OrthoAnalytika (orthodox podcast)

In this, the first class of the new Liturgical Year (given on the Eve of the Nativity of the Birthgiver of God), Fr. Anthony talks about the need to keep everything, to include Scripture, connected to God through the Church.  He also shares a reflection Fr. Harry Linsenbigler wrote on the Wisdom of Solomon and Autocephaly in Ukraine.

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Fr. Anthony interviews Fr. Harry Linsenbigler (Canonist for the UOC-USA) about the Ukrainian Autocephaly and whether the Ecumenical Patriarchate has a legitimate role in it.
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Parish Politics Threaten Evangelism – A Parable

It was a long Summer. 

It all started when I got an e-mail from someone asking if he could come to Liturgy.  He also asked about membership and taking Communion.  I did my usual thing, underscoring that everyone was welcome to experience God and fellowship here, and explaining what I would do to help him prepare for Communion and membership.

A great start, right?  Well, it ended well, but it wasn’t easy.

Come to find out, Tom (not his real name) was born and baptized at our parish.  However, as with many urban parishes, ours went through some serious problems.  I won’t go through all of them, but for about a decade the neighborhood was dangerous (no parking lot, cars broken into, people threatened on the street even during Pascha and Nativity) and membership dropped.  For a while we even went without regular priestly coverage.  During that time, his family joined a parish in the Northern suburbs that was safe, was growing, and offered regular access to the Mysteries.  Still, it wasn’t easy.  Tom’s family never fit in.  When, as an adult, he finally got sick of people making fun of his accent and calling his family racists (they were originally from the South), he left and worshipped on his own.  That was fine until he had kids.  As with many in this situation, he wanted his children to be brought up in the tradition of their family.  His wife was up for it, too.

He went once, by himself, to the suburban church and was attacked by the priest (the priest confirmed that Tom was excommunicated according to the Canons of the Church because he had voluntarily refused to come to Communion for more than three weeks and had worshipped for so many years on his own) and the laity (the lay leaders of the parish reminded him that he was twenty years in arrears on his dues and he was not welcome until he paid up; they also made fun of his pickup truck).  They all wanted their pound of flesh.  I’d love to say that this was out of character, but that is the culture of that parish.  I guess it works if you’re on the inside.

Tom did some research and found out that our neighborhood was now safe and that our parish was thriving (we haven’t done great about getting our neighbors to come, but we have attracted many families from various other areas of the city and Western suburbs) and that’s when he decided to get in touch.

I invited Tom and his family to start worshipping with us and we worked out a program of individualized catachesis/preparation to bring him back into Communion and to prepare his wife and children for Baptism and Chrismation.  I’ve done this before, and it’s awesome to be a part of.  So awesome.  It went better than you can even imagine.

However, when the other priest heard about it, he started a smear campaign against me, against my parish, and against Tom and his family.  This was very painful, but that pain was completely trumped and transformed by the joy of bringing a family into such a deep relationship with God through Christ and the Holy Orthodox Church (Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia)!

Due to the way they demonized us and the many walls they built between us (Canons!  Propriety!  Parish Order!  Pound of Flesh!), I doubt that the relations between that priest and me and between our parishes will heal any time soon, but who knows?  I look forward to the restoration of our brotherhood.  Until then, they do their thing and we do ours.

Looking back, I don’t see how I could have acted any differently.  This was a family that needed Christ and there were just too many stumbling blocks put in their way at the other parish (and remember, he was baptized here!).  And they have really thrived and we with them, Glory to God!

Direct download: 20180914-AParableonUkraine.mp3
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Homily Notes: Being Nice is NOT Enough
[These notes probably bear little resemblance to what was actually preached as they spent all Sunday morning at home on the printer - rookie mistake!!!] 

Gospel Lesson:  St. Matthew 22:35-46 (The Great Commandment)

Great lesson for the start of the school year: “what is the most important thing ever?” Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind!

CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA: To love God with the whole heart is the cause of every good. The second commandment includes the righteous acts we do toward other people. The first commandment prepares the way for the second and in turn is established by the second. For the person who is grounded in the love of God clearly also loves his neighbor in all things himself. The kind of person who fulfills these two commandments experiences all the commandments.  Simonetti, M. (Ed.). (2002). Matthew 14-28 (pp. 157–158). InterVarsity Press.

Why is it so important? What can't we just skip to the second one, as the non-believers do? Isn't it enough just to love?

No. We have to be intentionally connected to the SOURCE of love. It's like how our homes need to be connected to the generators through the power grid. We might be able to create enough energy “off-grid” to power some things some of the time, but in order for it to be consistent, we need to be on the grid, and that grid needs to be connected to the generators.

Without that, our “love” of your neighbor is going to be based on how we are feeling, and that is a terrible way to love. We can see how well this works just by looking around. Everyone can be nice and sacrificial and patient when it feels right; but who is willing to do it when it is hard and unpleasant?

Loving God with complete openness, humility, and awe allows His love to strengthen us; it also grants the ability to see God in our neighbor – even our enemy – so that when we are serving Him we are also serving Him and thus remain “hooked up to the grid”, so to speak.

There is another point worth making because our context hides it from us: this openness, humility, and awe – this love of God with the whole heart, soul, and mind – needs to be done in community. It is made to be done within the Church. The Church is not just for us; it is the place where the conduit of love connecting us with God and one another is the purest and strongest.

Of course we can create connections without God, playing with institutions and laws and the distribution of power in hopes of finding an optimal solution [and we've done a pretty good job of that in our country because we have tried to create a system where the drive to take care of the self and the family requires one to find ways to serve the needs of others and where the earnest desire to serve others is rewarded with the ability to care for oneself and one's family]... but even so, this can only go so far.

Without the connection to God and the ability to see the image of God in all our neighbors, we are still governed and limited by our own power and our own feelings and motivations. Without reliable access to the source of Goodness, Patience, Love, and Courage, even our system will either break down into an anarchy of competing feelings or calcify into a totalitarianism where one group's idea of love – rooted in fallen ideologies and tribal egoism – will create a hell on earth.

It is not enough to be connected to one another and to try to “be nice.” Let me give one more example before I conclude. Many of us are connected to zillions of neighbors through social media. And when it works well, it is wonderful. But have you noticed how often it sours? How, even those we love and know to be good post things that create pain and division? Even groups that are explicitly Christian can dissolve into into hellish pits of division, hurt feelings, and wickedness. We've all seen it, it isn't good, and there has to be a better way.

There is, and what we are called to do, that thing we called “Orthodox Christianity” is it.

Being nice is not enough. Being “Christian” is not enough. That niceness and that “Christianity” need to be continually reinforced by the grace of God. This is only done through love, and this love is meant to be cultivated, experience, and shared within the Church and from the Church to the world.

The fullness of that Church is meant to be found here at St. Mary's. If we open our hearts and our community to God through sincere worship and immersion in the sacraments; if we open our hearts to and serve one another and the hurting neighbors in our community; the conduit of love will be opened to maximum throttle and the grace of God will light us up and turn us into a beacon of hope and security to the world.

May our light so shine among men that they will see our good deeds and be drawn to worship the God who is in heaven.

 

Direct download: 20180909-Homily_on_Why_We_Need_to_Love_God.mp3
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Homily Notes on the Wedding Feast (St. Matthew 22:1-14)

Invitation to the Wedding Feast: we don't intuit the context (why not just RSVP? – gnashing of teeth for wearing the wrong clothes!?). What is missing? Mutual obligation! Respect! Duty! Love! Wear the garment – the uniform – the king gave you!

Speaking of uniform: reword the parable with a more familiar context.

The kingdom has been invaded so the king mobilized the elite forces. They refused. Killed their officers. Result? Treason. Death. Is that okay? Next? Mobilized the National Guard. Gave them everything they needed. Sent them to the front to do their duty and exercise their love. One soldier refused to take up his weapon and wear his uniform. This was not a mistake or simple laziness and it was more than mere cowardice; it was a deliberate act of rebellion. Against his sworn duty, against the legitimate authority, against his home and the homes of his neighbors. During a time of war. Doesn't such a one deserve to go where there will be gnashing of teeth?

We have a duty to God. He has mobilized us to bring peace. Are we committed? How does our uniform – baptismal garment – look? Sinless, blameless life? No? Wash that uniform!

Is our weapon – the sword of truth – clean? Do we know how to use it? It is a weapon of love, its slashes are the exercise of patience and its thrusts are acts of service and its counter-thrusts are the movements of forgiveness.

Is our armor strong? It is the combination of humility – humility makes the fragile ego invulnerable – and God's grace.

The Lord has mobilized us here. We have a duty and obligation to do His will. It is His will that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. Let us now pray and work towards the accomplishment of that very thing.

 

Direct download: 20180902-Homily_on_Obligation.mp3
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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
St. Matthew 21:33-42

The primary purpose of this parable at the time it was given was to warn God's chosen people that God had sent His Son – who was now among them – to see how the stewards of his vineyards were doing; to remind them what they had done to the prophets, and to ensure them that if they mistreated the Son of God was in their midst, there would be a terrible accounting.

We need to understand this lesson, but less because of what was going on then and much more because of what is going on now. The primary purpose of this parable NOW is to warn US. We – the tenants and stewards of St. Mary's and of the Church at large - are the Jews in this parable and this parish and the Church is the vineyard.

We see from the structure of the parable that there is a great temptation for tenants and stewards to misbehave; to think of the leased property as their own. We also know from experience that, just as in the parable, evil men will take advantage of the lack of transparency and oversight in situations like this to abuse the innocent and destroy those who question their actions and the illegitimacy of their claim of authority.

It is our calling to manage the vineyard properly, according to the Commands of God. To see that all of its fruits are offered both to the glory of God and to the service of our neighbor... NOT for our own glory.

How are we doing in this? As your pastor I can honestly tell you that there is much here that is done absolutely in accordance with those Commandments: glorify God and serve your neighbor. In fact, right now we are taking the best moments of the week and offering up the very fruit of the vine and wheat of the harvest so that the hungry and thirsty in our midst can be fed. This is the first calling of the parish, and while we could do a better job of inviting our hungry and thirsty neighbors to come and join us, we are completely dedicated to this thing.

This dedication is also seen in our charitable ministries and outreach, and in the way that we care for one another and for every former stranger that comes into our lives. Glory to God. I am sure that we have entertained many angels unawares.

But we must admit that there are things for which we must answer. The harming of innocents in our midst is an abomination and, because of where it occurs and in Whose Name we work, a blasphemy. It would be better for those who harm the innocent that a millstone where hung around their neck and they were thrown in the midst of the sea. These are the words of our Master and He is deadly serious.

It is easy for us to say; “no, Lord – not us.” And it is true that this parish has been protected from the sorts of things that have been occurring in so many of the parishes around us. Thank God.

But we have to take the challenge seriously. It is not enough for us to be blameless. We are running the vineyard and we are responsible for what happens here. As Paschal Psalm 81 proclaims, we must:

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

This is not just a passive protection, although that is part of it, but a call to hold one another accountable and to bring justice.

Christ is in our midst – we are gathered here in His name, we called Him here! And there will be an accounting.

  • Are we running our lives, our families, our parish, and the Church according to God's will?

  • Do we protect the innocent from physical predation?

  • Do we protect the innocent from spiritual predation, to include all the lies that our society tells them about themselves, about God; and especially when it denies the reality of sin and our need for the salvation that Christ alone offers?

  • Do we protect, honor, and listen to the prophets who come into our midst to point out our failings and who call us to rededicate ourselves to Christ, His Church, and the Gospel?

  • Do we protect, honor, and serve God's Son when He comes into our midst as the hungry, the thirsty, the powerless, and the afflicted?

We are blessed to have been leased a beautiful vineyard. We repent of the times we have shirked our duties and used it for our own glory and against the will of God.

As we celebrate this Liturgy, offering “Thine own of Thine own”, we rededicate ourselves to working to the Glory of God and to the love of our neighbor.





Direct download: 20180826-Homily_on_the_Vinyard.mp3
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One of the most important questions: Who is Jesus the Christ (Joshua the Messiah)?

1.  Man (prophet) who lived 2000 years ago. Very wise. Set an example of love, sacrifice, and a commitment to virtue that we should all emulate.

Better than nothing (but not enough).

But wait there is more – and this is the best part:

2.  That He is also God. The God who was God before the world began; the one “through Whom all things are made.”

This feast – and the historical event it commemorates – forces us to move beyond a purely human Jesus to begin understanding the Mystery of him being both fully man (in fact, the ideal man) and fully God.

