Sermons from St. Mary Church


The Gergesene Demoniacs

July 12, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The demoniacs in today's Gospel were driven by dark forces to choose an unholy place in which to dwell. Tombs were considered to be the dwellings of ghosts and demons. They were not wholesome places. There the demoniacs isolated themselves from other people attacking those who attempted to come near. Read more...

Sunday of Pentecost

June 07, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
When Jesus speaks about the Holy Spirit He uses poetic imagery like wind, breath, fire and water. There are no words to adequately express the great mystery of the Holy Spirit so imagery must do. Read more...

Sunday of the Blind Man

May 24, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus challenged the common view that God is angry, vengeful and ready to punish those who offend Him. The Old Testament is filled with such imagery, but it was written in an environment foreign to what we experience now. It was a primitive world where each tribe had its own gods. The competition was fierce. Read more...

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 17, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus says remarkable things to the Samaritan Woman, speaking of a life that seems so far removed from what we experience in our daily lives. He says to her that if she drinks the water he offers she will never thirst again and that it will become a spring of water in her welling up to eternal life. Read more...

Sunday of the Paralytic

May 10, 2009 - by Deacon Jeffrey Smith
First I want to provide some background by setting the place: I believe the names and places mentioned can make it very real. It takes place near the Sheep’s Gate in Jerusalem, where they led in and washed the sacrificial animals, linking it to healing and to the temple, so this pool became known as the Sheep’s pool, the pool of Beth-zatha, from which comes the word, Beth–hesda (House of Grace). Read more...

Harvard Divinity School Homily - April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009 -
Christ is Risen! Orthodox Christians will proclaim those words and greet one another with them for forty days. What I hope is that those who proclaim them and use them will also consider their meaning. Read more...

Holy Wednesday Evening - Service of Holy Unction

April 16, 2009 - by David Vermette

God is the only existing one.  Only God exists in the true sense of that word.  Everything else that exists, exists by participation in God.  That is, He lends His being and His well-being to created things.  Only God is eternal, immortal, unchanging, incapable of decay.  Because it does not share in the Essence of God, everything in the created universe is temporal, and subject to change and corruption.  If mankind, through the power of his and her God-given freedom had remained in Communion with God, as they were in the Garden of Eden, they would have participated in His life, in His immortality and incorruptibility. Instead they preferred and chose to go their own way.


Palm Sunday

April 12, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
Jesus entered Jerusalem with clarity of mind, compassion and singleness of purpose. He did not allow the adulation of the crowd, the knowledge that its praise would turn into hatred, nor the fear of his inevitable suffering and death distract him. Read more...

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

April 05, 2009 - by Trish Orlovsky
On this 5th Sunday of Great Lent we enter the closing weeks Fast, and the church fathers give us the story of Mary of Egypt. Mary's story is a quintessential display of the power of repentance - and is key in our understanding of her prominence during this season of repentance and the role of community in the act of salvation. Read more...

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder

March 29, 2009 - by Fr. Antony Hughes
The Scripture today speaks of forces in a young boy that take away his freedom. As is so often the case in the New Testament the cause was attributed to spirits, that is to demonic possession. Read more...

Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

March 22, 2009 -
Today is the Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross. What does that mean? What is the cross? And why do we have this now, right in the middle of Lent? Read more...

The Role of Memory in Identity Formation in the Orthodox Christian Paschal Feast

March 20, 2009 -
My talk this evening will explore the role of memory in the Orthodox Christian Paschal celebration. Specifically, I will use the texts of the Vesperal Liturgy of Basil (i.e. the Paschal Vigil) celebrated on Holy Saturday and the Paschal Matins service. Read more...

Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia

March 15, 2009 -
In her 53 brief years, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia lived a life so full, so rich, so meaningful, so Christ-like....that she became a saint. Read more...

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. Read more...

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! Read more...

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! Read more...

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! Read more...

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! Read more...

On the Second Sunday of Luke

October 06, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

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On the First Sunday of Luke

September 29, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Today we begin reading Gospel passages from Luke on Sunday mornings. This is called the First Sunday of Luke.  Seeing that Luke will be our companion for the next weeks, it might be good to take a look at a few of his themes. Every Gospel has its own perspective and agenda.  Luke's Gospel presents a vision of Christ and the Christian life that is radical.