By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

from a talk given in Fribourg in 1970

…From the beginning the Orthodox Church has insisted on the fact that it is not the laying on of hands, but the gift of the Spirit which brings about an ordination. At the ordination of a deacon words are used which I think ought to bring sobriety to many of those who perform ordinations. When…

Sermon for the 1st Sunday after Easter

28 April 1968

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We are still illumined by the joyful light of Easter and yet the fear is already creeping into our hearts that this light will soon fade, that we shall find ourselves in the position of the people at the marriage at Cana of…


Newsletter № 327, 1999 February

13 February 1972

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  Today, on our preparation journey towards Lent, we have come to an ultimate stage: we are confronted with judgement. If we pay attention to it, next week our spiritual destiny will be in our own hands, because next week is the day of…

Radio in London

January 5, 1968

The word “Epiphany” means manifestation. . . . . At the festival of the Epiphany 4 events were commemorated — the Nativity of Christ, the adoration of the Wise Men, Epiphany, i.e., the Baptism of Christ, and the marriage in Cana of Galilee. In early times these four feasts were not appointed to special dates….

On Fasting

25 November 1990

In the Name of the Father,  the Son and the Holy Ghost.   In today’s Gospel we hear the Lord saying to each of us that our neighbour is not the one whom we like, not even the one whom we love; it is the one who needs us, whether he likes us or not,…

Remembrance Sunday

11 November

On the Sunday of Remembrance I feel that I can not speak of prayer in general without relating it to the context which we have been living through in the course of this evening. And so let me start with a few things which will put it in its right setting.  When I was called…


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…


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…