Archbishop Job was an honest homilist, and this was the source of his preaching power. Like the late Bishop Innocent of Anchorage, Archbishop Job honestly and directly addressed the problems he faced in the Church.He spoke with love and passion for the Gospel of Christ, and with love for his beloved flock. This is one of his most inspiring sermons, given on Holy Monday, April 17, 2006.
His Eminence JOB, Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest
Delivered at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois
1. The Completion of Great Lent
Great Lent is now over. The school of repentance is closed but the ‘text book’, the Lenten Triodion, remains open and opportunities for repentance are still available to us – even for “those who have delayed until the eleventh hour’ (St. John Chrysostom). Continue reading Archbishop Job's Holy Monday Sermon
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On the Inevitability of Suffering: A Sermon on the Cross
By New Hieromartyr John, Archbishop of Riga and Latvia, who, for his unyielding witness to the Truth suffered many persecutions and was burned alive by communist assassins in the night of October 12, 1934.
From that time, Jesus began to show to His disciples that it is necessary for Him to go away to Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to be raised the third day. And Peter took Him to himself and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘May God be gracious to Thee, Lord; this in no wise shall be to Thee.’ But He turned and said to Peter,
Get thee behind Me, Satan; thou art an offense to Me, for thou mindest not the things of God, but the things of men.
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.
In this sermon, Fr. Josiah presents an intriguing idea: What happens if Christians experience Ascension, but do not experience Pentecost.
Introduction: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
The last ten days in the Church have been unusual. In some sense we have been living between two realities. On the leave-taking of Pascha we ceased the sustained celebration of the Holy Resurrection of the Lord as well as our saying, “Christ is risen. Truly He is risen.” The next day we celebrated the Glorious Ascension of our Savior into the heavens to sit at the right hand of the Father. For these days between Ascension and Pentecost we have been in a waiting mode. We, like the Apostles of old, have been heeding our Lord’s ascension instructions to “wait in Jerusalem to be clothed with power from on high” (St. Lk. 24:49). We have been waiting for the Holy Spirit to come.