Articles in the Sermons category

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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.

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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?

Characteristics of Orthodox Clergy

by Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes. The main characteristic of the bishop and the priest is a fighting spirit, boldness.

March 2, 2019 by Orthodox Witness
Ecumenism, Sermons

What is the correct mindset and attitude a Christian should have?

We reflect on a short hymn from the Triodion that admirably expresses the ethos and phronema, the correct mindset and attitude, a Christian should have.

March 1, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

The one and the nine

What does it take for us to remember we are insignificant mortals before our Creator, and to give Him thanks for all the good things He bestows upon us?

“I am with you. Don’t be afraid.”

The good Lord allows us to be tested. When all seems lost, all He wants from us is to ask for Ηis help, and He will.

Are you working for the upbuilding of the Church?

Rather than bringing more people, building a bigger church or increasing philanthropy, improving one’s personal moral life is the greatest church upbuilding.

Party spirit or unity?

Quarrels, divisions, heresies and dangerous factions existed even in Saint Paul’s churches. In this sermon, a priest pleas for unity among his parishioners.

July 21, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

Holy Pentecost: OUR LIFE IN CHRIST

The timid, scared, ignorant, “earthly” disciples were transformed into the courageous, bold, all-wise holy Apostles. They transformed the world. We can too.

Sunday of the Holy Fathers [Audio sermon]

On the Sunday before Holy Pentecost, we honor the Holy Fathers, especially the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, who guide us inerrantly to Christ.

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