Sermons from St. Mary Church

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Radical Compassion

October 08, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 8, 2006

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

I want to speak about radical compassion, the kind that encompasses everything and everyone. Not only do we see an example of it in the Gospel today, of Jesus toward the widow who had lost her only son, but there is an example even closer to our experience, that of the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA. Allow me to read a little from a couple of news stories.

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Being Faithful in Small Things

October 01, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 1, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“We cannot do great things,” said Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “but we can do small things with great love.”

St. Francis came upon an almond tree in the dead of winter. He said to it, “Speak to me of God” and the tree immediately burst into bloom.

My dear friends, a follower of Jesus will produce works of radiant, transcendent love, small and large.

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Peter, Self-Denial, and Change

September 24, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 24, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom once advised inquirers to Orthodoxy to put down their books and attend a Divine Liturgy. “The service is long, but even Orthodox services eventually come to an end. And if you simply stand there and are open to whatever happens, something might.” Being open is the key. Something may just happen if we are open to recognizing, receiving and embracing it when it comes.

There is a wonderful character in Islamic literature by the name of Nasrudin.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 18, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 18, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.” These are stern words. We need to understand them properly.

What is it to acknowledge Christ “before men”. Simply put, it is to recognize Christ in others and to “be Christ” to others.

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On the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Council

June 04, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 4, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Our Gospel reading is from St. John chapter 17, a section from the longest prayer of Jesus recorded in the Bible. It is called “the High Priestly prayer” because in it Jesus is praying for His disciples and for the whole Church. “I pray for them,” he says and later he will pray for all us us who have come to believe in him. We pray the same way in our services because he has taught us to. We pray for those living, for those who have fallen asleep and for those who are to come.

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On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 14, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 14, 2006

The poor man had been laying in the porticoes of the pool of Bethzada for years and years waiting for what must have seemed to him an impossible task. How often did the water become troubled? Once a day? Once a week? Every other Thursday? Perhaps it was a random occurrence, completely unpredictable. The Gospel is tantalizing in what it does not say as much as what it does say. Of course, if we lived in first century Palestine we would likely know the details of the miraculous pool.

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The Marks of a Christian - On the Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 09, 2006 - by Dr. Lewis Patsavos

Sermon Preached by Dr. Lewis Patsavos on Sunday, April 9, 2006

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." (Mk 10:33-34)

As we meditate on these words of our Lord's passion, beloved in Christ, and ponder its mystery, let us take heart from the words of promise uttered by our Lord Himself: "And the third day He will rise again." For the Christian who takes these words seriously, they are words of hope, strength, and victory over evil.

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San Cristobal

March 19, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 19, 2006

It’s remarkable that when you try to put a little flesh and blood on our theology by attempting to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children the Lord responds. Why each successive visit seems to bring greater results and blessings, I do not know and yet that has been the case thus far.

We dedicated our mission to San Cristobal Orphanage to Ss. Mother Maria of Paris and Elizabeth the Grand Duchess on a Tuesday morning while adding to a mountain of broken concrete representing hours of hard labor.

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On the Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 12, 2006 - by Fr. Raphael Daly

Sermon Preached by Fr. Raphael Daly on Sunday, March 12, 2006

This morning, I would like to tell you the story of two women, who chose very different paths for their respective lives, but arrived at the same destination. The background for this story is the iconoclast controversy, and the feast we celebrate today - the Sunday of Orthodoxy. I won't get into the history of the iconoclast controversy this morning - there are many fine books on the subject already written, and chances are most of you know the story already. But for those that don't, in the 8th century, the church came under attack from those who proclaimed that having icons and venerating them is wrong.

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On the Sunday of Forgiveness

March 05, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 5, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

On this the Sunday of Forgiveness, I think we need to think of forgiveness as more than something we do, but as something we are, or are meant to become. Forgiveness, Jesus says, if it is true, must come from the heart, overflowing like the streams of living water the Lord mentions in St. John’s Gospel.

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 19, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 19, 2006

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

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On the Sunday of Zaccheus

January 29, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 29, 2006

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

When I was a youngster my mother taught me a little song about Zaccheus. It began, “Zaccheus was a wee little man”. Do parents still teach that song to their children?

Why was Zaccheus a “wee little man”? Certainly, we are told by St. Luke that he was short, so short he had to climb a tree to see Jesus as he was passing by. But I think there is more to this than a mere physical description. Zaccheus was short in character, small in moral stature.

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On the Sacred Gift of Life Sunday

January 22, 2006 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, January 22, 2006

(After reading the letter from Metropolitan PHILIP)

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Metropolitan expresses my position exactly.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The position of the Church vis a vis abortion is clear, it has always been the same. We see life, from conception to death and beyond, as a sacred gift to be honored, protected and respected.

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On the 11th Sunday of Luke

December 11, 2005 - by Dn. Jeffrey Smith

Sermon Preached by Dn. Jeffrey Smith on Sunday, December 11, 2005

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

Today we heard the “gospel of excuses”, which strikes a note of sobriety as we approach the birth of Christ. I urge us to be watchful, to take care, and be attentive to our lives. This time of preparation, this “Winter Pascha” brings to mind the week before Pascha, during which we sing the gospel from Matthew 25:6 :

Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching, and unworthy is the servant whom he shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, oh my soul.

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The Foolish Rich Man

November 27, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 27, 2005

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Planted in our hearts are possibilities, good and bad. It is possible for us to become unwholesome people filled with greed, pride, hatred, selfishness, insensitivity, intolerance, judgment, and cruelty. Or we can become people filled with love, peace, tolerance, compassion, joy. It is our decision which seeds take root and grow in us.

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The Daughter of Jairus and the Woman with the Issue of Blood

November 06, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 6, 2005

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

When Jesus returned from the country of the Gerasenes where the episode with the demoniac and the herd of swine took place a crowd welcomed him. He had been teaching and working miracles all around Galilee so, of course, people thronged to see him wherever he went. All of these wonderful things began to happen right after Jesus was baptized and was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days.

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Do Unto Others

October 02, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Do Unto Others

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 2, 2005

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

And just as you want men to do to you, do also to them. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you seek to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.

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On the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

September 18, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Deny Yourselves

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 18, 2005

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Preachers should always preach to themselves, that is if they are learning anything. This has never been more true for me than in these last few weeks. I am indebted to many for what I am learning about myself and what I am beginning to see and experience, maybe for the first time. The Bible, Origen, St. John of the Ladder, St. Gregory Palamas, Fr.

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For God So Loved the World

September 11, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 11, 2005

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

When we want to express love to a special person we often tack on the little word "so". I love you soooo much and, of course, the more you want to express it the longer you stretch the word. St. John uses the word in much the same way. He means to say that the amount of love God has for the world is inexpressibly large, limitless and unbounded. "God soooo loved the world."

Today's Gospel fills us with immense joy. Spiritual life in Christ is a celebration, a continuous festival, an unending prayer of thanksgiving.

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Walking on Water

September 04, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon prepared by Father Antony Hughes for Sunday, September 4, 2005

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

When we read Holy Scripture the Holy Fathers and Mothers of the Church teach us that there are at least two levels of understanding . There is the literal understanding that sees the events as historical and, well, literal. So when we read today's Gospel about Jesus walking on the water on the literal level we see a miracle, the power of God manifesting itself as Jesus shows mastery over nature and the elements. We see the impetuous Peter unable to follow through on his own bravado and sinking in the waves.

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