Homily on Sunday after Theophany – Repentence

[iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/8355080/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/legacy/tdest_id/116035" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen]Matthew 4:12-17; Ephesians 4:7-13 The Baptism of John was the Baptism of repentance; we tend to distinguish his ministry from the ministry of Christ. But today we are reminded that Christ – the God who is love – also preached repentance. Why would He do this? Yes, for the forgiveness of sins. But there is more. Start over ... for what? Today's epistle (Ephesians 4:7-13) reminds us of our goal: to become as Christ (i.e. "until we come... to a … [Continue reading]

Homily for the Sunday after Nativity – The Light Eradicates Darkness

Sunday after Nativity - Matthew 2:13-23 Christ is Born!  Xhristos Razhdayetsya! Many of us are still glowing from the joyous celebration of our Lord's Nativity this past week. And for good reason! It is a time to celebrate with family, sharing stories, laughter, good food, and gifts. But mainly we celebrate the Incarnation - the Nativity of Christ - the birth of God in the flesh as a newborn child. The results of this event are enormous for us and a great cause for elation. Our Redeemer, the One who has come to save us from death, has been born. What could possibly be more worthy of celebration? There is a Romanian priest back in Rhode Island who, upon entering any gathering at any time of year will sing: Joy to the world!! We share his … [Continue reading]

Homily on Joining the Lepers on The Way

Homily: Luke 17:11-19 (28th Sunday after Pentecost) Written by Sdn. David Murphy (edited by Fr. Anthony Perkins) Given at St. Mary's (Pokrova) on 23 December 2018 The Gospel text before us today is a strange one. It is a miracle of the Lord, but … [Continue reading]

Homily on Becoming a New Man in Christ

Homily on St. Luke 18:18-30. Notes. When one first become a soldier, they take away everything: hair,  clothes, identification, money. Relationships. Why? So that The Mission will become our mission. Can't you just add the mission to what … [Continue reading]

Homily on Finding Life in Christ

28th Sunday after Pentecost. Luke 24:36-53 and Colossians 1:12-18. Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily – The Wasted Investment of the Rich Man

Luke 12:16-21 (The Rich Man and His Granaries) Until we figure out who we are, our actions have no purpose. We will end up doing one thing one day, and something contrary the next. Because we are fallen, our default purpose is selfish and … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #46: The Continuing Adventures of David and Saul

Bible Study #46: The Life of David III St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 29 November 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of … [Continue reading]

Homily on Our High Calling (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Ephesians 4:1-6 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #44: 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 … [Continue reading]