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Praying in the Rain

Recognizing Empty Deceits

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If deception is so deceptive, how does one know if one is being deceived?

I’ve just had a very merry Christmas.  It was about as perfect as they come.  My daughter and her family came for a week (five children, including eleven-month old twins).  The services were beautiful and well attended.  And it snowed enough to feel Christmassy, but not so much that you couldn’t get out of the house and take the kids to the zoo, or McDonalds, or whatever might give mom a break for an hour or two.  It was truly an ideal…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

The Anaphora of St. Basil

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Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, explains that St. Basil's Anaphora calls us to live out practically what we enact liturgically in response to the needs of the human beings whom we encounter every day.

During the season of Great Lent, when we serve the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on Sundays, I’m always struck by how beautifully the anaphora portrays the compassion and mercy of God for us weak and corrupt human beings. At the very heart of our eucharistic celebration, our remembrance and participation in the love of the Father who sent the Son, of the Son who offered himself to deliver us from death, and of the Holy Spirit in whom we personally become…

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Redeeming the Time

Joseph the Betrothed, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, Mercy

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A discussion about Joseph, especially a comparison of the reaction of Zacharias, Mary and Joseph to their revelation from an angel. We see the great nobility of Joseph and that he was a holy and just man, and knew prayer of the heart. A discussion about the names “Jesus” and “”Christ,” and especially “Emmanuel,” and therefore the true meaning of the Nativity of Christ, for a Christian, in his daily life, moment by moment. In this explanation, we describe mercy and a fundamental difference between Eastern and Western Theology.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I thought I would just sort of talk to you about the Scriptures we read today, some of the things that happened in them. When we read the Scriptures, there should be things that just kind of jump out at us, and there’s a lot of things that jump out at me when I read these Scriptures, and I don’t read them just at this time of the year, but throughout the year, cycling through the gospels…

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Redeeming the Time

Jesus is Not a Victim, and was Never Passive

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Bad theology leads to bad actions. The Western conception of Jesus is as a victim, and a passive man. He was not! We must be like the Christ we worship. We must be aggressive, and even violent. We define what this aggression and violence is and give an example that should be familiar to all—prayer in the Divine Liturgy—and explain about the sole purpose of the liturgy and role of the priest and the people in the liturgy, and that neither is more important that the other. If everyone prayed in the liturgy with violence, there would be flame!

We’re about to celebrate the birth of Christ, but who is Jesus Christ? The Scriptures have Pilate saying, “Behold the Man,” so when we behold him, whom do we see? Bad theology leads to bad practices, bad morality, bad thinking. Our theology regarding Jesus Christ is that he, being the God-man, having all of the prerogatives of the Father, chose to become a man so that he would be God and man, and everything he did as a man was freely, giving himself…

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All Saints Homilies

The Light of Wisdom

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Fr. Pat reflects upon the theme of revelatory light, particularly as Holy Scripture contrasts it with darkness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Since we began the Nativity season some weeks ago, beloved in the Lord, the hymnography and other texts used by the Church[are] full of the imagery of light and revelation. This happens in a very intense way twice a year: once during the winter and once at the very end of summer, at the feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration. The troparion of the Nativity proclaimed

Thy…

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