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Palm Sunday: The people praised God but did not endure. How do we endure? Two necessities.

4/22/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland reminds us that many people who praised Jesus when He entered Jerusalem a few days later condemned him, as a hymn from the service teaches: "First they sang in praise of Christ our God with branches, but then the ungrateful Jews seized Him and crucified Him on the cross. But with faith unchanging let us ever honor Him as Benefactor, crying always unto Him: Blessed art Thou that comest to call back Adam." How can we be different than them? It does not just happen by...

Duration:00:21:25

St. Mary of Egypt, Love, and the Process of Repentance

4/15/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland compares the life of St. Mary of Egypt with the sinful woman who anointed the Lord’s feet. There is no sin that God will not forgive. The Gospel talks about love that must be present for repentance, and the life of St. Mary shows the process, that it is work, and that we must try harder. Luke 7:36-50

Duration:00:19:41

The Annunciation and the connection between belief and obedience

4/8/2019
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The discussion of the obedience of the Theotokos and how without obedience we have nothing. This is juxtaposed to the statement and lament of the man who had a child who was demon possessed: "Lord I believe, help my unbelief." Before belief is obedience. Before understanding is obedience. Before peace is obedience. We also talk about the Epistle to the Hebrews which discusses the Incarnation, and the scriptural account of the Annunciation. It is impossible to speak of the Theotokos without...

Duration:00:20:09

How do we obtain boldness? First the cross, then the resurrection

4/1/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares the homily on the Sunday of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross. The epistle today exhorts us: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace". Where does this boldness come from? The Gospel today explains: we must choose to take up our cross and follow Christ. We look at the readings today, and the hymn of the cross that we sing when we make prostrations: "Before Thy Cross, we bow down and worship O master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify!" in light...

Duration:00:23:34

The healing of the paralytic. Why do bad things happen in the world?

3/25/2019
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In the healing of the paralytic, Jesus first forgave the man’s sins. Why did He do it in this order? Why do bad things happen in the world? What is the greatest crisis in the world today? Understanding this healing answers all of those questions and gives us a way we should live. Mark 2:1-12

Duration:00:19:57

The holy 40 martyrs of Sebaste, the 11th hour, and the agenda of love

3/23/2019
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Why do we read the Gospel about the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) and the workers who came at the 11th hour for the 40 martyrs of Sebaste? Those workers can mean two things for us. One is a very comforting thought, and one is a frightening and realistic thought. Also, comments about the agenda of love, and the workers of the 11th hour.

Duration:00:08:51

The implication of icons: He has restored the sullied image to its ancient glory

3/18/2019
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The Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy celebrates the final restoration of icons. The veneration of icons teaches us two important things about Jesus and our faith — that God who is infinite, in the incarnation took on our finite human nature; and that in doing so, he made it possible for us to be like Him. The fact of the Incarnation leads us into an even greater and more compelling truth — that like the icons of the ancient Church, our human nature has been restored by Christ. This reality...

Duration:00:13:07

The Last Judgment and the border between incorruption and mortality

3/4/2019
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The story of the Last Judgment from Matthew 25 makes it very clear that if we do not love we will not be saved. We will be helped to love if we know who we are and where we came from and where we are going. We look at two hymns from the Saturday commemoration of reposed which tell us these things, in particular, one which tells us that we are "on the border / between incorruption and mortality". Here are the hymns: Thou hast formed Adam with Thine hand, O Savior, / and set him on the border...

Duration:00:18:14

Praying for the dead shows that we look to the heavenly world and not earthly things

3/2/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares some reflections on one of the hymns for Meatfare Saturday, and the selection from 1 Thessalonians which talks about us being with the Lord after the second coming, and prayer for the dead. The hymn which he refers to is this: "Why does man deceive himself and boast? / Why does he trouble himself in vain? / For he is earth, and soon to the earth he will return. / Why does the dust not reflect that it is formed from clay, / and cast out as rottenness and...

