Sermons from St. Mary Church

Walking into Sacred Space

July 29, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Christ appeared in his divinity and Peter and the others saw Him and were enlightened. But Enlightenment is not a once and for all thing. It comes moment by moment. Keeping our eyes on Christ every moment, we live enlightened lives. It is a walk, a way of life, and a practice; for the mind likes to return to familiar things and retreat from the insecurity of moving into the unknown.

The Feeding of the 5,000

July 22, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
One thing we must not do is impose our own meaning on scripture. We must always be open to God's voice, ever receptive to being surprised, and to changing our minds. There are many layers of meaning, and, depending on the level of our emptiness, that is, our openness and willingness, we receive what we at any given time are capable of receiving. But there is more. Always more.

The Life and Work of Saint Maria Skobtsova

July 15, 2018 - by Teva Regule
As Christians, we are called to shine forth the Light of Christ in our own lives, illuminating the whole world with the love and compassion of our Lord. The Church gives us models to help guide us in this endeavor—the saints. They are human beings, recognized by the Church as witnesses to the Light of Christ in the world. This week, on July 20, we remember a modern saint—St. Maria of Paris (and those canonized with her)—to whom I would now like to draw our attention.

Go and Sin No More

July 08, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The problem is that most of us are not even aware that there is an interior life, that it can be observed, and that it can be transformed. Thus, we are disconnected from the spring of living water God has placed within us.

On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 24, 2018 - by Fr. Seraphim Solof
If we are to carry on the work of the prophet John the Baptist who was above all the servant of God, we have to speak the Word of God and we have to point people to God, and the only way that we can do that is if we let Jesus increase and us decrease.

God Works Through Us

June 10, 2018 - by Bishop JOHN
When we forget that it is God working in us and us working in God, we put on all kinds of stress and pressure on ourselves to perform things that perhaps people aren't even expecting us to perform and for us to do.

On the Sunday of Pentecost

May 27, 2018 - by Dn. Jeffrey Smith
Rivers of living water will gush forth from our hearts, rivers of mercy, and rivers of healing, rivers of calm indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is the promise, revealed today at Pentecost, in an outpouring of wind and fire and a proclamation of the Holy Spirit, promising, but on this day, it leads to a division about where Jesus comes from.

So Plain, So Clear, So Beautiful

May 20, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
At every moment we are called to look within for anything that would keep us from loving without limits. Saints are those who lives are cleared of the debris of selfishness.

A Sense of Wonder

May 06, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Every time I turn my attention to the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan Women I am astonished. There is no end to inspiration in this magnificent story. This morning I will make just a few remarks bookended by a couple of startling quotes and hope your imagination might be stirred to consider for yourself the depth of meaning here.

The Healing of Thomas

April 15, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Thomas was deeply wounded by the crucifixion, just as were all the disciples. His questions and doubts arose from feelings of fear, loss and confusion. The parts of him that rose to protect and manage these intense feelings were no doubt on double-duty. His response made perfect sense! We do a grave injustice to Thomas when we fail to acknowledge this.

Palm Sunday: Jesus for the First Time

April 01, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
There were two processions occurring on Palm Sunday in Jerusalem: the Lord’s entry in humility and lowliness on a donkey, a sign of peace, surrounded by a crowd of peasants and outcasts. The other procession was of military might and imperial authority.

Who Might We Become if We Walk in the Steps of Christ?

March 31, 2018 - by Teva Regule
Today we commemorate the Raising of Lazarus of Bethany, which is celebrated in conjunction with the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as a short festal interlude between Lent and Holy Week. Today we are invited to walk to Bethany, tomorrow to Jerusalem. Who might we become if we walk in these steps?"

On the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2018 - by Anna Higgins
So much depends on Mary saying 'Yes' to the angel. This is the fulcrum around which our whole lives are based. This is the moment when she goes from being Mary to being the Theotokos.

On the Icon of the Dormition

March 18, 2018 - by Sarah Byrne-Martelli
Dormition, at its core, is a feast of resurrection. It has clear echoes of Christ’s death, with the three days in the tomb, and the miraculously empty grave. It prefigures our Resurrection through Christ who has trampled down death by death.

On the Icon of the Entry of the Theotokos to the Temple

March 11, 2018 - by Claire Koen
In Mary's entrance into the Temple, humankind is welcomed and affirmed, not through proving themselves worthy, but simply through the recognition, and affirmation of their genuine goodness and potential to cooperate with God in the bringing about of God's reign.

On the Icon of the Nativity of the Theotokos

March 04, 2018 - by Melissa Nassiff
The birth of the Theotokos begins the process of changing this destiny of our separation from God. And Her Son, Jesus Christ, would complete it. In His love for us, God would send His Son, born of Mary, to reverse the permanence of death and give us eternal life.

On the Sunday of Forgiveness

February 18, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
It is not our choice whether to be saved or not. It is done. It is finished. However, it is our choice whether or not we will choose to come to a knowledge of the truth. In other words, whether or not we will dive deliberately into the experience of what it means to be loved, forgiven, and saved and that comes only through an internal pilgrimage. Lent is a quiet time, a much slower time than is normal for most people. If we choose to acknowledge it, everything that happens directs us to look deeper and to live more deliberately and consciously.

Living in the Present: An Orthodox Perspective

February 10, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We are in the midst of a kind of awakening. The sciences, including neuroscience and the quantum sciences, have discovered that there is mystery at the core of the universe. Psychology is being revolutionized by the discovery of the benefits of mindfulness practice in religious people, including prayer and meditation. Even the Orthodox practice called hesychasm is being studied. Classically, our words for the now ubiquitous term 'mindfulness' are 'watchfulness and vigilance,' and nepsis. They mean the same thing and I tend to use them interchangeably. It is wonderful that religion, science, and psychology suddenly are no longer always at war. Metropolitan Zizioulas, I believe, said that religion and science are not at odds with each other at all, they 'coinhere.' I think he is right. This has been an object of interest and research for me for over 20 years.

Welcome to the New World

January 21, 2018 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Zaccheus lived in a world of his own dominated by fear and greed, by hatred and suspicion. He lied and cheated to survive and to prosper at the expense of others. He was hated and despised by his neighbors and he returned the favor. He must have despised himself as well, for only those who do mistreat others. If we do not love ourselves, our true, godly, beautiful self, then we cannot love God or neighbor.

Believing is Seeing

January 14, 2018 - by Sarah Byrne-Martelli
When our eyes are closed, we miss what is right in front of us. When we look elsewhere, with envy or greed or mindless distraction, we miss what is right in front of us. We stare into space, we are scattered, we suffer and blindly fall into sin. Is this how God calls us to live?