The unbearable light? The cloud? The voice? When you study the history in the Old Testament, you have to notice that these are all things that only happen around encounters with THE GOD.

3.  But here's the payoff. It's not just about who Jesus is: it is a celebration of WHY Jesus is. This event on Mount Tabor happened on the way to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.

Jesus isn't just 100% human and 100% God – He is the One who came to set us free from sin, to give us the power that protects us from death itself. He is the one that will be our protector and our deliverer.

If we repent of our sins and accept Him – the One who is both God and man – as our God, our deliverer, and our protector; He adopts us as His sons and daughters and delivers us into the kingdom of His glory.

Like the seeds of the spring blossomed into the fruit we see here before us, so will we be transformed from what we are today into radiant children of God.

We have accepted Him as Lord and Master – let us now celebrate this Transfiguration.

Direct download: Transfiguration_Homily_-_Who_is_the_Christ.mp3
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Homily on St. Matthew 18:23-35: The forgiving Lord and the unforgiving servant.  The main theme of today's homily is that we have the power to transform the world for the better (through gratitude and mercy) or the worse (through ingratitude and tyranny).  Enjoy the show! 

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The Post-Communion Prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church from the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

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The Communion Prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church from the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

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The Evening Prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church from the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

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The Morning Prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church from the Prayer Book of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

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The Service of Repentance is designed to help believers enter into the spirit of contrition as they prepare for the traditional Rite of Confession.  This version consists of the Trisagion prayers, Psalm 50, the Prayer of Manasseh, The Canon of Repentance (abridged), and the the Litany of Repentance.  The Canon of Repentance intentionally resembles sections of the Funeral Service.

Direct download: ServiceofRepentance.mp3
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Today's Gospel (Matthew 14:22-34) includes the powerful image of Christ taming the storm and saving Peter from drowning.  Not only has He used this power to bring peace to our lives; He has given us the power - and responsibility - to do it for others.  The calm of Christ in us and us in Him must be shared with the world around us!

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We have trust backwards, claiming to trust God in the big things (i.e. of the soul) while demonstrating little if any trust God in the little things (i.e. of the body).  In His homily on Matthew 14: 14-22, St. John Chrysostom makes the point that the disciples were only ready to believe that Christ was the master of the unseen world after they had learned that he was the master of the things they could see.  If we have skipped that first step - as is evidenced when we exhibit no confidence in His ability to rightly govern and bless our bodies and our budgets - it is quite possible that we are fooling ourselves when we say we trust him to rightly govern and bless our souls. 

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Homily on Romans 15:1-7, focusing on the role of patience in the Christian life.

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A meditation on Romans 10:9-10:  If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20180701-LifeinChrist.mp3
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In this (short, Summer) homily for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Fr. Anthony reflects on Romans 6:23; "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Enjoy the show!

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It was such a blessing to be back at St. Michael's in Woonsocket.  The homily builds on St. Paul's words "there is no partiality with God" (Romans 2:11; a wonderful line to remember on "All Saints of [Your Nation] Day") to put the BIG QUESTIONS of the day into perspective.

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Sunday of All Saints
Sunday after Pentecost

Lives of the Saints: every day is an opportunity to learn, and then to remember.

One thing you will notice right away is that the saints were not the same. Some were martyrs, some were soldiers, some were preachers, some were bakers, some were known for their fasting, others for their courage, others for their patience, others for their charity. Some for their piety and others for their dedication.

This is encouraging because we are not all the same. The call to sainthood is not a call to become exactly the same. Growing up, many of us had Mother Theresa as a great example of sainthood; and she is an awesome saint, but could she have been a warrior saint? She certainly had the tenacity and courage, but did she have the physical strength?

Saints are all different because people are all different. Society's need for variation does not go away as it becomes more holy. The Church is the new humanity – the old humanity restored through Christ. But the new humanity still needs to eat, so it has to have virtuous farmers and bakers; it still needs protection so it has to have virtuous soldiers and police; it still needs to learn about the world so it has to have virtuous teachers, peoples' needs still need to be identified and met so we need entrepreneurs and investors. People still get sick so we need medical professionals and administrators.

The thing that makes the lives of the saints different is not what they did or do, but the Spirit in which they do it. The motivation of the saint is not greed or fear or power or attention. The motivation of the saint is to manifest the will of God in every moment. To see what each moment requires and satisfy it with virtue.

The moment requires something different from the baker that from the soldier; something different form the child than from the parent.

So the first charge to you, the saints, priests, and pastors of this parish is to know yourself: and especially your vocation and strengths – and work with God to perfect you and your service.

Perfection is not just some kind of warm fuzzy – I've got God living in my heart – but the ability to bring perfect intent and action into the world.

This leads to the second charge: listen to the moment – and then transform it with perfect action.

You won't always get it right, but if you work at it, you'll get better over time. And it is this kind of grace in action that will save your soul and bring salvation to those around you.

Direct download: 20180603-All_Saints-Corrected.mp3
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Bible Study #36: Ruth
Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown
22 May 2018

Opening Prayer:
Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11)

The Book of Ruth

Ruth was a Moabite. Moabites were descendants of Lot. They lived on the East side of the Dead Sea. This history takes place during the time of Judges, about 1300 BC. Ruth, a Gentile, is the great-grandmother of David (and thus an ancestor of Jesus Christ).

Chapter One. The death of husband and sons.
St. Jerome: restrain your grief (comparison for pastoral guidance).
You call to mind [your daughter's] companionship, her conversation and her endearing ways; and you cannot endure the thought that you have lost them all. I pardon you the tears of a mother, but I ask you to restrain your grief. When I think of the parent, I cannot blame you for weeping, but when I think of the Christian and the recluse, the mother disappears from my view. Your wound is still fresh, and any touch of mine, however gentle, is more likely to inflame than to heal it. Yet why do you not try to overcome by reason a grief which time must inevitably assuage? Naomi, fleeing because of famine to the land of Moab, there lost her husband and her sons. Yet when she was thus deprived of her natural protectors, Ruth, a stranger, never left her side. And see what a great thing it is to comfort a lonely woman: Ruth, for her reward, is made an ancestor of Christ.9 Consider the great trials which Job endured, and you will see that you are over-delicate. Amid the ruins of his house, the pains of his sores, his countless bereavements, and, last of all, the snares laid for him by his wife, he still lifted up his eyes to heaven and maintained his patience unbroken. I know what you are going to say “All this befell him as a righteous man, to try his righteousness.” Well, choose which alternative you please. Either you are holy, in which case God is putting your holiness to the proof; or else you are a sinner, in which case you have no right to complain. For if so, you endure far less than your deserts.

St. Paulinus of Nola. Daughters as a metaphor for The Big Choice. Next pass with eager eyes to Ruth, who with one short book separates eras—the end of the period of the judges and the beginning of Samuel. It seems a short account, but it depicts the symbolism of the great conflict when the two sisters separate to go their different ways. Ruth follows after her holy mother-in-law, whereas Orpah abandons her; one daughter-in-law demonstrates faithlessness, the other fidelity. The one puts God before country, the other puts country before life. Does not such disharmony continue through the universe, one part following God and the other falling headlong through the world? If only the two groups seeking death and salvation were equal! But the broad road seduces many, and those who glide on the easy downward course are snatched off headlong by sin which cannot be revoked.

St. Ambrose of Milan. Ruth as an example for us in the Church. Ruth entered the church and was made an Israelite, and [she] deserved to be counted among God’s greatest servants; chosen on account of the kinship of her soul, not of her body. We should emulate her because, just as she deserved this prerogative because of her behavior, [we] may be counted among the favored elect in the church of the Lord. Continuing in our Father’s house, we might, through her example, say to him who, like Paul or any other bishop, [who] calls us to worship God, your people are my people, and your God my God.

Chapter Two. Ruth and Boaz meet.

Ruth's virtue include hard work and humility; but they worked with grace to bless her.

Romans 11:19-24. You will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off. And even the others, if they do not persist in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.

Ephesians 2:11-16. Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall[a] of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.

The Orthodox Study Bible argues that the meal Ruth is invited to represents the Eucharist (ft 2:14).

What a beautiful blessing; “And Na′omi said to her daughter-in-law, 'Blessed be he by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!'” Ruth 2:21.

Chapter Three. The Threshing Floor.

St. John Chrysostom. Virtue. Those things which happened to Ruth should be seen as figures. For she was an outsider and had fallen into extreme penury; but Boaz, seeing her, did not despise her on account of her poverty, nor was he horrified on account of her impiety; even as Christ received the church, who was both a stranger and laboring, in need of great good things. Ruth is not joined with her consort before forsaking her parents and her nation and her native land: never was anyone so much ennobled by marriage. Thus the church was not made loveable to her spouse before she had forsaken her prior customs. The prophet says, “Forget your people.”

Chapter Four. Happily ever after.

Ephraim the Syrian. In praise of virtue. Let Tamar rejoice that her Lord has come, for her name announced the son of her Lord, and her appellation called you to come to her. By you honorable women made themselves contemptible, [you] the One who makes all chaste. She stole you at the crossroads, [you] who prepared the road to the house of the kingdom. Since she stole life, the sword was insufficient to kill her. Ruth lay down with a man on the threshing floor for your sake. Her love was bold for your sake. She teaches boldness to all penitents. Her ears held in contempt all [other] voices for the sake of your voice. The fiery coal that crept into the bed of Boaz went up and lay down. She saw the Chief Priest hidden in his loins, the fire for his censer. She ran and became the heifer of Boaz. For you she brought forth the fatted ox. She went gleaning for love of you; she gathered straw. You repaid her quickly the wage of her humiliation: instead of ears [of wheat], the Root of kings, and instead of straw, the Sheaf of Life that descends from her.

Bibliography

Franke, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Old Testament IV: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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Homily: the Sunday after Ascension
The Celebration of First Confessions
John 17:1-13

At the end of today's Gospel, Jesus – the Son of God – tells us that He has taken all the love and teaching that His Father – God – gave Him and shared it with the people of the world so that they may have true joy “fulfilled in themselves.”

God wants to give us the skills and power so that we can be good and joyful NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND US. His Son had those skills and that power – He got them from His Father. He was so skilled and powerful that He held onto that true joy even through the many sacrifices He made on His heroic journey, even through His suffering on the Cross.

We need that power and we need those skills because life is hard. It's easy to be joyful, patient, and good when life is all warm and fuzzy. But what about when it's cold and sharp like needles? How long does our patience and goodness last when the thorns start poking into our skin? When the cold and wet has made its way into our bones?

It is in hard times that we learn how weak we are in goodness; we lash out at others – the ones whom we were called to help as the thorns and cold hurt them adding to the damage that they sustain – we or retreat into our shell – making the world even colder and doing nothing to heal the pain of those around us.

This is not what we were made for. We were made to be the heroes that beat back the ravaging thorns; the courageous medic – like Private Desmond Doss of Hacksaw Ridge – who continue to save those in need despite the great risk and damage to their own bodies.

We were made to have that kind of courage – that is the kind of courage the world needs to help with its groaning. The Lord wants all His children to have joy – but He sees that they suffer. So first He gave His Son the necessary skills and power – and now His Son wants to pass them on to us.

 

What are those skills? What are those powers? How can we get them?

It takes training: the continuous repetition of useful actions.

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Part of that training is Confession. Today we welcome S____ and L____ into the Training Academy for courageous warriors and medics of virtue and power.

How does confession work? It keeps us good and healthy so that we can wield power correctly.

The body needs water to sustain itself. If that water is full of good vitamins and minerals, then it's even better.

What happens when we drink dirty water? Soldiers have to keep their canteens and cups clean and drink only potable water. Dirty cup + clean water? No good. Clean cup + dirty water? No good (the cup is no longer clean). Confession is how we keep the cup clean.

Every bit of anger, impatience, mean-ness, jealousy, laziness, and disrespect puts a chunk of dirt into that canteen. You can shake it out on your own and continue to drink from it, but you can see how that might still make you sick. And being sick, you just become more likely to get angry, mean, jealous, and disrespectful – and your cup just fills up with clumps of dirt even faster.

What would you do if your cup was so dirty it made you sick? You'd clean it.

The Lord tells us that He will give us “Living Water”. This is to drink, but it is also to clean.

