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.

Class – Interpreting Nativity Scripture through Hymnography

Nativity Bible Study Session Two: Interpretation through hymnography Review:  What is the Bible?  What isn’t it? It is NOT the Logos! (St. John 1: 1-18) It is not a complete historical account (St. John 21:25) It is not self evident (Acts 8:26-35) Interpretation is of the Lord, through Christ (Genesis 40: 8; St. Luke 24: […]

Talk – Sdn. John Cummings on the 2019 St. Moses the Black Retreat

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Homily – The Good Samaritan, Discipline, and Freedom

St. Luke 10: 25-37.  Homily on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  How does discipline lead to the freedom to love?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – Leave it all on the track!

St. LUKE 12:16-21.  The Lord said this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will […]

Homily – What Swine Do They (WE!) Love?

In this homily on St. Luke 8:26-39, Fr. Anthony shows how easy it is to place our enemies as the villains of Gospel lessons… and reminds us that this is only because we see them through the log (pride!) in our own eyes.  This recording also includes the Liturgy of the Faithful. Enjoy the show! […]

Class – On the Architecture of Holiness

Our Faith: Church Architecture and the Movement of the Faithful Opening Scripture:  Psalm 29:1-2; Exodus 24:9-18; John 12: 3-8 Summary of Scripture:  The Glory, Power, and Love of God. Today’s Lesson:  Beauty will Save the World Questions for consideration: What purpose do architecture, icons, vestments, and music serve? What is it about beauty that is […]

Homily – On the Rituals of Connection

A homily on the Parable of the Sower (St. Luke 8: 5-15).  Fr. Anthony encourages us to cultivate habits that sustain our relationships.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Class – On Fasting

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism II: on fasting  Review.  Last week we talked about Christ’s prayer and use of Psalmody (Psalms 21-30); remember that we can also imitate His fasting.  We also talked about kenosis (self-emptying) and that doing good is not just a sign of grace, but the way we open ourselves to it.  […]

Homily – Fear and Infatuation

Homily on the Demoniac at Gadarenes (St. Luke 8:26-39).  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Class – On Asceticism

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism I: working out our salvation in fear and trembling Scripture warm-up.  Kenosis, work Philippians 2: 2-13. 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the […]