St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Sermons from St. Mary Church

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What Is Fundamentalism?

May 10, 2008 - by Brett Grainger

2008 Fr. John vonHolzhausen Lecture by Brett Grainger on Saturday, May 10, 2008

Father Antony, members of St. Mary's, welcome guests,

I'd like to thank you all for coming this evening. I'd also like to thank Father Antony and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine for inviting me to deliver this year's vonHolzhausen lecture. As a member of St. Mary's, it is an honor to be connected with a name so beloved by the St. Mary's community, and to follow in the footsteps of previous speakers such as Nicholas Constas, now Father Maximos of Mount Athos.

The title of my talk this evening is "What Is Fundamentalism?" It's hard to think of another word that conjures more immediately visceral reactions.

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On the Sunday of St. Thomas

May 04, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Reading is from John 20:19-31

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

Christ is Risen!

How does the Church view Thomas? Listen to the hymns of Orthros and Vespers. They speak volumes. “…thou didst not deem him unworthy for his lack of faith…”  Another hymn recognizes that all the disciples were entertaining doubts, not Thomas alone.  (Perhaps he was the one with the honesty to admit it.)  In Thomas’ doubt the Church sees a remarkable opportunity.

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On the Service of the Holy Unction

April 23, 2008 - by David Vermette

Sermon preached by David Vermette on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

 

Mankind suffers from a grave illness.  It is fatal in every case.  Its name is mortality.  The Scripture teaches us that the sin of Adam and Eve introduced death into the world, but it is not the sin of our first parents that we inherit but their mortality.  No sooner are we born and grow up than we start to decay and we slide down the slope toward decomposition.  St.

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On Palm Sunday

April 20, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 20, 2008

 

(St. John 12:1-18)

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

My beloved!

We sing a hymn on Palm Sunday giving thanks that the Holy Spirit has brought us together this day in His most holy Church. In I Timothy chapter 3, verse 15 St.

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On the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

April 13, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 13, 2008

 

(Mark 10:32-45)

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

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Delivered at the 150 anniversary of the Paulists at the Paulist Center in Boston

April 08, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon given by Fr. Antony Hughes on April 8, 2008

PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The great prophet, mystic and healer St. Seraphim of Sarov always greeted people in one of two ways, either with the traditional Paschal Greeting, "Christ is Risen" in season or out, or by the gentle words, "My joy!"  Orthodox Pascha is near, only three short weeks away, so I will express my emotion at your hospitality on this great occasion by addressing you from the bottom of my heart as "My joy!"  I sense much here in harmony with my own heart.

In these verses from St.

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On Cheesefare Sunday

March 09, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Letter from Fr.

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son

February 24, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 24, 2008

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What is the opposite of fear?  You might say “courage” and you might be right. But it has been suggested that the opposite of fear is compassion.  I like that answer best.  Where there is no fear there is no need for defensiveness.  Judgment relies on fear. So does hate. Without fear compassion becomes possible.  If we are not defending ourselves, then the way is open to love.  Compassion, I insist, is not weakness.

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Two Pieties - On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

February 17, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 17, 2008

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Today's Parable is about the meeting of two distinct pieties: one a piety of ego and one a piety of the heart. But first let me tell you a story, at least the first part of the story.

You may have heard this before from me or read it in Metropolitan ANTHONY Bloom's excellent book BEGINNING TO PRAY. Right after Sayidna ANTHONY'S consecration an elderly woman approached him with a burning question. "Vladyka," she cried, "I've been praying the Jesus Prayer for thirty-five years yet I am still the same mean, old woman I was thirty-five years ago.

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On the Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

February 10, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Gospel always gives us a glimpse into Christ's Great Good Heart.  The Lord reveals to us His Father’s gracious will to heal and save all of creation by living among us an incarnate life and demonstrating in living color what it is that the Holy Trinity  desires.

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Zaccheus

February 03, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 3, 2008

Zaccheus was hated by his neighbors.  He was a tax collector. He cheated the people to profit himself. Though small in stature he had a big ego.  Big egos often come in small packages.  Still I am pretty sure he was not all bad and that some of the stories his neighbors told were far worse than the reality. His first step toward freedom came in the form of climbing a tree. In fact, Zaccheus was good down deep as all people are.  Jesus knew this and went out of his way to make something significant happen that day.  