Thanks to you confession, your cup is now clean. Repentance has allowed God's “Living Water” to wash it out. You can now drink that “Living Water” without polluting it. You can now resume your training, so that you can grow into warriors and medics of virtue and power.

The world needs you to be good. It needs you to be powerful. It needs you to be courageous.

God wants you to be good, to be powerful, and to be courageous.

He has given you your families and the Church to train you and give you the power and skills you need.

May God bless your service to Him for many, many years!

 

 

 

 

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Bible Study #34: Joshua and Judges
Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown
08 May 2018

Opening Prayer:
Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11)

Map of Tribal Divisions from bible-printables.com: Twelve Tribes = Twelve Sons = Twelve Places ???

Warming up with some Tidbits from the Rest of Joshua:

On the Varying Inheritances (St. Jerome)

Why did two tribes and a half dwell on the other side of Jordan, a district abounding in cattle, while the remaining nine tribes and a half either drove out the old inhabitants from their possessions or dwelled with them? Why did the tribe of Levi receive no portion in the land but have the Lord for its portion? And how is it that of the priests and Levites, themselves, the high priest alone entered the Holy of Holies where were the cherubim and the mercy seat? … If you do away with the gradations of the tabernacle, the temple, the church, if, to use a common military phrase, all upon the right hand are to be “up to the same standard,” bishops are to no purpose, priests in vain, deacons useless. Why do virgins persevere? Widows toil? Why do married women practice continence? And yet if we repent of our sins, we are all brought to the level of the Apostles.

Joshua 17:13. This is a fulfillment of Genesis 9:27 (props to St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Joshua 17:16-18 (generalizable). For if at last we come to perfection, then the Canaanite is said to have been exterminated by us and handed over to death [through the mortification of the flesh]... to clear the woodland that is in us means cutting useless and unfruitful trees out of us so as to renew it so that we can reap fruit “thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold” (Mt 13:8,23) from it. (Origin)

Joshua 20:1-9. The refugee cities. The length of the sentence only makes sense as a prophecy of Christ . (St. Ambrose of Milan). St. Jerome points out that sins committed in ignorance are still sinful.

Joshua 22:32-34. The purpose of the temple is suspected, clarified, then celebrated.

Joshua 24:12. God used wasps?! (St. Augustine gives literal and symbolic meanings)

Joshua 23: 12, 13 & 16. Joshua warns the people vs. intermarriage (do you remember Balaam?).

Joshua 24: 14-28. Joshua warns the people about idolatry. What does the stone symbolize?

[A Note on Bashan and the giants of the coast? Maybe later.]

Judges 2. A summary of what is to come.

From St. John Cassius (on why the conquest was not done by God all at once).

And if we may illustrate the incomparable mercy of our Creator from something earthly, not as being equal in kindness but as an illustration of mercy: if a tender and anxious nurse carries an infant in her bosom for a long time in order sometime to teach it to walk, and first allows it to crawl, then supports it that by the aid of her right hand it may lean on its alternate steps, presently leaves it for a little and if she sees it tottering at all, catches hold of it and grabs at it when falling, when down picks it up, and either shields it from a fall or allows it to fall lightly, and sets it up again after a tumble, but when she has brought it up to boyhood or the strength of youth or early manhood, lays upon it some burdens or labors by which it may be not overwhelmed but exercised, and allows it to vie with those of its own age; how much more does the heavenly Father of all know whom to carry in the bosom of his grace, whom to train to virtue in his sight by the exercise of free will, and yet he helps him in his efforts, hears him when he calls, leaves him not when he seeks him, and sometimes snatches him from peril even without his knowing it.

Ending prayer/hymn: Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem! / The glory of the Lord has shone on thee. / Exult now, and be glad, O Zion! / Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, / in the Resurrection of thy Son!

Next Week: Let's meet some Judges!!!

Bibliography

Franke, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Old Testament IV: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Heiser, M. S. (2015). The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (First Edition, p. 205). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. Chapter 25.

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Homily on Sowing
St. John 4:5-42

The metaphor of agriculture.

1 (Introduction). You have to reap when the crop is ready. If it's ready and you don't reap it – what happens?

  • Something – or someone – else will reap it (e.g. birds w/ blueberries)

  • It spoils.

  • It does not make it to the reaping floor where it can be transformed into its greatest and intended use/purpose

2. (The Word) The Samaritans were a crop that was ready for the harvest.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

The spiritual sowing indicates those who tilled beforehand by the voice of the prophets. The multitude of spiritual ears is those brought to the faith that is shown through Christ. But the harvest is white, in other words, already ripe for faith, and confirmed toward a godly life. But the sickle of the reaper is the glittering and sharp word of the apostle, cutting away the hearers from the worship according to the law and transferring them to the floor, that is, to the church of God. There, they are bruised and pressed by good works and shall be set forth as pure wheat worthy of the divine harvest.

It is important to realize that if Christ and the apostles did not reap the harvest, then these people – and their souls - would be lost

  • Someone else will reap and gather them.

  • They will spoil (internal pride and imagination)

  • They will not be transformed from something transient and vulnerable into something greater (living bread?)

3. (Conclusion – the Application) The world is the field of the Lord; the Church is the place where the transformation of wheat into the Living Bread occurs.

  • To speak less metaphorically,

    • The world is full of people who were made for something better. They are finite and vulnerable; and in need of something real and truly good;

    • But they were made to be immortal and powerful; and constantly sustained and strengthened by the unending source of everything good and true and real.

    • They are ready to be transformed from children of the fallen world into the immortal sons and daughters of the perfect God.

  • Their stories are all different. They are not monotheistic Samaritans as were those in today's Gospel or pagan Hellenists like those in today's epistle. When it comes to their world-view, some are atheists, some are agnostics, but they are full of the potential, the yearning, and the readiness to changed into something better.

    • [It should noted that not all of them are ready for the transformation: they still need tending. And there are fields that have not been sown at all.  Some sow, some tend, and some reap.]

In today's Gospel, the Lord shows how this work is done. It is work we are called to. If we don't do it – if we as a parish and we as believers – don't give our time connecting with the Samaritans and Hellenists of our time – then they will be lost. And us? We will have failed in the One Thing the Lord commanded us to do and we will be worse than lost.

Let us now commit ourselves to the transformation of ourselves into the children of God so that we may become the evangelists of that transformation – the ones that plant, tend, and gather - and this parish into the place where the gathered souls are themselves transformed.

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Sunday of the Paralytic
John 5:1-15

Prologue: the Gospel only makes sense within its context.

Rules for living well:

  • Do the best you can.
  • Always strive to do better.
  • When you mess up, admit it, clean it up, and repent.

The paralytic exhibits this way of life:

  • Doing the best he could, based on who he was and what he knew (doesn't mean he was doing it right!).
  • Trying to do better. Two indicators of this:
    • He had been trying for cures all his life and was still at it.
    • When he encountered a better way of doing things – the way that Christ gave him! - he took it.
  • Mess up: change.
    • His willingness to leave a routine he had been committed to is part of this, but the main indicator of this came later:
    • The Lord told Him to stop sinning or things would get even worse for him.

How is it even possible not to sin? It only makes sense within the context of Gospel: the Lord had the power to forgive sins, because He knew we would continue to sin even after He ascended into glory at the Ascension, He gave that power to the ministers of the Church;  

“Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20: 21-23).

The paralytic was doing the best he could; Christ offered Him a better way that would not only heal him, but provided for his continual improvement.

We have to follow his example. We are trying hard to live a good life, but is it really the best we can do? Christ is offering the real path – our attempt to improve our lives should include listening to Him and following His instructions. When we mess up – and we will mess up – He has offered a way for us to recover and get back on track: we have to own our mistakes, repent, and get right back on track.

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Bible Study #32: The Curse of Jericho
Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown
24 April 2018

Opening Prayer:
Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11)

Warm up question:
What is a curse? Are they real, or only as real as people think they are? Blessings have psychological and “true” effects (e.g. confession); is it the same (in reverse) for curses? Think less about the manipulation of positive and negative energies than about opening ourselves of up the grace of God and the intercession of the saints or ... the actions and even possession of evil powers.

The Curse of Jericho

Jericho 6:17-19.

From Origen. Don't Pollute the Faith.
This is what is indicated by these words: Take heed that you have nothing worldly in you, that you bring down with you to the church neither worldly customs nor faults nor equivocations of the age. But let all worldly ways be anathema to you. Do not mix mundane things with divine; do not introduce worldly matters into the mysteries of the church.

This is what John also sounds with the trumpet of his epistle, saying, “Do not love the world or the things that are in the world.” And likewise Paul: “Do not,” he says, “be conformed to this world.” For those who do these things accept what is anathema. But also those introduce anathema into the churches who, for example, celebrate the solemnities of the nations even though they are Christians. Those who eagerly seek the lives and deeds of humans from the courses of the stars, who inquire of the flight of birds and other things of this type that were observed in the former age, carry what is anathema from Jericho into the church and pollute the camp of the Lord and cause the people of God to be overcome. But there are also many other sins through which anathema from Jericho is introduced into the church, through which the people of God are overcome and overthrown by enemies. Does not the apostle also teach these same things when he says, “A little leaven spoils the whole lump”?

Notice that the “solemnities of the nations” seem to be rituals associated with old gods. The dialogue about what previous symbols etc. can be incorporated and blessed and what can't is always interesting. For the Jews there were two mechanisms involved: 1) intentionally breaking commands that *God Himself* had given and 2) doing rituals and holding onto idols of foreign gods.

A Reminder on the Concept of Herem (taboo).
A human... may not enjoy the use of an object designated as ḥērem, for this would transgress the limits between his domain, with its protective socio-legal organization, and the outside non-classificatory domain and cause disequilibrium to encroach upon the former. Should such misuse occur, the perpetrator himself becomes contaminated by the object of the ḥērem and must be subjected to the same treatment as that object in order to ward off the consequent dangers to his community... (“Taboo” by Malul, p. 826).

Joshua 7:1-5. What Happened at Ai – Episode I.

From Origin. The Tongue of Gold.
But also we should not let it be passed over without comment that by one sinner wrath comes upon all the people.…

But let us also see what sort of sin this person did. He stole, it says, “a tongue of gold” and placed it in his own tent.

I do not think so great a force of sin was in that theft of a little gold that it defiled the innumerable church of the Lord. But let us see if a deeper understanding does not reveal the enormity and severity of the sin. There is much elegance in words and much beauty in the discourses of philosophers and rhetoricians, who are all of the city of Jericho, that is, people of this world. If, therefore, you should find among the philosophers perverse doctrines beautified by the assertions of a splendid discourse, this is the “tongue of gold.” But beware that the splendor of the performance does not beguile you, that the beauty of the golden discourse not seize you. Remember that Jesus [Joshua] commanded all the gold found in Jericho to be anathema. If you read a poet with properly measured verses, weaving gods and goddesses in a very bright tune, do not be seduced by the sweetness of eloquence, for it is the “tongue of gold.” If you take it up and place it in your tent, if you introduce into your heart those things that are declared by the [poets and philosophers], then you will pollute the whole church of the Lord.

St. John Chrysostom. How Bad for Us?
Suppose any one should carefully examine all the communicants in the world, what kind of transgression is there which he would not detect? And what if he examined those in authority? Would he not find them eagerly bent upon gain? Making traffic of high places? Envious, malignant, vainglorious, gluttonous and slaves to money?

Where then there is such impiety as this going on, what dreadful calamity must we not expect? And to be assured how severe vengeance they incur who are guilty of such sins as these, consider the examples of old. One single man, a common soldier, stole the sacred property, and all were struck. You know, doubtless, the history I mean? I am speaking of Achan the son of Carmi, the man who stole the consecrated spoil.…

On account of all these things, let us take heed to ourselves. Do you not see these wars? Do you not hear of these disasters? Do you learn no lesson from these things? Nations and whole cities are swallowed up and destroyed, and myriads as many again are enslaved to the barbarians.

If hell does not bring us to our senses, yet let these things. What, are these too mere threats, are they not facts that have already taken place? Great is the punishment they have suffered, yet a greater still shall we suffer, who are not brought to our senses even by their fate.

Sylvian the Priest of Marsailles. How the Taint Works.
The church of God is as the eye. As a speck of dirt, even though small, which falls into the eye blinds the sight completely, in the same way, if some, even though they are a few in the body of the church, commit filthy acts, they block almost all the light of the splendor of the church.

Joshua 7:19-26. The Confession and Punishment of Achen.

St. Jerome. Why so Harsh? The same reason that the nations were given over to the sword.

