Sermons from St. Mary Church

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On the Sunday of St. John Climacus

April 10, 2005 - by Nadia Kaldas

Sermon Preached by Nadia Kaldas on Sunday, April 10, 2005

“In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”

This year when Lent started, I wanted to do something different more than obstaining from some food. I needed a spiritual transformation and doing something in Jesus’ name after all it is Lent and God expects us to be closer to Him during this time. So, I decided to go to my Bible reading and searching until I came across Paul’s teaching in Colossians 3:17 and it caught my attention.

Paul said: “And whatever you do, whether in Word or Deed, do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him”.

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On the Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 20, 2005 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, March 20, 2005

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The goodness of God, His love, His mercy, His power and glory have been revealed to us in and through matter, the common stuff of this world. Many philosophers and religions have disparaged matter, saying that it is dirty and useless. Some have said that the body is nothing more than a prison for the spirit and that death is a release from that prison. Some have said that matter and spirit are enemies and opposites, that matter cannot be spiritual.

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On the Sunday of Judgement

March 06, 2005 - by Fr. Peter DeFonce

“And He Will Separate Them One From Another”

Matthew 25:31-46, Judgement Sunday
Sermon Preached by Fr. Peter DeFonce on Sunday, March 6, 2005

When one of the lawyers from the Pharisees asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment of the Law of Moses, to test Him, He responded in the following way: “The first is ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Luke 12:29-31).

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 27, 2005 - by Fr. Peter DeFonce

“This, My Son, Was Dead, And Is Alive Again”

Luke 15:11-32, The Prodigal Son
Sermon Preached by Fr. Peter DeFonce on Sunday, February 27, 2005

Much has been said over the past two thousand years about the parable given us by the Lord in this morning’s Gospel reading. We often look at the three main characters and try to determine which one of them we most closely resemble, spiritually, vacillating between the unjust but penitent younger son, and the externally righteous but morally bankrupt older son.

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On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

February 20, 2005 - by Fr. Peter DeFonce

“God, Be Merciful to Me, a Sinner!”

Luke 18:9-14 - The Publican and the Pharisee
Sermon Preached by Fr. Peter DeFonce on Sunday, February 20, 2005

As you may have noticed in various passages throughout the four Gospels, Jesus had a major problem with the Pharisees, those belonging to a sect of Judaism known primarily for very exacting and overbearing adherence to rules and regulations—these people do everything “by the book,” as it were—and for the nearly complete lack of understanding they had for the work Jesus Himself was trying to accomplish.

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Why I am a Member of the Order Of Saint Ignatius

December 18, 2004 - by Lucine Kouyoumjian
by Lucine Kouyoumjian

Sermon Preached by Lucine Kouyoumjian on Sunday, December 19, 2004

To whom God has given much, much will be required. We hear that often. In this country we are all blessed. No matter what level our blessing is in we are, at least financially, more blessed than those elsewhere. It is needful therefore to recognize that we are blessed, and in doing so give back to God. Whenever we help others, we are doing that. We are building up treasure in heaven that won't rust or tarnish and cannot be stolen. It is as much for my benefit, if not more so, I think, when I am able to give to those who are in need.

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On the Occasion of His Enthronement as Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America

December 14, 2004 - by His Grace Bishop BASIL

Address delivered by His Grace Bishop BASIL on Wednesday, December 15, 2004

My beloved Father in God: the Most Reverend PHILIP, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America;
My esteemed Brother in the Lord: the Right Reverend JOSEPH, Bishop of Los Angeles and the West;
My most cherished Sons in Christ: the Right Reverend, Very Reverend and Reverend Priests and Deacons;
My venerable Intercessors before the All-holy Trinity: the venerable Monastics who struggle here in the Heartland;
My precious Lambs of Christ the Good Shepherd: the faithful, beloved of the Mother of God, who are gathered together from the farthest reaches of our Diocese and Nation;

My Brothers and Sisters:

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On the Feast of St. Philip the Apostle

November 13, 2004 - by S. Michael Phillips

by S. Michael Phillips

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

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You are the Light of the World

October 17, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 17, 2004

We must consider what it means to be the light of the world. The importance of this is self-evident. We are the hands of God in this world. What we do is supposed to reflect Him. We are mirrors, no, even more! We are bearers of mercy and grace. Jesus said of Himself that He is the Light of the world and He has said the same of us. Remarkable indeed!

