First Sunday of Lent – Sunday of Orthodoxy

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! My dear friends, fasting is the spring of renewal of our souls. As we learn from the Fathers, for the true Christian, fasting is to be a spiritually joyful time in which we allow the bright Sun, that is, our Lord Jesus Christ, … Continue reading First Sunday of Lent – Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Forgiveness – Cheesefare Sunday

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! Today, on the very eve of Lent, the Church calls us with spiritual joy to begin the journey from the darkness of sin to the light of renewal and purification of our soul. For you see, Lent is the dawn of a new … Continue reading Sunday of Forgiveness – Cheesefare Sunday

Sunday of the Last Judgment – Meatfare Sunday

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!Today is the fourth of the Prelenten Sundays, the fourth in the preparatory Sundays given to us in order that we might prepare ourselves for the Great Fast. It is commonly called Meatfare Sunday, because it is the last day before Great Lent begins … Continue reading Sunday of the Last Judgment – Meatfare Sunday

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever.Today’s Gospel of the Prodigal Son tells us not only about sins and repentance, but also about the mercy of forgiveness that God gives us. Likewise, in many ways, it continues and amplifies the same lessons that we learned last week with the Publican … Continue reading Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost / Zacchaeus Sunday

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever.Today we both end the series of Sundays after Pentecost with this 37th and Final Sunday, and we also begin with the very first commemoration of the new Paschal cycle – with what is called “Zacchaeus Sunday.” Next week, we begin in earnest the … Continue reading Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost / Zacchaeus Sunday

Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost / Saint Maximus

My dear friends in our Lord, Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!This Sunday, we celebrate the remembrance of the Saint Maximus the Confessor, the epistle and the gospel lessons being taken from the Menaion for his feast.While much could be said, and countless instructions could be given regarding the scriptures we hear today, I myself … Continue reading Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost / Saint Maximus

Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever.The Holy Gospel does not tell us how many years the blind man in today's lesson carried his own heavy burden meekly until the Lord healed Him. The healing took place, of course, not because he was shouting very loudly, but because our Lord … Continue reading Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday after the Theophany

Sunday after the Theophany - 2019 My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ; glory forever!“Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” These are the words with which we conclude today's Gospel reading. And it is with these profound and holy words, that our Lord begins his public preaching to … Continue reading Sunday after the Theophany

Sunday after the Nativity

My dear friends in our Lord: glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! The past couple of Sundays, the Church has commemorated and had her children recall to mind the great forefathers of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we ourselves prepared for the celebration of the Birth of our Saviour. And now that we are in … Continue reading Sunday after the Nativity

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Sunday of the Holy Fathers, 6 January 2019. My dear friends in our Lord: Glory to Jesus Christ, glory forever. Today, as we stand at the very threshold of the most joyous and august feast of the Nativity of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, we have the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, this … Continue reading Sunday of the Holy Fathers