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The Rich Young Ruler. We must ask the right questions and know how to answer them

The young ruler who asked Jesus the question: “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” asked the wrong question. We must know the right questions to ask and how to answer those questions. The most important questions are about our identity and purpose. The Gospel and the Epistle today answer these questions.


Parable of the Unmerciful debtor. Why forgive? Because of the Incarnation!

A homily by Priest Nicholas Park about the Parable of the Unmerciful debtor. He explains the purpose of the Incarnation, which is also the reason why we must forgive!


“Lord have mercy” brought me to the Orthodox Church

Why do we repeat things in our prayers? Fr. Seraphim Holland analyzes the Small Ectenia, and in this small set of 3 petitions, we encounter the Christian understanding of grace, mercy, and the saints.


Dormition: the good part, the mind of the Church, and holiness

Fr. Seraphim Holland gives an explanation of the Gospel and the Epistle read on a feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. We emphasize the good part, the mind of the church, and holiness.


Give ye them to eat

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.


The exorcism of the lunatic son teaches us how to believe

When the disciples asked the Lord why they could not cast out the demon from the lunatic boy, he answered it was because of their unbelief. But as is always the case, He answered with much more than that fact. He taught us how to have belief. It is through action which is based on our faith, and prayer and fasting.


The Litany of Supplication

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.


Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon

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...


Live in the present because we have seen our future

The feast of Transfiguration, the “Summer Pascha,” shows us our future. Because we have seen our future and indeed will also be eyewitnesses of the majesty of God, we must live differently in present. There is a rule of thumb for life. The Apostle Peter, in his reminisces shortly before his death by crucifixion teaches us, as one who was an eyewitness of the majesty of Jesus Christ about this rule of life.


The Transfiguration. Why were Moses and Elijah present?

When Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured why were the specific prophets Moses and Elijah present? There are many reasons, Fr. Seraphim Holland describes them.


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

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


Dormition and our pursuit of holiness

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,...


Morality after baptism

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...


Be of good cheer! Increasing our faith

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


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

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.


The word is nigh thee even in thy mouth

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...


Theology saves us if we understand it and apply it

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!


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

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


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

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...


Prepare the way of the Lord and make His paths straight

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."