Sermons

ON COMMUNION AND LIFE

August 1971

In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.  We hear week after week the Lord saying, ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’, and we always apply these words, and rightly so, to the celebration of the Last Supper, to the breaking of the bread, to the sharing of the…

FEASTS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

Parish House

17 October 1972

In this series of talks on holiness and its expression in the feasts of the Church I would like to leave for a while the feasts of the Lord and turn to the feasts of the Mother of God. I would like to draw your attention at once to the fact that it is impossible…

Sermon preached on Sunday the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

August 28, 1986

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God — which combines two events: Her death and Her resurrection in the body on the third day — has been for centuries, indeed, from the very beginning of the existence of the Russian Orthodox Church its Feast, its joy, its glory. The Mother of God…

Leave-taking from Easter and Ascension

Sunday 6 June 1994

In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. In one of his sermons dedicated to the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ Father Serguei Boulgakov said that this parting with the Lord was a parting of joy. And what he meant, was to remind us of the words of…

St Thomas Sunday

April 30, 1995

To-day we are keeping the day of St Thomas the Apostle. Too often we remember him only as a doubter; indeed he is the one who questioned the message which the other Apostles brought to him when they said: Christ is risen! We have seen Him alive! But he is not one who doubted throughout…

Forgiveness Sunday

11 March 1973

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Today’s Gospel, in the beginning of our Lent that starts tonight, speaks to us divine words of hope and divine words of warning: Forgive those who trespass against you, forgive, because unless you do forgive you cannot be forgiven. The Kingdom of God…

Sermon on Lent Portsmouth

In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Lent is an old English word that means “spring”. It is a beginning, it is a moment when life gushes off with newness and youthful strength. Indeed in our experience Lent is also a time of sorrow because at the end…

The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Sunday (may be 1980)

Today the Orthodox Church is keeping the great feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy over all heresies. It is not the triumph of the Orthodox over other people, of our church over another church. It is the triumph of the spirit of truth within the community of men, the triumph of God in the midst…

SERMON on Communion preached on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, St John of the Ladder

March 24, 1996

At each Liturgy, but particularly on the days that follow our retreats, a great number of us receive communion, and we do not always either understand deeply enough, not intellectually but with all our heart and being what has happened, and what is sadder we do not bear the fruits which we should bear. We…

Sermon on the Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

1 April 1990

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. On the fifth Sunday in Lent we remember Saint Mary of Egypt, and she can teach us a great deal of what we need to know. She was a sinner, publicly known, a temptation and a scandal to men. How she became a…