St. Mary Orthodox Church

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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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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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