There is Nothing on Earth More Powerful than the Divine Liturgy

There is Nothing on Earth More Powerful than the Divine Liturgy: A Sermon by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski)

That you may stand more easily and without distraction during the Divine Liturgy, do the following: while the hours are being chanted, remember the living and departed in your prayers. These commemorations will rise to heaven together with the commemorations being offered by the priest during proskomedia and will bring great consolation to the souls of those remembered. Here it does not matter if the commemorations are made in the altar before the table of oblation, at the doors of the altar, or in the midst of the church, for the Lord is everywhere and hears everything. When the opening exclamation of the Liturgy is made, “Blessed is the Kingdom …” pray that the Lord would grant unto you the Heavenly Kingdom. At the offering of the first litany of peace,((The Great Litany)) pray that the Lord would give you His peace during this day.

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How to Stand with Diligent Attention at the Divine Liturgy

How to Stand with Diligent Attention at the Divine Liturgy: A Sermon by St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski)

That you may stand more easily and without distraction during the Divine Liturgy, do the following: while the hours are being chanted, remember the living and departed in your prayers. These commemorations will rise to heaven together with the commemorations being offered by the priest during proskomedia and will bring great consolation to the souls of those remembered. Here it does not matter if the commemorations are made in the altar before the table of oblation, at the doors of the altar, or in the midst of the church, for the Lord is everywhere and hears everything. When the opening exclamation of the Liturgy is made, “Blessed is the Kingdom …” pray that the Lord would grant unto you the Heavenly Kingdom. At the offering of the first litany of peace,((The Great Litany)) pray that the Lord would give you His peace during this day.

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Fr Turbo and The Royal Path

Fr Turbo and The Royal Path

Fr. Paul Girgis, head priest and pastor at St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church in Naples, FL, recently interviewed Fr. Turbo to discuss finding wisdom, repentance, and joy on the royal path.

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Baptism and the Reception of Converts w/ Fr. John Whiteford

Baptism and the Reception of Converts w/ Fr. John Whiteford

Fr. John Whiteford joins me to discuss the theology of baptism and the Orthodox approach to receiving newcomers to Orthodoxy. We shall address this topic not by simply repeating and quoting the Saints, but by synthesizing their perspectives and the doctrinal paradigm of receiving converts as established in the Council of Trullo and in the canons of Saints such as St. Basil the Great.

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The Lord, Who has Revealed Himself to Us

Below the reader will find my translation from the Russian of sermons 12 and 13 “On the Divine Liturgy,” by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski).  Previous sermons may be found here. All titles and footnotes are my own.

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The Antiphons: Hymns of Holy Delight

Below the reader will find my translation of sermon 11 in the series of sermons by St. Seraphim on the Div. Liturgy. May his inspired words of explanation on the Div. Liturgy continue to stir up in us a deeper love for God and a greater zeal to worship Him. (All titles are my own for the purposes of my blog).  Previous sermons may be found here.

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Sacred Fear of the Holy Things

Below the reader will find a beautiful excerpt from a sermon by St. Sebastian (Dabovich) For Holy Communion. The excerpt is from an old Orthodox Word. In our times, and I would suspect in any times too, it is of great benefit to remind ourselves of the manner in which the Saints speak about the Holy Mysteries and the area in which they are offered. Indeed, it is more than evident that the almighty grace of God sanctifies not only the gifts of the Eucharist but also the place, the temple, in which they are offered. This sanctification, according to St. Sebastian, is greater than what transpired with Moses at the burning bush on Sinai.

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The Kingdom Proclaimed by the Angels and Prophets

The second part of the Divine Liturgy bears the name, “The Liturgy of the Catechumens.” It is named thus because catechumens – those preparing to receive holy baptism – are permitted to be present while it is served. Besides catechumens, Jews and pagans [unbelievers] could be present at this portion also, if they desired to hear the service. In ancient times this whole section of the Liturgy took place in the middle of the church [the nave]. In those days, there were not yet set prayers because from the mouths of the faithful worshippers sprang forth fiery hymns and brief prayerful sighs, from which later our [current] songs and litanies were composed.

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