Joshua 8. What Happened at Ai – Episode II. They won. Completely. With tactics.
Origin. We ought not to leave any of those demons deeply within, whose dwelling place is chaos and who rule in the abyss, but to destroy them all.

Teaching Point: Do what God instructs even when the end result is not clear.

Bibliography

Franke, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Old Testament IV: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Malul, M. (1999). Taboo. In K. van der Toorn, B. Becking, & P. W. van der Horst (Eds.), Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible. Brill; Eerdmans.

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Bible Study #31: The Battle of Jericho
Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown
17 April 2018

Opening Prayer:  
Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11)

 

Warm up question:
Why does God appoint leaders (messiahs) and prophets in the Old Testament? Why not just communicate His will directly with every human being personally? What can we learn about His plan for us from the way He works with us (i.e. the human race).

The Battle of Jericho (and this is the right time of year to remember it!)

Joshua 2: send in the spies and cue the harlot with the heart of gold
St. Jerome. Why two spies? After the law [i.e. Moses] was dead—Jesus desires to lead his people into the gospel [Holy Land] and sends out two men on secret mission to Jericho. Two messengers he sends: one to the circumcised; the other to the Gentiles, Peter and Paul. Jericho seeks to kill them; the harlot takes them in, meaning, of course, the church gathered together from the Gentiles.
St. Caesarius of Arles. Why two spies? Joshua sent two spies because the true Joshua (i.e. Jesus) was going to give two commands of love. In truth, what else do the men whom the true Joshua sends announce to us except that we should love God and our neighbor?
Origen. Why a harlot? Because the church, as I have often said, gathered from the multitude of Gentiles, was then called a prostitute (because it had gone after false gods), therefore the church is found in the figure of Rahab, the hostess of saints (“the unfaithful wife is sanctified through her faithful husband” 1Corinthians 7-14).
St. Paul (Hebrews 11:31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
St. James (James 2:25) Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
[And note that she is part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ! Matthew 1:5]
St. Augustine. Is deception okay? Lying is wrong … As for its being written that God dealt well with the Hebrew midwives and with Rahab the harlot of Jericho, he did not deal well with them because they lied but because they were merciful to the men of God. And so, it was not their deception that was rewarded, but their benevolence; the benignity of their intention, not the iniquity of their invention.
St. Jerome. Even the cord has meaning. So, too, with a mystic reference to the shedding of blood, it was a scarlet cord which the harlot Rahab (a type of the church) hung in her window that she might be saved at the destruction of Jericho.

Joshua 3-4: the Ark allows the people to pass over the Jordan (read during Theophany)
Why did the “Jordan turn back”? Note the similarities with the crossing of the Red Sea. Joshua is “exalted” at the Jordan as Jesus is. We are baptized into the Gospel as the Israelites crossed the Jordan to get to the Holy Land.

Joshua 5: The Circumcision, the Passover, and The Angel (read on Holy Saturday)
Note:
no one who is unclean can celebrate the Passover. This is why they waited until all were circumcised and healed to celebrate it. The timing of the switch from manna is interesting.
Origen. On discernment. And so you must beware and exercise great care in order to discern with knowledge the kinds of visions, just as Joshua the son of Nun, when he saw a vision and knew there was temptation in it, immediately asked the one who appeared to him and said, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” So, then, the soul progresses when it comes to the place where it begins to distinguish between visions; and it is proved to be spiritual if it knows how to discern them all. That is why, as well, one of the spiritual gifts, given by the Holy Spirit, is mentioned as “the ability to distinguish between spirits.”
Origen. On holiness. [T]he chief of the army of the power of the Lord sanctifies every place to which he comes, for Jericho itself was not a holy place. But because the chief of the army of God came there, the place is said to be holy.
St. Jerome. On the safety of God's presence. Now, grasp the mystical meaning of Holy Writ. As long as we are walking through the wilderness, it is necessary that we wear sandals to cover and protect our feet, but when we shall have entered the Land of Promise, we shall hear with Jesus [Joshua], the son of Nave [Nun]: “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place upon which you are standing is holy.”

Joshua 6: The destruction and cursing of Jericho
Tertullian. Points out that one of the seven days MUST have been a Sabbath (and that, in general, the Law was not universal or atemporal). Interesting to think of the seventh day as the day when things culminate and order prevails.
St. Maximus of Turin. On preaching. We believe that the priestly trumpets of that age were nothing other than the preaching of the priests of this age, by which we do not cease to announce, with a dreadful sound, something harsh to sinners, to speak of what is dismal, and to strike the ears of evildoers with, as it were, a threatening roar, since no one can resist the sacred sounds and no one can gainsay them. For how could feeling creatures not tremble at the word of God when at that time even unfeeling ones were shaken? And how could human hardheartedness resist what a stone fortification could not withstand? For just as, when the stone walls were destroyed, the clash of the trumpets reached the people within, so also now, when evil thoughts have been destroyed, the preaching of the priests penetrates to the bare parts of the soul, for the soul is found bare before the Word of God when its every evil deed is destroyed. And that the soul is bare before God the holy apostle says, “But all things are bare and uncovered to his eyes.” In this regard, before the soul knows God and accepts the truth of the faith, it veils itself, so to speak, under superstitious works and surrounds itself with something like a wall of perversity, such that it might seem to be able to remain impregnable within the fortifications of its own evildoing. But when the sacred sound thunders, its rashness is overthrown, its thinking is destroyed, and all the defenses of its superstitions break asunder in such a way that, remaining unprotected, as it is written, the Word of God might penetrate even to the division of its spirit and its inmost parts. Just as the ring of the sacred sound destroyed, captured and took vengeance on a hardhearted people then, so also now the priestly preaching subjugates, captures and takes vengeance on a sinful people.
St. John Chrysostom. On repentance and salvation. Compares “Let Rahab live.” to the Gospel.
Teaching Point: Do what God instructs even when the end result is not clear.

Bibliography
Franke, J. R. (Ed.). (2005). Old Testament IV: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1–2 Samuel (p. 8). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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Homily for Palm Sunday
Philippians 4:4-9; John 12:1-18

How far are we willing to go for what is true?

How far are we willing to go for what is good (virtuous)?

How far are we willing to go for peace (not the cheap peace of appeasement, but the real peace of a battle well fought and a race well run)?

Imagine a world ruled by darkness. A place where there is no light. Where fear of the unknown and fear of injury have paralyzed people into inaction and have led them to accept all the injustices the rulers of the world of darkness impose on them. There may be some stories that some people tell about a bringer of light that would liberate them from the oppressive gloom; but in the meantime darkness reigns. For many, even the possibility of such a thing as light is outrageous; for them it is the myth and opiate of those who are too weak to accept the world as it really is. Of course, this attitude towards the light is the official dogma of the rulers of the darkness and they do what they can to mock and punish the dreamers and rabble-rousers who oppose it.

Then one day something miraculous occurs: the light-bearer comes.

As you can imagine, the first response was a jubilant awe. All those who had hoped for his coming ran to greet him. Children laughed and sang and delighted crowds thronged around him as he made his way into the city.

Today we are swept up in this same jubilation: it is Palm and Willow Sunday! We celebrate the coming of the Deliverer; after generations of oppression the source of Freedom has come into our midst!

But we know what comes next, not just because we know our history, but because we understand how things work: the rulers of this world – led by the prince of darkness, the deceiver – have no interest in freedom or light or truth or goodness. Quite the opposite. And what are these things – mere ideas - when compared to the reality and raw power of darkness and death? When so many of the oppressed preferred the peace of appeasement and the predictability of the status quo to the uncomfortable truths the light revealed and the challenge of difficult change that real virtue would now require.

The coming of the light threatened to expose not just the evil that had come to dominate the world, but the evil that resides in the heart of every man. No one can see this truth and remain satisfied with the world and themselves as they are. The choice is either change... or darkness. Is it any wonder that we preferred the darkness? That we cheered the hardest when we called out “crucify him, crucify him”? That we asked that the curse fall on us and on our children?

We are again at this same crossroads with the same choice to make: the light has come to a world of darkness. So I ask again:

How far are we willing to go for what is true?

How far are we willing to go for what is good (virtuous)?

How far are we willing to go for peace (not the cheap peace of appeasement, but the real peace of a battle well fought and a race well run)?

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Homily on the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (St. Mark 10:32-45)

What are you willing to sacrifice for a better life? To improve the lives of those around you?

The power of deferred gratification. Save now – for something big later.

  • We use this for all kinds of things: retirement accounts, education, residencies

  • Think back: what sacrifices did you make in the past in order to obtain something you really wanted? Was it worth it?

  • Some even look at the Christian life as a cosmic deferred gratification scheme: give up a bit of time and money now at the local parish and get into that awesome retirement community in the sky

But what if that wasn't what Christianity was about at all? What if it was less about sacrificing now for something I want later, and more about sacrifice as a means to become a better person now? What if living a life of sacrifice brought you a better life NOT because it allowed you to save up to get more and better stuff, but because it transformed you into a new person. Less broken, less needy, more joyful, more content, and more powerful?

  • This is exactly what psychological studies have found. The marshmallow test.

  • A strong sacrifice muscle is not just associated with the ability to getter stuff: researchers found that people with a strong one have better life outcomes, as measured by various “life measures”.

What are we willing to sacrifice to become better people, to become what our tradition calls “new creatures” (2 Corinthians 5:17), a “new self” (Ephesians 4:24). That will, more importantly, allow us to bring comfort, healing, and joy to all those around us whose lives are bing ruined by a world that is often cruel, brutal, and merciless in its oppression?

As people who have accepted that Christ is the Son of God, what are we willing to give up that will charge that acceptance with the kind of supernatural power that will allow us to join St. Paul in saying that it is “no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me?”

It's sacrifice. That's why silly things like giving up food and more difficult things like offering a substantial portion of our income to the church and other charities and of spending a substantial amount of time in prayer, worship, and community service are all built into what early Christians called “The Way”, but that we call “Orthodox Christianity”.

Any thing worth having requires hard work. All good things require sacrifice. The sacrifice of Christ made the salvation of mankind – a very good thing – possible. We are meant to imitate him in that so that, as St. Paul said, we might “save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22).

This is what Christ meant when He said in today's Gospel; “whoever will be great will serve... and the one that desires to be first will become a slave.”

That is the way of Christ and it is The Way of the Christian. It will give us a better life and improves the lives of those around us.

May the Lord strengthen as we dedicate ourselves to sacrifice our time, our tithes, and everything we hold dear out of our love of God and desire to serve – and save - our neighbor.

Direct download: 20180325-OnSacrifice.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

A Meditation on St. John's “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”

The farmer's wealth is gathered on the threshing floor and in the wine press, but the wealth and knowledge of the monk is gathered during the evenings and the night hours while standing at prayer and engaged in spiritual activity. Step 20 (on vigil), 10.

When the day is over, the vendor sits down and counts his profits; but the acetic does so when the psalmody is over. Step 20 (on vigil), 18.

Stillness of the body is the knowledge and composure of the habits and feelings. And stillness of soul is the knowledge of one's thoughts and an inviolable mind. Step 27 (on stillness), 2.

What is Orthodox Tradition? Why is it important for us to immerse ourselves in the worship and rigors of Orthodoxy?

At the visible level, one that can be observed and studied by scientists, tradition is the accumulation of rituals and ideas that are directed towards a purpose. In the case of Orthodox Tradition, that purpose is the formation of good and strong human beings, good and strong families, and good and strong communities.

We know that, left to their own devices, children will go selfish and feral (spoiled, if you will); that family structures will morph into tyranny or disintegrate altogether, and communities will do the same.

On the other hand, good ideas and useful rituals allow humans, families, and societies a way out of this nasty and brutish life. Through Orthodox ritual and belief, the passions are tamed. The child learns self-control, the family finds grounding, and the community naturally brings safety, healing, and guidance to all its members. Beliefs and rituals that do these things are continually reaffirmed through our participation in them and those that prove counter-productive are adjusted. This is done slowly, and with a recognition that there is a wisdom in tradition that is seldom obvious to the impatient.

But there are other forces at play; there is an invisible level. God continually works through His prophets, His Christ, His Holy Spirit, and His Church to grant discernment to individuals, yes, but mostly to the community as a whole. The rituals and ideas of Orthodoxy are not just useful (although they are), they are inspired and strengthen by grace. Even more importantly, Orthodox Tradition is not directed primarily to the perfection of people, families, and communities, but to their salvation. To put it in theological language, we are not just learning to subdue our baser instincts, we are being saved and drawn deeper into infinite perfection through our life in Christ and Holy Orthodoxy.

