Articles in the Sermons category

TODAY’S YOUTH AND ASPIRATIONS

What are aspirations? What is greater than keeping the commandments? What is “the spiritual good life”? What Ancient Greek coined “Be all that you can be”?

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AM I PERHAPS FOOLISH?
THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL

What causes greed? What does “poor in spirit” really mean? What is arrogance of body? How is atheism foolishness? How does one’s wealth turn into bean soup?

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN – THE CHURCH AS INN, INFIRMARY, ARK OF SALVATION

What is the Church? How does the Church heal? Who is in the Church? What makes someone be “in” the Church? Why don’t chanters participate in the Sacraments?

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The usefulness of the parable and its value

How is a parable different from a fable or myth? Why did the Lord use parables? Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios answers these questions and more in this homily.

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THE RESURRECTION OF OUR YOUTH

How do we reach today’s youth? Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios tells us what to do and what not to do in his homily on resurrection of the widow’s son in Naïn.

Homily on the Cross

THE CROSS OF CHRIST, OUR ETERNAL GLORY

It is the core of the Gospel, the center of spiritual life, the Tree of Life and the terror of demons. We should not be ashamed of the Precious Cross.

The Parable of the Wicked Farmers

Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios reveals deeper meanings in today’s parable that apply to all Orthodox Christians today.

The Theology of Bread

Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios talks about bread, the multiplication miracle, the miracle as preparation for the Eucharist, symbol vs. essence, and Artoklasia.

renouncing Satan

How Christians of the 3rd millennium can apply The Ladder of Divine Ascent in life

Almost fourteen centuries after Saint John wrote “The Ladder” for monks of his day, the way upward remains the same today.

Eternal suffering or eternal rewards

Won’t the Lord bring all suffering to an end, so that eventually everyone will be saved and enjoy eternal blessings? Not so, says the Church.

February 17, 2020
by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

There is only one way to reach salvation and life eternal

The world would have us believe we’re assured of eternal life, but God’s ways are different. Here’s what to know about life eternal and how we get there.

February 17, 2020
by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

Repentance: the beginning and end of our spiritual journey

King Manasse, the wicked king of the Jews who repented after a 55 year reign, is just one figure the Church sets before us to show that change is possible.

How God’s power becomes effective

Without our faith God’s power remains ineffectual, impotent, unrealized. With faith, the Fountain of mercy opens and pours down in a deluge.

The way of the Cross

What differentiates the Orthodox Christian from the world is the Cross. How many Christians realize that the foundation of the Orthodox life is the Cross?

“The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin”

From all eternity, even before creating the world and humans, God knew of Adam’s fall. He also knew when, and by who the redemption would be accomplished.

Characteristics of a missionary church

“Bang.” The Church sprung out of the upper Room in Jerusalem and spread all over the world. What are the characteristics of this missionary Church?

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