Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Today we commemorate two famous saints, both women, one from 2,000 years ago and one from 500 years ago. The former, Mary Magdalene, was a Myrrhbearer of Christ and Equal to the Apostles. The latter, Markella, was Virgin Martyr of Chios who died in the year 1500.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
When an Orthodox Christian enters an Orthodox church, he or she typically lights a candle. But does anyone know why we light a candle? We light candles because of Jesus Christ, because He said, ?I am the light of the world.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
"Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." The words of Jesus Christ to the centurion regarding his servant, now healed.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
We have a birthday today. It is somebody you all know. He?s really a special person but were not going sing ?Happy Birthday? to him nor will there be a cake with candles. The only thing that he wants for a birthday present is for us to love and worship God.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Everyone wants to make a good impression, even a holy one. One day the priest came for a visit.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
An Orthodox priest, who was involved in ecumenical activities, became acquainted with some Lutheran pastors and He invited them to a Holy Friday service. Three of them came but the church was already full. The priest noticed them standing in the back and wanted to show good hospitality.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The word ?believe? appears 163 (Jesus = 53) times in the Holy Bible. The word ?belief? appears only one time (2Th.2:13). However, the word ?faith? appears 229 times (Jesus = 28). The word ?believe? and the word ?faith? both are translated from the Greek word ?pistis?.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
If we read the newspapers and watch the news we hear of many crises. The threat of terrorism and nuclear war still looms large. Economic instability still affects the job market. Moral misguidance seeks to influence changes in traditional values, especially regarding marriage.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
What do the words Perrier, Evian, Dasani, Aquafina, Poland Springs and Fiji bring to mind? They?re all bottled waters. When many of us were young, no one heard of bottled or filtered water.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Have you ever asked yourself, ?What is the meaning of life?? Or, more specifically, ?What is the meaning of my life?? I look around and I see so much chaos, suffering and pain. I have experienced it myself. Why? What is this all about? How does it make sense? I continually ask myself these questions.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I met a person recently and greeted them saying, ?Christos Anesti!? and he replied strongly ?Alithos Anesti!? And I thought that?s great that he responded with such power, ?Alithos Anesti!? And it touched me because some people, unfortunately, just reply ?Alithos? half under their breath.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Who are the happy, joyful people of this world? The naïve believers or the knowledgeable skeptics? The simple faithful or the intelligent atheists? To answer this question, I offer you a child, especially one who stays up late or gets up early on Christmas day.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
In just a few minutes the whole church will be darkened. Every light will be turned off and every candle and lamp will be extinguished. Because of the street lights and cars driving by outside, we will not experience total and complete darkness but in that moment we may be scared.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
If someone is bothering us, we can go somewhere else. If it is a boss, we can change jobs. If it is a neighbor, we can relocate and move. In our day and age, more than ever before, if it is a spouse, we can separate and divorce. We can even move away from God. He does not force us to stay near Him.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
In the Old Testament, God revealed to Moses the Tablets of the Law. The centerpiece of the Law was the Ten Commandments, which were the most basic instructions God gave to the Israelites so that they might live in righteousness and peace with God and each other.
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