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Sermons at St. Nicholas

Sermons at St. Nicholas

Entering Into the Spirit of Lent

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As we approach the Great Lenten period, Fr Thomas teaches us about the purpose of Lent and how to enter into it, restoring those things which have fallen away in our spiritual life.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

The days that we have been preparing for for almost a month are at the door. The Great Lenten season is almost upon us. It’s a matter of hours now. The epistle reading puts the spirit of Lent perfectly. “Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Lent is about casting off the works…

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The Eye: Entrance to Envy (Matthew 6:22-33)

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever.]

As human beings, we are created by God with both soul and body, and neither soul nor body can fully and appropriately exist and live without the other. Our life does not consist of one or the other. If we say, “I am a Christian,” we are not a Christian only spiritually speaking, but rather we are a Christian in our whole life: everything…

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How to Strengthen Your Faith (Mk 9:17-31)

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The gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Lent is about the healing of the demon-possessed boy. In it, we can all relate to the pleading of the boy's father: "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!" To help us in our Lenten journey, Father Thomas gives us three practical ways to strengthen and deepen our faith, taken directly from this Sunday's readings.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

Sometimes when we are reading the gospel or hearing the gospel reading, it’s hard to discern exactly what the theme is. What are we trying to learn? What is being conveyed to us? I would say that if we take both readings together this morning, the epistle reading and the gospel reading, it is about faith. We heard in the gospel reading…

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Why is There a Judgment? (Mt 25:31-46)

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Before we enter into Great Lent, the Church presents us with a depiction of the awesome and fearful Final Judgment of the world by Christ to motivate us to love God and man. In teaching this, Fr Thomas offers an answer to the age-old question, "Why do we have to be judged?"

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory forever!]

If you’re on Facebook, you know it can be a pretty interesting place, and by “interesting” I mean that sometimes you see a lot of odd things, and sometimes there can also be surprises. I have this acquaintance—I have a lot of Facebook friends that hear our sermons and The Path, so people that I’ve never really…

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Preparing for Holy Week (John 12:1-18)

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The celebration of Palm Sunday is juxtaposed against the dark events that we experience in the life of Christ during Holy Week. Fr Thomas reminds us that our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem is an example of having the "peace from above" even if you're marching to the Cross.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

I greet you on this great feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, during which we begin the process of moving toward his death, burial, and resurrection. It seems almost antithetical to the spirit in which we will enter that those somber days, those dark days, where we will see Jesus betrayed by his disciples, where we see him delivered…

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The Light which Overcomes Darkness (Eph 4:7-13)

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The feast of Theophany heralds the light which overcomes all darkness. Fr. Thomas reminds us that this darkness, which is present in many places in our life, is destroyed by the truth and life of Christ himself.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

I don’t know if you’ve looked up in the sky lately, but it’s been very rare for us in the past six or more weeks that we’ve seen the sun. It’s been grey; it’s been dark. And yesterday I was driving to vespers, and I looked up and the sky was almost completely clear. And there was the sun, and it was so refreshing.…

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Healing Our Family Tree (Mt 1:1-25)

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As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Christ, the eternal Word of God become man, we remember that the Lord Jesus Christ has both a familial and spiritual lineage. Through His birth, He heals the brokenness of His, and our, human family. (Sunday before the Nativity of Christ)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

You’ve probably seen the commercials on television for Ancestry.com and how people are just putting one name that they want to search for, and then they find other names that are connected to that particular person, and then pretty soon, you’re filling in all the leaves on your genealogical tree. This week, I received a very great…

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Words of Encouragement for Great Lent (Mt 6:14-21)

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Lent is a time of great anticipation as we move toward the celebration of Christ's holy Pascha. But Fr Thomas reminds us that it is also a preparation for our entire Christian life, where we face the challenges of increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving and in turn, learn much about our true selves. (Forgiveness Sunday)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ!

I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie “Captain Phillips”. “Captain Phillips” is about the captain of the cargo ship that was sailing past the land of Somalia and his ship was captured by pirates; and we know that that is going on in that area – it’s very dangerous. What’s interesting about the beginning of the movie is that he is living his life…

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How God Gets Our Attention (Mt 15:21-28)

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Though oftentimes it seems God is silent and does not hear our prayers, Fr Thomas reminds us that God is always reaching out to us and uses the circumstances of our life to draw us closer to Him. (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

Anyone that’s been to my house… I know all of you are always invited, especially during the Paschal season when we have our parish-wide gathering at our home in Moon Township, but at other times, when people have been there, they know that I have a dog. We have a dog, Jax, and Jax is our family companion. In fact, he’s probably…

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Beware of Cheap Imitations (2 Cor 4:6-15)

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The American religious scene is full of false teachers preaching a "gospel" that is focused solely on making people feel good about themselves. Fr Thomas reminds us that the truth of Christ promises us God's comfort in suffering, not the absence of suffering in this world. (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

I’m going to tell you a quick story about a very dear friend of mine. When I was in college, I was blessed to have a professor—his name was Dr. Robert Shankovich, and he’s still a very dear friend. I became very close to him. He was at my ordination. He was at the baptism of some of our children. He’s been to this parish…

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