Sermons from St. Mary Church

   

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
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. Read more...
 

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.  Read more...
 

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. Read more...
 

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.  Read more...
 

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. Read more...
 

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.  Read more...
 

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

July 14, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes from Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

A peace officer told this story.  "I had arrested a man who singled me out for real animosity.  When I had to take him to a paddy wagon, he spit in my face...and he went after me with a chair.

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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. Amen.

Christ is in our midst!

It will take great wisdom for the Church to address the issues of our times.  Every age presents both dilemma and opportunity.  Being an optimist I rather see these days as an opportunity to dig deep into our spiritual tradition, to reexamine and reaffirm what we believe to be true and to find new ways to minister to our suffering world.  I speak to you from one of the epicenters of the controversy over marriage.  Right across the street from St.

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On the Sunday of All Saints

June 23, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Reading is from Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Blessed Feast to all of you on this day of All Saints.

Christos Yannaras has written that the Orthodox life is a series of risk-takings.  In fact, risk-taking is at the heart of the Gospel.  Creating the universe, particularly human beings, was a tremendous risk on the part of God.  Investing the Hebrews with the Abrahamic covenant was risky to say the least.  The Incarnation was risky and bold beyond human imagination. God is a risk-taker because God is love.  Love is always risky.

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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. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The Reading is from John 7:37-52; 8:12

 “He who believes in me, as the scripture says, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’  Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive.“ “Do you not know,” writes St.

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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. Amen.

Christ is Risen!

The story of the Blind Man holds one of those intriguing little mysteries we may never understand.  Why did Jesus use mud to heal the man?  We simply do not know.

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On the Sunday of the Paralytic

May 19, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Reading is from John 5:1-15

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.  Christ is Risen!

In one of the hymns at Great Vespers we read this: The paralytic… was like a dead man unburied.  Paralysis of his body was the least of his problems.  He was also paralyzed in mind and heart.

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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers

May 12, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.  Christ is Risen!

The Gospel reading today should be familiar to you.  The verses from chapter 16:1-8 comprise the reading before the closed doors of the Church on the night of Holy Pascha.  According to most Biblical scholars St.

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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. Mary's, welcome guests,

I'd like to thank you all for coming this evening. I'd also like to thank Father Antony and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine for inviting me to deliver this year's vonHolzhausen lecture. As a member of St. Mary's, it is an honor to be connected with a name so beloved by the St. Mary's community, and to follow in the footsteps of previous speakers such as Nicholas Constas, now Father Maximos of Mount Athos.

The title of my talk this evening is "What Is Fundamentalism?" It's hard to think of another word that conjures more immediately visceral reactions.

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On the Sunday of St. Thomas

May 05, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon by Fr. Antony Hughes for Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Reading is from John 20:19-31

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

Christ is Risen!

How does the Church view Thomas? Listen to the hymns of Orthros and Vespers. They speak volumes. “…thou didst not deem him unworthy for his lack of faith…”  Another hymn recognizes that all the disciples were entertaining doubts, not Thomas alone.  (Perhaps he was the one with the honesty to admit it.)  In Thomas’ doubt the Church sees a remarkable opportunity.

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On the Service of the Holy Unction

April 24, 2008 - by David Vermette

Sermon preached by David Vermette on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

 

Mankind suffers from a grave illness.  It is fatal in every case.  Its name is mortality.  The Scripture teaches us that the sin of Adam and Eve introduced death into the world, but it is not the sin of our first parents that we inherit but their mortality.  No sooner are we born and grow up than we start to decay and we slide down the slope toward decomposition.  St.

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On Palm Sunday

April 21, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 20, 2008

 

(St. John 12:1-18)

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, God is One.  Amen.  Glory to Jesus Christ!  

My beloved!

We sing a hymn on Palm Sunday giving thanks that the Holy Spirit has brought us together this day in His most holy Church. In I Timothy chapter 3, verse 15 St.

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On the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

April 14, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, April 13, 2008

 

(Mark 10:32-45)

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

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Delivered at the 150 anniversary of the Paulists at the Paulist Center in Boston

April 09, 2008 - by Fr. Antony Hughes

Sermon given by Fr. Antony Hughes on April 8, 2008

PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9

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

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The great prophet, mystic and healer St. Seraphim of Sarov always greeted people in one of two ways, either with the traditional Paschal Greeting, "Christ is Risen" in season or out, or by the gentle words, "My joy!"  Orthodox Pascha is near, only three short weeks away, so I will express my emotion at your hospitality on this great occasion by addressing you from the bottom of my heart as "My joy!"  I sense much here in harmony with my own heart.

In these verses from St.

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