Sermons from St. Mary Church

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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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Education Sunday

October 21, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 21, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

I want to say a few words about Christian Education today.  It is an important subject for all of us to consider. It is not just about teaching children, but of the education of our community as a whole.

The emphasis in churches of all kinds has been towards children. Sunday Schools are mostly about them.  Of course this is necessary.

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The Seed is the Word of God

October 14, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 14, 2007

Luke 8:5-15

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

Today's Gospel reading is St. Luke's account of the Parable of the Sower. Interpreting the parable to his disciples Jesus told them that the seed represents the Word of God. I want to expand our understanding of what the word of God is and then say a few words about what we need to do to be able to receive it.

Often we limit our definition of "the word of God" to the Holy Scriptures and while that is true it is not the whole picture.

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Watering Seeds of Virtue

September 30, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Luke 6:31-36

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

“As you would have men do to you, do also to them. If you love those who love you, what good is that? Love your enemies and do good and lend expecting nothing in return and then you will be called the children of the Highest. Be merciful just as your Father in Heaven is merciful.”

Jesus calls us to live up to our divine potential. The whole of what that means is summed up here.  Love everyone and do good for them, even our enemies and give without expecting anything in return.

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Belief and Faith

September 23, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 23, 2007

(The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11)

Jesus Christ turned the world upside down and inside out in big ways and little ways. When He asked Peter to set out on the lake and cast his nets again he was giving him a chance to see things in a different way.  Everything Peter had learned as a fisherman told him that fishing on Galilee was to be done at certain times and in certain ways. Old habits die hard. Pride gets in the way. Still Peter did as he was asked and his world changed.

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The Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

September 16, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 16, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

There is an old African proverb, "When the student is ready the teacher will appear."

Over the past four years many teachers have appeared in my life from a great variety of places beginning with a sixteen-year old camper at Antiochian Village and ending presently with an Abbot from Greece.

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The Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

September 09, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 9, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved."

This verse is the very heart of the Gospel. It is the reason we are here, the reason the Church exists. It is the message we preach, Christ and him crucified, for the sake of love, for the salvation of the world. St. Paul claimed to preach this message and nothing else.

Love becomes incarnate.

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Many are Called, Few are Chosen

September 02, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 2, 2007

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 needs a little explanation. Placed in its context the message is much more meaningful.

The parable has three parts. In the first, a king sends servants to invite guests to his son’s marriage feast, but they make light of it, refuse to come and kill the messengers. The angry king sends his troops to wipe them out and burn their city.

In the second part, the king sends more servants out to invite others to the feast, everyone they find, the good and the bad.

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The Light and the Law

July 15, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, July 15, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Jesus, the Light of the World, says that we, too, are the light of the world. He is the Sun and we are the moon, reflectors and receptors of the Divine Radiance. And this is why we were created: to bear the light of God and to become brighter and brighter, progressing in the likeness to God in whose image we have been made.

St. Paul writes of the potential we hold saying that the whole of creation eagerly awaits the revealing of the children of God.

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Matthew 9:1-6

July 08, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, July 8, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The words and deeds of Jesus and were one and the same. There was no hypocrisy in him. So he could not only forgive the sins of the paralytic he could demonstrate the truth of his words with miracles. Some of the scribes were disturbed by what they heard and saw. They could not bear to hear the truth. They claimed that Jesus was a blasphemer. To prove otherwise Jesus went one step further and healed the poor man of his paralysis.

The crowds were amazed.

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If the Eye is Sound

June 17, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 17, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

Lamps give light when they are turned on, if the bulb is good, if the electrical connection is unimpeded; that is, if the lamp is in working order all will be well and the room will be filled with light.

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On the Sunday of All American Saints

June 10, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 10, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

On the second Sunday after Pentecost the Church asks us to remember all our local saints. We have ten officially and eleven unofficially. Some of them lived and died on American soil. Let me name them for you: St. Herman of Alaska, St. Innocent the Apostle to America, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, St. Alexis Toth of Wilkesbarre, PA, St. Jacob of Alaska, St. Juvenaly the Martyr and St. Peter the Aleut, also a martyr. Three lived and ministered in America for a time, but died in post-revolutionary Russia: St. John Kochurov, St. Alexander Hotovitzky and St.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 03, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 03, 2007

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

Today let’s look at two verses from the readings for today’s Divine Liturgy, one from the Epistle and one from the Gospel.

The first is from the Gospel.

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The Blind Man

May 13, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 13, 2007

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

Christ is Risen!

Jesus brings light into centuries of darkness in today’s Gospel reading. He does so much more than simply giving sight to the blind man; he opens the eyes of his disciples to an important truth about God.

The disciples ask him a question.

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At the Pool of Bethesda

April 29, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 29, 2007

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

Christ is Risen!

The paralytic at the pool experienced a moment of groundlessness. Groundlessness is when you reach the point at which nothing seems familiar. It is what we sometimes call the “edge”. It can be a frightening place. One more step and off you go into only God knows what or where. We have all been there. Marriage is such a jumping off place, the birth of a child, the first semester at college, the first days in a new job. I can think of many such jumping off places.

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The Ministry of the Myrrhbearers

April 22, 2007 - by Teva Regule

Sermon Preached by Teva Regule on the Sunday of the Myrhhbearing Women - April 22, 2007

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

I never knew my maternal grandfather. He died long before I was born. He had come to the United States from a small village in Romania as a young man on the eve of WWI. He worked as an “ice man,” delivering ice for the refrigerators of the day—“ice boxes.” He eventually married a young woman who had also come from the same village, my grandmother. I grew up hearing about him from the stories she told. He suffered from an extended illness before he passed away and she took care of him and continually prayed for him.

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On the Service of Holy Unction

April 04, 2007 - by David Vermette

Sermon Preached by David Vermette on Holy Wednesday - April 4, 2007

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

Throughout the season of Great Lent the Church reads the Book of Genesis. That book of Scripture teaches that God created mankind, male and female, in his image and in his likeness and set them in a Paradise where they enjoyed all of the good things of the Earth. The man and the woman lived without sickness, without violence, without fear, without doubt, and without shame. Perhaps the greatest gift of all is that our primeval ancestors enjoyed free discourse with the Creator of All.

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On Palm Sunday

April 01, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 1, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The crowd in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday long ago was mistaken. Jesus was not the Messiah they had hoped for. He did not come to overthrow Rome or to establish an earthly kingdom. They would have known that if they had listened carefully and deeply to his words, if they had not been so attached to their own expectations and ideas. You see, they were not attached to Jesus at all. They were attached to their interpretations of Jesus.

It is a common problem.

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On the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2007 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 25, 2007

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The words of the archangel Gabriel to Mary are rich with meaning for us. What does it mean to be “full of grace”?

It means that Mary was filled with the energy of God. Holy Tradition teaches that Mary was prepared to be a servant of God. She was raised in the Temple, not an unusual thing for a young girl in those days. There she learned to live a life mindful of God in even the smallest details of life. She was taught as were all pious Jews to practice the presence of God.

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