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Extravagant Love is what Our King Deserves - Palm Sunday 2016

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God.[Amen.]

Blessed Feast of the Palms, brothers and sisters. Shaa’nini mbaraki. Today, Jerusalem is rejoicing; yesterday, Bethany was rejoicing. Our Savior came to Bethany, and he wiped the tears from the faces of Mary and Martha. And it was only right, because they had been wounded by the death of Lazarus. Our Savior, who is life, came to give life to his friend. He raised…

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Reading the Scriptures with Accountability - Patristic Counsels on Bible Study

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Greetings to all of you Arena listeners. This is Fr. Josiah. Very recently I was invited to the Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington, and there I delivered what was called an Athanasius Lecture on the subject of “Reading the Scriptures with Accountability: Patristic Counsels on Bible Study.” That’s what you’re about to hear, and I hope it will be edifying for you. God be with you.

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Gay Iconoclasm: Holding the Line against the Radical LGBT Agenda

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Fr. Josiah speaks at the opening Plenary Session of the World Congress of Families X in Tbilisi, Georgia.

What you’re about to hear is a lecture given by Fr. Josiah Trenham on May 16, 2016, at the opening plenary session at the World Congress of Families X in Tbilisi, Georgia. This lecture was delivered to a packed audience of 2,500 persons at the Royal Philharmonic in downtown Tbilisi in the presence and with the blessings of Georgian Catholicos and Patriarch His Holiness Ilia II. This lecture presents the 50-year history of the gay revolution in California…

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Abandonment: Divine and Human

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The Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

Brothers and sisters the gracious hands of the church are molding us as we approach Great Lent. We are coming to that season of wonders, that season of radical change for us. It is a holy time, the Holy Fathers of the church call Lent, a tithe of the year. It is approximately ten percent of the entire year and if we embrace Lent sincerely, it sanctifies the whole year that is how much grace exists in the season of Lent.

And to prepare us for this, the weeks…

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware at St. Andrew’s

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The Publican and the Pharisee. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

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

Today, on this Sunday, brothers and sisters in Christ, we are making a new beginning, a fresh start. It is the commencement of a new period in the Church’s year, the period known as the Triodion. Last night at vespers, the reader came and picked up the book of the Triodion that was resting just in front of the icon of Christ on the icon screen, and this is the book that we…

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Beating the Devil

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Reflecting on the Canaanite Woman.

Recently, as I was getting ready to hear a confession, I had an experience that is really quite common, I heard from the confessee about how difficult it was for this person to finally make it to confession. They had been trying, intending, planning, time after time after time, and each time as though of the blue, this obstacle and that obstacle appeared suddenly. And the confessee said to me, “Something is just holding me back.” and I put my head up and I said,…

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Making Your Church a Catechetical Power House

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Mat. Valerie Zahirsky: Fr. Josiah Trenham is a native southern Californian. He’s been married to Catherine Christie for 27 years and has 10 children, was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1993, and received a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham in England in 2004. He’s served as pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California, since 1998. He’s the founder and director of Patristic…

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Pastors and Politics

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Father Josiah Trenham speaks at the 2015 Unite IE Conservative Conference. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

Several months ago, Fr. Josiah was invited to speak at a conference in southern California entitled “Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference.” There he shared the podium with Governor Bobby Jindal and several Republican presidential candidates. Father delivered a lecture entitled “Pastors and Politics” in which he argued for the supreme importance of clergy speaking truth to politicians. This video is published with the permission…

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Rivers from the Heart for a Parched People: Holy Pentecost

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.] Blessed Pentecost to all of you, brothers and sisters. Thank you.

Our Savior told his disciples not to give their pearls to swine. This is a reference in which our Savior is describing the apostolic teaching, the word of God, the Scriptures that he had imparted to his disciples and that he had commissioned them to impart to the world. He calls that teaching “pearls.”…

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Prayer for Retention: Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]

You might know, brothers and sisters, that in Christian art, in sacred art, the evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—have images associated with them that are often depicted in the icons of the evangelists. These images are the lion, the eagle, a man, and a calf. They are associated with particular evangelists, so, for instance, Matthew is the lion. Perhaps he’s…

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