Oration On The Palms

by St. Methodius of Olympus Methodius was bishop of Olympus in Lycia who died a martyr around the year 311 A.D. He was a well-educated philosopher and theologian who argued against many of Origen’s erroneous views. Like Origen, however, he interpreted Scripture primarily in an allegorical sense. I. Blessed be God; let us proceed, brethren, […]

The Sin Of Murmuring

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Among the evils associated with the sin of murmuring (arguably the vice most often condemned in Holy Scripture), first place probably goes to the disposition of murmurers to feed the grievances of one another. Fred and Ralph, for example, may entertain very different grievances against George. Perhaps Fred thinks George […]

On The Sunday Of Orthodoxy

by St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea Doctor of Medicine, Professor, and State Prize winner, since 1944 St. Luke was the Archbishop of Tambov and Michurinsk, and later of Simferopol and the Crimea. While he was serving the church as an Archbishop, he was also practicing as a surgeon and taught and published many books and […]

We Should Not Despair, Even If We Sin Many Times

by St. Peter of Damascus Even if you are not what you should be, you should not despair. It is bad enough that you have sinned; why in addition do you wrong God by regarding Him in your ignorance as powerless? Is He, who for your sake created the great universe that you behold, incapable […]

Sermon On The Prodigal Son

by St. Cyril of Alexandria I hear one of the holy prophets trying to win unto repentance those who are far from God, and saying, “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God: for you have become weak in your iniquity. Take with you words, and return to the Lord our God.” What sort of […]

Sermon on the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs

A particular common characteristic of the three holy hierarchs was their love for scholarship and learning…We have entered the twenty-first century, where it is very unlikely that there will be any place for ignorant and half-educated clergy.

We Call Ourselves Christian

by St. John Maximovitch Soon after the teaching of Christ began to spread among the Gentiles, those who came to believe in Christ and became His followers began in Antioch to be called Christians (Acts 11:26). The word “Christian” indicated that the bearer of that name had given himself to Christ, with all his heart […]

The Gift of “No”

Sermon by Benjamin T. Peck given at the 2011 Festival of Young Preachers. The Gift of “No” In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Glory to Jesus Christ! For He is the one who has given us a gift that cannot be matched by anyone on this […]