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.

Home Bible Study – Palm Sunday

The Triumphant Entry – Palm (Willow) Sunday St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9 BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made […]

UOL Retreat on Divine Liturgy – Lecture Notes

2017 UOL Lenten Retreat Divine Liturgy Why is it useful to study the Divine Liturgy? Practical reason: it’ll make more sense We were made to be liturgical beings, but that is no longer true The main part of the Divine Liturgy is intuitive, but much is not Parts of it are down right incomprehesible Practical […]

Home Bible Study – St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt – 5th Sunday of Lent Gospel: Mark 10:32-45. Now they were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Why were they amazed? This is just after the conversation with the rich young men. Then […]

Homily Notes – St. John of the Ladder (Annual Meeting Sunday)

St. John of the Ladder (Our Annual Meeting Day) Great life. Not only did he enjoy it – and there is no doubt about his joy; (through his example and the book “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”) he made the same joy that he experienced accessible to others. In fact, that was the secret of […]

Home Bible Study – St. John of the Ladder

A bit of a change this week.  Rather than looking at the scripture readings for the coming Sunday, we are looking at a (very) few chapters from St. John of the Ladder. Some Lessons from St. John’s “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” From Step Four: On Blessed Obedience 5. You who have decided to strip […]

A Homily on the Spiritual Life (lessons from The Ladder)

Every Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to person or event, with the sequence of these commemorations designed to prepare us for a deeper participation in Christ’s passion and resurrection. This Sunday is dedicated to the life and work of St. John of the Ladder. Saint John was an ascetic, a spiritual athlete, and a […]

GGWB Episode #26 – Saving Ourselves from (Virtual) War

Saving Ourselves from the Damage of (Virtual) War by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 18, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about Great Lent in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and about how the Lenten disciplines – and especially the Prayer of St. Ephraim – can protect and heal us from the […]

Retreat Notes: “Why Bother?”

Why do we bother? Why is this question worth asking? It comes to mind because lots of people do not bother, and our psychology is affected by their examples. It also comes to mind because it is hard. Takes up a lot of time. Takes up a lot of money. Takes up a lot of […]

Homily Notes: Pick up your cross and follow me!

“Take up your cross and follow me” There are many ways to understand this command. Many take it as God’s way of saying we need to put up with all the sufferings that our bodies give us. That’s true, but there’s more to it that. I want to use the example of the soldier to […]

Home Bible Study – The Cross

The Third Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Beloved in Christ, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest […]