Fr. Rick's Sermons

Has anyone heard of the word ‘synaxarion’? Amazingly it appears in the online dictionary at reference.com. What’s amazing is that the word is used exclusively by the Greek Orthodox Church.

How many of you have a dog? Even if you do not, you may notice dogs doing something around certain people, especially their owners. They often fall down to the ground and roll over onto their back.

God Lifts Us Up
Sunday, June 12, 2016

I’m sure most of us have heard or used the proverbial saying, “You cannot see the forest among the trees.” What it means of course is that when one is deep in the woods, it’s easy to get lost when one is not able to see very far.

Redemptive Illness & Suffering
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Why does God allow evil and suffering? Why does He allow natural disasters that claim the lives of thousands each year? Why does He allow terrible diseases like cancer to ravage humanity? After all, He is God.

   This Memorial Day Weekend families and friends will gather, as they do on many holidays, to share food and fellowship together. Memorial Day is a uniquely American holiday to commemorate the dead who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, especially those killed in battle.

Finding One's Calling in Life
Sunday, May 22, 2016

(6-4-2006; 5-31-2009; 5-22-2016)

Graduation from high school, college, university, technical school, or certificate programs are respected achievements that mark the path of learning in our life.

The diligence of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women is truly great and their fervent love for the Lord is constant.

Seeing is Believing or Is It?
Sunday, May 08, 2016

After the communist take over of Bulgaria, a major in the army marched his soldiers to the summit of a hill where he decided to take advantage of the view of the capital city of Sofia in order to deliver a propagandist message.

The Bride of Christ
Sunday, May 01, 2016

During our annual Lenten retreat, our guest speaker, Presvytera Jeannie Constantinou reflected on the role of women throughout salvation history, from the Old Testament, to the New Testament, to the Saints, and to our present day.

Purple Prince
Sunday, April 24, 2016

On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians

Servanthood vs. Entitlement
Sunday, April 17, 2016

“I deserve…I deserve this…I deserve that…I am entitled to special treatment…I am entitled to certain benefits.” Sound familiar? Well it should. This is the attitude of James and John in today’s Gospel reading (Mark 10:32-45) from the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.

If Only
Sunday, April 10, 2016

In Fr. Anthony Coniaris sermon/book “If You Can Do Anything” (Message of Sunday Gospels, vol.2, p.16) meditates on the word ‘if’. ‘If’ is a small word with tremendous implications. It can cause people more trouble than perhaps any other word.

Ashamed of Adultery
Sunday, April 03, 2016

I am ashamed.” These three words, when do we often say them or think them? Shame comes from four main experiences. First, when we do something that is inappropriate or morally wrong, we may feel shame, a sense of embarrassment and regret.

Healing of Soul and Body
Sunday, March 27, 2016

See Fr. Anthony Coniaris “The Four Friends” (Message of the Sunday Gospels, vol.2 p.8)

When Jesus sees the paralytic, He says to him, “Son, your sins are forgiven you” (v.5).

See Coniaris- Restoration of the Real Icon (My Beloved Son vol.1, p.28);

How many of us have shopped at our at least heard of “Restoration Hardware?” It’s like a high-end hardware store that sells home supplies and fixtures replicated from vintage eras of the past.

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