St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Sermons from St. Mary Church

   

On the Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

June 16, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus is a dangerous passage. It directs us to consider lofty and mysterious things. It gets us to the heart of the spiritual life which is uncomfortable for us. In this prayer the Lord speaks of intimacy, oneness, communion and identification with God – not just his, but ours. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Blind Man

June 09, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We come to the subject of blindness and enlightenment. But blindness, as you know, isn't just a physical feat involving our two eyes. There is also an interior blindness that is far more difficult and important to heal. The Gospel of John tends to point us in the direction of esoteric things, inner things. The mystical life, much more than the synoptic Gospels do, and that is why John for the Orthodox tends to be favored. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

June 02, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
For many years, through study and practice, I have become convinced that today's Gospel is the key to understanding what the spiritual life is all about. The basics are all here. The essential elements are all here. It is true that the healing is in the practice. Jesus reveals the secrets of the kingdom, not to a scholar, nor to a jew, nor to a man, but to a woman, a Samaritan and an adulteress. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 26, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Gospels do not change, but our perspectives should change as we grow spriitually and psychologically. More and more meaning should become clear. Of course, if we are not commited to the spiritual path, it all seems rather boring. So now that we have gotten to the other side of Pascha, and the light of the Resurrection is shining, we should be able to look at these Gospels with a new eye. Since the Resurrection of Jesus is a cosmic event, affecting all of the universe, we all have been affected by it. Why Cosmic? Because He is the Alpha and the Omega, the One through Whom, in Whom, and for Whom, all things are created! Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

May 19, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
In the church, we have become trapped in literalism, excessive literalism, worshipping historical events so much that we miss altogether the meaning behind them, or rather the message that they point to. I fear that in this way, the church becomes an idol of truth, rather than a vehicle of truth. Religion must become for us more than a system of beliefs. It must become a pathway to enlightenment and awakening. Read more...
 

The Spiritual Practice of Holy Week

April 28, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We are encouraged to put aside our worldly cares, to rest our weary minds, and enter into a period of spiritual contemplation that has the power to transform us not only for seven days, but for all days. Read more...
 

Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombing

April 24, 2013 - by Rebecca S.
Dear Dhokhar Tsarnaev, On Average the passenger of a car has 2.83 life changing revelations per car ride. I know what you're thinking, how does this have to do with you? I was thinking about forgiveness. Read more...
 

Taking the More Excellent Way

April 21, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
I have two points to make today and they are about Mary of Egypt. They will lead me to the subject of this last week in our beloved city of Boston. Why did Mary go to the desert the most inhospitable place in the whole world? For one reason: she decided it was time to stop running from her pain, to face it, and be healed. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of St. John Climacus

April 14, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
What is the point of bringing up the story of the epileptic boy on the Fourth Sunday of Lent? There is one practical reason. It is because our lives are a mess. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

April 07, 2013 - by Alexey Orlovsky
The joy of the faithful, transmitted over centuries, the joy of the Resurrection is handed down to us through the Cross. The very bonds of time are shattered by the Cross and the Resurrection. This is but a small foretaste of how we participate in the Kingdom of God. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

March 31, 2013 - by Jennifer Nahas
Today we commemorate St. Gregory Palamas, known as the Theologian of Hesychasm - the mystical tradition of experiential prayer in the Orthodox Church. Read more...
 

On the Feast of the Annunciation

March 24, 2013 - by Nadia Abuelezam
Sermon preached by Nadia Abuelezam on March 24, 2013 at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA on the Feast of the Annunciation. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of Forgiveness

March 17, 2013 - by Ioana Chirieac
This Sunday is such a special day as we prepare for lent. Forgiving others and softening our hearts is the first step in allowing Christ in the midst of our lives, with body and spirit knitted together in the Holy Spirit, right here and right now. Read more...
 

On Judgement Sunday

March 10, 2013 - by Sarah Byrne-Martelli
In today's teaching of our Lord, the story of the sheep and the goats on Judgment Sunday, we are taught the very essence of Christian life: that loving others is loving God, and vice versa. Our place at the right hand of the Father completely depends on this. Read more...
 

The Parable of the Two Sons

March 03, 2013 - by Andrea Popa
Today is called the Sunday of the Prodigal Son but if you look at the Biblical passage for just a moment you'll see it starts the story by saying, "A certain man had two sons." Two sons. Read more...
 

On the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

February 24, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The heart longs for Truth. There is no other route to freedom. But often the Truth is too much to swallow. We resist especially if it challenges tightly held systems of beliefs that support our view of ourselves and the world. Read more...
 

Light For the Darkest Places

January 20, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
On the Sunday after the Feast of Theophany we read from St. Matthew’s Gospel about how the people "who sat in darkness have seen a great light," specifically those who dwelt in the "land of Zebulon and Napthali the Galilee of the Gentiles." Read more...
 

On the Feast of the Nativity

December 25, 2012 -
In the Western Rite on Christmas Eve the Prologue from St. John’s Gospel is read. It is a good choice for this night. Do you remember it? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…" Read more...
 

What Many Do Not Know

November 25, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Indian priest Anthony de Mello told this story: A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. "Why aren't you fishing?" asked the industrialist. "Because I have caught enough fish for the day," said the fisherman. Read more...
 

The Seeds of Divine Company

October 14, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God is the great sower of the seeds. From the beginning of creation he has been sowing and all the way to its end he will still be sowing. In one of Paul Simon’s most beautiful songs he writes "creation is never done." Science tells us that the universe is still expanding! Into what, who knows? But once a creator always a creator. Read more...