Category Archives: Homilies

Homily on the Annunciation by Saint Photios the Great

Gay is today’s festival, and splendid is the joy it conveys to the ends of the earth. The joy it yields scatters old sorrow; the joy it yields banishes the curse of the world, inaugurates the raising of him who

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2023 Christmas Message of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas

Beloved in Christ, As we approach the Great Feast of the Nativity, I would like to call to mind a beautiful, almost haunting, Christmas carol, which has its origins as a Latin hymn. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a

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Sermon on the Cross by Metropolitan Anthony

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We have been keeping these days the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. There is a passage in the Gospel in which the Lord says to us,

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Archbishop Nikitas’s Homily for Pascha 2023

Beloved in the Lord, On the joyous occasion of this Feast of Feasts, allow me to share with you the final stanza from one of the kontakia on the Resurrection of our Lord, written in the sixth century by the

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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Holy & Great Lent 2022

In just a few days, we will begin the Lenten journey to Pascha. The Church once again, invites us to walk the sacred path of liturgical and personal preparation, as She has done for centuries. She sounds the trumpet of

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Holy Communion Orthodox Church

Confession and Holy Communion

In certain parts of the Church, especially those influenced by Russian practice, there has grown up a tradition that it is not possible to receive holy communion unless you have first made a confession.  In many places the result has

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Open unto me the gates of Repentance….

When we enter into the season of the Great Fast, we start to use a number of special prayers and services.  Amongst these is the hymn that we sing at Matins every Sunday from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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Christmas Message of Archbishop Nikitas

Christmas Message of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain As I sit and write a few words to you, beloved people of God, I speak to you as a father would speak to children at the waning

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha

Prot. No. 289 + B A R T H O L O M E W BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH: MAY THE GRACE, PEACE AND MERCY OF CHRIST RISEN

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Archbishop’s Paschal Encyclical

On Holy Saturday night, just before the Holy Light is shared with the faithful, there is a tradition to turn off the lights of the church and stand together in total darkness. The chanters then begin singing a hymn taken

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That we should conduct ourselves in newness of life

just as we promised through the holy Schema.[1] Theodore the Studite: Catcehesis 40 Brethren and Fathers, just as the hungry long to eat and the thirsty to drink, so we should be enthusiastic to listen to the word of God.

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On keeping God’s commandments

St Theodore the Studite's homily: Catechesis 103: On keeping God’s commandments and the just threat against those who neglect them. Brethren and fathers, God, who fashioned us and brought us out of non-existence into being, has placed us in this life as in a schoolroom to learn to gospel of his kingdom.  Continue reading

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Archbishop’s Encyclical for the beginning of the Holy & Great Lent 2021

Message of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira & Great Britain for the beginning of the Holy and Great Lent My son, deprive not the poor of his living,and do not keep needy eyes waiting.Do not grieve the one who

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Catechetical Homily of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew

Homily at the opening of the Holy and Great Lent Most honorable brothers and blessed children in the Lord,             With the good-will and grace of God, the giver of all good things, we are entering Holy and Great Lent,

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