Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11, 24-26 & 32-40)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The meaning of today’s great Feast of Orthodoxy is summarized in a hymn sung the Matins, at the Praises: “A day of jubilee and full of joy has been revealed today. Through the cheerfulness of the true doctrines, the Church of Christ shines brightly, adorned...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of forgiveness (Romans 13:11-14:4)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the days that idolatry prevailed, there were annual public festivals in the beginning of March. These festivals were full of revelry, with wild dances and rich foods. Such idolatrous feasts seemed to linger into the Christian era, continuing until the 7th Century. Sadly, many...

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Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Respect for Others as a Restriction of Freedom

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Theology of the University of Thessaloniki   Saint Paul’s 1st Epistle to the Corinthians is the richest in terms of the number of issues he addresses. Among the many subjects the Corinthians asked him about was that of eating or not eating food...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the prodigal son (1st Corinthians 6:12-20)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the prodigal son (1st Corinthians 6:12-20)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In the parable of the “Prodigal Son,” which we heard from the Holy Gospel (Luke 15:11-32), we saw a situation where a man embraces “prodigal living.” He was a free man who became a slave, and grazed with the “pigs” of his fleshly passions. This...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 12th Sunday of Luke (2nd Corinthians 4:6-15)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 12th Sunday of Luke (2nd Corinthians 4:6-15)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In today’s reading, among the other things St. Paul the Apostle is talking about, references the sorrows and persecutions he was suffering (but never was defeated by). The matter of tribulation is a very important one for us all. Who doesn’t face sorrows in their...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this Apostolic reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we see an inspiring description of the suit of armor a Christian needs for warfare. Of course, the kind of example that St. Paul is presenting is a spiritual one, aimed at effectiveness in...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 10th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 10th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this selection from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, he compares the spiritual state of a person who follows the Mosaic Law with the higher spiritual state a person rises to when they believe in Christ. Because from a spiritual point of view,...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 9th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 4: 1-7)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 9th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 4: 1-7)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s passage from the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians emphasizes the unity of the One Holy Church of Christ. This unity is needed for the baptized members of the Church among themselves, and with the body of the Church. The unity that the Apostle...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading – 8th Sunday of Luke (2 Corinthians 4: 6-15)

Sermon on the Apostolic reading – 8th Sunday of Luke (2 Corinthians 4: 6-15)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The Apostle Paul, in today’s passage from the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, illustrates for us the great help that the worker of the Gospel receives from God. Our faith that God has given us is a treasure, and strengthens us in our human weakness....

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke – Ephesians 2: 4-10

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke – Ephesians 2: 4-10

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   The Apostle Paul, in this present passage from his Epistle to the Christians of Ephesus in Asia Minor, presents us with the great love of God for humanity: “God is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us “(verse 4)....

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