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A feast of water

A homily delivered in Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on January 6, 2016. Readings for the day may be accessed here.     Archpriest Chad Hatfield is the first Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Father Chad came to SVOTS from St. Herman Seminary in Alaska, where he was serving as the…

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…

The Lord’s Epiphany in the Jordan

The word “epiphany” means “manifestation” or “appearance.” It is used for the event of Christ’s baptism because it was in the Jordan, being baptized by John the Forerunner, that Jesus appeared to the world and manifested Himself as the Messiah, the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity. The Lord’s first public appearance takes…