20170917 – Homily on our Prime Directive

  Why did Jesus pick “Love your God…” as the greatest commandment?  Fr. Anthony gives us three reasons: historical precedence, human flourishing, and that it prepares us to love one another (and ourselves).  Enjoy the show! ============== Homily Notes: The Pharisee asked; “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (Matthew 22:35-36) Jesus answered; “You shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) Why is this the one that Jesus picked? Why is this commandment the greatest? Why is it absolutely essential that we make the love of God the foundation of our identity and the motivation behind all our … [Continue reading]

20170827-TearDownThatWall

In this episode, Fr. Anthony describes (and acts out, although you'll just have to imagine that) the Gospel in terms of the breaking down of the wall we have built up between us, Him, and our inheritance.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

20170820 – Orthodox Statement on Charlottesville

Today Fr. Anthony read the Bishops' statement denouncing the events in Charlottesville specifically and racism more generally.  A head's up: at the end he meant to say "differences", not "divisions".  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here … [Continue reading]

20170806 Camp Talk on Heroism

The theme of this year's "Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me" encampment at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp was "Champions of the Faith."  In this talk, Fr. Anthony shares his thoughts on heroism, dragon slaying, and how we can use the power of Christ … [Continue reading]

20170806 Homily on Building

St. Paul compares living well to building a house.  In this (short Summer) homily, Fr. Anthony explains what St. Paul meant and why it is such Good News. Check out this episode! Homily Notes Homily on Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 1 … [Continue reading]

20170730-Fishing in the Kingdom

In today's Gospel (St. Matthew 14:14-22), we hear how Christ fed the multitudes by multiplying two fishes and five loaves.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony offers three Christian (and political economic) strategies for feeding the world. Check out this … [Continue reading]

Script for Teaching Liturgy (2017 UOL Convention)

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Teaching liturgies can be great, but we have to be very careful that they do not adversely affect the spirit and flow of the Mystery.  This requires that we be spare with our words and that the words that we do share be well selected.  Because of the … [Continue reading]

Homily (mp3 and notes): Bearing the Burdens of the Weak

In this episode, Fr. Anthony challenges Christians to call down grace from above by "bearing the burdens" of the weak.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here are St. John Chrysostom's words on this Sunday's epistles's reading (I preached … [Continue reading]

Book Talk on The Prayer Book (Notes and MP3)

It figures that a priest would pick "The Prayer Book" as his favorite book, right?  Listen as Fr. Anthony makes a case for breathing life into the prayers in the prayer book on a regular basis. One of the many benefits is that it will make the … [Continue reading]

Homily on Forgiveness: Notes and MP3

Fr. Anthony argues that those who claim that Christians have to pretend that wolves are sheep make a mockery of the Gospel and open their communities to predation.  Sorry about the poor audio quality! Check out this episode! NOTES: Forgiveness … [Continue reading]