Sermons from St. Mary Church

  

Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 08, 2009 - by Ashley Clampitt Purpura
The first time I attended an Orthodox Liturgy was when I was six years old, and it happened to be the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The same Sunday of Orthodoxy we celebrate today.
 

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 15, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Compassion is the key. It always is. The attitude of the father towards his Prodigal Son is compassion. In him there is no judgment, only love when he leaves and when the Son returns, joy!
 

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

February 08, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The story of the Pharisee and the Publican is about two men in two very different places spiritually. The Pharisee represents the selfish, egotistical person, arrogant, prideful, deluded and, paradoxically, a man devoted to religion and Scripture, at least on the surface!
 

Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

February 01, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Today Jesus goes even further than the Galilee of the Gentiles all the way to the district of Tyre and Sidon in present day Lebanon where the light, according to the religious tradition of first century Palestinian Judaism, was not supposed to shine!
 

On the Second Sunday of Advent

November 23, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
A woman dying of cancer told her counselor one morning that she believed someone had stolen her diamond ring. She had only a few weeks at most to live, but the loss of that ring sent her into a rage!
 

On the Second Sunday of Luke

October 06, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus left us no writings and no dogmas. He left us a simple message displayed in both His words and His deeds. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. That's it. Jesus left us with a way of life.
 

On the First Sunday of Luke

September 29, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus did not judge outcasts, nor did He treat them as outcasts. He preferred their company and saved his rebukes for hypocrites.  God's love is all inclusive, but to some His love is heaven and to others it is fire. 
 

Forefeast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

September 08, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God loves all His creation.  How do we know?  Because He sent His only Son to become one with us. In Christ God and humankind are now inextricably united.
 

The Epileptic Boy

August 25, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Faith is not the same as belief.  Belief comes wrapped in words, concepts and creeds.  As valuable as those might be they have little or nothing to do with faith.  Faith is not about propositions at all, nor concepts, nor words, nor anything one can or can not do. 
 

Walking on Water

August 18, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Through prayer, meditation and contemplation we learn to enter what one writer calls the gap between thoughts where there is only silence, where there are no sounds, no voices, no images , where the imagination rests from its labor.  This is why Peter was able to walk on the water for a time.  For a moment he was able to enter that place where Christ dwells.
 

Of Deviled Ham

July 21, 2008 - by Dn. Jeffrey Smith
To love our neighbor, we have to love our selves first, and this self-love of course, is the state of being loved, being worthy of love, recognized and given proof of that recognition.  We realize that we are not unworthy of love.  We are reassured when we are listened to attentively with interest.  We gather that we are respected, that we do count, that we matter, that our being alive makes a difference in the world. 
 

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

July 14, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
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Parish Life Conference Sermon

June 29, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Saturday, June 28, 2008 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God
 

On the Sunday of All Saints

June 23, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
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On the Sunday of Pentecost

June 16, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 15, 2008 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God
 

On the Sunday of the Blind Man

June 02, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 1, 2008 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God
 

On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 19, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers

May 12, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
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What Is Fundamentalism?

May 11, 2008 - by Brett Grainger
2008 Fr. John vonHolzhausen Lecture by Brett Grainger on Saturday, May 10, 2008 Father Antony, members of St
 

On the Sunday of St. Thomas

May 05, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
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