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A new heart of mercy and love

Readings for the day: 1 Cor. 8:8–9:2; Matt. 25:31–46.     Today is both Meatfare Sunday and the day on which we remember the Last Judgment. The readings we have just heard speak to both of these directly and in complementary ways.   With Meatfare Sunday our preparation for Great Lent begins to take on…

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.…

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…

A Flame of Love

A homily delivered in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on the Sunday before Theophany, 2015. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! Today is the fourth day of January. We’ve taken the first steps into 2015. This…

A Prayer to Our Holy Father Innocent

O Holy Hierarch and Father Innocent! The Lord chose you and ordained you to go and bring forth much fruit in His new vineyard on the frontiers of Russia and America. You dedicated your life to building up the Body of Christ in the New World and the Old, and brought the treasures of the…

The Protection of the Holy Theotokos

A homily delivered in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on the Feast of The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary (Wednesday, October 1, 2014). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. S prazdnikom! When one…