If you look around, you cannot help but notice that all reasonably healthy, traditional societies have religious systems that have accumulated ideas and rituals that civilize their adherents. Because there is only one human race and we all have the same line between good and evil dividing our hearts, there is a lot of overlap in their ideas and rituals. Virtue is encouraged; vice is shamed and disciplined; and the unity of the good is proclaimed and celebrated. To the extent that we have become lax in our own devotion, we are encouraged by their witness.

But there is no need to go anywhere else to experience the one thing needful for every person, family, and community. It is found in its fullness in Holy Orthodoxy and its benefits can be enjoyed completely here at St. Mary's (and every other parish that was, is, or ever will be).

Let us immerse ourselves in that fullness now, as we continue our celebration of God's love for us, His people, and His world.

Direct download: 20180318-LadderandTradition.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Marriage as a Metaphor for Orthodoxy
Homily of St. Gregory Palamas

Today we celebrate the life and teachings of someone who really got it – St. Gregory Palamas; he experienced God's love for him in a real and tangible way, and he reflected that love back at God and on all those around him.

That's what we are to do, as well. To open ourselves up to the deifying warmth and light of God; and then to send our thanksgiving and praise back up to Him and to use the energy of His grace to serve those around us.

The Good News of the Gospel is that this is made possible and real through the life, death, and resurrection of the God-man Jesus Christ.

Although this Gospel really is simple, it has been elaborated with so many words and celebrated, confirmed and taught (if not gilded) with so many rituals – and denied by so many lies – that it is understandable if we sometimes mistake and judge the cup rather than that which it holds.

Perhaps a metaphor will help.

I have met people who think they understand the joy and transformation that marriage can bring.

One set thinks they know it because, while not married, they have their own version of it called “pornography” or really any kind of sex outside of marriage. We cannot deny the reality of that experience, but I hope you realize that it has very little to do with the enduring joy of marriage. They will claim that they do not need to be married to experience the joy of sex; but even when it comes to that, they have settled for something less satisfying and less real. And while intimacy is a powerful and necessary part of marriage, it is hardly the primary source of the transformative joy that marriage provides. They think they get it, but they don't, and their improper understanding leads them to accept something less than they should.

A second set which is equally troubling think they understand marriage because they themselves are committed to the institution of marriage. They have had their ceremony, they wear their rings, and they share a house. But when you start speaking to them about the joy that comes from sharing a life with another person, you learn that their experience is quite different. They are living the rituals of marriage, but they are missing the thing those institutions is meant to hold and protect. They think they get it, but they don't, and their improper understanding leads them to accept something less than they should.

This is a great and wonderful mystery but, as with St. Paul, I speak not of marriage, but of the Church. (Ephesians 5:32)

St. Gregory Palamas fought against both of these misunderstandings about God.

One the one hand, there were people (like the Bogamils) who thought they could really experience God without the Church. This is like having sex without marriage; it may be real in some sense, but it is not healthy nor is it real in the way that a committed sacramental relationship with God in Church is real. They thought they got it, but they didn't, and their improper understanding led them to accept something less than they should have.

On the other hand were those who thought is was enough to participate in the rituals and sacraments of the Church. That the experience of God was not something that was possible, that union with Him through Christ was a metaphor for belief, and that the joy to be had through opening oneself up to the Divine Nature of God was a simple emotion and not a metaphysical or supernatural reality. They thought they got it, but they didn't, and their improper understanding led them to accept something less than they should have.

God is real and we were meant to become partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). We are Orthodox Christians. We have not settled for something less than we should. We are not just going through the motions when we pray and participate in the rituals of the Church; we are opening ourselves up to God. We allow His grace to heal and transform us, and then we offer and share this transforming grace with the world.



Direct download: 20180304-Palamas.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

There are broken and despairing people in this world; it is our charge to care for them. We can justify our indifference with all kinds of religion and sophistry, but in the end our deeds will be laid bare. Homily on the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).

Direct download: 20180211-LastJudgment.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

Three lessons from the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Direct download: 2018024-ProdigalSon.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We live in a fantasy world. A world in which there is no need for us to change. But we are not well, we are simply deluded. May the Lord God protect us from the Pharisee in our minds that wants to tell us lies about ourselves and our neighbors and give us the humility – and through that the justification - of the Publican.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20180128-PublicandPharisee.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

In edition to finishing up the Book of Numbers, we start a three part series addressing the brutality of the cleansing and taking of the Promised Land.  It's a tough topic.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20180123-BS-Transjordan.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

From Youngstown, OH.  This was the Sunday after Theophany, Zacchaeus Sunday, and the day after Volodymyr and Gennie Esther's wedding.  This homily claims they are all connected.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20180121-AfterTheophany.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this day, the Church celebrates the Resurrection(like every Sunday) and the Circumcision of Christ (the 8th day after the Nativity) and begins preparing for the celebration of the Baptism of Christ (the Sunday before Theophany).  In this homily, Fr. Anthony connects the dots between them all.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20180114-Circumcision.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

It is both the second Sunday before the Nativity and, at least for most of our neighbors, the day before the Nativity.  In this homily Fr. Anthony talks about why we remember our Forefathers on this day and gives us advice on how to make peace the center of our pattern. Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171224-PeacefulPattern.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

Was Jesus Christ really born on the 25th of December?  It's an interesting question, but the real confusion is not about the day the Virgin Mary miraculously delivered the baby Jesus in a humble stable in Jerusalem but about the day when Christ was actually brought into being.  In this homily Fr. Anthony shares the mystery of a God begotten before all ages born as a baby in Bethlehem.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171217-Incarnation.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We finish up Numbers 21 by talking about missing books of the Bible and the defeat of two giants: King Sihon of the Ammorites and Og of Bashan.  Why do we celebrate these victories every Sunday and Feast Day?  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171205-BS-OgofBashan.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

This week we have a special guest and friend of the podcast, Rev. Michael Landsman, the pastor at Zion Stone UCC in Northampton, PA.  He takes us through Numbers 21, focusing primarily on the fiery serpents and the bronze serpent God had Moses to heal their poisonous bites.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171205-BS-Landsman.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After reviewing some of OT insights regarding the day's feast (St Michael), Fr. Anthony uses Numbers 15-18 as a chance to talk about unintentional sin, the cost of going against God, and the epic battles of censors and wooden rods (with the winners being proven worthy of the priesthood).  What does it all mean?  Enjoy the show!  As always, Fr. Anthony's lecture notes are available at orthoanalytika.org

Direct download: 20171121-BS-Khorah.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Orthodoxy is a rational faith, we do not have to “leave our minds at the door.”, but as with our feelings, our minds need to be trained. In order to be trained, first they need need to stripped of all nonsense and lies so that all our thoughts can be true. We need to allow something that is beyond our understanding live in the temple of our hearts. To the extent we value control and understanding over the Truth, we will not be able to make this change. Then it will not be Christ that lives within and motivates us, it will be our own pride. And that pride, that control, that understanding cannot bring us joy, salvation, or eternal life.

Direct download: 20171119-RaisingofJariusDaughter.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Listen as Nicholas Kotar talks about the benefits of using fairly tales to teach and evangelize and how he does this in his book, The Song of the Sirin.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171116-SongoftheSirinBookDiscussion.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

In this episode on Numbers 13-14 (the recon of Canaan), Fr. Anthony demonstrates what happens when a man who has a fever and can't think straight tries to lead a Bible Study (and forgets to follow his notes).  If you want coherence, the notes are at orthoanalytika.org.  If you like stream of consciousness, then this episode is for you!  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171114-BS-ReconMission.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Communism brought great evil to the world, but it did not create it out of scratch; it pulled it from our own hearts.  How should we respond to the evil in the world?  To the evil in our own hearts?  Note: It was the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, not the 75th (Fr. Anthony is math challenged).

Direct download: 20171105-TelltheTruth.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

These are the notes from the teaching Divine Liturgy we celebrated for our children and youth (of all ages!) on 10/22/17.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171022-TeachingLiturgy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

In this class, Fr. Anthony talks about the ambiguity of names in the Bible and why people get hurt when they go against God's will (e.g. the the burning of part of the camp, the quail plague, and Miriam's leprosy).  We had to use our back-up recording which doesn't pick up the audience well (please forgive; the recorder's battery died mid-class).

Direct download: 20171024-BS-FamilyTrouble.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

Why might an Orthodox Christian read The Shack?  Why might it better not to?  Fr. Anthony shares and evaluates many of the critiques of the The Shack, putting it within the context of evangelism.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20171019-TheShack.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

How (not) to make the Bible say the opposite of what it means.  Examples from Numbers on how to draw out Scripture's deeper meaning.

Direct download: 20171010-BS-Redemption.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

What does it mean to become a "fisher of men"?  How is it heroic?  Homily on St. Luke 5:1-11 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

Direct download: 20171008-FishinginChaoticWaters.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

What is Leviticus good for?  In what way(s) is Christ a scapegoat?  This and more in tonight's Bible Study (20171003).

Direct download: 20171003-BS-Leviticus.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

In this homily for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, Fr. Anthony talks about what it means to "deny yourself" and follow Christ and why doing it wrong can cost a man his soul.

Direct download: 20171001-LosingYourSoul.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

In this homily on The Parable of the Talents, Fr. Anthony discourages us from interpreting scripture in a way that would turn God into a monster.  He then argues that the point of the parable is to convince us of the need to do good in this world.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20170924-TheMomentumofVirtue.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Why did Jesus pick "Love your God..." as the greatest commandment?  Fr. Anthony gives us three reasons: historical precedence, human flourishing, and that it prepares us to love one another (and ourselves).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20170917-ThePrimaryDirective.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony describes (and acts out, although you'll just have to imagine that) the Gospel in terms of the breaking down of the wall we have built up between us, Him, and our inheritance.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20170827-TearDownThatWall.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

Today Fr. Anthony read the Bishops' statement denouncing the events in Charlottesville specifically and racism more generally.  A head's up: at the end he meant to say "differences", not "divisions".  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20170820-Charlottesville.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:48pm EDT

The theme of this year's "Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me" encampment at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp was "Champions of the Faith."  In this talk, Fr. Anthony shares his thoughts on heroism, dragon slaying, and how we can use the power of Christ to tame chaos and bring order to our lives and relationships with others.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20170620-CampTalkonHeroism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

St. Paul compares living well to building a house.  In this (short Summer) homily, Fr. Anthony explains what St. Paul meant and why it is such Good News.

Direct download: 20170806-HomilyonBuilding.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

In today's Gospel, we hear how Christ fed the multitudes by multiplying two fishes and five loaves.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony offers three Christian (and political economic) strategies for feeding the world.

Direct download: 20170730-HomilyonFishing.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

It figures that a priest would pick "The Prayer Book" as his favorite book, right?  Listen as Fr. Anthony makes a case for breathing life into the prayers in the prayer book on a regular basis. One of the many benefits is that it will make the Orthodox worldview (the myth that is true!) real in your life and thus allow you to live more efficiently.  Let us know what you think!

Direct download: 20170720-PrayerBook.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay (St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Parma OH) provides examples of and discusses Ukrainian Orthodox Worship music from the past several centuries.  This talk was given at the Sacred Music Retreat at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary (S. Bound Brook, NJ) on 14 June 2017.

Direct download: PDIhor-UkrainianMusicAppreciation.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

After a bit of satire on Putin's war against Ukraine, Fr. Anthony has a long discussion with Fr. Paul Koroluk, a priest of the UOC-KP (the largest, though canonically-unrecognized, Orthodox Church in Ukraine).  We share a vision of Ukraine and Ukrainian Orthodoxy that we hope will allow for a more sympathetic (or at least objective) understanding of Ukraine, Ukrainian Orthodoxy, and Ukrainian aspirations.

