy Resurrection) that is scheduled to begin services in Waynesville on 18 August 2019.  The audio of the … [Continue reading]

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 … [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 … [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]