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February 2


2/7/16 Sermon on Sunday after the Meeting (text)

2/7/16 Sermon on Sunday after the Meeting

1/31/16 Sermon on Col. 3:12-16

1/17/16 Sermon on Col. 1:11-20

1/6/16 Sermon on Theophany

1/5/16 Homily at Vigil for Theophany

1/3/16 Sermon on Mark 1:1-8

12/28/15 New Photos

12/27/15 Sermon on Sunday after Nativity

12/25/15 O Silent Night - children singing

12/25/15 Sermon on Nativity

12/23/15 Homily at Royal Hours

12/22/15 Homily at Pre-Feast Vespers

12/20/15 Homily at Pre-Feast Vespers

12/20/15 Sermon on Sunday before Nativity

12/13/15 Sermon on Col. 3:4-11

12/06/15 Sermon on Eph. 6:10-17

11/29/15 Sermon on Eph. 5:9-19

11/22/15 Sermon on Sunday after the Entrance

11/21/15 Sermon on Entrance of the Theotokos

11/15/15 Sermon on Eph. 2:14-22 / Luke 10:25-37

11/08/15 Sermon on Luke 8:45-56

11/01/15 New Photos

11/01/15 Sermon on Luke 8:26-39



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are preparing to celebrate our Saviorís birth within the context of global, national and local chaos. We stand in the midst of violence, environmental crisis, religious extremism, poverty and death. This pervasive assault on existence is also an assault on God. Given this we can see how the context in which we anticipate and celebrate the Incarnation resembles what is recorded in the Gospels. The biblical texts tell of a violent world, personified by King Herod, seeking to destroy the Incarnate God. While angels offer praise to the Almighty their words of peace and good will among all people (Luke 2:14) appear to be of no consequence. The joy of the angels is countered with the slaughter of children. These heavenly beings, beholding for the first time God in the flesh, seem unaware that Godís only begotten son is destined to be betrayed, denied and put to death by those he has come to save. Even the Church Ė the living body of Christ Ė has over the course of its history sought after worldly power and glory and not the power and glory of its humble Savior.

For many, including those who profess to have faith, our celebration of cosmic change and transfiguration is at best an exercise in wishful thinking that serves as a diversion from the obvious. Yet for anyone who has sought to penetrate the mystery of the Feast, our celebration leads to an encounter with both light and darkness. Our liturgical celebration is not an escape from reality but a means to acquire a new and more comprehensive understanding of reality in which every one and every thing is called to stand in newness of life beneath the headship of the incarnate Lord (Ephesians 1: 10). The liturgy of our Lordís nativity invites those with faith and those without faith to be challenged by the Incarnation. We are encouraged to embrace here and now what appears unreasonable - the joy, light and victory of God in the flesh.

In our liturgy of Christís nativity we have the opportunity to enter the depths of reality. We have the opportunity to enter the very mystery of existence where we, standing in communion with the Incarnate Savior, reveal light overcoming darkness, truth overcoming falsehood, hope overcoming despair, unity overcoming division, love overcoming hatred, life overcoming death. Only when we enter the mystery of our worship can we be assured that our Lordís birth has changed and will continue to change the world for he truly has become less so we might become more.

En agape,

Father Robert  

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