Direct download: 20141104-UkrainianOrthodoxy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

The rapture: why are people excited about it and what's it all about?  Why is the Church facing hard times and how can/should it respond?  Fr. John Peck and I talk about these things, an alternative approach to catechizing and doing missions, and the best Nicolas Cage movies on THIS exiting episode - enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20140929-Rapturemania.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Before he was Orthodox and before he was a priest, Fr. Maximos worked with the biggest names in the paranormal: Ed and Lorrain Warren (of The Amityville Horror and The Conjuring fame/infamy) and John Zaffis (Haunted Collector).  We talk about his relationship with them, our opinions on blessed and cursed items, and the need for skepticism.  We warm up by discussing the new mission he serves and the priestly vocation.  Questions?  father.anthony@yahoo.com

Direct download: 20140901-FrMaximos.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Christ is born!  Glorify Him! Social Media Maven and Monastic, Fr. Peter Preble (Shepherd of Souls) talks with me about the vocation of monasticism in 21st century America.  I also snuck in another story by my son, Nicholas.  In this one, Kira is engaged in some serious spiritual warfare.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20140110_Preble.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

What is God calling you to do?  This show opens with a talk on vocations geared for everyone - vocations are not just for men in black!  I follow this with a short story by Rdr. Nicholas Perkins, and finish by asnwering some mail on paleo, fasting, and the Bread of Life.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20131122_Vocations_Talk.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

In this episode, Fr. John and Fr. Anthony share their friendship and love of Christ and His Church with you.  They talk about vocations (Fr. John is the manager of the popular "Good Guys Wear Black" website and Fr. Anthony is the Director of Vocations for the UOC-USA), self-care and parish-care for priests and their families, and preparedness.  I think you'll really enjoy their conversation!

Direct download: 20130910_Fr_John_Peck_on_Vocations_and_Preparedness.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This podcasts begins with advice for young people to become heroes.  The rest is devoted to introducing listeners to some findings in moral psychology and their relevance to Orthodoxy (hint- it's about ritual/Orthopraxis).  Lord willing, I'll be devoting more podcasts to devloping these themes.

Direct download: 20130807-Moral_Psychology.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The army trains like they fight so they can fight like they train.  Good training ingrains the accumulated lessons learned from generations of successful war-fighters.  Soldiers don't need to "get their Rambo on" to accomplish wartime missions, they just need to fight like they trained.  Spiritual warriors don't need to "get their saint" on in order to survive war and terrorism, they need to follow their training.  Orthodox Tradition, our training manual, contains the accumulated wisdom from generations of successful spiritual warriors.  In this podcast, I share three of the Orthodox lessons learned that have brought healing, peace, and joy to this broken man.  

Direct download: 20130422_Boston_Bombing.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Today's show addresses the questions of Lenten Paleo fasting, whether NDE's are proof of the soul etc., and what everyone should do to be prepared for the most likely emergencies.  I also talk about fun and transformative lenten disciplines like fasting, meditation, and walking.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20130325-PPPwPP.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Taking a page from Jack Spirko's playbook (The Survival Podcast), I recorded this episode in the car.  The Men in Black stole the last 45 minutes of it, but it still includes about an hour on the fire that all but destroyed our temple on the feast of St. Michael, 2012. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20130315-fire.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This episode begins with an introduction to Orthodox epistemology, but the bulk is spent in conversation with Rev. Jonathan Malone, PhD. He is a Baptist preacher with an interesting story to tell (teaser: a dark night of the soul answered through an apophatic pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail). Enjoy!

Direct download: 20120215-Jonathan.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The hits keep coming!  After I share some of my thoughts on how to approach democratic politics as a member of a minority faith that has universalist moral truth claims (hint: I love the U.S. Constitution), I share an awesome interview with Professor Nick Gvosdev.  He gives historical and theological hope for a "third way" between total symphonia and martyrdom.

Direct download: 20121107-Gvosdev.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Today I set the context with a talk on the Orthodox theology of ghosts, then go into a captivating interview with author, paranormal investigator, radio personality, and friend, Paul Eno.  You don't want to miss this one!

Direct download: 20121031-Ghosts.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Today the gospel of the poor widow of Nain leads me to talk about the temtation of making idols of our children.  This sets up a wonderful discussion with Professor Juliana Golas (URI, Child Development) about what we can do to raise healthy and holy children.

Direct download: 20121023-Child_Development.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This episode begins with a discussion of the sociological and cosmic effects if a few of us actually loved others without regard to cost or context, then goes into an awesome interview with Dr. Demetra about science and religion, youth education, and the dangers of GMO/H's.  Enjoy! 

Direct download: 20121015-Golden_Rule_and_Dr_D.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This (now remastered) episode begins with an explanation of why Jesus calls a desperate woman a "dog" and a discourse on the need for spiritual "grit"; but the vast bulk of the show is given over to a wonderful interview with Chris Masterjohn, a PhD post-doc in nutrition who talks to us about eating real, eating ancestral, and how Orthodoxy and nutrition can combine to make us really healthy.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20120930-Masterjohn-rm_2.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, I start by sharing the news and press release from the third meeting of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, then move into a wonderful interview on Orthodox media and prepping with Fr. John Peck.

Direct download: 20120916__Prepping_with_Fr_Peck.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After talking about work, I interview Professor Nicolai Petro (URI) about the Pussy Riot case and and the history of Islam in Russia and what the Russian government has done in Tatarstan to avoid the rise of radical Islam there.

Direct download: 20120902_Politics_and_Religion_in_Russia.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this espode, I talk about changes to www.orthoanalytika.org and the podcast feed; the Church in the light of the Transfiguration; and share an interview on the paranormal and ecumenism with a priest and former paranormal investigator.

Direct download: 20120818-FrMaximos.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, I use the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul to frame the "recent unpleasantness" surounding Patriarch Filaret's visit to Canada and the resignation of the OCA's Metropolitan then share a most excellent interview with Dr. Deborah Sirko-Osadsa about things that Spiritual Fathers and Christians should know about genetic testing (among other things).  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20120716_Deborah2.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks about making America into a holy nation then interviews Fr. Peter Preble about his new book, Listening to the Heartbeat of God".  It's a good time!

Direct download: 201200621_FrPeter.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Fr. Anthony gives a pep-talk in memory and honor of all the saints, then shares an interview with a way-cool-genetic researcher, Dr. Deborah Sirko-Osadsa.  They talk about everything from chickens to cancer research to how easy it is to be a rational, scientific Orthodox Christian.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 201200615_Deborah.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

Today I talk about Holy Week in Woonsocket, my ("the prepper priest") Interview with Bryan Davis / Doc Fermento, we cover some news, to include an explanation from the Rational Optimist on why things aren't as bad as Alex jones et al claim, a spot from a new sponsors:  Marriage (and Chastity) and one from an old (and real) sponsor: www.douglasaperkins.com (for all your training and research needs!), our "prepping with Pawlo" segment on Simplicity.  We finish with a Volya Moment on The Orthodox Way.

Direct download: 201200412_The_Orthodox_Way.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony shares his dismay at the way we have convinced ourselves that we really like eating trash (metaphorically speaking), lets Pawlo Amerikanchuk talk about his cousin Venamin Franko, and talks about the consequences of breaking the law (of love).

Direct download: 20120225_Prodigal.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Father Anthony shares the theology of seed catalogs, answers the mail on sexuality, church and state, and transhumanism; introduces a new sponsor (Genesis 6:2 Gene Blocker); and gives an Orthodox introduction to Islam.

Direct download: 20120206_Triodion.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony raves about Theophany, shares a commercial on parish fundraising, talks about some local news, lets Pawlo talk about prepping, and finishes with a Vol'ya moment on "The History of the World".  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20120120_Theophany.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about hesychasm and the Nativity, shares a couple of bogus commercials, covers a few news items, and finishes with a Volya segment on Theophany and the sacramental theology of the Orthodox Church.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20120113_Spirituality.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Fr. Anthony shares preparation lessons from Hurricane Irene, his epiphany on love during the recent birth of his youngest daughter, some gardening tips (sprouts!), two satiric advertisements, and a Vol'ya section on education.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20110829_Education.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

20110729  In this edition, Fr. Anthony shares some details from his trip to a monastery, goes over some interesting news, talks about survival in difficult times, and waxes strong about gardening.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20110729_Gardening.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

20110617  After covering the paranormal mystery of music, priming sinners to become saints, breeding transbovine lactators, and the Providential genesis of the Ancient Astronauts, Fr. Anthony argues that the high level of support for torture among conservative Christians and of abortion among liberal (ORTHODOX!) Christians is derived far more from the world than from the Christ.  He encourages everyone to consider themselves first as members of the body of the Christ and - at best - temporary allies (rather than members of) political parties and even nations. Shownotes at www.orthoanalytika.org.

Direct download: 20110617_politics.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

20110517  In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about local news (including his family's new approach to parish growth), obesity, the singularity and transhumanism, the "blessing of the nails" (satire), the death of bin Laden, and the Orthodox understanding of death.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20110517_uploading.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

20110429  Pawlo's Greatest Hits.

All Pawlo, All the Time

In this episode, I prolong my break from discussing things like nephilim, singularities, and the immortality of the soul in order to do what sitcoms do during writer's strike:  a best-of/flashback show.  The size of our audience has really grown over the last year, so many of you have not heard of Pawlo Amerikanchuk.  In this show, our crack sound editor found and compiled all the interviews and phone-ins that we had with Pawlo.  I know you are going to enjoy it!

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Direct download: 20110429-Pascha.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

This show departs from the usual format.  It presents some of the sounds of Lent and Holy Week as they were voiced at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket this year.  Homilies from the Sundays of Saint John of the Ladder, Saint Mary of Egypt, and the Entry of Lord into Jerusalem are interspersed. 

Direct download: 20110420-Lent.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Fr. Anthony shares the Lenten Epistle of his bishops, shares some news from "Sartyr's Trident", talks about current paranormal, science, crunchy, and security events, then asks how we can evangelize the emerging adult moral theraputic deists.  Shownotes are available at www.orthoanalytika.org.

Direct download: 20110304-Singularity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

20110221  The Ontology of Evil

In addition to talking about evil, Fr. Anthony shares paranormal, science, and religion news and commentary.  He also shares a commercial for a new show that will pit prayer warriors against one another in a coliseum of pain, talks about the Bloodlands, and wonders if the situation of the OCA isn't similar to that of the ROCOR and UOC-USA in years past.

Direct download: 20110221_Evil.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

20110128  In this episode, Fr. Anthony opposes the attacks of the new atheism with sections on the ontology of beauty and holiness, deals with some uncharitable comments about the priests of the UOC-USA, talks about paranormal, science, and religious news, and starts a new segment of satire: news from the Onion Dome.  Shownotes at www.orthoanalytika.org.

Direct download: 20110128_Beauty.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:49am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony uses the example of orienteering to help explain finding virtue in our lives; talks about the news - to include some news from the new (militant) atheists; and share an interview with baby priest, Fr. Boris Kroner.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20110105_Kroner.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

20101212  Fr. Anthony tells you to come to church, get healed, and stop using your religion against God; then he shares and comments on religious, paranormal, and science news; and provides three reasons why he doesn't like WikiLeaks. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20101217_Hypocrisy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

20101208  In this edition, Fr. Anthony describes the unity and peace that are offered through Christ - and the shameful way we often treat that offering. After that, he conducts a long interview with Fr. James Early on topics ranging from Orthodoxy in Houston to ways we can help families with special needs. Shownotes are available at www.orthoanalytika.org. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20101208_Early.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

20101203  In this episode, Fr. Anthony compares the armor of God to that of the modern soldier, arguing that it is designed to be worn in its entirety. He also answers some mail - to include questions about Stargazer and Fr. Vasily, and spends a lot of time on the news. The concluding "Vol'ya" moment has to do with the healthy (and unhealthy) things that differentiate UOC-USA parishes.

Direct download: 20101205_Armor.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

20101126  What does Orthodoxy have to say about zombies and the zombie apocalypse? What can we do to help Orthodox priests who do not have beards? What do can we learn from Satan and the fallen angels? Get the answer to these and other questions on this edition of Orthoanalytika!

Direct download: 20101126_Zombies.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

20101109  In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about the demands love makes; completes his series on Orthodoxy and Aliens, shares an interview with Fr. Anthony Ugolnik, and talks about the relationship between citizenship and saintliness.

