Joy of All Who Sorrow

Homily for the Triumph of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51 (§5) In the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. My dear father, brothers and sisters! I congratulate you all on reaching the end of this first week of the Fast. I hope that you have all felt something of the relief and spiritual benefit of being able to … Read more

Homily for Cheesefare / Forgiveness Sunday

Matthew 6:14-2 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. My dear Father, brothers and sisters! After all these weeks of preparation, the time of the Great Fast has finally come around and we find ourselves once again on its very threshold. There is always a sense of … Read more

Homily for the Sunday of the Last Judgment

Gospel [Matthew 25:31-46 (§106)] In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit My dear father, brothers and sisters: Today we come to the third Sunday of this pre-lenten run-up to Great Lent: the Sunday of the Last Judgment and the final day on which we can eat meat … Read more

Homily on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Gospel: Luke 15:11-32 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. My dear brothers and sisters, For the past two Sundays we have been meditating on two tax collectors. The first, Zacchaeus the short tax-collector that proved himself to be tall in the spiritual life through repentance; and … Read more

Homily for the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Gospel [Luke 18:10-14 (§89) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dear Father, brothers and sisters! So, after many weeks of so-called ordinary time, we finally come to this first official week of the Pre-Lenten period. From yesterday evening in Orthodox churches and monasteries throughout the world, priests … Read more

37th Sunday after Pentecost / Zacchaeus Sunday

Gospel [Luke 19:1-10 (§94)] In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dear father, brothers and sisters: Happy Feast! Nd Spraznecom! So, at long last we finally come to this Gospel reading of Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector who climbs up the Sycamore tree to see Christ. Within … Read more