O most Holy Virgin, he who gives you venerable and glorious titles does not fail to tell the truth; on the contrary, it falls short of your worthiness. Look on us benevolently from heaven! Govern us with peace; guide us, without intimidating us before the judge’s throne; and make us worthy to be seated on his right, to be transported to heaven and to become, … Continue reading Prayer and Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary
A noisy crowd surrounds each one of us. Wherever we go this crowd goes with us. We are never alone. The voices of the crowd never go silent. No matter how loud we speak their voices are louder. Who is this noisy crowd? The angels of God. “Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said: ‘A procession of angels passes before each person, and the heralds go before … Continue reading Make Way for the Image of God!
The collect and readings for the Feast of St. Philip may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 14:6-14. Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit someone in his home. It was the first time I had been there so he gave me a tour. The hallways were filled with icons, beautiful and holy images. They covered the walls. “Who … Continue reading Learning to See Satisfaction – A Sermon on John 14:6-14 for the Feast of St. Philip
Tonight at our celebration of the Feast of St. Philip we will bless our icon, The Protection of Philip. The icon shows Jesus and St. Philip standing together. Jesus is on the right side of the icon with his right arm around Philip. In his left hand Jesus holds a scroll that says, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” These words are recorded … Continue reading Blessing of an Icon – The Protection of Philip
Today, December 4, is the Feast of John of Damascus. St John has sometimes been described as an unoriginal thinker, a mere compiler of the existing tradition. It was not St. John’s intent to come up with ideas unique to himself. Toward the beginning of his work, The Fountain Head of Knowledge, he writes, “I will say nothing of my own.” While that may not … Continue reading The Feast of St. John of Damascus
“What can we bring you, O Christ, for having been born for us on earth as a man? Each creature, the work of your hands, offers you a sign of gratitude: the angels, their hymn; the heavens, the star; the magi, their gifts; the shepherds, their admiration; the earth, a cave; the desert, the manger; and all mankind, we offer you a virgin mother.” (Hymn … Continue reading The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
This is a traditional icon of The Nativity. The early church used icons to tell the story—theology in imagery. There is so much to tell and to be seen! For starters, notice that Joseph is off to the bottom left. This is his proper position in the Nativity icon. Think of the Gospel account – Joseph is righteous and protects Mary and Jesus, but he … Continue reading The Icon of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