St.

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On the Sunday of the North American Saints

June 13, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 13, 2004

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Holiness is life lived in its fullness and all human beings who have a capacity for good share to some extent in holiness. Clement writes that everyone who “participates vigorously in life” shares in holiness. The ascetics and monastics do not have a monopoly on saintliness. There is holiness in all those who create beauty, in those who love deeply, in those who long and labor for justice, who seek for truth, who console and help their neighbors.

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On the Sunday after Pentecost - All Saints

June 06, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 6, 2004

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

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On the Sunday of Pentecost

May 30, 2004 - by Maria Gwyn McDowell

by Maria Gwyn McDowell

Sermon Preached by Maria McDowell on Sunday, May 30, 2004

Today, we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises of God. Today, we celebrate the revelation of the Trinity, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the day tradition views as the beginning of the Church. Today is Pentecost, a day when the promise of the book of Joel is fulfilled:

I will pour out my spirit in all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female slaves,
In those days, I will poor out my spirit.
(Joel 2. 28-32)

Today is a day of salvation.

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On the Sunday after the Ascension

May 23, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 23, 2004

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It is easy to get distracted these days. The world is changing before our eyes. Sometimes it is difficult to find solid ground, to find something firm to hold on to, something sure, something unchangeable, and something solid, something safe. Society is in upheaval and there is much anxiety. I feel it and I am sure most if not all are touched by it in some way. We must not lose our focus.

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On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 09, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, May 9, 2004

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

Christ is Risen!

Each encounter with Christ in the New Testament is unique. Each encounter is open and free. Nothing with God in His dealings with humanity is formulaic or pre-planned. Never is anything forced. Some come away from meeting the Lord happy and some go away sad. Some receive blessings beyond anything they had hoped for, others receive blessings they do not recognize as such.

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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women

April 25, 2004 - by Sheri San Cherico

by Sheri San Cherico

Delivered on the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, April 25, 2004

In today’s Gospel, we revisit the tomb as Joseph provides for Christ’s burial and the myrrhbearing women come to anoint Christ’s body with spices and oils, only to discover that the tomb is empty. They run from the garden, the Bible tells us, “amazed and bewildered.” Now, we’ve walked through the repentance and preparation of fifty days of Lent.

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Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen And Yet Believe

April 18, 2004 - by Deacon Peter Defonce

by Deacon Peter Defonce

Delivered on Thomas Sunday at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, April 18, 2004

The Paschal services of the Orthodox Church beautifully, majestically, and triumphantly proclaim the most fundamental teaching of our Faith, which is at the heart of the Gospel that St. Paul and the other apostles preached throughout the ancient world.

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Praising God - On the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

March 28, 2004 - by Nadia Kaldas
by Nadia Kaldas

Sermon Preached by Nadia Kaldas of the Ladies Society of Saint Mary Orthodox Church
on Sunday, March 28, 2004

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

I would like to talk today about praising God and the power of praise. I’d like to start by telling you a story I once read and never forgot.

At the end of a church meeting, a man stood and began to pray “O Lord, I will praise you with the instrument of ten strings”. Just about everybody in the room opened at lease one eye because they knew there was no musical instruments around. There was a sense of bewilderment throughout the room How was this man going to praise the Lord with ten stringed instruments.

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Justice as Asceticism

March 12, 2004 - by Maria Gwyn McDowell

by Maria Gwyn McDowell

Part of St. Mary's Lenten Lecture Series 2004
Delivered at St.

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“Fighting The Good Fight and Receiving Your Crowns:” Christian Martyrdom and The Perfection of Love

February 27, 2004 - by Deacon Peter Defonce
by Deacon Peter Defonce

Part of St. Mary's Lenten Lecture Series 2004
Delivered at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA
Friday, February 27, 2004

“And [Jesus] called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it’” (Mk. 8:34-35).

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On the Sunday of Cheese Fare

February 22, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 22, 2004

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

"What is the good of keeping a fast for forty days without considering the meaning of it?" The answer is that there is no good in it at all. It is better not to keep the fast than to do it thoughtlessly. And what is the meaning of the fast? It is to nurture the good that is in us and put to death that which is not, to increase in ourselves the likeness to God.

"I aspire," writes St.

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