Sermon on the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

by St. Andrew of Crete Our father among the saints Andrew of Crete, was Archbishop of Crete at the end of the 7th century and the beginning of the 8th. He was a true luminary of the Church, a great hierarch—a theologian, teacher and hymnographer, best known for writing the Great Canon. The present Feast […]

"The Art of Speaking" Workshop

“An obligation has been laid upon me. Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16 “The art of speaking comes not by nature, but by instruction.” St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology has announced that it will be hosting the APC (Archdiocesan Presbyters […]

St. Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles

He was a student of Rabbi Gamaliel, and converted by the direct revelation of Jesus Christ, on the road to Damascus. Paul’s preaching often either converted his listeners or left them enraged, and they often had him stoned, beaten with rods, flogged, imprisoned and falsely accused. When he reached the end of his earthly journey, […]

Metropolitan Jonah to ACNA

This speech contains many of the elements of the classic Orthodox Christian sermon. Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, preaches a word of humility, love, repentance, and “with open arms” calls out to the members of the Anglican Church of North America at their recent convention. You can comment on it in […]

St. Peter – Prince of the Apostles

He was a fisherman, and Jesus’ premier apostle during His earthly ministry, and after the Ascension. To him, Christ gave the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. He preached in Jerusalem, converting over 3,000 souls on Pentecost. He also preached in Antioch and Rome. For his evangelistic successes in Rome, he was crucified upside down […]

Homily 1 – Against Those Who Say Demons Govern Human Affairs

By St. John Chrysostom The mighty preacher, St. John, Archbishop of Constantinople, provides an excellent example of his homiletic prowess in this sermon – as poignant today as it was then in the 4th century. It is easy to see why St. John is the patron saint of preachers. Against those who say that demons […]

Sermon 1 on the New Testament

By St. Augustine of Hippo The first of many sermons on the New Testament by the blessed bishop of Hippo, this sermon displays Augustine’s keen intellect and attention to details in Scripture, in this case, answering questions regarding the genealogies in the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke. Of the agreement of the evangelists Matthew […]

Sermons and Snickers Bars

by Fr. John A. Peck This little article recounts an important object lesson, given at a St. Herman Seminary homiletics class in 1996. I attended St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. At that distant outpost of theological instruction, we took homiletics very seriously, as we knew that on any given day or week, we might […]