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Orthodox Life 7: Life After Death

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Fr. Ted concludes his series on Orthodox life.

As we close the final sermon in this series of sermons that we’ve been discussing the last [six] weeks, about Orthodox life and the sacraments and the different stages of life, from the beginning to the end and to the afterlife. Last week we spoke about the death of a Christian, how we honor those who have left us and the types of traditions that we have that surround Orthodox funeral services and burials and the deep meaning that we attach to the actions that…

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Orthodox Life 6: Death

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Fr. Ted examines all of the actions that we do as a Church when someone leaves this world.

As we come to the slow closing of this series of discussions that we’ve had in the last few weeks, speaking about the Orthodox life and the sacraments of the Church… We began five weeks ago with birth, with coming into this world, being born into this world. Today we come full circle, to the ending of our lives in this world, Christian death, leaving of this world, of this life, and entering into the next. It is something that many of us, of course, feel uncomfortable…

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Orthodox Life 5: Marriage

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Fr. Ted explains that the purpose of marriage is union with God.

I was really happy with the gospel today, because I didn’t plan it like this—I wish I had—but the gospel today speaks about doing unto others as we would unto us, unto ourselves, but also especially the idea that Christians are called to be different from everybody else in the sense that they are called to love in a very different way than the way the world loves. Because the Gospel says if we only love those who love us, well, what good is that?…

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Orthodox Life 4: Confession

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Fr. Ted addresses the sacrament of confession and its healing and communal properties.

As we move forward in our sermons, the last few Sundays have been a series about the different sacraments of the Church and not just what they mean, because we’ve spoken about those things many times, but more from an ecclesiological point of view, which basically means: what do we mean by the sacraments and how do we participate in them, and what does it mean for us to be members of the Church, to be Orthodox Christians, what are the boundaries of the Church,…

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Orthodox Life 3: Holy Communion

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Fr. Ted discusses what it means to partake of the body of Christ.

As we are continuing in our sermons about the sacraments of the Church and the Orthodox life and giving an emphasis on the ecclesiology of the Church, the boundaries of the Church and what keeps us within the Church and what puts us out of the Church, today I wanted to speak a little bit about holy Communion. Two weeks ago we spoke about birth, children coming into this world; last week we spoke about baptism, entering into the body of Christ. Today I wanted to speak…

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Orthodox Life 2: Baptism

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Fr. Ted explains what baptism is, its purpose, and what it means for us as Orthodox Christians.

In today’s sermon, we are moving from what we spoke about last week, which was the beginning of life, the birth of babies, and what we do with children when they come into this world, the blessings that we give them, the prayers that we offer on behalf of the Church, moving up to the blessing of the mother, the eighth-day blessing, the 40-day blessing, and today I wanted to speak a little bit about baptism, because there are many, many misconceptions about baptism:…

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Orthodox Life 1: Birth

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In this first episode of his new series, Fr. Ted looks at all of the prayers associated with the very beginning of life.

This book that I’m holding my hand is called The Small Euchologion, which is the prayerbook of the priests. It is what we use for all the parts of our spiritual life, the priests, and it contains all the prayers that we use from the beginning of life to the end of life. In its pages the prayers that are expressed in this book remind us that the Church, and, through the Church, God—[the Father], the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ: the Holy Trinity—is…

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Doubting

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The Sunday of St. Thomas reminds us that we are always in danger of losing our faith, even if it is proven to us.

Today is Thomas Sunday, and Thomas gets a little bit of a bad reputation in modern days, because in Greek—actually, there’s this situation where it’s one of the few times the English actually expresses Thomas’ characteristics better than the Greek, because in Greek we call Thomas “O apistos Thomas,” which actually means “unbelieving Thomas,” but that’s not technically true, because in English we say “Doubting…

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Taking the Journey

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Fr. Ted encourages us to fully experience the lenten struggle and all that it entails.

Many people have the—I guess you could say—common assumption that Lent begins with Clean Monday, which this year falls on February 23, and that that is the beginning of the Fast which leads to the Great Feast, the center of our faith, which is Holy Resurrection—Pascha, Easter. But really, if we look at the ecclesiastical year, and we look at the cycle of services and the themes that are being introduced to us, that journey towards the resurrection…

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Secularism

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Fr. Ted explains that secularism is when we live according to how we want to live.

In the story of Zacchaeus today, we’ve heard it many times, or many of us should have heard it many times, of Zacchaeus, a very short man who was an arch tax collector and, as we all know and we’ve said it so many times, arch tax collectors were not exactly the most popular people at the time of Christ.

Why? Because they were Jews who were kind of betraying their fellow Jews by working with the Romans in order to help the Romans collect the taxes…

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