 

Direct download: 20101109_Freedom.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

20101017  Leaving the Barracks, News, and Poverty  In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about how we need to leave the barracks and take the battle for love out into the streets; reacts to some news on mysticism, science, sociology, and religion; and shares a presentation on poverty that he gave to the Rhode Island Council of Churches "Faith and Order" Commission. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20101017_Poverty.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

20101003  The Disease, an Interview, and Orthodox Moderation. In this episode, Fr. Anthony warns us about a raging pandemic; comments on religious, paranormal, and cultural news; interviews Fr. Dn. Boris about ordination, Orthodox literature, and aliens; and shares a talk on Orthodox extremism he gave for Diversity Week at the University of Rhode Island. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20101003_Disease.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

20100926  The Cross, Christianity and ET. Fr. Anthony describes the ontology of the Cross, shares some ET news and mail, and describes how various Christian theologians respond to the gauntlet thrown down by anti-Christians about the alleged incompatibility between Christian theology and the existence intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20100926_Cross.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

20100905 Labor, Rest, Science, Religion, and the Compatibility of ET's and Christianity

In this show, Fr. Anthony describes the virtue of labor and rest; responds to some mail; talks about recent news involving science and religion (to include Hawking's statement about the irrelevancy of God); and responds to the claim that Christianity and the existence of intelligent Aliens are incompatible. Enjoy!
Shownotes at www.orthoanalytika.org
Direct download: 20100905_Gauntlet.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks about the wedding feast, talks about the Truth, shares some interesting news, and interviews Dr. Demetra about the relationship between exercise and spirituality.

Direct download: 20100829_Feast.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony condemns ingratitude; clarifies his comment about "ethnic cemetary clubs";  shares thoughts on some interesting Church, Crunchy, Gadget, and Science news stories; and talks about "push" and "pull" conversion factors. 

Direct download: 20100822_Ingratitude.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, dedicated to the Youth of our diocese, Fr. Anthony shares three observations about Christ's warning about the camel and the eye of the needle; shares an interview about the All Saints Camp "Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me" encampment.

Direct download: 20100815_Youth.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony joins St. Paul in comparing the life of the Christian to a house; talks about what the intelligence leak might mean for our government; and rants about the effect technology is having on our ability to pursue "the good life".

Direct download: 20100801_Technology.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks more about humility, nationalism and unity, and has an interview with Fr. Peter Preble about St. Colomba monastery in Southbridge, MA.

Direct download: 20100725_Monasticism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about the responsibilities of Christians to bear the burdens of the weak, interviews Sbdn. Nicholas about his paranormal experiences, and concludes his series on the theology of ghosts.

Direct download: 20100711_Responsibility.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about the need for true freedom using the Cossacks and Minutement as examples and interviews Cheryl Madden (Order of St. Olha) on the Holodomor.

Direct download: 20100704_Holodomor.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fr. Anthony talks about the time in between and begins his series on the Orthodox Theology of Ghosts.

Direct download: 20100516_Ghosts.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. ANthony talks about sin and suffering, spiritual warfare, and nationalism.

Direct download: 20100509_Suffering.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition of Orthoanalytika, Fr. Anthony asks whether we would rather be put into the sheep pool or be healed by Christ; points out the disarming power of the incarnate Word; answers the mail on deacons & Communion; comments on the news; and finishes with a short bit on scarcity.

Direct download: 20100502_Paralytic.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony tells us what the Myrrhbearers can teach us about love; answers a question about gay marriage; talks about politics and religion; and reacts to a couple of articles on unity, culture, and assimilation.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20100418_Myrrhbearers.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition of Orthoanalytika, Fr. Anthony likens Great Lent (and especially Holy Week) to a Pilgrimage. The mail question is whether we should forgive people who refuse to repent. After the local news, he shares some thoughts on an Orthodox political economy. 

Direct download: 20100321_pilgrimage.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about how asceticism leads to joy; talks about strange noises in the studios; and describes how to live without sin and begin to love (and all in about an hour!). We also shortened the exit blurb a bit. Enjoy! Show notes are available at www.orthoanalytika.org.

Direct download: 20100314_ladder.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony bookends the show talking about the need to embrace Orthodox mysticism as the path to theosis. Show notes are available at www.orthoanalytika.org

Direct download: 20100228_mysticism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives:  This week, Fr. Anthony talks about why icons (and theology) are important; compares Great Lent to the 2 mile race; shares some mail and local news; provides some encouragement for toilers; and interviews Fr. Dn. Boris about the Sunday of Orthodoxy in Boston and an interesting visit during an evening service. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20100221_orthodoxy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives:  In this edition, Fr. Anthony shares HMH Patriarch Bartholomew's Lenten Epistle, answers mail about forgiveness, talks about local news, suggests a Christian ending for the movie Avatar, and finishes with some thoughts on Orthodox Leadership.

Direct download: 20100214_forgiveness.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives:  In this edition, Fr. Anthony compares the prodigal's brother to satan and warns us to avoid his fate; answers a question about "Universal Salvation"; shares some news - including an article about Orthodoxy and Life on Mars; and concludes with an episcopal epistle on Great Lent.

Direct download: 20100131_Prodigal-new.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives: In this edition, Fr. Anthony discusses how Orthodox can thwart the strong temptation of the Pharisee; talks about language and the Word; shares some news; and finishes with a word of encouragement for those who care for the terminally ill.

Direct download: 20100124_Publican.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives: In this edition, Fr. Anthony shares some thoughts about the mystical and practical implications of Theophany and interviews the Director of Youth Ministry for the UOC-USA, Natalie Kapeluk-Nixon on raising (and protecting) young saints. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20100117_Theophany.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

From the archives:  In this edition, Fr. Anthony uses black socks to help share the wonder of the Nativity, talks about the news, and talks about how Orthodoxy understands the paranormal. He looks forward to your feedback (father.anthony@yahoo.com).
Direct download: 20100110_Nativity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archival "Sunday before the Nativity" edition, Fr. Anthony reads the Nativity Epistle from the Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops outside Ukraine; shares some interesting news stories; interviews Fr. Peter Preble (AFR: "Shepherd of Souls"); and finishes up talking about death and dying. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20100103_death.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archival edition, Fr. Anthony talks about the gratitude of the Samaritan leper, share's St. Paul's lesson, talks about the news, and finishes with advice to seminarians.

Direct download: 20091220_Bad_Science.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archival episode, Fr. Anthony continues to present St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, talks about recent news, shares his top 30 paranormal movie picks, and exhorts everyone to quiet down and get ready for the Nativity.

Direct download: 20091213_Paranormal.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archival episode, Fr. Anthony encourages everyone to join St. Paul in prison, goes over the scientific and international news, and explains why he is a priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Direct download: 20091129_Sentence.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archive edition, Fr. Anthony shares the steps needed to enjoy the fruits Christ promised to all who love Him. He also answers the mail about "Authentic" Ukrainian Christianity, the martyred priest, Daniel, the global warming e-mail scandal, and the paranormal.

Direct download: 20091122_Program.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archival edition of OrthoAnalytika, Fr. Anthony provides an apology for Baptismal Liturgies, shares some news from Ukraine, and describes how the Baptismal Liturgy he celebrated was structured.

Direct download: 20091115_Baptism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archive edition, Fr. Anthony talks about what St. Paul's condemnation of the Judaizers has to do with us today; discusses news (including advice on how to react to H1N1); and provides a brief summary of the talk he gave on the Resurrection Prokimena.

Direct download: 20091108_Segregation.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost archvie edisode of OrthoAnalytika, Fr. Anthony attempts to provide an Orthodox way to understand and thrive in a pluralistic world. He also briefly covers the news and gives a summary of the talk on spiritual warfare that he gave at the recent UOC-USA clergy conference. Rumors are that Pawlo snuck in a "bonus track" at the end of the show.

Direct download: 20091101_Pluralism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost episode from the archives, Fr. Anthony talks about how to give up our tyrannical desire to control (or worry) and become the kind of "cheerful giver" that allows for salvation through Christ. He also talks about local news, autocephaly in Ukraine and America, and gadgets. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20091011_Giving.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

In this long lost episode from the archives, Fr. Anthony answers mail about stigmata, 40 day memorials, crosses w/ crescents, and nostalgia. He also gives a preview of an upcoming talk on the Harmony of the Spheres and Prokemin, interviews a participant in the recent Pani Matka Retreat, and talks about a recent personal struggle.

Direct download: 20091004_Stigmata.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this long lost episode from the archives, Fr. Anthony gives a homily on Light and Rationality; interviews Fr. Dn. Boris about his ordination; and gives a homily on the Cross and the meaning of suffering. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20090927_Cross.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony again asks us to listen to the real God - not the mundane one we have created, then he answers the mail, talks about the news, and ends with a discussion of equilibria and Afghanistan. NOTE: this one runs a bit long!

Direct download: 20090913_Feasting_GI_Joe_and_Afghanistan.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week I talk about how we act as the vinedressers in the parable of St. Matthew 21:33-42; then answer the mail about discernment and culture, podcasts, and curses; he was going to talk about a lot more... but ran out of time!

Direct download: 20090906_Ignorance.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony explores why St. Paul worries that our faith might be "in vain", then talks about the news, some movies (Haunting in Connecticut and Caprica), and how we need to sanctify both ourselves and our communities.

Direct download: 20090830__Vanity_and_Communitarianism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast, Fr. Anthony continues with his lessons on St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, answering the question "what does clergy compensation have to do with humility?"; then answers the mail; talks a little about his personal health care decisions; discusses local news; then finishes with some of his thoughts on nostalgia and evangelism.

Direct download: 20090823__Principle_Symphonia_and_Nostalgia.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition I talk about bishops in the context of St. Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians, then answer the mail, then interview Mark Meschisen about his recent missionary trip to Ukraine. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20090816_Bishops.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony stresses the need to build your body-temple well; answers mail about autocephaly, scripture, and health care; guest hosts Pawlo's segment on Living Green; talks a bit about local goin's on; and finishes with his thoughts on what the flap over Confederate Birthers really means for us.

Direct download: 20090809__Temples_Three_Little_Pigs_and_Confederate_Birthers.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition I talk about the need for unity, interview diaconal candidate Sbdn. Borislav, listen to Pawlo talk about ways to conserve water (outhouses!?), and rant about health care, zoning, and autocephaly.

Direct download: 20090802_Division.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Because I was at the UOL Convention over the weekend, this edition follows a different format: in place of a homily/lesson, I talk about my calling to the priesthood. It also includes an interview with Yuri Hladio, a young Orthodox Christian man from Canada; and the next in Pawlo "Zhitozalenko" Amerikanchuk's series on "Living Green".

Direct download: 20090726_Convention.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition: Stubbornness and even anger can be a virtue, but only if they are used to defend the right thing. Which standard are you rallying around - if it isn’t the Cross of Christ, then you are defending the wrong hilltop!  Also: Pawlo talks about how to be a better steward of time and Fr. Anthony talks about the goings-on in Woonsocket.

Direct download: 20090719_Battle.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition Fr. Anthony compares confessing Christ to confessing your doctor's prognosis. Pawlo calls in his Green Segment and talks about sound. Fr. Anthony finishes up this edition talking about the local and national news. Enjoy!
Direct download: 20090712_Belief.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony celebrates Independence Day, introduces a new segment, "Living Green w/ Pawlo", and talks about the news.

Direct download: 20090705_Freedom.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony gives a homily on the "Lamp of the Eye" and "Serving Two Masters" (St. Matthew 6: 22-33); then goes on to develop this theme and how faulty vision affects our lives, our parishes, and our country. Enjoy!

Direct download: 20090628_Hammer.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fr. Anthony talks about the need to be charitable regarding the intentions of those who hurt and offend us; and then extends his views on the instrumentality of historical symbols to include melodies (and in particular the Western Christian standard: "For all the saints").

Direct download: 20090614__For_all_the_Saints.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fr. Anthony talks about the utility of God's language, how to learn it, and shares some of the music from Sunday's Liturgy and Kneeling Vespers service.

Direct download: 20090607__Pentecost_and_the_Language_of_Love.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This edition talks about the perfect communication between Christ and His Father; and uses the metaphor of the war deployment to help us understand how we can have joy in difficult times.  During the last half of the podcast, Fr. Anthony talks about living green and looking for vacation homes.

Direct download: 20090531__Joy_and_Unity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this edition, the homily touches on the themes of blindness (Gospel lesson), language (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), and sacrifice (Memorial Day), but the real feature is the music from the Divine Liturgy.  The consensus favorite?  The Paschal Tropar near the end will have you bouncing with the tenors/basses as thy sing "the tombs" (FWIW, there are several good Ukrainian versions of this tropar in both Ukrainian and English).  Enjoy!

