St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Sermons from St. Mary Church

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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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On the Sunday of Meat Fare

February 15, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 15, 2004

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

I have three things to weave into my sermon today: the Gospel, of course, a wonderful article by the Russian Philosopher Nicholas Berdayev and some observations from my trip to Dallas this week. Luckily for me, they all dovetail nicely!

Berdayev’s article is about the nature of fanaticism and its distinction from true Christianity and, really from true humanity.

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On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 08, 2004 - By Subdeacon Steve Walker

By Subdeacon Steve Walker

Sermon preached at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA on Sunday, February 8, 2004

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

Today's Gospel is one that is familiar to many; even those who never darken the door of a church have heard the story. What is troubling for us is the cognitive dissonance that comes with the parable. Because we embrace a cultural lookout that promotes a materialistic and egocentric mindset, and because of our own uneasy consciences, we have trouble identifying with the father, mistaken in our thinking that God could never really be like that.

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On the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

February 01, 2004 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, February 1, 2004

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Pharisee stood before God and prayed, as the Lord himself puts it, "to himself." "To himself." He came to give thanks that he had achieved perfection by fulfilling the law, but give thanks to whom? Giving thanks for the Pharisee was an exercise in marveling at his own magnificence. He did not need to ask anything of God. He did not need to approach with fear and trembling because he had no need of God. He had achieved righteousness on his own.

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On the Sunday Before the Nativity

December 21, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, December 21, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

In a few short days our greeting to one another will change. In a few short days we will commemorate and celebrate the pivotal event in all of history: the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Do you really know who He is?

He is the I Am, the God of gods, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Beginning and the End, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. He is the reason for creation and the one through whom all things were made.

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On The Feast of St. Andrew

November 29, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 30, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Lord Jesus did not surround Himself with wild-eyed ascetics although He could have. He did not call the religious leaders of Judea to follow Him although He could have. He knew they were not good candidates for what He had in mind. In fact, many of the persons He called seemed not even to be extraordinarily “religious” at all. Jesus seems to have preferred the company of common people.

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Coming Alive

November 23, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, November 23, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

It has been wonderful standing in our church the last four nights singing the praises of God. Being attentive and focused on the words we pray and hymns we chant makes the reality that God is with us clear and palpable. The atmosphere of an Orthodox Church makes this even more possible as it is meant to.

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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 28, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 28, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

(The small group in Somerville is reading Metropolitan Anthony Bloom’s book Living Prayer, so please pardon me as I quote copiously from its pages.)

“Every encounter with God is a last judgment,” writes Metropolitan Anthony Bloom. When we come into His presence the stark difference between what He is and what we are comes sharply into focus. This is what St. Peter experiences in today’s Gospel.

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The Sunday of the Elevation of the Cross

September 14, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 14, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The message of the Cross is foolishness, writes St. Paul, to those who are perishing, but to those who believe, it is the power of God.

I do not know why anyone would dream up such a tale – an incarnate God crucified.

It appears, at best, crazy and irrational. Even the apostles resisted when Jesus told them plainly that he would suffer and die on a Cross.

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9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Delivered at the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, September 11, 2003

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

I will not dwell on politics tonight. I grow too inflamed when I think of the events of past months. Please allow me to reflect theologically for just a moment on the events of September 11, 2001 from the perspective of the Eastern Orthodox Faith.

We do not for a moment believe that the terrorists enacted the will of God on that terrible day. It was not God’s will these men performed, but their own. God’s will is not the same thing as his foreknowledge say the Orthodox fathers.

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The Sunday Before the Elevation of the Cross

September 07, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 7, 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The glorious and joyful message of Christianity is distilled for us in today’s Gospel lesson. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him might have eternal life.” I think that was the first Bible verse I learned by heart. Every month Bob the Bible Man would visit all the elementary schools in my little Appalachian home town to teach us new verses and drill us on the ones we learned during his last visit.

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The Sunday of All Saints

June 22, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on the Sunday of All Saints (June 22nd, 2003)

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We are surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses" – the great saints of the Old and New Testaments and all those who came after them. One of these holy witnesses is pictured on the deisis behind the Holy Altar on the far right. His name is Joseph. He was a priest of the Church of Antioch who lived and served in the city of Damascus.

He was born in 1793 in Damascus. His father’s name was George Moses; he was a weaver.

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The Man Born Blind

June 01, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached by Father Antony Hughes on the Sunday of the Blind Man (June 1st, 2003)

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

Christ is Risen!

This is the last Sunday we will say this to one another. The Leave-Taking of Holy Pascha and the Feast of the Ascension occur this week. But remember, every Sunday Liturgy with only a few exceptions, is a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Although we say goodbye to the Feast we never say goodbye to the Resurrection.

This week we come to the fifth of the signs St. John offers as illustrations of the deity of Jesus Christ.

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The Secret and Humble God A Holy Week Reflection

April 21, 2003 - By Fr. Antony Hughes

By Fr. Antony Hughes

Holy Week - April, 2003

Our God comes in secret…
Olivier Clement

The Christian God reveals himself in secret, in humility. His birth was in the quiet anonymity of a cave for animals. Few came to worship him. Only the humble who had been seeking and who would be able to recognize the Humble One found their way with divine assistance to the manger. He was born far from places of power for his kingdom is “not of this world.” He did not speak from his earthly crib. He did not rise in fearful magnificence and perform miracles with his tiny, infant hand. The Great Star in the East faded.

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The Sunday of St. John Climacus

April 06, 2003 - By Fr. Antony Hughes

By Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon Preached on Sunday, April 6th 2003

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We have navigated four weeks of fasting and prayer together. We have heard marvelous messages in the hymns and services of the Church. We have heard five great sermons from five of our own people stressing in one way or another the invitation to heed the call of the Bridegroom and fill our lamps with oil for the Marriage Feast only three weeks away. Each of us has received our invitation addressed by the hand of God himself and today St.

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Is Lent Still Relevant in the Age of Technology?

March 28, 2003 - Joseph H. Kouyoumjian

By Joseph H. Kouyoumjian

Part of St. Mary's Lenten Lecture Series 2003
Delivered at St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, March 28, 2003

Introduction

Much emphasis has been placed on the progress of human civilization, especially in the last 400 years, in what is commonly called the “Age of Invention.” Many closely-held beliefs and practices have been discarded as outdated. People of the current age consider themselves the smartest and most advanced humans who have ever lived. Trumpeting their accomplishments, they are challenging everything, especially their beliefs about God.

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