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The Mystery of Churching

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

I wish you all a very happy Feast of our Savior’s Meeting in the Temple and the Purification of the Virgin. Before I start my homily, brothers and sisters, I want to point out two things to you. The first is this beautiful epigonation that I’m wearing upon my knee. This shield is the sign of a priest who is a confessor, who’s given the faculties of confession…

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Rejoicing with Christ in the Furnace

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Sunday of the Three Holy Youths. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

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

Yesterday, brothers and sisters, we were involved in catechism, as usual on Saturday afternoons. The subject yesterday was the Holy Spirit, and amongst other things I was speaking to the catechumens about acquiring the mind of the Church, the mind of the Spirit, as St. Paul calls it, and especially to think the right thoughts about God and about ourselves and about the calling…

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The Amazing St. Luke 15

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

This is the Sunday, brothers and sisters, of the Prodigal Son, which is recorded only one place in the gospels, and that’s in the 15th chapter of St. Luke’s gospel. Eight of the 27 books in the New Testament actually have a 15th chapter, and there are some truly amazing 15th chapters. The 15th chapter of the Apocalypse is the account of the seven bulls of the Lord’s…

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Bruno “the Loser” Mars

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

I am sorely tempted to deliver a homily other than that which I prepared today on the great power of fellowship. I say this because these last two weeks I’ve been really feeling terrible. I’ve been very sad, and it’s been really a horrible two weeks. As a matter of fact, not this Sunday but the Sunday before, I woke up on Sunday morning and my mind woke up before…

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Mourning the Abortion Holocaust

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The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

Fr. Josiah Trenham: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God.

People: Amen.

Fr. Josiah: It is the greatest honor, the most wonderful blessing in life to dwell near God and in the holy Church. He who brought all things into existence from nothing, who brought light out of the darkness in the first creation, fashioned the Church as the body of his Son. This is the new creation,…

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The Way Up is Down

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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, brothers and sisters, on this fifth Sunday of the Great Fast, the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. We have one more week of Lent, and then, having done with ourselves, we enter into the sublime Holy Week and hope to greet our Lord’s Passion and to be accounted worthy of partaking in the Resurrection.

This morning I want to speak with you about the Gospel text,…

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The Charitable Anathema

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The Sunday of Orthodoxy. Learn more about Patristic Nectar Publications.

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

Brothers and sisters, I greet you on this feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy which is celebrated with such verve, such enthusiasm, by all our Orthodox brothers and sisters around the world, celebrating the victory of our faith, the victory of the Church and the Christian and apostolic teaching regarding the sacred icons over the icon-smashers, those that we know as the iconoclast…

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The Devil and His Half Truths

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Fr. Josiah: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen. Christ is Risen. Truly He is Risen! Brothers and sisters, it’s a great joy for us to be gathered in the House of God together; listening to the Gospel – the miraculous work of our Savior. You know, He fashioned from clay new eyes for this man to show that He Himself was the Creator of all and also that He’s continuing His creation. He’s fashioning…

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Post-Modern and Post-Christian Assimilation and Secularization

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Sunday of the Paralytic

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! What a marvelous, compassionate Savior we serve, who takes the burdens of those who have suffered long, decades, 38 years, upon Himself and heals them.

Our Savior said two things which strike me profoundly in this Gospel. The first is a question that he poses to the paralytic man. “Do you want to get well?” It’s a backward question…

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