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.

20170820 – Orthodox Statement on Charlottesville

Today Fr. Anthony read the Bishops’ statement denouncing the events in Charlottesville specifically and racism more generally.  A head’s up: at the end he meant to say “differences”, not “divisions”.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here is the statement: The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Response to […]

20170806 Camp Talk on Heroism

The theme of this year’s “Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me” encampment at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp was “Champions of the Faith.”  In this talk, Fr. Anthony shares his thoughts on heroism, dragon slaying, and how we can use the power of Christ to tame chaos and bring order to our lives and relationships […]

20170806 Homily on Building

St. Paul compares living well to building a house.  In this (short Summer) homily, Fr. Anthony explains what St. Paul meant and why it is such Good News. Check out this episode! Homily Notes Homily on Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Corinthian 3:9-17 We will be tested… (but all can pass) We are like a […]

Script for Teaching Liturgy (2017 UOL Convention)

Teaching liturgies can be great, but we have to be very careful that they do not adversely affect the spirit and flow of the Mystery.  This requires that we be spare with our words and that the words that we do share be well selected.  Because of the depth of our knowledge and familiarity with it […]

Homily (mp3 and notes): Bearing the Burdens of the Weak

In this episode, Fr. Anthony challenges Christians to call down grace from above by “bearing the burdens” of the weak.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here are St. John Chrysostom’s words on this Sunday’s epistles’s reading (I preached from his notes). Romans 15:1-17 From St. John Chrysostom Chap. xv. ver. 1. “We then that are strong, […]

Book Talk on The Prayer Book (Notes and MP3)

It figures that a priest would pick “The Prayer Book” as his favorite book, right?  Listen as Fr. Anthony makes a case for breathing life into the prayers in the prayer book on a regular basis. One of the many benefits is that it will make the Orthodox worldview (the myth that is true!) real […]

Homily on Forgiveness: Notes and MP3

Fr. Anthony argues that those who claim that Christians have to pretend that wolves are sheep make a mockery of the Gospel and open their communities to predation.  Sorry about the poor audio quality! Check out this episode! NOTES: Forgiveness is complicated. Misunderstanding sets us up for failure and makes a mockery of Christianity Exoneration: […]

Homily Notes and Audio – Open Your Mouth and Believe

In this episode, Fr. Anthony gives a short Summer homily on St. Paul’s message to believe and accept the gift of salvation. Homily Notes Romans 10:1-10 “If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is God; and if you will believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, YOU WILL […]

Homily Notes and MP3: How to Thrive in a Hard World

Third Sunday after Pentecost Romans 5:1-10 Matthew 6:22-33 Two great teachers: let us listen to them and learn their lessons! NOT naive. They know the world groans in agony and that people suffer. NOT selling us anything. They want us to thrive. They lead from the front. ———————————————– What did they teach us today? 1. That […]

Notes on the Theology of Music and Liturgy

Sacred Music Retreat St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary Fr. Anthony Perkins 11 June 2017 Here is the audio of the talk: In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. (John 1:1) God brought creation into being ex nihilo.    It was undifferentiated, “without substance or form”. It was a chaos […]