Homily On The Nativity Of The Most Pure Theotokos

By St. Demetrius, Metropolitan of Rostov The Lord, Who lives in the heavens, wishing to appear on earth and abide with men, first prepared a dwelling place of His glory: His Most Pure Mother. For it is the custom of kings that in whatsoever city they desire to live, a place of residence be prepared […]

On the Feast of the Beheading of St John, the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord

by St.Justin Popovich  Today is a little Great Friday, a second Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptiser of the Lord, is murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. It […]

Homily On Prayer

by St. Theophan the Recluse Why is it, you ask, that one can pray for so many years with a prayer book, and still not have prayer in his heart? I think the reason is that people only spend a little time lifting themselves up to God when they complete their prayer rule, and in […]

Sermon on the Day of his Ordination

by St. Leo the Great Having been elected in absence he returns thanks for the kindness and earnestly demands the prayers of his church “Let my mouth speak the praise of the Lord,” and my breath and spirit, my flesh and tongue bless His holy Name. For it is a sign, not of a modest, […]

Homily On The Dormition

By St. Luke of Simferopol Each of us is tormented with the question: what will happen to us and what awaits us after death? A sure answer to this question we cannot find by ourselves. But Holy Scripture, and first of all the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, reveals the secret to us. It […]

A Letter From One Of ‘The Folks’

I have learned over the years that the best feedback about preaching comes from ‘the folks’ – the ones who actually listen (not just hear). If you are not used to getting feedback from laypeople, other than an occasional ‘attaboy’ on Sundays, I strongly recommend it. Their insights cut right to the bone of what […]

St. Nicholas the Merciful and Recent Miracles in China

By Metropolitan Saint Philaret Homily Delivered on December 6 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. When we commemorate whole groups of Saints, we usually mention the great hierarchs among the first, and we have become used to the three great universal hierarchs and teachers — Basil […]

Sermon On The Ascension

by St. Augustine of Hippo Our father among the saints, Augustine is one of the great Church Fathers of the fourth century. He was the eldest son of Saint Monica. At the end of his life (426-428) Augustine revisited his previous works in chronological order and suggested what he would have said differently in a […]