What happened to the Church of Acts?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13) On this wonderful Sunday that falls between the Feast of Ascension, which we celebrated on Thursday and the feast of Pentecost which we will celebrate next Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Fathers of the first ecumenical council assembled at Nicaea. We also hear the […]

The House of Mercy

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (5:1-15) Today’s reading paints a vivid picture of pain and suffering and the hope of healing. We hear about a place in Jerusalem with a miraculous pool called Bethesda. In Hebrew Bethsaida means “house of mercy” but it can also mean “the flowing water”. According […]

How do we know that Jesus rose from the dead?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31) We are in this glorious time of Holy Pascha (Easter) and unlike most of the denominations around the world, who only celebrate this event for one day out of the whole year, we have the great blessing of celebrating it for 40 days! From […]

Turning “No” into “Yes”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (1:24-38) There are times in the life of a Christian when he or she must either say “yes” or “no”. They are two simple words but they hold within them many possibilities. They are powerful words. Today we celebrate a “Yes” and we remember that […]

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Excerpts from a Sunday of Orthodoxy sermon by Fr. Alexander Schmemann “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the […]

The Hunger of the Prodigal and Our Return to God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32) All of God’s activity in the world is focused on the salvation of humanity. The God who is love is the God who has sent His only begotten Son for us. This God has one great focus…each of us and our souls. Today’s parable […]

Aspects of the Consecration of a Church

Next week we will have the great blessing of two major events in the life of this mission, and indeed in the life of the Church. On Saturday we will have the consecration service for the church building. This of course coincides with the other great blessing which is that we will receive His Grace […]