Duration:00:11:26

We must be as the Prodigal son - MANY TIMES - and learn to “Come to ourselves”

2/25/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland explains the parable of the Prodigal Son. The spiritual life of the Prodigal Son began when he "came to himself," and recognized his need for repentance. The same applied to Zacchaeus, to the Publican, and to all of us. In fact, the Christian life begins and continues in that spirit for all eternity. Sin is a kind of delusion, and coming to yourself means seeing the truth about yourself; seeing through the masks we put on to hide that truth. Luke 15:11-32

Duration:00:23:29

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee. Pride: the Worst Master

2/18/2019
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On the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, assistant priest Fr. Nicholas Park shares about how pride is the worst master.

Duration:00:08:57

Sunday of Zacchaeus and the New Martyrs of Russia: Repentance and Witness

2/11/2019
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A sermon by Priest Nicholas Park, fusing the "Witness" ("Martyr" means witness) of Zacchaeus the publican and the New Martyrs of Russia. Luke 19:1-10

Duration:00:11:42

A talk about confession in Kenya, translated into Kikuyu

2/7/2019
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During Fr. Seraphim Holland's visit to Kenya, he gave this talk on Confession, translated into Kikuyu, to priests and church leaders. He addressed the Orthodox view of sin and contrasted it with the typical Protestant/Roman Catholic view of sin. Everything we do in this life should be towards one thing only. He talked about the four components to confession, with the first being 99.99% of the importance. What is the major thing that happens in confession? How to prepare for confession How to...

Duration:01:30:06

Who maketh the barren woman to be a mother rejoicing over children

1/14/2019
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Just 6 minutes! Psalm 112 perfectly describes baptism and its most important result. At the baptism of Nonna, the last verse of this psalm is discussed along with the importance of and reason for struggling for virtue. If a person is Protestant and believed in faith only salvation, I beg them to listen to this short homily, and see how joyful Orthodox are that they are able to pursue virtue.

Duration:00:07:03

The Parable of the Great Supper. Compel them to come in!

12/31/2018
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The parable of the Great Supper is about the incarnation, and is read two Sundays before Nativity. Near the end of the parable, the master of the house, that is, God, tells His servants to: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” This word “compel” is a compelling and even controversial word. The epistle helps explain what this word means. Everything in Christianity is lived in the heart.

Duration:00:17:21

The only Christian life is that which is lived in the heart

12/17/2018
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The words of St. Paul to his son Timothy are an example of living in the heart. The actions of the ruler who followed the external commandments but did not know anything besides them are an example of a man who lives outside of his heart. The Christian life has no power whatsoever if it is not lived in the heart. We examine these positive and negative examples about life in the heart. The person living in his heart understands that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I...

Duration:00:19:58

Healing of the woman on the Sabbath day. At least be kind.

12/13/2018
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The healing of the woman with the spirit of infirmity for 18 years has two important lessons that stand out for us. The first is that we are also bent over, so should we should identify with the woman and everyone suffering. In the second is that since we are bent over, we should at least be kind. The great sin of the Pharisees was that they had no kindness. A person cannot be saved if they are not kind.

Duration:00:12:49

Great Martyr James the Persian, and Second Chances

12/10/2018
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James the Persian (November 27) was a great martyr, but not all of his life was that of a great martyr. At first, he was a coward, but then he came to his senses. It is good to learn from people who made terrible errors, and even apostasy, but came to their senses. God never abandons any of us.

Duration:00:08:36

The Harvest of the Rich Man, and the Deep Heart

12/4/2018
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares from Luke 12:16-21. Man was made to know God and even to contain God within his deep heart. A man’s life consists of completely and only this. The parable of the Harvest of the Rich Man shows a man who does not know who he is, or what his life consists of, who squanders his deep heart (Psalm 65:6), numbering his produce and asking counsel only from himself. Let’s discuss what a man’s life consists of and what he can and cannot possess and the things in life that...

Duration:00:20:10

What have I to offer God?

12/3/2018
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Fr. Seraphim Holland answers the questions, "Why would God want to have communion with me? What have I to offer God?" The answer is in the parable of the Good Samaritan

Duration:00:18:47