Class – On the Architecture of Holiness

Our Faith: Church Architecture and the Movement of the Faithful Opening Scripture:  Psalm 29:1-2; Exodus 24:9-18; John 12: 3-8 Summary of Scripture:  The Glory, Power, and Love of God. Today's Lesson:  Beauty will Save the World Questions for consideration: What purpose do architecture, icons, vestments, and music serve? What is it about beauty that is salvific?  Why did Dostoevsky say that it would "Save the world"?  The emissaries from Kyiv's reaction to worship in Constantinople's St. Sophia?  Basic Orthodox Architecture The Temple is Sacred Space. Think of Moses and the burning bush.  The Arc of the Covenant.  The Holy of Holies of the Temple in Jerusalem.  It is set aside.  [We are … [Continue reading]

Homily – What Swine Do They (WE!) Love?

In this homily on St. Luke 8:26-39, Fr. Anthony shows how easy it is to place our enemies as the villains of Gospel lessons... and reminds us that this is only because we see them through the log (pride!) in our own eyes.  This recording also includes the Liturgy of the Faithful. Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! The Deliverance of the Demoniac at Gardenes; What pigs do we love more than the salvation of man? Homily on St Luke 8:26-39 We see how the world suffers and it breaks our hearts.  This is why we love the Gospel; because it the declaration of the deliverance of mankind – and of the entire Cosmos – from suffering.  We have given our lives to this Gospel; it is the Truth that offers salvation. But I sometimes wonder … [Continue reading]

Homily – Why have a Samaritan be the Hero

Why did Christ pick a Samaritan as the Hero in this story?Homily on St. Luke 10:25-37  We know this lesson; we've heard it so many times! Perhaps you want to "test out of" this homily?  We know that the Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches … [Continue reading]

Class – On Silence

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism III: on Mysteries, Love, and Silence Review.  We have been called to a great purpose.  In Christ it is possible.  We need Him to be saved; we need Him to live the kind of lives we were meant … [Continue reading]

Homily – On the Rituals of Connection

A homily on the Parable of the Sower (St. Luke 8: 5-15).  Fr. Anthony encourages us to cultivate habits that sustain our relationships.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Class – On Fasting

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism II: on fasting  Review.  Last week we talked about Christ's prayer and use of Psalmody (Psalms 21-30); remember that we can also imitate His fasting.  We also talked about kenosis (self-emptying) and … [Continue reading]

Homily – Fear and Infatuation

Homily on the Demoniac at Gadarenes (St. Luke 8:26-39).  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Class – On Asceticism

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism I: working out our salvation in fear and trembling Scripture warm-up.  Kenosis, work Philippians 2: 2-13. 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the … [Continue reading]

Homily – A Call to Holiness

Homily on 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  … [Continue reading]

Class – On Prayer

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Prayer as a Mystery and Medicine for Pride Questions for consideration: what happens when we pray?  What is the purpose of prayer?  How does pride (noetic effect of the fall!) affect our … [Continue reading]