A Lecture on the Harmony of the Spheres (notes)

The Harmony of God:  the salvific beauty of liturgy and music Fr. Anthony Perkins (Spiritually Speaking, 12/27/2015) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was […]

From our Parish Service Book: Twelve Things

Twelve Things I Wish I’d Known:Learning how to Live and Love Orthodox Worship Welcome to the God-protected, God-loving parish of St. Michael’s! Here are some things that we hope will increase the profundity of your worship experience here, whether you are an experienced member of this parish, a visitor from another Orthodox parish, or this […]

Homily – Taking work (and liturgy) seriously

St. Matthew 21:33-42; 1 Corinthians 16:13-24   Work: A Homily for Labor Day Weekend This week’s epistle reading is a wonderful reminder  that no parish exists in isolation (any more than Christians exist in isolation), and that the bonds between our parishes should be strengthened and cherished. I strongly encourage everyone to visit other parishes, especially on […]

Wedding Liturgy

This is a way to fold the Crowning ceremony (back) into the Divine Liturgy.  Note that this “folding in” implies a minimization of duplication.  It also means some vestigial things (such as the common cup) may be removed entirely. Order of Wedding Liturgy This assumes that the Betrothal has already been performed and that the […]

Liturgy – Worship and the Maccabean Martyrs

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory forever!Chapter Six of Second Maccabees  Introduction:  Orthodox Christians live and worship a certain way  We are Christians.  We have accepted Christ as our Savior.  We have brought the Holy Spirit into our lives.  We have given ourselves, mind, body, and soul, over to God.   We have offered ourselves as […]

Liturgy – The Place of Scripture in Orthodox Life & Worship

8th Sunday after Pentecost The Sunday of Saint Olympia, deaconess of ConstantinopleGospel:  St. Matthew 14:14-22 (The Feeding of the Five Thousand) What a beautiful day to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!  Today’s Gospel reading is an affirmation of our faith, of our worship, and especially of the holy Eucharist which we celebrate […]

Homily – Liturgy as Hard Work (continued)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 10:1-10; St. Matthew 8:28-9:1 Those of you who know me well, may be surprised that I am not going to preach on the subject of angels and demons, and how the Incarnation of Christ marked the beginning of the end of Satan’s rule on Earth.  Instead, I am going to […]

Homily – Unity in Liturgy

Third Sunday after PentecostRomans 5:1-10; St. Matthew 6:22-33 This Summer, during the time of shortened homilies, I am dedicating this brief time to the topic of the Eucharistic Liturgy as the “common work of a thankful people” and how it is designed to bring us into a deeper salvific and sanctifying relationship with Jesus Christ.. […]

Homily – A Teaching Liturgy

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 6: 16-7:1 St. Matthew 22: 35-46 This week we celebrated a “teaching Divine Liturgy”.  Fr. Anthony stopped at various points throughout the Liturgy to explain what was happening and why.  Glory to God, it was very well received!  The following notes were offered in the bulletin. An Outline […]

Baptism and Baptismal Liturgy

OrthoAnalyika Shownotes: 15 November 2009 Note: be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Homily/Lesson (23rd Sunday after Pentecost; Baptismal Readings) Welcome guests. Beautiful day. I am so happy that the [family] agreed to allow us to Baptize [their child] during Divine Liturgy. Nothing wrong with doing it after Liturgy: this is the way most of […]