Sermons from St. Mary Church

On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

April 07, 2013 - by Alexey Orlovsky
The joy of the faithful, transmitted over centuries, the joy of the Resurrection is handed down to us through the Cross. The very bonds of time are shattered by the Cross and the Resurrection. This is but a small foretaste of how we participate in the Kingdom of God.

On the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

March 31, 2013 - by Jennifer Nahas
Today we commemorate St. Gregory Palamas, known as the Theologian of Hesychasm - the mystical tradition of experiential prayer in the Orthodox Church.

On the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2013 - by Nadia Abuelezam
Sermon preached by Nadia Abuelezam on March 24, 2013 at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA on the Feast of the Annunciation.

On the Sunday of Forgiveness

March 17, 2013 - by Ioana Chirieac
This Sunday is such a special day as we prepare for lent. Forgiving others and softening our hearts is the first step in allowing Christ in the midst of our lives, with body and spirit knitted together in the Holy Spirit, right here and right now.

On Judgement Sunday

March 10, 2013 - by Sarah Byrne-Martelli
In today's teaching of our Lord, the story of the sheep and the goats on Judgment Sunday, we are taught the very essence of Christian life: that loving others is loving God, and vice versa. Our place at the right hand of the Father completely depends on this.

The Parable of the Two Sons

March 04, 2013 - by Andrea Popa
Today is called the Sunday of the Prodigal Son but if you look at the Biblical passage for just a moment you'll see it starts the story by saying, "A certain man had two sons." Two sons.

On the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

February 25, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The heart longs for Truth. There is no other route to freedom. But often the Truth is too much to swallow. We resist especially if it challenges tightly held systems of beliefs that support our view of ourselves and the world.

Light For the Darkest Places

January 21, 2013 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
On the Sunday after the Feast of Theophany we read from St. Matthew’s Gospel about how the people "who sat in darkness have seen a great light," specifically those who dwelt in the "land of Zebulon and Napthali the Galilee of the Gentiles."

On the Feast of the Nativity

December 26, 2012 -
In the Western Rite on Christmas Eve the Prologue from St. John’s Gospel is read. It is a good choice for this night. Do you remember it? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…"

What Many Do Not Know

November 26, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Indian priest Anthony de Mello told this story: A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. "Why aren't you fishing?" asked the industrialist. "Because I have caught enough fish for the day," said the fisherman.

The Seeds of Divine Company

October 15, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God is the great sower of the seeds. From the beginning of creation he has been sowing and all the way to its end he will still be sowing. In one of Paul Simon’s most beautiful songs he writes "creation is never done." Science tells us that the universe is still expanding! Into what, who knows? But once a creator always a creator.

The Heart Hears

October 08, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The first thing that strikes me about today’s Gospel reading is the compassion of the Savior. It is a characteristic that defines him throughout his earthly ministry. Another great example of this, which is a favorite of mine, is when he saved the Adulterous Woman from stoning. Although she was guilty he treated her as if her sin was nonexistent casting it, as he says in another place, "as far as the East is from the West." In His presence sin disappears.

All Things Are Fulfilled in the Cross

September 16, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
For much of my life I was schooled in a theology that believed in narrow minds and rigid, inflexible positions. Since we were trapped in the sterile world of biblical literalism we were not taught the value of science, psychology, and the social sciences. This attitude predominates in the religious climate of our country and I fear it is gaining strength in our own Church.

The Owner of the Estate Returns

September 02, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
I have to confess that for years I seriously misread this scripture. At the end of the passage Jesus asks the question, "When the owner of the vineyard returns, what will he do to the tenants?" The point Jesus wants to make is found in the dialogue that ensues. The disciples answer him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death...?"

What We Don’t Know Hurts Us

August 27, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The question today is, "What good thing must I do to have eternal life?" Good question. What does Jesus say? He says to him, "Keep the commandments." When asked to name the ones he must obey, Jesus answers with a short list. "Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not tell lies against your neighbor."

The Lessons of Failure and the Substance of Faith

August 19, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
In our last episode, the priest was so overwhelmed with the Gospel of the healing of the epileptic boy that he postponed his sermon for a week. In today's episode, he attempts to rectify his lapse in consciousness

Not an Addition, a Subtraction

August 06, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Transfiguration does not represent for us the addtion to human nature of anything foreign to it, but rather the subtraction of all that is foreign to it. In this sermon, Fr. Antony Hughes explores how the Transfiguration reveals Christ's divinity and our shared humanity as it truly is.

This is a Lonely Place: On the 8th Sunday of Matthew

July 30, 2012 -
I have always wondered about how Jesus responds to the disciples here when they report that there is not enough for the enormous crowd to eat. They advise the Lord to send the people away to forage for themselves.

Let Your Light Shine: On the Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council

July 16, 2012 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
This is the Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon. A council we embrace fully, but a controversial one. Questions still abound about it. I don’t want to go into those today. I say that just to point out that the Church did not like to hold these councils and make creeds.

On the Sunday of All Saints

June 11, 2012 -
The Greek word for "acknowledge" in today’s Gospel lesson means to confess. That is to openly declare faith in the Lord Jesus. But since many will come before him on the day of judgment who have even worked miracles in his name and will still hear the words, "Depart from me you workers of iniquity, for I never knew you," there must be more to confessing and acknowledging Jesus that just an open, verbal declaration or demonstration of faith in him.