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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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A Black Day: Supreme Folly from the Supremes

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

You are wondering, I’m sure, why your priest is celebrating the liturgy in his black vestments that we wear in holy week and at a funeral. You’re wondering, probably, who died, and I haven’t told you yet. Much, much worse than that, brothers and sisters. I wish that, instead of the cause for wearing black vestments today, I had only the sorrow to tell you that…

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Power and Pity

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The Authority of Jesus Christ. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Glory to him.]

Power and pity, combined in the awe-inspiring authority of our Savior that you heard about in the gospel lesson. Our Savior stood amongst men and gazed into their hearts. He knew the faith-filled intentions of the paralytic and his friends, and he knew the evil thoughts that were passing through the minds of the Pharisees and the Jewish rulers who refused to accept his…

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What Jesus Wants from Us

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

I greet you all, brothers and sisters, on this Lord’s day, on this day of the Resurrection—thank you, Fr. Peter; what a delight to be with you and to serve at the holy table here in this magnificent church and this wonderful shrine of St. John. This Sunday you should hear in your mind a bell tolling, because this is the Sunday of Zacchaeus. For those of you who only…

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Love Moves: The Life of St. John the Wonderworker

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"Loving God Without Fear" is a free three-part lecture series by Father Irenei (Steenberg), Ph.D., author of “The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer." Father Irenei, a onetime fellow of Oxford University and Chair of Theology and Religious Studies at Leeds in the United Kingdom, is currently director of the Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies and an Archimandrite in the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church in America. This is part two.

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

My beloved fathers, my dear brothers and sisters, it is a joy to be with you again on this glorious day. I am used to living about five miles north in the heart of San Francisco, and if you’ve looked out the windows of this hotel, you see what blankets the city, day to day: that layer of fog. It looks so lovely from over here; it doesn’t look quite the same from underneath. I’ve…

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