Bible Study #40: A King Like the Other Nations

Bible Study #40: A King Like the Other Nations St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 11 October 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the … [Continue reading]

Adult Education – On the Funeral Service

Spiritually Speaking - 07 October 2018 Fr. Anthony Perkins Funerals –helping the grieving, helping the departed and trusting God. Main Sources: Mark Bailey & Paul Meyendorff (SVS Lecture, 2006) We do not live in a death denying Church. … [Continue reading]

Homily on Casting the Net (against all reason)

Throw down your net! Homily on St. Luke 5:1-11 Who knew better about how to catch fish than Peter and the rest of the PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN out in their boats? Jesus? What did He know about fishing? We see the reasonableness of His suggestion … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #39: Dagon, Yahweh, and the Supernatural Cage Match

Bible Study #39: The Ark and the (Personal) Ontology of Holiness (1 Kingdoms 4-6) St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 04 October 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our … [Continue reading]

Homily on the Need for a Culture of Cheerful Giving

On Fostering and Defending a Culture of Cheerful Giving St. Paul says today that we should not give grudgingly or out of coercion, but out of his heart – because God loves a cheerful giver. It is tempting to think of this in purely utilitarian … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #38: Hannah, Eli, and the Bad Priests

Bible Study #38 – Hannah and the Cost of Bad Priests St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown PA Fr. Anthony Perkins, 27 September 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and … [Continue reading]

Homily on Holiness, Liturgy, and the Experience of God

Homily on St. John 3:13-17 (Sunday before the Cross). Are we open to an experience of God in the Holy Liturgy? Much of our dissatisfaction with "Church" comes from the fact that we are not. But this is what we were made for. The movements, ritual, … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #37: Context (and Connection with God) is Everything

In this, the first class of the new Liturgical Year (given on the Eve of the Nativity of the Birthgiver of God), Fr. Anthony talks about the need to keep everything, to include Scripture, connected to God through the Church.  He also shares a … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

UOC-USA Canonist (Fr. Harry Linsenbigler ) on Ukrainian Autocephaly

Fr. Anthony interviews Fr. Harry Linsenbigler (Canonist for the UOC-USA) about the Ukrainian Autocephaly and whether the Ecumenical Patriarchate has a legitimate role in it. Here is something Fr. Harry wrote to help explain his understanding of … [Continue reading]