ON THE FIRST SUNDAY of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teaching over all perversions and distortions thereof—heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of Orthodoxy is repeated and deepened in connection with the celebration of the memory of one of the greatest pillars of Orthodoxy, the hierarch Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, who by his grace-bearing eloquence and the example of his highly ascetic private life put to shame the teachers of falsehood who dared reject the very essence of.Orthodoxy, the podvig of prayer and fasting, which enlightens the human mind with the light of grace and makes it a communicant of the divine glory.

Bible Study #35: Judges seen through the Great Canon

Bible Study #35: Judges from the Great Canon Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown 15 May 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 […]

Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness

The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (St. John 9:1-38) Psychologists and theologians agree: In their default setting, our minds are wired not for discerning truth but social standing.  The path to objectivity involves humility, immersing ourselves in discerning communities (e.g. of science and traditional Orthodox faith), and developing a relationship with the source of […]

Bible Study #34: Joshuan Tidbits and a bit from Judges

Bible Study #34: Joshua and Judges Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown 08 May 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 […]

Homily on Sowing (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Homily on Sowing St. John 4:5-42 The metaphor of agriculture. 1 (Introduction). You have to reap when the crop is ready. If it’s ready and you don’t reap it ? what happens? Something ? or someone ? else will reap it (e.g. birds w/ blueberries) It spoils. It does not make it to the reaping […]

Bible Study #33: The Wars of Joshua (Jesus)

Bible Study #33: The Kherem Wars of Joshua/Jesus Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown 01 May 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 […]

Daily Prayers for Married Couples

Prayer of Repentance O God, remit, pardon and forgive our sins whether voluntary or involuntary, whether by word or deed, whether committed in knowledge or in ignorance, whether by day or night and whether of reason or imagination; Forgive us all these, for You are Good and love mankind. Traditional Prayer for a Married Couple […]

Homily – The Way of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic John 5:1-15 Prologue: the Gospel only makes sense within its context. Rules for living well: Do the best you can. Always strive to do better. When you mess up, admit it, clean it up, and repent. The paralytic exhibits this way of life: Doing the best he could, based on who […]

Bible Study #32: The Curse after Jericho

Bible Study #32: The Curse of Jericho Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown 24 April 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 […]

Homily on Rituals, Myrrhbearers, and Insult to Injury

Ritual, Myrrhbearers, and Dealing with Insult to Injury St. Mark 15:43-16:8 Notes (that I mostly ignored) We have a concept: adding insult to injury. It describes how tough it is when something bad has already happened and then something happens that makes the same situation even worse. This is what happened to the myrrhbearing women: […]

Bible Study #31: The Battle of Jericho

Bible Study #31: The Battle of Jericho Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown 17 April 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 […]