St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Sermons from St. Mary Church

367 Total Articles

   

The Role of Memory in Identity Formation in the Orthodox Christian Paschal Feast

March 20, 2009 -
My talk this evening will explore the role of memory in the Orthodox Christian Paschal celebration. Specifically, I will use the texts of the Vesperal Liturgy of Basil (i.e. the Paschal Vigil) celebrated on Holy Saturday and the Paschal Matins service. Read more...
 

Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia

March 15, 2009 -
In her 53 brief years, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia lived a life so full, so rich, so meaningful, so Christ-like....that she became a saint. Read more...
 

Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 08, 2009 - by Ashley Clampitt Purpura
The first time I attended an Orthodox Liturgy was when I was six years old, and it happened to be the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The same Sunday of Orthodoxy we celebrate today. Read more...
 

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 15, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Compassion is the key. It always is. The attitude of the father towards his Prodigal Son is compassion. In him there is no judgment, only love when he leaves and when the Son returns, joy! Read more...
 

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

February 08, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The story of the Pharisee and the Publican is about two men in two very different places spiritually. The Pharisee represents the selfish, egotistical person, arrogant, prideful, deluded and, paradoxically, a man devoted to religion and Scripture, at least on the surface! Read more...
 

Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

February 01, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Today Jesus goes even further than the Galilee of the Gentiles all the way to the district of Tyre and Sidon in present day Lebanon where the light, according to the religious tradition of first century Palestinian Judaism, was not supposed to shine! Read more...
 

On the Second Sunday of Advent

November 23, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
A woman dying of cancer told her counselor one morning that she believed someone had stolen her diamond ring. She had only a few weeks at most to live, but the loss of that ring sent her into a rage! Read more...
 

On the Second Sunday of Luke

October 05, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

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On the First Sunday of Luke

September 28, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Today we begin reading Gospel passages from Luke on Sunday mornings. This is called the First Sunday of Luke.  Seeing that Luke will be our companion for the next weeks, it might be good to take a look at a few of his themes. Every Gospel has its own perspective and agenda.  Luke's Gospel presents a vision of Christ and the Christian life that is radical.

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Forefeast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

September 07, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Reading is from John 3:16-21

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!   

Of all the verses in the New Testament this one from the third chapter of St.

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The Epileptic Boy

August 24, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 17:14-23

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

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Walking on Water

August 17, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 14:22-34

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.  Glory to Jesus Christ!

Why did Peter sink on the Sea of Galilee?  Wasn't the presence of the Lord and his invitation enough for Peter to complete his stroll on the water successfully?  Evidently not.  What happened?  St.

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Of Deviled Ham

July 20, 2008 - by Dn. Jeffrey Smith

Sermon by Dn. Jeffrey Smith from Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

Yesterday, Fr.

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Sunday of the Holy Fathers

July 13, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

A peace officer told this story.  "I had arrested a man who singled me out for real animosity.  When I had to take him to a paddy wagon, he spit in my face...and he went after me with a chair.

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Parish Life Conference Sermon

June 28, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Saturday, June 28, 2008

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

Christ is in our midst!

It will take great wisdom for the Church to address the issues of our times.  Every age presents both dilemma and opportunity.  Being an optimist I rather see these days as an opportunity to dig deep into our spiritual tradition, to reexamine and reaffirm what we believe to be true and to find new ways to minister to our suffering world.  I speak to you from one of the epicenters of the controversy over marriage.  Right across the street from St.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 22, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Blessed Feast to all of you on this day of All Saints.

Christos Yannaras has written that the Orthodox life is a series of risk-takings.  In fact, risk-taking is at the heart of the Gospel.  Creating the universe, particularly human beings, was a tremendous risk on the part of God.  Investing the Hebrews with the Abrahamic covenant was risky to say the least.  The Incarnation was risky and bold beyond human imagination. God is a risk-taker because God is love.  Love is always risky.

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On the Sunday of Pentecost

June 15, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 15, 2008

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Reading is from John 7:37-52; 8:12

 “He who believes in me, as the scripture says, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’  Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive.“ “Do you not know,” writes St.

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On the Sunday of the Blind Man

June 01, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 1, 2008

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

Christ is Risen!

The story of the Blind Man holds one of those intriguing little mysteries we may never understand.  Why did Jesus use mud to heal the man?  We simply do not know.

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On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 18, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Reading is from John 5:1-15

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.  Christ is Risen!

In one of the hymns at Great Vespers we read this: The paralytic… was like a dead man unburied.  Paralysis of his body was the least of his problems.  He was also paralyzed in mind and heart.

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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers

May 11, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.  Christ is Risen!

The Gospel reading today should be familiar to you.  The verses from chapter 16:1-8 comprise the reading before the closed doors of the Church on the night of Holy Pascha.  According to most Biblical scholars St.

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