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 – The Wasted Investment of the Rich Man

Luke 12:16-21 (The Rich Man and His Granaries) Until we figure out who we are, our actions have no purpose. We will end up doing one thing one day, and something contrary the next. Because we are fallen, our default purpose is selfish and egoistic and sees other people based on what they can do […]

Bible Study #46: The Continuing Adventures of David and Saul

Bible Study #46: The Life of David III St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 29 November 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 […]

Homily on Our High Calling (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Ephesians 4:1-6 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and […]

Homily on the Peace of Christ and the Security of the State

The Peace of the Cross and the Safety of the State Ephesians 2:14-22 Christ has “broken down the dividing wall of hostility” between us; reconciling all his believing children to God and one another “through the cross, thereby bringing an end to hostility.” The Cross – sacrifice to the point of death – is the […]

Bible Study #44: David the Vagabond

Bible Study #44: David the Vagabond St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 08 November 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 […]

Spiritual Speaking – How XC addresses the Existential Crises of Humanity

Fr. Anthony shares an encounter he had after Thursday’s Bible Study class and describes how Christianity addresses the three existential crises of humanity: meaning, loneliness, and death.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily on Seeing and Feasting with Lazarus

Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man St. Luke 16:19-31 So much to learn here. Focus on a lesson it gives to us as members of a parish that has been given the fullness of the faith. For us: We are the Rich Man and this is the place where we feast scrumptiously and wear […]

Bible Study #43: David and Goliath

  Bible Study #43: David and Goliath St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 01 November 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 […]

Homily on the Harvest of Nothing (problem with MP3 now corrected)

Homily on St. Luke 8:4-15 (the Parable of the Sower) Love God, love your neighbor. Simple, right? We all do and now enjoy a blissful life, free of all stress, and strong with ability to easily overcome all challenges. Class dismissed. Nope. The command is easy, but for most people this love simply doesn’t seem […]

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ

Bible Study #42: The Rise of David the Christ (1 Kingdom/Samuel 11-15) St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 25 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 […]