The point about the ego came home to me just the other day.

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The Madding Crowd

January 27, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 27, 2008

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

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Growing Spiritually through Liturgy - Our Relationships with Others

January 27, 2008 - by Teva Regule

Presentation given by Teva Regule on Sunday, January 27, 2008

What is liturgy?  What are some of the benefits of coming together to celebrate the "sacred mysteries of life and our faith?"[1]  How can we grow closer to God through our communal celebration?  We began this series on the liturgy by looking at these questions.  We emphasized that liturgy is the context in which we become Church, the Body of Christ.  It has a catechetical as well as a formative and ultimately, a transformative dimension.  We also emphasized that it is work-it requires our active participation.

There are many ways that we can grow closer

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Growing Spiritually through Liturgy: The Inheritance of Tradition

January 20, 2008 - by John Daly

Presentation given by John Daly on Sunday, January 20, 2008

We live in a day and age where we don't like to memorize things.  In fact, even if we wanted to memorize things, we have a hard time doing so.  We're not really trained for it.  One of the "gotcha" questions many reporters like to ask political candidates is "Who is your favorite philosopher?" or "What is your favorite poem?" immediately followed up by "Could you recite a few lines for us?"  Even the most intelligent or educated among us sometime struggle with this.  It's hard for us to imagine how people could have committed the ancient Greek epics to memory -- thousands of lines, able to recall and recite them on command -- but they

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Growing Spiritually Through Liturgy: On the Liturgy of Thanksgiving (the Eucharist)

January 13, 2008 - by Dn. Jeffrey Smith

Presentation given by Deacon Jeffrey Smith on Sunday, January 13, 2008

Last week Dave Vermette spoke about the Liturgy of the Word.  Today, I am to speak about the second half of the liturgy – that is our participation in the Eucharist.

Someone once remarked to me that a typical Protestant service is just the first half of ours.  The Protestants certainly focus on the Liturgy of the Word of God, but not so much on our second half, the Eucharist – thanksgiving for the gifts of God, and participation in his body and blood.

Last week, Fr.

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Growing Spiritually Through Liturgy: The Liturgy of the Word

January 06, 2008 - by David Vermette

Presentation given by David Vermette on Sunday, January 6, 2008

The public portion of Liturgy is divided into two main parts: The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  As the invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the gifts is the highlight of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the highlight of the Liturgy of the Word is the reading of the Gospel of the Incarnate Word of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In the Gospel reading we receive Christ Himself through the sense of hearing as in the Holy Communion we receive Him through the sense of taste.  The readings from Holy Scripture and the Eucharist are both means by which we become partakers of the Divine Nature.

Now, if Jesus were to come visibly every Sunday and stand

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Growing Spiritually through Liturgy

December 30, 2007 - by Teva Regule

Liturgical Catechesis Presentation-Introduction

Presentation given by Teva Regule on Sunday, December 30, 2007

(I invite you to turn to the post communion hymn, "We have seen the true light".  In the 1987 edition of the Service book {Antiochian}, it is on p.

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Barns Filled With Nothing

November 18, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 18, 2007

Luke 12:16-21

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

There is a misconception that the Christian life is supposed to be miserable. Why, if that is not true, would the Church ask us to fast, to sacrifice and to deny ourselves the pleasures and goods of this life? But the opposite is true in fact. Although we do not use this word often in our conversation, happiness is one of the main goals of the Gospel message. We might use the word peace instead or contentment, but in the Christian context they are the same.

Jesus came to offer the way to true happiness.

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The Good Samaritan

November 11, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 11, 2007

Luke 10:25-37

It is the most natural thing for us to help one another. It is natural because we are made in the image of the All-Compassionate God. This is what defines us as human beings. We have to work very hard to subvert that natural inclination and one of the ways we do that is by making up stories.  

Most ethnic or national groups have a target for their story telling.  Everybody has a boogeyman. The Irish have the English, the Russians have the Chechnyans and religious fundamentalists (no matter what sect) have everybody else.  It turns the world into a nice, neat, controllable place.

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

November 04, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 4, 2007

(Luke 16:19-31)

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The message today is all about the sins of craving and fear also known as attachment and aversion.

Attachment is an irrational craving for the things of this world in the belief that in them we will find true happiness.

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