Preparing Daily for Martyrdom

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (12:1-11) and from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark (15:43-16:8) Today we have the great joy of celebrating the feast of the Great Martyr St. George which usually falls on April 23rd. St. George has been a witness to the life in Christ for millions of […]

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 […]

Fighting on Ladders

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (6:13-20) & Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30) In today’s epistle we heard these words that were taken from the book of Genesis, where God says to Abraham “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” St. Paul continues saying “And thus Abraham, […]

The Two Roads

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) One of the key aspects of being a human in our world is self-preservation. We believe that people will ultimately do what is best in order to benefit and save their own lives. In fact, the whole idea of Darwinism (understood as an ideology […]

What is life without the forgiveness of sins?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12) One can only imagine the scene at Capernaum that is mentioned in today’s gospel reading. When people heard that Jesus was there, the crowds once again swelled and there were so many people present to see and to hear the Word of God 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 healing power of forgiveness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21) On this beautiful Sunday, just a day before we jump into the lovely waters of Great and Holy Lent, the Church as a wise mother gives us this reading which comes in fact from the sermon on the mount. These are precious words of […]