Homily on the Peace of Christ and the Security of the State

The Peace of the Cross and the Safety of the State Ephesians 2:14-22 Christ has "broken down the dividing wall of hostility" between us; reconciling all his believing children to God and one another "through the cross, thereby bringing an end to hostility." The Cross – sacrifice to the point of death – is the way that this is achieved. An emptying of the self so that others might be saved and that the will of God might be achieved. Two humble souls can enjoy union and continual growth in Christ. They can be reconciled to one another and to God. They enjoy a taste of the Kingdom to come here on earth. We get this appetizer (as it were) in healthy marriages, friendships, and parishes; but it is also the destiny of nations. In the age … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #43: David the Vagabond

Bible Study #44: David the Vagabond St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 08 November 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (From the Prayer … [Continue reading]

Spiritual Speaking – How XC addresses the Existential Crises of Humanity

Fr. Anthony shares an encounter he had after Thursday's Bible Study class and describes how Christianity addresses the three existential crises of humanity: meaning, loneliness, and death.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily on Seeing and Feasting with Lazarus

Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man St. Luke 16:19-31 So much to learn here. Focus on a lesson it gives to us as members of a parish that has been given the fullness of the faith. For us: We are the Rich Man and this is the place where we … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #43: David and Goliath

  Bible Study #43: David and Goliath St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 01 November 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Harvest of Nothing (problem with MP3 now corrected)

Homily on St. Luke 8:4-15 (the Parable of the Sower) Love God, love your neighbor. Simple, right? We all do and now enjoy a blissful life, free of all stress, and strong with ability to easily overcome all challenges. Class dismissed. Nope. The … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ (1 Kingdom/Samuel 11-15) St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 25 October 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, … [Continue reading]

Homily on Christ Living in Us

In this homily, Fr. Anthony goes back to basics (and the beginning) to explain why it is so important that we have Christ in us and us in Him.  It was the Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council, and readings he used were St. John 17:1-13, St. Luke … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #41: Saul and His Downfall

Bible Study #41: Saul and His Downfall (1 Kingdom/Samuel 11-15) St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 18 October 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Pokrova and the Restoration of Beauty, Unity, and Victory

The celebration of the Pokrova (the Protection of the Mother of God) is, in part, a celebration of the wonders that God works in the world when people dedicate themselves to living in Him and Him in them.  Today, Fr. Anthony focuses on how He … [Continue reading]