Sermons from St. Mary Church

On Chrismation

March 20, 2011 - by Nadia Kaldas
In the Old Testament anointing was used to set people apart for God’s service. Each Priest, Prophet and King of Israel was anointed with oil. This commissioned them as God’s representative to the nation.

On Baptism

March 13, 2011 - by Melissa Nassiff
This is the second in a series of homilies on Christian Initiation. This is especially relevant today, since this is the first Sunday of Lent, and Lent is traditionally the time when new catechumens prepare for their initiation into the church, into the body of Christ.

On Forgiveness Sunday

March 06, 2011 - by Tiffany Conroy
Our themes today are forgiveness and preparation. Forgiveness, because it’s Forgiveness Sunday; preparation, because that’s the chosen theme for our Women’s Month sermons. In addition to today’s Epistle and Gospel readings, we are considering the Mystagogical Catecheses of St Cyril of Jerusalem, which are the written records of a series of sermons he gave to initiate the catechumens in his flock back in the 4th century.

The Prodigal Son and His Brother

February 21, 2011 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The story of the Prodigal Son reflects the same theme as that that of the Pharisee and Publican. The difference is that the character of the long-suffering and compassionate father and the intransigent elder son bring some deeper elements.

On the Sunday of the Canaanite

February 07, 2011 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Often when I read stories from Scripture like this one a bout the Canaanite Woman I wish we knew more about the characters. Who was this woman? We know that she was not Jewish. She was Syrian-Phoenician, a Canaanite. This, in fact, was the only time Jesus went outside of Jewish lands north of the Sea of Galilee into the Gentile district of Tyre and Sidon.

On the Sunday of the Ten Lepers

January 17, 2011 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
On the Feast of Theophany we celebrated the revelation of God as Trinity when Jesus the Son of God was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended visibly, and the Father spoke the immortal words, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

On the Sunday before Theophany

January 03, 2011 -
The Gospel according to St. Mark begins not with an infancy narrative like Matthew's and Mark's, but about thirty years after the Lord's birth with the story of the final Old Testament prophet. Isaiah prophesied that God's messenger would appear first and prepare the way for the Messiah. That messenger was John the Baptist.

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

December 25, 2010 -
There is a great contrast between King Herod and the Wise Men. Herod represents the power of this world, the grandeur and might of Rome, the heights to which we are taught by society to aspire to be successful on earth. The Wise Men are presented as gentle, kind and well ... wise. They were men of great learning and devotion. Wealthy, but generous. Powerful, but kind. Self-sufficient, yet humble.

On the Sunday before Nativity: the Genealogy of Christ

December 20, 2010 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Genealogies don’t mean the same to us as they did for ancient peoples, so the first part of this morning’s reading may be tedious to modern ears. Most people will remember the list of strange names and forget the ending probably because a majority check out somewhere around “Amminadab” if not before. By the time we get to the story of Christmas at the end people are a little glassy-eyed. I actually look forward to it. I like this reading!

The Woman with the Spirit of Infirmity

December 06, 2010 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
God reaches out to everyone personally. He knows what we need and how to meet our needs. We have no need to be afraid. God is always near. All He had to do was speak a few words in today’s Gospel and the woman was healed. God loves each of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Every wound, manifest and secret, is known to Him.

Mary and Martha

November 21, 2010 -
We all know the story of Jesus’ first visit to the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus is invited to the house, Martha is busy doing what a good Middle Eastern hostess would do, she is serving mazza and, more than likely preparing a nice meal for their special guest. Her sister Mary is sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus listening to his words attentively.

The Good Samaritan

November 15, 2010 -
When St. Paul preached on Mars hill introducing Athens to the God they called “unknown” he said, “He is not far from each one of us. In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:27-28) Thus we swim in a veritable ocean of grace. God is in us and around us everywhere and in everything. How do we miss Him?

On Prison Ministry

November 08, 2010 -
Last Friday, through the invitation of Ann Bezerides (thank you Ann), I had the opportunity to attend an extraordinary conference on Prison Ministry

On the Brink of Despair

October 10, 2010 -
Sermon Preached by Fr Antony Hughes on Sunday, October 10, 2010 The Reading is from Luke 7:11-16 At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain

The Sunday Before the Cross

September 13, 2010 -
The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven, but he who has descended from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Two Greatest Commandments

September 06, 2010 -
There are two great commandments. Love God and love your neighbor. But we shouldn’t see them as two separate commands. To fulfill one is to fulfill the other. Not to fulfill one is not to fulfill the other. They are one and the same for us who follow Jesus Christ.

On the Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist

August 29, 2010 -
St. John knew who he was. Self-knowledge, say some of the Holy Fathers, is the greatest of all the spiritual gifts. He was the Forerunner, the last prophet of the coming Messiah, that is, of the Old Testament. Most of all he knew who he was not. He was not the Messiah.

Be of Good Cheer, It is I, Have No Fear

July 26, 2010 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus came to his disciples walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee at the fourth watch of the night. They had left him alone in the wilderness at his request and started across the sea in a boat.

The Gadarenes are Us

June 27, 2010 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
But are we so different? I think not, for we all have to some degree forgotten or lost a conscious connection with the deepest truth about ourselves: the inherent dignity of being made in God’s image.

Sunday of the Paralytic

April 26, 2010 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Many people over the long span of history have been afraid of God. It was not at all clear that God loved his creation and cared for humanity for the large majority of people throughout history.