Nativity and Modern Martyrs
A special solemn sermon on the Holy Nativity (Old Calendar) that focuses on recent bombing at an Alexandria Coptic Church - which calls to mind the modern martyrs in Iraq, Ethiopia, and throughout the Middle East these last few years. As well as all those who left their homeland.
Fr John Brian takes this opportunity to talk about our Christian response and the response of some Egyptian Muslims.
He chose the epistle reading appointed for the day after Nativity which is for those Holy Innocents that were slain by King Herod: Romans 15:1-7
This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the
Malankara Syrian lectionary (for this occasion) and was given on Thursday night, January 6, 2011 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.
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Godly New Year
Every New Year's day should be blessed and should be taken as an opportunity to be with God, thanking Him for what is past and praying for His mercy in what is to come. Fr John Brian takes this opportunity to give a sermon about the importance of a new year in Holy Orthodoxy and how we, as Orthodox Christians, should conduct ourselves, following the "great commandment" that is in the Gospel of John and in his First Epistle. This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and
was given on Sunday, January 2, 2011 - Listen on-line here:
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FULLY ALIVE - INTRODUCTION
O God, have compassion on us, and bless us, and manifest Thy presence to us, and have mercy on us. Amen.
The spiritual teachings of Eastern Christianity, the rituals and the traditions of the Orthodox Church, have a transformative power. They have been repeated on every continent, every year for centuries. In some places, they've been repeated for more than millennia. One can see in them a preparation of the life to come, that kingdom of peace, the restoration of the garden - a homeland we spiritually long for. One can experience in them the presence of God; a healing of the spiritual woundedness that comes from a material life in competition with God's presence.
Read the rest of the introduction and see the table of contents:
Celebrating the Right Christmas
The Promise of Peace at Christmas
A Question About Confession
God Made Us All Children
Spiritual Health and Women
Top FIVE sermons with some Honorable Mentions (through May 2009)
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