Direct download: 20090524__Blindness_Language_Sacrifice_and_Music.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about how we should want more than the muddy water the world offers us; the news on the AF/PK COIN, increases in unwed births, and post-Paschal habits; a discussion of Orthodox historiography; and an interview with Pawlo Amerikanchuk on the history and culture of the Autonomous Cossack Sich of Rusivka.

Direct download: 20090510_Paralytic.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After a brief talk on sanctification via mundane works, Fr. Anthony talks about the recent consecration at St. Nicholas in C'ville, VA, the insurgency in Pakistan, and the HINI virus.

Direct download: 20090503__Myrrhbearers_Sunday.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast, Fr. Anthony talks about the need for belief in something real; and continues his conversation with Pawlo Amerikanchuk about life in the Autonomous Sich of Rusivka (the Capital of All-Rus).

Direct download: 20090426__St._Thomas_and_Q__A_w__Pawlo_Amerikanchuk.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony interviews an Ukrainian Orthodox, Pavlo Amerkanchuk, from a longstanding settlement of Ukrainian Cossacks in the Appalachians. He shares a bit about the history of Ukrainian immigration to the Appalachians and sings a traditional cossack Easter song.

Direct download: 20090419__PASCHA.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony contrasts the worldly view of church with what it looks like in the light of Christ.  Then he answers some questions on Church unity, the rite of Churching, and whether we can get sick from Communion.  The show ends with a short plug on how much there is to love about Lent.

Direct download: 20090412__Palm_Sunday.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about Ukrainian culture, St. Mary of Egypt and the need for repentance, what the Annunciation teaches us about the value of unborn life, the politics of Church unification, and his return from Afghanistan.

Direct download: 20090405__Culture_Unity__St._Mary_of_Egypt.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this edition, Fr. Anthony talks about belief, local news, and how singing with a friend in Afghanistan reaffirmed his belief in Christ and His Church.

Direct download: 20090329__Help_My_Unbelief.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast I discuss the deals we make with the devil, share some local Lenten music, discuss the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, go over some of the material from this past week's parish and seminary classes***, and share the latest installment about meeting God in Afghanistan.  I hope you enjoy it!

*** Includes a little bit on how our instinct for comformity helps and hurts us; and the role of St. Petro Mohila in the Orthodox Church.

Direct download: 20090322__Of_Whom_are_YOU_Ashamed_.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast, I discuss the encounter of the paralytic with Christ and how it informs our own; talk about international, national, and local news; and finish with the beginning of a series on my Lent in Afghanistan.

Direct download: 20090315__Where_do_You_meet_God_.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast, I describe encounters with Christ, ranging from Nathaniel, to Volodymyr, to Woonsocket, to three young Muslims who visited St. Michael's this past Sunday.

Direct download: 20090308__Encounters_with_Christ.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Part I:  A world made in Love rewards forgiveness with happiness (now and forever).  Part II:  Kyivan notions of stewardship were informed by its agrarian paganism; what is ours informed by?

Direct download: 20090301__Forgiveness.mp3
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Gravity and the consequence of poor decisions.

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Scientific Support for Humility: in this parable, God describes how humility is blessed and how pride is not.

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Jesus’ message of forgiveness was radical; designed to restore community to Himself as God, and through this; restore community among all God-fearing people. 

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In this episode, Fr. Anthony riffs on St. Paul's claim to the first among sinners.

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The importance of Baptism in the Christian life.

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I believe that honest seekers will always end up at Christ. His presence, indeed the reality of the entire Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), are so foundational that they cannot help but infiltrate every system of philosophy, every religion; and pull on every human heart.

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Why do we read the geneology of Christ the Sunday before Nativity?  Fr. Anthony tries to explain.

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The Lord is inviting you now to accept His salvific grace; to be freed from your sin, to be granted life in abundance, and to feast with the saints and angels in His loving presence.  Also, Fr. Anthony talks about the Old Calendar.

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20081221  St. Nicholas lived in perilous times, when the faith was under attack from several directions. He thrived despite the challenges because he had followed St. Paul’s advice. He had put on the breastplate of righteousness, shod his feet with the Gospel, buckled on the shield of faith, and put the helmet of salvation; and held firmly to the sword of truth. This whole armor of God allowed him to persevere against the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness.

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20081214  You cannot serve two masters (St. Matthew 6: 24). There is only one master worth having, and that is Jesus Christ. He is better than money, sexual gratification, meanness, and pride. These might bring comfort during this lifetime, but it is Christ that beings eternal life and following His commandments that bring true satisfaction and joy today. Do what every saint has already done: give up everything you have and follow Him. Because through Him all things are possible.

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20081207  How to improve your life during difficult financial times by overcoming consumer-addiction.

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20081130  Now, like anyone who is away from their homeland, we never feel quite right where we are. There is always the nagging sense that we were made for something else, something better; that the world itself is not quite right. We try to satisfy that longing with various things; you know the litany.

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20081123  What does it mean that “by grace you have been saved?” What is the role of “faith?” What is the role of “good works.” What, exactly, do we need to do to be saved? Just believe in Christ? Just be a good person, doing “good works”?

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20081116  Today we have a foretaste and proof of something that you must always keep in your mind. Something that will bring comfort to you in sorrow and strength when you are weak: that Christ is coming to resurrect all the dead, that He comes to restore everyone to complete health of soul and body, and, at the same time, to restore us to perfect health in community with one another.

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20081109  Living a Christian life involves more than confessing Christ as your Saviour. It even involves more than partaking of the Mysteries and prayers that He offers us through His Church. It involves developing and routinizing a way of life that is thoroughly grounded in His teaching, how else are we to become Christ-like if we do not implement His teachings?

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20081102  Why should we listen to St. Paul? Wasn’t he “just a man”? There are lots of teachers out there, many of whom teach a different, easier, version of the Gospel. Why treat his opinions as any more valuable than these others? Our generation is not the first tempted to trade St. Paul’s teachings about the Christ for others. The Galatians were tempted to do this.

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20081026  We cannot live life in joy without God. We cannot truly enjoy our relationships with one another unless we ourselves and those relations are grounded in the Truth.

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20081019  Are you one of those people whose financial problems keep you up at night? Is money what keeps you from enjoying life? Is it what poisons your mind so that you know only stress and hopelessness? St. Paul has an answer for you: give cheerfully.

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20081012  God is Light: the purest perfection. The purest joy. The purest love. The purest beauty. The purest peace. He desires that we join Him in that light. That we become pure joy, pure love, pure beauty, and pure peace. That we transcend the sin and darkness of this broken world to live now and eternally in abundant and rational bliss.

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20081005  In these financial times, when people have taken our economy to the brink of destruction with bad loans and risky investments, it might be tempting to sympathize with the servant who buried his talent. But this is not a story about going into debt (which scripture routinely criticizes as unhealthy and dangerous), or about about taking on risk in an attempt to satisfy hedonistic desires for riches or property; or even about mortgaging the future to satisfy illicit desires now. This is a story about taking stock of what we have, rolling up our sleeves, and getting to work.

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20080928  This is a difficult world. There are so many of us who are sick. There are so many of us that are hurting. Not just sick and hurting from physical ailments and pain, but also mentally and spiritually. We are a wounded people. And among almost all of us, there is the mistaken belief that we should bear our pain in secret. While there is a time and a place for stoicism, this is not it. Despite what the world teaches us.

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20080921  In the birth of Mary, you have a juxtaposition of weakness and strength; the weakness of the elderly and heretofore barren Joachim and Anna, [and] the weakness of their newborn babe; with the strength of God and the inexorable tide of history leading through their small efforts to the grand climax of the world’s remaking.

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20080914  In this Gospel lesson, the Lord is trying to open up the eyes of His audience, to help them understand that He is the Son of God, and that the natural way to receive Him is with repentance and gratitude. He does this through a parable and scriptural interpretation.

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20080907  What a wonderful day to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! In fact, could there be anything better than gathering together here in this beautiful temple and offering the first few hours of this new week in communal praise of God? No, brothers and sisters, this love that you feel – for one another and for Our Lord – is what we are made for and the thing that perfects us.

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20080831  Do you want to be healed of your spiritual infirmity?  If you want to be freed from your sins, then you must forgive others. If you refuse to forgive, then you cut yourself off from your brother and, in your lack of love and compassion, you cut yourself off from God and everything good.

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20080824  Whom do you trust to guide your decisions? St. Paul or Madison Avenue?  I can certainly tell you which one is most influencing the hearts and minds of this community, our neighbors, our families, and our friends! If you want to see where someone’s heart is, look to how they spend their time and how they spend their money.

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20080817  The main lesson from today’s Gospel [at least for today] is NOT that Christ walked on water – although through this, He demonstrated once again His power over nature – but rather His interaction with Peter and the disciples. For it is not surprising that God can do amazing things – anyone with eyes to see must be struck by His Power and Glory – but that God cares for us as His own children.

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20080810  During these campaign seasons, it is easy to get wrapped up in what the government can or cannot do for us and those whom we love, but we cannot forget the more fundamental truth that the fight to vanquish what really ails the world is not against oppression, or war, or even hunger, but the sin that gives rise to them.

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20080803 Today St. Paul is “preaching to the choir”. Have you heard this term? During these Summer months, this term is especially appropriate – so many people are traveling that there have been Sundays when we literally have more folks in the choir loft than down here in the pews. St. Paul knows his audience and their great faith – so he shares a lesson with them that will challenge them where they are; a challenge that is equally appropriate to us here today.

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20080720  St. Paul wants the God-fearing men of his day to be saved, but he is worried. He says that they have “zeal for God” (which is a good thing), but not according to knowledge (which is a bad thing). He is not talking about people who skip prayers and services, but those have made religion the center of their lives. They have made religion the center of their lives, but, “being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10: 3).

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20080713  A homily on the need to rise above our passions and share the "water of life" with a thirsty world.

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20080706  There is much anxiety in the world today. Gas prices have gone up, stressing already tight budgets. The locomotive growth of India and China, with the resultant demand for oil suggests that this trend will continue. Money problems in turn put stress on the family, an institution that has suffered from decades of assault – and is now showing serious signs of weakness. The normalization of pre-marital sex, divorce and illegitimacy is a logical – if misguided – attempt by society to find a new equilibrium.

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20080629  This homily was given at All Saints Camp (UOC-USA) in Emlenton, PA, during the middle Sunday of the two-week Church School Camp.

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20080622  Today we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” that surround us, encouraging us to ”run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2).

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20080615  The Holy Spirit is hard to understand – we know and confess that God is “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – One God”. But what is this Holy Spirit?

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20080609  Today, on the Sunday before Pentecost, we celebrate the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Like so many things in our Holy Orthodox Faith, the central place given to this – and all the Ecumenical Councils – places us in direct contrast to the world.

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Today is the second of a series of podcasts based on a class we teach here at St. Michael’s, called “Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity at St. Michael’s”. This set of classes is designed to explore Orthodox Christianity as it is practiced at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church. As such, it will cover the fundamental tenets of our faith as they are lived in our personal lives, our homes, our community, and our parish. The rest of the classes will be published as time permits.

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20080601  A homily on the man born blind, the Sabbath, and spiritual sight.

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20080521  This is a recording of a class given at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the topic of marriage.

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20080518  Do you want to be healed? What is your answer? If you do, then believe in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, accept his care. But do not stop there - remember that Christ commands the man He healed to “Sin no more;” that is, to change his life. If you do this, blessings will follow in your life and the world around you will be changed.

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20080514  A recording of a class given at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church entitled "An Introduction to Orthodoxy and Islam".

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20080511  Today we have the coincidence of two celebrations that belong together: Motherʼs Day and the Myrrhbearing Women. St. Nikolai Velimirovich wrote some wonderful poetry that builds on these themes of motherhood and myrrhbearing...

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20080507  The Bottom Line: We MUST do better. Our salvation as Christians, our future as a parish, and the health of potential communicants DEPEND on it. Some things are out of our control, but we can control many things. This talk provides an Orthodox approach to Church Growth, but it is not abstract theology.

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20080506  This is the first of a series of podcasts based on a class we teach here at St. Michael’s, called “Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity at St. Michael’s”. Today I will briefly discuss my own journey to Orthodoxy and Woonsocket.

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20080504  We have two parts of our history being described today: the first involves the interaction between the Risen Lord Jesus Christ and his disciples; the second, the continuing witness and power of the Orthodox Church. Today I want to make the connection between these two things, and between them and our Holy Orthodox Church, our Ukrainian Orthodox Archdiocese, and our parish of St. Michael’s here in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

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