Sermons from St. Mary Church

The Beauty of Mutuality

May 14, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The thing that is revealed by Jesus to Photeini is that the temple of God is not a building, a city, a mountain or a shrine or even a religion. The temple of God is the human person. Paul says it. 'Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?' How does Jesus say it? 'Jesus breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.''

Dancing with God

May 07, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We are transformed by the company we keep. This is obvious. If the company we keep is evil, then we tend to become evil, if it is good, then we tend to become good. What if the company we keep is God? What if we learn how to enter our hearts where his kingdom is, and we discover that the Holy Trinity is there, and we allow ourselves to spend more and more time with him in that sacred, internal place, what then?

The Heart that is Open

April 09, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
It is important to remember as we begin to celebrate Holy Week that it is not about recreating the past. It is about taking the time at this particular moment to open our hearts and minds to Jesus as his Passion is remembered. Few of us take the time to open our hearts and minds to him throughout the year, so Holy Week is a good time to learn something about it by doing it.

God, the All-Vulnerable

April 02, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
James and John desired power. They wanted to sit at the right and left hands of the All-Powerful God, the Imperial Majesty on High, the Divine Potentate, the Inescapable and Invulnerable Judge. Jesus corrects them by asking a question. You may note in reading the Gospels that Jesus is much more into asking questions than he is in giving answers.

With Faith and Love Draw Near

March 26, 2017 - by Teva Regule
In our communal celebration, we offer the symbols of our life to God—bread and wine—and they become for us a means of encountering the risen Christ. It is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that they become icons of Christ, making Christ present to us and allowing us to encounter, and in the spirit of St. John Climacus who we remember today, journey and ascend to the Triune God.

Pascha: Do you know why we’re here today?

March 19, 2017 - by Melissa Nassiff
Even during the life of Christ, people did no work on the Sabbath; that was the day to worship God. But something changed between then and now. And that something is the event shown in the icon we’ll be talking about today, the icon of Pascha. We worship God on Sunday, the first day of the week, because that’s the day Christ rose from the dead.

The Icon of the Transfiguration

March 13, 2017 - by Ioana Popa
There are pockets of mysterious Transfiguration happening every day, by us holding a greater vision of kindness, love and compassion for all humanity, as Christ assures us it will be in the Kingdom of God at the end of times. Our complicated times can be seen as very distressing, but what if we could see them as a greater opportunity for us to become saints and to hold that vision of respect and dignity for every human being?

And the Word became Flesh

March 06, 2017 - by Andrea Popa
Christ became man, became like us, so that we could enter into relationship with him, so that we, in turn could be children of God, be like God. So that we too could live in grace and in truth.

The Interior Focus of Great Lent

February 26, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Concentrate on a Lenten practice that has the power to change your life. Fasting is good, of course, but we become so focused on it that we forget the goal, which is not just to get through Lent not eating the forbidden foods, but to expand our capacity to love God, neighbor and self unconditionally and always.

On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 12, 2017 - by Nicholas Livingston
Sermon preached by Seminarian Nicholas Livingston on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at St. Mary Church

Meeting Ourselves on the Road to Repentance

February 06, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Publican stands on the threshold of mystery. He has arrived at the doorway of repentance. The things that have been carefully hidden inside him have begun to break free and he goes to the Temple to express his sorrow at a life lived poorly.

As For Me and My House

January 30, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Lord did not come to show us how to get to heaven. He revealed that heaven is within us. It always has been. There is no place to 'get to.' Why then did he come? For a variety of reasons.

The Flow of Trinitarian Life

January 15, 2017 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Reading is one of the great joys of my life as most of you know. I do not usually read for pleasure, but for learning and for personal growth. I read and study to improve as a person and sharpen my skills as a priest. Learning and growing is a sign of life. If we are not growing and learning and changing, then we are not truly alive. As an example, the Orthodox conception of the afterlife is not static and unchanging. God will always be teaching and we will always be learning, is how some have put it.


December 04, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
So, today, Jesus looks at an infirm woman and sees her beauty. It was hidden under her infirmity and Jesus knew that her infirmity could not and had not marred her essence. So it is with all of us. Whatever infirmities, whatever sins, whatever suffering, our essence, the truth of who we are, is untouched by them. We are, underneath the rubble of our lives, beautiful.

On the Surface of the Deep

November 20, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We like to create Christ in our own image; a Christ to justify our lives, who thinks and acts like us, who doesn’t challenge our assumptions and certainly doesn’t question us or disagree with us or demand anything of us. In other words, a Christ we can ignore. So, how do we know who he really is? How do we come to truly know Him as He is?

Stepping Outside the Cycle

October 30, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The parable shows us not what the afterlife is like, but what life is like right now. The Rich Man goes from his earthly paradise to eternal torment. We too are torn between heaven and hell in the form of pleasure and pain, desire and fear, joy and sorrow.

Walking in the Dark

October 23, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Darkness and light are not opposites. They are equally parts of life, rising and falling like waves from the same ocean. St. John writes so beautifully that 'the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.' He speaks of the human experience.

Grace Falls All Over The Place

October 09, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Gospel this morning shows Christ wading into the suffering of the world outside the gates of the little town of Nain. He meets the deep, wrenching sorrow of the widow head-on without flinching. His presence reveals the presence of the kingdom, the power of God in the world of human suffering. The Incarnation encompasses all things.

Deep Discipleship

October 02, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The teaching of Jesus is radical. We are not just to be nice, we are to be like God. This leaves us with only one option and that is to get real about being disciples of the Lord’s teaching and to acknowledge the reality of his presence in our midst.

Willingness, Openness, Receptivity

September 25, 2016 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
That is what happens in today’s Gospel reading. Peter comes face to face with God in Christ. It happens not all at once. Jesus reveals himself little by little. Peter could not have handled that any more than he could stare at the sun with unaided eyes.