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 Value of Tradition

Check out our daily livestream on YouTube at “Fr. Anthony Perkins”! A Meditation on St. John’s “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” What is Orthodox Tradition? Why is it important for us to immerse ourselves in the worship and rigors of Orthodoxy? At the visible level, one that can be observed and studied by scientists, tradition […]

Homily on the Cross: how to suffer well

Listen as Fr. Anthony tries to share three ways that our suffering can become an opportunity for grace.  But listen with patience, because he (I!) didn’t do it all that well (God forgives, but perhaps he (I!) needs more sleep?)!  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Evangelism, the Coronavirus, and Communion

They aren’t hearing what we mean to say; A critique of our reaction to concerns about Communion and the coronavirus Fr. AnthonyPerkins Despite our intention and our ability to justify our words, our witness has been damaged by our response to this crisis.  We run the very real risk of strengthening the misperception that Orthodoxy […]

Homily – the Stumbling Block of Politicized Priests

In this homily given on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Fr. Anthony makes the point that it is much more difficult to bring people into the Church than it is to drive them out and keep them away.  One easy way we, members of the Royal Priesthood, can keep people out of our pews is by […]

The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Homily on St. Matthew 6:14-21, in which Fr. Anthony distinguishes between forgiveness that leads to reconciliation, that which allows relations to continue in hopes of reconciliation, and that which leads to an unfortunate but necessary separation. Check out this episode!

Homily on Judgment – or something

As I told the people at the end of the liturgy, this homily was about two hours of editing away from being worthwhile!  It’s great being in a PhD program, etc., but it leaves much time than I’m used to (and need) to prepare.  It’s usually okay, but this day I tried out a couple […]

Homily – Sanctify the Moment with the Publican

Homily – Publican and Pharisee Fr. Anthony Perkins All of creation is pregnant with potential – less full of lifeless atoms or particles than of seeds just waiting to be brought forth into fruition.  And here I speak not just of literal seeds (although it is almost time to start working with those and getting […]

Zacchaeus and the Steps of Salvation

In this homily, Fr. Anthony draws on the example Zacchaeus to describe the need for repentance and commitment in the life of the Christian.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Class – The Way of Ascetics 2

Tito Coliander’s Way of Ascetics.  It’s awesome.  We’re working our way through it together.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – Freedom and the Empowerment of the Saints

In this homily on the Sunday after Theophany (Ephesians 4:7-13; St. Matthew 4:12-17), Fr. Anthony talks about the gains made in the spreading of wealth (and the dramatic reduction of poverty) brought about through economic freedom, a freedom that encourages and empowers people to identify needs and contribute to the good of all; and uses […]