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All Saints Homilies

All Saints Homilies

The Path to Hell

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Fr. Pat examines three failures of the rich man in the story of the rich man and Lazarus from Luke 16. This homily was first given at All Saints Church several years ago.

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

Had I been picking the gospel for today, brothers and sisters, this would not be the one I would pick, where everything ends up in hell, but this is the one the Church assigns for today, so that’s what I must preach on. It’s a gospel in some ways I’d rather not preach on, at least not today. Notice how Paul, when he addresses the Christians, always calls them “saints.”…

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The Human Inheritance

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Pat reflects upon human history, the event of Jesus of Nazareth, and upon the true protagonist of this parable.

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

Taking my theme from the gospel reading for today, beloved in the Lord, I have in mind to reflect with you on the human inheritance. The operative Greek word in today’s gospel is kleronomia, translated as “inheritance.” The word kleros is any kind of device, like the drawing of straws, the rolling of a die, something of that sort of thing, in order to…

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The Fertile Fringe

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People come in to the Church through various ports of entry. But when they come in, they come in through the Cross. In this meditation given over the course of the four Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday, Fr. Pat considers with us four people, one from each Gospel, who cross over the border into the sphere of faith through the event of the Cross.

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

In the Antiochian Archdiocese, beloved of the Lord, Great and Holy Friday, Good Friday, is one of the days—and there aren’t many—where the full round of the monastic offices are done in the church. These are monastic offices, by the way. I’ll talk about that in a moment.

Last night we had matins following a procedure and a reversal of times which only two of…

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Confronted with the Gospel

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In Matthew 19, a young man has an encounter with Christ. Fr. Pat looks at three qualities of that encounter.

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

In the scene to which we’ve been listening these past few minutes, beloved of the Lord, Jesus meets a man who approaches him. This young man himself took the initiative. He is described as a neaniskos, which means a young man. That is said twice, neaniskos, as though to stress that he is an immature person, not fully grown.

The emphasis on the story lies on…

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The Humanization of Reality

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In the Incarnation, God assumes not only human nature, but also human experience. With respect to this, Fr. Pat Reardon talks about human memory, human speech, and human resolve

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

Were I to entitle this morning’s sermon, it would be this: “The Humanization of Reality.” Now what do we mean by “reality”? God, and everything else. I’m leaving aside any analogy of being or anything else like that. I do know that to be is not the same as to not to be, so we have at least that in common with God, that we are, although I know that “being”…

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The Proper Way to Pray

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St. Luke both begins and ends his Gospel with the people God praying in the Temple. This suggests a priority for the Gospel writer. So too, the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican is story about the proper way to pray.

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

This year is the first time I can remember that the Triodion begins before the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple. The Presentation of the Lord to the Temple is the end of the Christmas season, and that’s not until this coming Friday, but today we’re already starting our progression to Pascha. I don’t remember that—it may have happened some other time,…

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Return to Barbarism (Acts 16:16-34)

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

Christ is risen! [Indeed he is risen!] Al-Masīḥ qām! [Ḥaqqan qām!] Christos anesti! [Alithos anesti!] Khristos voskrese! [Voistinu voskrese!] Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!] Resurrexit Christus! [Vere resurrexit!]

The story of the conversion of the jailer, Paul and Silas singing…

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Mark Grows Up (Acts 15:36-40)

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

Those familiar with the history of the Church, my beloved in Christ, are aware that we Antiochian Christians have had our disagreements from time to time. In fact, it’s one of our strong points; sad to say, one of our weaknesses. For when we are weak, then we are strong. At least, that’s the way I would rationalize it. But the Antiochians, from the very beginning, have been notoriously…

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Spiritual Sunspots (Acts 5:1-11)

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Ananias and Sapphira's blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

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

Today’s account of the fate of Ananias and Sapphira, my beloved in Christ, is arguably the most frightening story in the New Testament. Even as I stood and listened to it this morning, I wondered to myself: How can I preach on this text? It’s truly, absolutely frightening. I find it scarier than anything in the Old Testament, probably because it’s in the New Testament.


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An Anchor for the Soul (Hebrews 6:13-20)

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

What was arguably the best work of fiction written in English in the 19th century, my brothers and sisters, was also perhaps one of the best treatises of philosophy during that century. It was a lengthy account of a sea voyage. There was a ship called the Pequod. It was a whaling vessel with an international crew that significantly set sail on Christmas Day. The tone of that story,…

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