Weekly Sermons

The Spirit of Giving according to the Three Hierarchs
January 30, 2022
Wow! What a statement. Seek to distinguish yourself from others only in your generosity! Be like gods to the poor, imitating God’s mercy. What a beautiful way to distinguish ourselves!!! Read more »

Am I the First Among Sinners?
January 23, 2022
Why would Saint Paul call himself the “first among sinners” in today’s Epistle Reading? Why? How about us? Are we the first among sinners? Read more »

Do We Act Differently Than Others?
January 16, 2022
Do followers of Jesus Christ act differently than people who claim no faith? Think about that. When followers of Jesus discuss politics, do they act in a more understanding way? When Orthodox Christians discuss with someone who disagrees with them about masks and vaccines, do they respond differently? Read more »

Remember January 6th
January 09, 2022
Remember January 6th! What does that mean for you? What emotions and feeling, hopes and fears does it raise in you? Well, for me it was a glorious day! Read more »

Seven Lessons for the New Year from St. Seraphim of Sarov
January 02, 2022
"Acquire inner peace and thousands around you will be saved." This is one of seven lessons we can learn from St. Seraphim of Sarov. Read more »

Learning from our Christmas Carols
December 25, 2021
Christmas is the revolutionary, earth-shattering, unbelievable divine event of God the Creator becoming a human being. Why did God become a man? That’s a good question and one that the traditional Christmas Carols try to answer. Read more »

Excuses Hinder us From Entering the Kingdom of God
December 12, 2021
Excuses. WHY do we make excuses? Is it because of laziness? Or lack of self-discipline? Is it because of a fear of failure? Or absence of motivation? Is it because we don’t understand why we should do something? Possibly it’s just that our priorities are such that our excuses make clear what we prioritize in our lives! Read more »

Love Until It Hurts
November 13, 2021
Jesus loved until it hurt. Christ offered his life in a sacrificial manner. Our Lord revealed divine compassion and mercy, regardless of how inconvenient it is. How many of us will imitate and cultivate this spirit in our own lives – to help others even when its inconvenient, to give generously of our lives, to love in a sacrificial manner, even to love until it hurts. Read more »

Noticing Our Neighbor and the One in Front of Us
October 31, 2021
Noticing those around us, and expressing God’s love through a welcoming smile, a kind greeting, a polite acknowledgement, and especially through an encouraging, uplifting word can mean so much to those around us. And from the Christian point of view, such deliberate actions incarnate our faith in a very visible manner. Read more »

The Demons of Laziness - Drifting Away from our Faith
October 24, 2021
Laziness is a deadly demon which leads to apathy, indifference, passivity, detachment and ultimately a rejection of faith. It reflects the antithesis of a sober, serious, spiritual life! This demon of laziness works subtly and gradually, gently and cunningly leading us away from God. Read more »

Keeping Death Always Before You
October 10, 2021
“Keep death always before you.” This may sound like morbid or gloomy advice, yet the Church Fathers encouraged this practice. They felt that when we learn to reflect on death regularly, we will then learn how to live. Read more »

Becoming Instruments in God's Hands
October 03, 2021
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Read more »

The Witness of Monastics
September 26, 2021
This week seven young men from our church and I visited St Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY. I’m sure most people in the church have never visited a monastery and many people question what monastics (monks and nuns) do. Why do they renounce the world and go off to live in a secluded monastery? Read more »

Divine Love and September 11
September 12, 2021
The call to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” is one of the most radical teaching of Jesus Christ and His Church, and yet, it is a teaching upon which we need to reflect today more than ever. Read more »

The Healing Aspect of Forgiveness
September 05, 2021
"Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free and to realize that prisoner is you!... When you forgive you can’t change the past but you do open up a new future – for yourself and for the one you forgive... The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” Read more »

Do You Want to Change?
August 29, 2021
Christianity is a faith that meets people where they’re at. We welcome the believer and the one who has questions and doubts, the agnostic and the atheist. We welcome all people with whatever lifestyle they have. We welcome everyone with all their shortcomings, failures, mistakes, poor choices and sins. Read more »

The One Thing Needful - Reflecting on the Life of the Virgin Mary
August 15, 2021
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things but one thing is needful and Mary has chosen the better part and this shall not be taken away from her.” What does that mean “One thing is needful and Mary has chosen the better part.” And what does this have to do with the Virgin Mary? Read more »

Inspiration from the Olympics - Fulfilling our Potential
August 08, 2021
The Olympics inspired me to admire the incredible potential fulfilled of these athletes. Yet, what about the potential each one of us is given by God and how seriously and carefully do we strive to develop our spiritual potential? Read more »

Renewing Ourselves With the Fast
August 01, 2021

Letting Your Light Shine On Others
July 25, 2021

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Facing Our Uncertain Future
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The Power of Divine Love
September 10, 2023
One of the holy man’s disciples said to his Geronta, “Don’t you know that a scorpion’s nature is to sting? Why do you keep trying to save him? You will get stung!”  The elder reached down to try and help the scorpion one more time. “Yes, that may be true, but don’t you know that my nature as a child of God is to love and to save.  Why should I change my nature simply because the scorpion does not change its nature?” Read more »

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