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Ten Things for Holy Week

Sermon, Fifth Sunday of Lent 2015 (St Mary of Egypt) Mark 10:32-45 This morning, James and John desire to be seated with Christ in His Glory. And our Lord, to test them, asks whether they are able to drink the cup that He drinks, and to be baptized with the baptism with which He is…

Holy Saturday: Baptism and the Great Commission

Baptism is Christian initiation. The goal of this process and its culminating rite is not some individualized, purely personal experience. The goal of baptism is initiation into a community of faith, a church. It is entrance into a way of life together, not a rite to do something to or for an individual in private.…

Behold: Dying, we live!

Pascha approaches: we should reflect once again on this crux of our faith, orient ourselves anew by the perspective that it offers, and enter afresh into its mystery. By his death, his voluntary self-offering in love for us, Christ has destroyed death and granted us life. We say such words so often, that we frequently…

The Lord’s Anointed: Thoughts on Holy Wednesday

The woman poured precious oil of myrrh upon thine awesome and royal head, O Christ our God. —Matins of Holy Wednesday, ode eight I have found David my servant: with my holy oil have I anointed him. —Psalm 88:20 Among the righteous of the Old Testament, few shine more brightly than King David. God chose…