Book Discussion: Lynette Hull on Iconography This month (September 2017), the St. Sophia Seminary Library Book Discussion Group invited iconographer Lynette Hull to speak about “The Art of Seeing; Paradox and Perception in Orthodox Iconography” by Fr. Maximos Constas. Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! *** Here is Lynette Hull’s review of the “The Art of Seeing” at the Orthodox […]

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 Notes: On the Transfer of Holiness in the Economy of Salvation

The main thing that has always struck me about this feast is the dynamic of transfer from holy place to holy place that is going on. Given:  that God is holy and he seeks to meet us within a dedicated Holy Place.  Places are sanctified by the presence of God.  They should be set aside […]

Bible Study I – The Purpose of the Bible

21 September 2016 St. Mary (Покрова) Cathedral Opening prayer (from the Prayer before the Gospel during the Diving Liturgy) 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 reverence for […]

Homily: A Reflection on Romans 12:10-14

[A homily on the power of “doing unto others…”; “if you can’t say something nice…” and “bless your heart.”] Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; […]

Some thoughts on miracles…

[written for the 2016 Great Lent Giveaway] On Miracles in the Holy Bible and Now Miracles in the Old Testament Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.  Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of heaven, over the cattle, and over all […]

J.R.R. Tolkein on Mythopoeia

From To one [C.S. Lewis] who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though ‘breathed through silver’. Philomythus to Misomythus You look at trees and label them just so,(for trees are ‘trees’, and growing is ‘to grow’);you walk the earth and tread with solemn paceone of the many minor globes of Space:a star’s […]

Homily Notes: The Widow of Nain (Tears, Childolatry, and the Resurrection)

Homily Notes: St. Luke 7: 11-16 (The Raising of the Nain Widow’s Son) Warm-up.  The Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils and the revelation of the Harmony of God. The ContextScriptural Context:  Because the Lord, while not even present, had healed the centurion’s servant, H now performs another even more remarkable miracle.  He does this […]

Humanitarianism and Orthodoxy – a theological reflection

The Problem: the world (and humanity) groans in agony It’s a hard world.  It chews people up, divides them, deprives them, hurts them, and does its best to take away their hope.  It does its best to demean and dehumanize them.  We have all seen this and we are here because we want to do […]

The Triumph of True-Worship and Defeat of Iconoclasm (and why it matters)

The Triumph of True-Worship and Defeat of Iconoclasm (and why it matters)A Homily on the First Sunday of Lent: the Triumph of Orthodoxy  Note about length of services. This is traditionally a time of catechetical instruction, so sermons may be longer than usual. Your priest will do what he can to ensure that this is not […]