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 17:11-16, Galatians 2:16-20, and Hebrews 13:7-16. Enjoy […]

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 Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. […]

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 restores beauty, unity, and victory through the priesthood of His […]

Bible Study #40: A King Like the Other Nations

Bible Study #40: A King Like the Other Nations St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 11 October 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 […]

Adult Education – On the Funeral Service

Spiritually Speaking – 07 October 2018 Fr. Anthony Perkins Funerals –helping the grieving, helping the departed and trusting God. Main Sources: Mark Bailey & Paul Meyendorff (SVS Lecture, 2006) We do not live in a death denying Church. Liturgy deals multi-dimensionally with the image of death through the poems and structure of the service. According […]

Homily on Casting the Net (against all reason)

Throw down your net! Homily on St. Luke 5:1-11 Who knew better about how to catch fish than Peter and the rest of the PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN out in their boats? Jesus? What did He know about fishing? We see the reasonableness of His suggestion because we see it within the context of His success and […]

Bible Study #39: Dagon, Yahweh, and the Supernatural Cage Match

Bible Study #39: The Ark and the (Personal) Ontology of Holiness (1 Kingdoms 4-6) St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 04 October 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 […]

Homily on the Need for a Culture of Cheerful Giving

On Fostering and Defending a Culture of Cheerful Giving St. Paul says today that we should not give grudgingly or out of coercion, but out of his heart – because God loves a cheerful giver. It is tempting to think of this in purely utilitarian terms: if we do this, more money will be given […]

Bible Study #38: Hannah, Eli, and the Bad Priests

Bible Study #38 – Hannah and the Cost of Bad Priests St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 27 September 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 […]

Homily on Holiness, Liturgy, and the Experience of God

Homily on St. John 3:13-17 (Sunday before the Cross). Are we open to an experience of God in the Holy Liturgy? Much of our dissatisfaction with “Church” comes from the fact that we are not. But this is what we were made for. The movements, ritual, music, and theology are all perfectly designed to make […]