Homily on Psalm 1

by St. Hilary of Poitiers St. Hilary was the champion of the Incarnation during a time in Church history when Arianism and Orthodoxy were battling over the souls of the righteous. The primary condition of knowledge for reading the Psalms is the ability to see as whose mouthpiece we are to regard the Psalmist as […]

St. Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor was a monk and teacher, well versed in rhetoric and the classical arts. He wrote against false teachings about Christ when few would do so. His enemies had little defense against his logic, and so rather than answer his arguments, they cut off his right hand and tore out his tongue, […]

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the Great was the bishop of Rome during difficult times. He was an eminent scholar of Scripture and rhetoric. During an invasion by Attila the Hun, St. Leo met him outside the gates of Rome. After some short words, to everyone’s surprise, Attila turned and left. Three years later, during an invasion by […]

Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

St. John the Baptist was the Forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. We celebrate his nativity on June 24th. He preached repentance to all, and though a celibate himself preached especially for the honor of marriage (to Herod and Herodias). He preached for about 90 days, then was imprisoned and beheaded. You know when they […]

Prophet Jonah

The Prophet Jonah lived in the 8th century b.c. Jonah lived more than eight hundred years before Christ. It is said that he was that son of the widow of Zarephath in Sidon whom the Prophet Elias had raised from the dead. By his three-day sojourn in the belly of the whale, he prefigured the […]

Achieving Orthodox Unity

By: Fr. Gleb McFatter Sermon delivered on the Sunday of Orthodox, Naples, Florida, March, 2009. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. This invocation of the Holy Trinity which I have just recited is familiar to us all. It is repeated often in every Orthodox service and it is […]

The Cross – The Preserver of the Universe

by St. John Maximovitch Our father among the saints, John Maximovitch, was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served widely from China to France to the United States. Countless miracles have been attributed to this holy bishop, both during his lifetime and since his repose. During this year, we […]