Homily for the Sunday after Nativity – the child Christ in the world (and in our hearts)

Gospel (Sunday after Nativity): St. Matthew 2:13-23Epistle: Colossians 3:12-16Epistle (Sunday after Nativity): Galatians 1:11-19Summary of today’s Gospel:God humbles Himself to save mankind, leaving His rightful inheritance as God and becoming man; being born as a baby in Bethlehem.  And how does the world He has come to save greet Him?  Is He born in a […]

Homily: New Year’s Resolution – Sunday before the Nativity

Sunday before the NativityHebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40St. Matthew 1:1-25 On this first day of the year, we look backwards and forwards; taking stock of what has gone before and and deciding what to do in the year to come.  It is the same with today’s Epistle and Gospel readings. Looking backwardsThe first thing we notice when reading […]

Nativity, News, and Death

OrthoAnalyika Shownotes: 03 January 2010 Note: be sure to subscribe to the podcast. The Nativity Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops beyond the Borders of Ukraine News: NYTimes reports on the recession’s silver lining: “In Recession, Americans doing more, buying less”. I like to think this is true – our addiction to […]

Life on the Old Calendar

Introduction: Christmas on 12/25 or 1/7? While the majority of Orthodox Christians in the world use the Julian (aka “Old”) Calendar for liturgical purposes, the majority of Orthodox Christians here in the West join our heterodox and secular neighbors on the “New Calendar”, which is 13 days ahead.* However, a minority of Orthodox dioceses in […]