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 on the Talents – Evangelize or Gnash Your Teeth

[Alas, there is no recording of today’s homily.] St. Matthew 25:14-30 St. Cyril of Alexander (On Evangelism). The man who is the landowner is actually the Creator and Lord of all. The Word compares the time the landowner spends away from home in the parable to either the ascension of Christ into heaven or at […]

A Parable and Discussion on Ukrainian Autocephaly

Fr. Anthony shares a parable that explains how the EP and the UOC-USA understand the EP’s work in Ukraine.  Then he discusses the situation with a live studio audience.  Enjoy the show!

Parish Politics Threaten Evangelism (A Parable on Ukraine)

It was a long Summer.  It all started when I got an e-mail from someone asking if he could come to Liturgy.  He also asked about membership and taking Communion.  I did my usual thing, underscoring that everyone was welcome to experience God and fellowship here, and explaining what I would do to help him […]

Homily: Why We Need to Love God to Really Love Our Neighbor

Homily Notes: Being Nice is NOT Enough [These notes probably bear little resemblance to what was actually preached as they spent all Sunday morning at home on the printer – rookie mistake!!!]  Gospel Lesson:  St. Matthew 22:35-46 (The Great Commandment) Great lesson for the start of the school year: “what is the most important thing ever?” Love God […]

Homily on Obligation (Parables of Feasts and Battles)

Homily Notes on the Wedding Feast (St. Matthew 22:1-14) Invitation to the Wedding Feast: we don’t intuit the context (why not just RSVP? – gnashing of teeth for wearing the wrong clothes!?). What is missing? Mutual obligation! Respect! Duty! Love! Wear the garment – the uniform – the king gave you! Speaking of uniform: reword the […]

Homily: Murder in the Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-42)

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants St. Matthew 21:33-42 The primary purpose of this parable at the time it was given was to warn God’s chosen people that God had sent His Son – who was now among them – to see how the stewards of his vineyards were doing; to remind them what they […]

Homily of the Transfiguration – Who is the Christ?

One of the most important questions: Who is Jesus the Christ (Joshua the Messiah)? 1.  Man (prophet) who lived 2000 years ago. Very wise. Set an example of love, sacrifice, and a commitment to virtue that we should all emulate. Better than nothing (but not enough). But wait there is more ? and this is […]

Homily on Gratitude/Ingratitude and Harmony/Tyranny

Homily on St. Matthew 18:23-35: The forgiving Lord and the unforgiving servant.  The main theme of today’s homily is that we have the power to transform the world for the better (through gratitude and mercy) or the worse (through ingratitude and tyranny).  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Service of Repentance

The Service of Repentance is designed to help believers enter into the spirit of contrition as they prepare for the traditional Rite of Confession.  This version consists of the Trisagion prayers, Psalm 50, the Prayer of Manasseh, The Canon of Repentance (abridged), and the the Litany of Repentance.  The Canon of Repentance intentionally resembles sections […]

Homily on Christians Taming Chaos (+3!)

Today’s Gospel (Matthew 14:22-34) includes the powerful image of Christ taming the storm and saving Peter from drowning.  Not only has He used this power to bring peace to our lives; He has given us the power – and responsibility – to do it for others.  The calm of Christ in us and us in […]