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Christ Is In Our Midst: Sunday Sermons
August 6, 2015 - The Transfiguration
I’ve always loved the sunlight. Maybe you’ve had this experience too. When it’s overcast, especially for a long period of time, I feel like I’m wilting. I feel more cheerful and energetic when the sun is out. Sometimes I think of myself as being solar-powered.
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - Marriage and Sexuality, Part 4: Concluding Remarks
Two weeks ago, I spoke about sin as an illness. I talked about how sin in general, or any particular sin, cannot be our true identity. Of course, we refer to ourselves as sinners, and we can refer to a particular kind of sin as something we struggle with. But that doesn’t define who we are. God created us to be free from any sin; free to love Him and each other totally with no sin getting in the way of that.
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9th Sunday after Pentecost
In the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis we hear about Aslan, the Christ figure, that He is “not a tame lion.” Aslan is certainly good; he’s boundlessly and unconditionally good. You can trust him. But you never know quite what to expect with him. He can’t be put in a box. He may take you completely by surprise, but what he does will be even better than what you hoped for.
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - Marriage and Sexuality, Part 3: The Illness of Sin
So far, over the past few weeks I’ve tried to lay the groundwork for a proper Orthodox understanding of marriage and sexuality. I’ve spoken about marriage as an icon of the union between Christ and the Church. And I’ve spoken about marriage as a Sacrament, a Mystery of the Church; something which like all the Sacraments, is a gift from God that must be received in humility and love, and not something that can be tampered with. So far we’ve considered mostly the ideal situation.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Marriage and Sexuality, Part 2: Marriage as a Sacrament
Last time I spoke about marriage as an icon. I said that marriage is intended by God to be an image, or icon, of Divine Love. Specifically, it is an image of the loving relationship between Christ and the Church. A man and a woman are united in one, just as Christ, who is called the Bridegroom, and the Church, who is called the Bride of Christ, are united as one. The whole point is that you have two different but complementary entities that are brought together, and the difference or division is overcome by the bond of sacrificial love.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - Post-Liturgy Teaching on Marriage and Sexuality, Part 1
Last Sunday I said I would spend the next 4 Sundays at least, beginning today, providing some basic teaching about the Church’s understanding of marriage and sexuality, and how those things relate to our lives as Orthodox Christians living in the U.S. in 2015. Obviously, this is partially in response to current events, though it is also part of the ancient tradition, and timeless teaching of the Church, and essential to a proper Christian approach to life.
News from the Archdiocese and Patriarchate
Your prayers are requested for the abducted Archbishops, Metropolitan Paul (Boulos) Yazigi of the Church of Antioch, and Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church, both of Aleppo, Syria, as well as for all suffering Christians of Syria, Egypt and throughout the world.
For news concerning the Patriarchate of Antioch and the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, visit the Archdiocese website here.
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America - News
Monday, 31 Aug 2015
Assembly to Convene 6th Annual Meeting in September
Monday, 6 Jul 2015
Assembly Publishes Report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship on US College Camp...
Thursday, 2 Jul 2015
Response of Assembly of Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges
Thursday, 25 Jun 2015
Videos Now Online from Dallas Clergy Laity Gathering
Thursday, 18 Jun 2015
Assembly Executive Committee Meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in C...
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bar...
Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015
Assembly Launches National Study on Orthodox Parish Life in America
Monday, 27 Apr 2015
Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday is May 17
Thursday, 16 Apr 2015
Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda
Sunday, 12 Apr 2015
Chairman's Message for Holy Pascha 2015
Thursday, 26 Feb 2015
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015
Sunday of Orthodoxy Photo Submissions
Thursday, 5 Feb 2015
Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid Released from Prison
Monday, 2 Feb 2015
Orthodox Bishops' Reflections on the March for Life
Friday, 30 Jan 2015
Assembly Launches National Study on Church Giving