Sermons from St. Mary Church

On The Feast of St. Andrew

November 30, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
What we have to come to know is that we cannot produce anything worthy of God. There is no amount of effort that will automatically switch us into another gear. We are trapped in a voracious cycle of pleasure and satisfaction. It is a cycle that has no hope of fulfillment.

Coming Alive

November 23, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
How did the rich man in today’s Gospel come to believe the lie that his wealth gave him security? Why do we? How is it that the human race had gotten so turned around that when it stared God in the flesh, when the Son of God became man and walked among us, we couldn’t recognize him? Why did we crucify God, calling him a blasphemer, impious and a sinner? Why was God not acceptable to us? Why was His goodness not enough for us?

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 28, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Whenever we approach God the contrast that exists between us becomes dreadfully clear. We may not be aware of this as long as we live at a distance from God…as long as his presence or image is dimmed in our thoughts and in our perceptions, but the nearer we come to God, the sharper the contrast appears.

The Sunday of the Elevation of the Cross

September 14, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
There is no greater evidence of this than the Cross where the Loving God has willingly died to bring life to the world because humanity, with its God-given freedom has messed things up royally. If God were in complete control, there never would have been a fall, there would not be sin, there would not be death, human beings would not relish war and there would be no need for the Cross.

9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
We do not for a moment believe that the terrorists enacted the will of God on that terrible day. It was not God’s will these men performed, but their own. God’s will is not the same thing as his foreknowledge say the Orthodox fathers. Simply because God knows something is going to happen does not mean that he has willed it to happen!

The Sunday Before the Elevation of the Cross

September 07, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
If, as the Fathers and Holy Scripture teach, the preeminent desire of humanity is to be in communion with God, then the words of Law and the revelations of prophets could not possibly satisfy this longing. Only the coming of God Himself could do it.

The Sunday of All Saints

June 22, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Sanctity in our time has demanded such courage from countless thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ. But whether or not any of us are ever called to this kind of martyrdom we are all called day after day to stand up for our Lord Jesus Christ, to lift up and glorify his name through our thoughts, words and deeds. We must never be ashamed to testify to our Faith wherever we are and whoever we are with

The Man Born Blind

June 01, 2003 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
And since it is not far away we can at any and every moment gain access to it. In faith we make the descent from the busy, cumbersome and anxious world of our perceptions to the interior place of our redemption, gathering and quieting our thoughts as we go so that we can offer our whole selves to the God who dwells within without distraction and then the peace of God begins to reign in us and we become ourselves peace-makers.

The Secret and Humble God A Holy Week Reflection

April 21, 2003 - By Fr. Antony Hughes
The Christian God reveals himself in secret, in humility. His birth was in the quiet anonymity of a cave for animals. Few came to worship him. Only the humble who had been seeking and who would be able to recognize the Humble One found their way with divine assistance to the manger.

The Sunday of St. John Climacus

April 06, 2003 - By Fr. Antony Hughes
The invitation has been issued. The Marriage Feast is now in preparation. The Master of All calls us to cleanse ourselves with his divine help from all stain as we draw near to the pivotal moment in all of history when death is put to death and salvation shines from the empty tomb. Ready your wedding garment. Let nothing stand in your way.

Is Lent Still Relevant in the Age of Technology?

March 28, 2003 - Joseph H. Kouyoumjian
There are two kinds of wisdom: human and divine. Up to this point, we have been discussing the wisdom of this Technological Age which is of the human kind. Human wisdom is based on what we call the “common sense” – that way of thinking that reasonable people share automatically. Even though we were not trying to empty Christ of his power, human wisdom is what led us to attempt use modern techniques of event marketing to bring people to Church.

Sermon given on the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

March 23, 2003 - by David Vermette
There’s something about suffering and loss that stirs us from our waking sleep where we dream the dream of our private concerns and distractions and hopes and desires that make up what we call our ordinary lives. There’s something about difficult times that strips away everything that’s false and whatever is hidden in the heart is revealed.

Lenten Transformation

March 21, 2003 - by Kerry Patrick San Chirico
The title Lenten Transformation is rather broad.  Perhaps when you read it, you naturally thought of a transformation within the person who maintains the disciplines of the season.  Those being prayer, almsgiving and fasting.  Well, you are partially right. 


January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
What about humility, long-suffering, and compassion in the face of this call to aggressiveness? Remember that when Jesus stood before Pilate falsely accused he did not speak a word in his own defense. Think of the Passion-Bearers Sts. Boris and Gleb who took the Lord’s call to non-resistance all the way to martyrdom.

On the Sunday Before Theophany

January 01, 1970 - by Bishop John
In the icons of St. John the Baptist, we sometimes see him depicted with angel's wings. It's not that we think that St. John was an angel, but he was certainly a messenger of God that showed us that what was coming was even a more intimate and greater relationship and ability to be with God than we had before.

Taking the More Excellent Way

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
I have two points to make today and they are about Mary of Egypt. They will lead me to the subject of this last week in our beloved city of Boston. Why did Mary go to the desert the most inhospitable place in the whole world? For one reason: she decided it was time to stop running from her pain, to face it, and be healed.

Power to Do What?

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The power we have been given by Christ is the power to be like Him. We are not called to triumphalism, or anger, or defiance, or deception, or violence, earthly power, or political authority. We are called to love as He loves, to forgive as He forgives, to empty ourselves even to death as He did. Any other message is, as St. Paul puts it, 'another Gospel,' not Christ’s.

The Life and Work of Saint Maria Skobtsova

January 01, 1970 - 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.

On the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
It is a Sunday of relation, of discovery, of disclosure, of transformation. Taken metaphorically, its meaning is sheer enlightenment. If we get caught up in the details of the literal story, we lose the meaning of her story. Literalism is a dead end when speaking of scripture or the spiritual life. Taken as a metaphor, then, her story has great meaning; it is relevant; it is a metaphor for the spiritual life as lived by all who decide to walk that path.

The Doorway to Mystery: On Palm Sunday

January 01, 1970 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The passover crowd was conditioned by what they had been taught about the Messianic Prophecies. They did not know what to do when what they expected didn't show up. Who of us wants a suffering servant for a Messiah instead of a new emperor.