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The moment we were first called

A homily for the Apostle Andrew, the Holy and All-Praised First Called (commemorated on November 30). Walking through this dark, cold morning, did you happen to ask yourself, “What in the world am I doing?” What were we looking for when we got out of bed this morning? What were we looking for when we…

A day to bring the love of Christ into the world

A homily delivered in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on the Feast of St. Demetrios (Monday, October 26, 2015). Some excuses never get old. When I was little, if my brother did something to me, I’d do the same back to him. I’d launch a proportionate retaliatory strike. If he…

It is good to settle in the heart.

Are we always able to receive the divine in us? When we invite friends to our home, we clean the living room, adorn it with flowers, make it as beautiful and welcoming as possible, to make them feel the warmth of the friendship with which we want to surround them. Is the same true also…

Our Lord meets us right here and right now

A homily delivered in Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Readings for the day can be found here. Your soul covered the earth, and you filled it with proverbs and riddles. Sir 47.15   Proverbs and Riddles I have to admit at the outset of my word…

And forgive us our trespasses

This is part two in a three part series on The Lord’s Prayer by Dr. George Parsenios, Sessional Professor of New Testament at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. This article is republished with the permission of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Our Father, who art in…

Baltimore and Bethesda

A homily for the Fourth Sunday of Pascha, 2015. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ is risen! There has been a lot of fighting this week. Last night there was a big boxing match with two superstars duking it out. The winner of that fight went…

55 Maxims of the Christian Life

Be always with Christ and trust God in everything. Pray as you can, not as you think you must. Have a keepable rule of prayer done by discipline. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times each day. Repeat a short prayer when your mind is not occupied. Make some prostrations when you pray. Eat good foods…

“Thou hast led us to these holy days”

Tonight we hear this prayer for the first time this year at the Presanctified Liturgy: Prayer before the Ambo O Almighty Master, who in wisdom hast fashioned all creation; who, through thine ineffable providence and great goodness, hast led us to these all-revered days for purification of souls and bodies, for restraint of passions, and for…

The Greatest of Riches

From St. John Chrysostom’s Homily 21 on Ephesians 6:1-4 “Let everything take second place to our care for our children, our bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If from the beginning we teach them to love true wisdom, they will have greater wealth and glory than riches can provide. If…