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.

Homily: Lord Save me!

1 Corinthians 3:9-17; St. Matthew 14:22-34.  In this homily, given at the first “official” Divine Liturgy with the Holy Resurrection mission in Waynesville, NC, Fr. Anthony focuses on the hand that Jesus Christ gives to Peter when he called out “Lord save me!” as he sank into the water. Enjoy the show! Check out this […]

Homily – The Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Multiplication of Grace

In this, his last homily as the priest of St. Mary’s in Allentown, Fr. Anthony describes how the multiplication of the loaves is a model for all the good work we do in the world, to the glory of God and the serving of our neighbors.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily: A Christian Response to Violence and Division

Matthew 9:27-35 Romans 15:1-7 A world of violence, of division, of demonization, of sinful self-righteousness. Surely we have to do something. And so we try. We come up with policies, but because we are so damaged and divided, these just polarize us more. Gun control? Assimilation? Immigration? The reaction each of us have to these […]

Homily – Virtue as the Fruit and Seed of Evangelism

Homily on Romans 12:6-14, St. Volodymyr (it was his day), and Fr. Richard Jendras’ ordination (which took place the previous day).  He shares the relationship of culture to virtue to the spread of all things good, focusing on the pivotal role of kindness. Check out this episode!

Homily: How to heal in Christ

  Christ sent his disciples out to heal.  Today (7/14) we celebrate Sts. Cosmos and Damion, the Unmercenary Healers.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony reminds us that is our calling – not just that of clergy and medical professionals – to heal the brokenness of those around us.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Excerpts from a Mission Liturgy

This Liturgy was celebrated in Waynesville, NC as an outreach of St. Mary’s (Pokrova) in Allentown, PA and in anticipation of the mission (Holy Resurrection) that is scheduled to begin services in Waynesville on 18 August 2019.  The audio of the homily is not all that great (it was a small room, so Fr. Anthony […]

Homily – Pentecost and the Unifying Language of Love

Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12. God is love; the Father is love when He creates us and the world we are called to serve; the Son is love when He sacrifices Himself for our salvation; the Holy Spirit is love when He comforts, sustains, and strengthens us so that we can live in imitation of […]

Homily on the Blind Man

  Sunday of the Man Born Blind Acts 16:16:34 John 9:1-38 I strongly encourage you to spend time studying scripture. Not just reading it; it’s not like a novel that is easy to follow or a textbook that lays everything out and then footnotes the hard stuff; it requires effort. And part of the effort […]

Homily for the Sunday of the Woman at the Well

Homily on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman; St. John 4:5-42.  What are we to learn about water that is more than water and the secret food that sustained Jesus?  Listen and find out! Check out this episode! Homily Notes: We have some interesting things going on in today’s Gospel reading; things having to do […]

Homily on the Sunday of the Paralytic

St. John 5:1-15; Acts 9:32-42.  Summary: Three lessons: A Life lesson from St. John Chrysostom: We must persevere, even when there is no clear solution.  A moral lesson from St. Augustine: There is a time for being cared for and healed, but there is also a time for healing others. A theological lesson from St. John Chrysostom: God set it […]