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Give ye them to eat

8/12/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares that we have an enormous gift and privilege: to be able to participate in and to facilitate the grace of God. We look at the feeding of the 5000 and the command of the Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples that they feed the multitude in this context. Herein lies the key to triumphal Christian living.

Duration:00:17:53

The Litany of Supplication

8/10/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares a little bit about the purpose of Vespers, and the necessity for repetition in prayer, and then an explanation of the petitions of the Augmented Ectenia.

Duration:00:18:53

Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon

8/9/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares about the life of St. Panteleimon. In a good heart, grace will never be denied. St. Panteleimon's mother was Christian and his father pagan, and he told him about the faith but then she died and his father deeply educated him in pagan ways. But grace cannot be denied. He had a good heart, and grace will always find a way in a good heart. There are many examples in the life of the great martyr Panteleimon in which things were not done quite "correctly" but grace...

Duration:00:13:52

What is faith, what is it based on, and how do we increase it?

8/5/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland preaches from Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus told the paralytic that he was healed "according to his faith..." What is faith? What is it based on? How do we increase it? The answers are in St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans 15:1-7

Duration:00:17:43

Dormition and our pursuit of holiness

8/2/2019
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During two prison visits on the 2nd day of the Dormition fast, Fr. Seraphim Holland sang the Small Pareklesis and preached on the Gospel from Luke appointed for it, about the Theotokos and holiness. Christians should pursue holiness. It is the entire goal of our life, because God is Holy. We discuss the difference in the understanding of what salvation is for an Orthodox Christian vs. other Christian faiths, and about the pursuit of holiness and how the Theotokos is an example of holiness,...

Duration:00:07:32

Morality after baptism

7/29/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland preaches from 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11. St. Paul is always explicit about the moral requirements of Christianity. In our modern day, these requirements are forgotten, ignored or mocked. They all still apply. There are nuances in our modern day. We explain the two main admonitions that Paul makes in the selection, the first being not to associate with fornicators, covetous, etc. Christianity was growing in the midst of the pagan society it was a clear demarcation between...

Duration:00:16:53

Be of good cheer! Increasing our faith

7/29/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland talks about the discourse of the Lord before He healed the paralytic and how it teaches us many things in order to have more faith. Matthew 9:1-8

Duration:00:19:57

What is the “good ground” and what do we do to become and remain the good ground?

7/23/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland explains the Parable of the Sower. The most important part is understanding what is the good ground and how to become the good ground.

Duration:00:08:24

The word is nigh thee even in thy mouth

7/22/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland discusses three rhetorical questions that are asked in today’s readings that we must strive to answer. "Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)" "Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)" "What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God?" Paul’s answer to these rhetorical questions is that we must live an intimate life with God, so that "The word is nigh thee even in thy mouth." He points out the...

Duration:00:17:09

Theology saves us if we understand it and apply it

7/21/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland looks at four hymns from the Sunday Matins Canon, Tone 4. Everyone should read these canons and hear them in the services. When we bring the dogmatic theology taught in the services, into our heart, we are helped to change. Some of the things discussed: The goal of various services. Why do we pray in a highly theological way? Why do we believe the Theotokos is ever-virgin? It is a pretty obvious answer!

Duration:00:18:35

Being made free from sin, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life

7/15/2019
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St. Paul teaches us how to think about sin and holiness. If we do not think correctly, we cannot live correctly. He gives us two ways to think about sin and holiness. The first is after the manner of men, but it is still extremely useful. The second is the highest way. We discuss both of these ways. It is notable that St. Paul’s instruction regarding sin and righteousness is in the chapter where he also describes baptism. Romans 6:18-23

Duration:00:15:06

Teaching of Jesus about John the Baptist, and living up to our abilities

7/10/2019
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Whenever Jesus was asked a question, He also answered much more than just the question. Such as His answer to the question of the disciples of St. John the Baptist: whether or not He was the one "that should come". This answer contains instructions for how to live our life properly. As is the case with almost all of the Gospel it is counterintuitive to the vast majority of pop Christianity, some of which has even invaded the Orthodox faithful. We should not be overwhelmed by the austerity of...

Duration:00:18:38

Prepare the way of the Lord and make His paths straight

7/8/2019
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On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Fr. Seraphim Holland discuss his teachings and how they are easy and practical to apply to our daily life in order to fulfill the commandment that is incumbent upon every Christian: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

Duration:00:25:33

A practical look at the beatitudes

7/1/2019
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A look at what the saints are like, and what we should do to be like them. By looking at the first four Beatitudes from St. Matthew ("Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.") in a very practical way. There are things we all can do to fulfill these Beatitudes,...

Duration:00:20:37

Only one way of life permanently relieves anxiety

6/25/2019
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Only Jesus Christ has the authority to tell us "Do not be anxious," because only He can back up His words by helping us permanently. The are many temporary cures for anxiety, but only one way of life leads to a life free of anxiety. The Gospel talks about this way, which is a learned skill.

Duration:00:15:28

What is a saint and how do you become a saint?

6/24/2019
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On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Seraphim Holland tells about what is a saint, how the saints relate to us, and how to become a saint. We look especially at Hebrews which talks about the great cloud of witnesses, and also in the gospel about the confession we must make before men. Putting these things together we see the life of the saints and how to join that life.

Duration:00:13:14

Monday of the Holy Spirit: We must do the practical things in order to become spiritual.

6/18/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland preaches on the Monday of the Holy Spirit. You must have practical in order to have spiritual. Actually, you must do practical things in a spiritual way in order to truly become spiritual. The Gospel of St. John was read during the Paschal period, ans after Pentecost and now we are trying to apply the grace of the Holy Spirit in our life in practical ways. Therefore, we are beginning to read the Synoptic Gospels starting with St. Matthew, we can see everywhere that they...

Duration:00:13:50

The promise of Pascha is fulfilled because of Pentecost

6/17/2019
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Fr. Seraphim Holland shares a homily on the Feast of Pentecost. The Christian life, and salvation, is impossible without the Holy Spirit abiding in us. This is what we celebrate on Pentecost, and all of the readings for the feast teach us not only about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but also how we must live. We do short survey of the readings from Vespers, Matins and the liturgy.

Duration:00:21:42

The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

6/10/2019
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The Gospel reading for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, which follows the Feast of the Ascension, is from the High Priestly prayer of Jesus Christ, since the counsels were instrumental in protecting the dogmas regarding Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity. This prayer defines salvation in four different ways, and these definitions are also an instruction about how to live.

Duration:00:17:43

Enlightenment is a process, and we must supply labor and courage

6/5/2019
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The healing of the Blind Man, like all of the Sunday Gospels during the Paschal season, important teaching for us - the PROCESS of enlightenment. It is not easy, or automatic. To obtain it, we must supply labor, and courage, and know who we are and what our purpose in life is. God will supply all grace needed as we make mistakes along the way.

Duration:00:17:47