Going to Extraordinary Lengths

Going to Extraordinary Lengths

Going to Extraordinary Lengths Fr. Lazarakis discusses the Gospel of the Paralytic and the extraordinary lengths that the men took to deliver him to Jesus. There are so many obstacles on the road to salvation and so many things that want to stand between us and Christ. The idea of martyrdom has...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Lazarakis explains the importance of the Sunday of Orthodoxy and Icons. Icons teach us three important things that are critical to our salvation. Icons remind us that God became a Man and we see that pictured. Icons teach us that if we devote ourselves, we can become holy like the...

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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

Fr. Lazarakis explains the parable of the Prodigal Son. As we prepare for Great Lent we are called to “Come to Ourself” and realize that we are sons and daughters of the most high. No matter how far your have strayed our Father is calling us back to him. Watch...

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Hospital for the Sinners

Hospital for the Sinners

  In the Sunday sermon of Zacchaios, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of redemption. Saint John Chrysostom says that “the church is not a museum for the saints but a hospital for sinners.” Like Zacchaios, a thief and traitor, all of the saints were sinners. No one’s sins are so bad that they cannot be overpowered...

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Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

  In the Sunday sermon on the Ten Lepers, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of two virtues: Love and Gratitude.  Of all the virtues, these two are the greatest.  And when we talk about love, agape, which is understood as unconditional love, is the premier.  Watch and listen as we learn more...

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Epiphany and the Unapproachable Light

Epiphany and the Unapproachable Light

    In this sermon, Fr. Lazarakis talks about Epiphany and the unapproachable light of God.  Looking into the hymnology of the great feast, we identify Christ as Light, as a guide through the darkness of this world.  But instead of looking to Christ, we look to man-made lights and...

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Sunday’s Gospel: December 20, 2015

Sunday’s Gospel: December 20, 2015

    In his sermon on the Gospel, Fr. Lazarakis reflects on the Light of Christ this Christmas.  After seeing The Force Awakens this holiday, he reminds us that it is only with Christ that everything is possible and conquerable.   Looking for more?  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an...

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Sunday’s Gospel:  The Good Samaritan, November 15, 2015

Sunday’s Gospel:  The Good Samaritan, November 15, 2015

  The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a classic.  Watch and listen as Fr. Constantine Lazarakis offers a fresh insight to clarify the teaching through the relationships between the characters of the story.  Where do we fit into the story?  Who do you hold in contempt?  Who is your...

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Sunday’s Gospel: Christ Brings Wholeness – November 8, 2015

Sunday’s Gospel: Christ Brings Wholeness – November 8, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the Gospel. We first learn about a woman who has been burdened with an illness her whole life. And then we learn about the death of a child. In each case, contact with Christ brings wholeness....

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Love is Patient and Kind – November 1, 2015

Love is Patient and Kind – November 1, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change,  Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the Epistle reading of the day. On the first day of November, we commemorate Saints Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Doctors who did not charge for their services as they healed people and spread the Gospel...

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A Reflection on Grace and Works,  October 25, 2015

A Reflection on Grace and Works, October 25, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on Grace and Works. He focuses not on the Gospel reading, but the critically important words of St. Paul from the Epistle. Salvation is given “by grace alone, and not by works of the Law.” We...

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A Reflection on St. Luke

A Reflection on St. Luke

In this episode of Good News for a Change,  Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the occasion of the commemoration of St. Luke the Evangelist. St. Luke is unique among the Gospel writers because he was not among the original disciples. He was a Physician by trade, trained to heal...

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