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SERMONS FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON

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  By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia   Sisters and Brothers, In accordance with the order of Feast Days for the Ecclesiastical Year as designated by the Church Fathers (who decreed wisely on all matters!), the Sunday of the Prodigal Son has come upon us once again, with its two ‘Readings’ which are so characteristic, so educational and so necessary for ... Read More »

THE APOSTLES AND THE MISSION

Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes of Florina

Metropolitan Avgoustinos (Kantiotes) of Florina [1]   The twelve Apostles! These are the twelve foundation stones upon which the Church is built, while Christ himself is the cornerstone; these are the twelve trumpets whose sound goes out to the ends of the earth; these are the twelve stars which illumine the spiritual sky of the Church! I am not here today ... Read More »

A Brief Christmas Message from a Parish Priest

Fr Elpidios Karalis

On the 25th of this month, we observe the Birth in the flesh of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  God is the newly-born, and virgin is the Mother! What other greater New-thing has creation ever seen? On the same Day, we observe the veneration of the Magi. By venerating You, O Word of God, the order of ... Read More »

Commentary: On the Healing of the Gadarene Demoniac

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Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh After the death of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, cassettes were found among his things, with talks on selected parts of the Gospel of St. Mark. We present to your attention one such talk, dedicated to the healing of the Gadarene demoniac. This translation of the Russian text is published with the kind permission of the Nicaea ... Read More »

HEALING OF THE TEN LEPERS

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Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The Gospel, all the Gospel is a gift of God to us, and although we are not continuously reminded of the need to be grateful, how can we not respond with gratitude to what the Gospel brings to us? God has so loved the ... Read More »

THE CENTURIONS’ INTERCESSORS

Jesus healing Centurion's Daughter

Among those sections that the gospels of Matthew and Luke-independent of Mark-have in common, almost all are directly didactic. That is to say, those sections almost invariably consist of the explicit teachings of Jesus, with no attention to events in his life. Those shared sections convey, for instance, the sort of material we find in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount ... Read More »

Overcoming the Vice of Anger

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The ability to keep silent is very highly valued in human society. Not without reason is it said that silence is golden, but the word is silver. A silent person is able to control his thoughts, words, and actions. It is for this reason that silence was (and still is) so highly appreciated in the ascetic practice of the Church. ... Read More »

The Paralytic and the Pool

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In early tradition, Pascha meant baptism and baptism always had a paschal feel to it. The two were inextricably linked. Archpriest Lawrence Farley | 12 May 2014 One wonders sometimes about why the Gospel story of the healing of the paralytic was chosen for the Paschal season.  One understands why the stories of Thomas and the Myrrh-bearers were chosen, but the ... Read More »

Sermon: The History of the Cross

Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes of Florina

By Metropolitan Augoustinos (Kantiotes) of Florina [1] Help us, O Cross of Christ! Today, beloved brothers and sisters, we mark a great feast, a great celebration: it is the Exaltation of the Precious Cross. This feast carries us off to Golgotha on the day that the Son of Man and the Son of the Virgin was crucified. Today we will ... Read More »