Sermon on the Burial of Our Savior

by St. Amphilocius of Iconium Delivered on Great and Holy Saturday 1. Let us commemorate today the solemnity of the burial of Our Saviour. He has undone the bonds of death of those who were in hades, filled hades with His splendour, and roused from sleep those lying there; and we on earth rejoice exultant, […]

Why The Good Thief Was Pardoned

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. And one of the […]

On Holy and Great Friday

by St. Philaret the Confessor In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Yesterday, in the reading of the Ninth Gospel concerning the suffering of the Savior, and this morning, when the Gospel of Saint John was read during the Ninth Hour, we heard the exclamation made from […]

What Did Christ Pray in Gethsemane?

By Saint 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. When the Lord had […]

Discourse on the Passion of the Savior

by St. Ephraim the Syrian Our Righteous Father Ephraim the Syrian was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century. Over four hundred hymns composed by Ephrem still exist.  The church historian Sozomen credits St. Ephraim with having written over three million lines. He wrote exclusively in the Syriac language, but […]

Exegetical Sermon 145 on the Passion

by St. Cyril of Alexandria Our father among the saints Cyril of Alexandria was the Pope of Alexandria at the time Alexandria was at its height in influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the 4th and 5th centuries. He was a […]

The Sermon and the Chalice: Part Two

This is part two of a two part article by Prof. Steenberg is based on a talk originally given in November 2007 at Ampleforth Abbey, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, as part of a day conference on St John Chrysostom during the year commemorating the 1,600th anniversary of the saint’s repose. The homily, the Word, and the […]

Palm Sunday Sermon

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. Let us go […]