Joy of All Who Sorrow

Homily on the 5th Sunday after Pentecost: The Healing of the Gergasenes’ demoniacs & Feast of the Tikhvin Ikon of the Theotokos

Gospel: [Matt. 8:28-9:1 (§28) & Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28 (§54)] In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dear Father, brothers and sisters: Spraznecom! Happy Feast! From our first Gospel reading today you may well have experienced a certain strange déjà vu. Our Gospel today sounds almost identical to … Read more

St John the Wonderworker

St John the Wonderworker reposed in the Lord on this day in 1966. His shrine is in the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Cathedral in San Francisco. Below is a very significant quote from the end of his lengthy address on the day of his ordination as a bishop, 27 May 1934. “We cannot but … Read more

Lives of the Saints: Short History of the Feast of All Saints of Russia together with a Life of St Luke of Simferopol

Given the current nationalist sensitivities this designation could be seen as controversial. The location of the Baptism of Rus in AD988, at the instigation of Prince Vladimir, was Kiev.  Ancient Rus was the common ancestor of three nations, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In Vespers we find the following: Rejoice, O right-believing Prince Vladimir most rich! … Read more

Homily on the Sunday of All Saints of Rus

[Epistle: Romans 2:10-16; Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23; 4:25-5:12] In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dear Fathers, brothers and sisters: Spraznecom! Happy Feast! Last Sunday we celebrated the Sunday of All Saints and affirmed the Mystery of sanctification and sainthood which God desires us all to … Read more

Homily for the Sunday of All Saints

[Hebrews 11:33-12:2. (§330) / Gospel [Matthew 10:32,33,37-38; 19 27-30 (§38)] In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Dear Fathers, brothers and sisters: Spraznecom! Happy Feast! Today we celebrate the final end, the purpose and telos of what our whole Christian life, all our prayers, all our … Read more