Homily at the Κατάδυσις τοῦ Τιμίου Σταυροῦ on Holy Theophany

We continue our rejoicing over the Epiphany of our Lord and the Theophany of our God, here at the Bayou, with the venerable tradition of the Κατάδυσις τοῦ Τιμίου Σταυροῦ – the Immersion of the Holy Cross and its retrieval by one of our exceptional young people. Read More

January 7, 2021

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on Holy Theophany

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on Holy Theophany

This is why we call this present feast Τά Ἅγια Φῶτα – the Holy Lights, because the same God Who said, “Let there be light,” is revealed in the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus in the River Jordan. We celebrate the Living Light that has come to illumine our souls. Read More

January 7, 2021

Homily on the Sunday Before the Theophany

Homily on the Sunday Before the Theophany

Yesterday, we had a beautiful baptism in this Parish. Today, we journey together toward the Baptism and Holy Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

January 3, 2021

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve

I greet all of you this evening with these first words of Saint Gregory the Theologian’s Christmas Homily, preached over sixteen-hundred years ago![*] Four-hundred years later, this stunning praise inspired Saint Cosmas, the Bishop of Maiuma in Gaza, who was the adopted brother of Saint John of Damascus. They inspired him to write the Canon of the Feast of Christmas that we all know: Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε! Read More

December 24, 2020

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Eleftherios the Hieromartyr

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Eleftherios the Hieromartyr

What makes Saint Eleftherios so remarkable goes well beyond his courage in his martyrdom. I want to remind you of something that many of you know: Saint Eleftherios, the patron of priests, was ordained at an extremely early age for every rank of the clergy – deacon, priest and bishop. He was only fifteen yeas old when he became a deacon. He was eighteen when he was ordained a priest. And a mere twenty years old when he became a bishop. Read More

December 14, 2020

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Today is the Sunday of the Forefathers, which falls on the nearest Sunday between December 11th and the 17th. It is the day on which we remember all the righteous figures from the Old Testament, whose lives and character revealed, in a prophetic manner, something of the mystery of the Coming of the Christ. Read More

December 13, 2020

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

I am so very pleased to be with you this evening as we commence the Feast of your Heavenly Patron and the Saint that is known the whole world over – the Holy Archbishop of Myra, the Wonderworker Nicholas. This evening is made even more special by the fact that earlier today, together with your beloved Metropolitan Nathanael and other Hierarchs of our Archdiocese and Ecumenical Patriarchate, including the former Chancellor of Chicago who is now Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico, we elevated your former pastor, Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion, to the dignity and grace of the episcopacy. Read More

December 5, 2020

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Timothy of Hexamilion

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Timothy of Hexamilion

My dear brother Timothy, today we gather in this Cathedral with the pleroma of the Church – the fullness of the Clergy and Laity, and with the Heavenly Ranks of the Angels and Saints, led by the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. We are gathered for you, dear brother, to raise our prayers on high, as you are raised to the Episcopal Dignity. Read More

December 5, 2020

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Barbara the Great Martyr

Homily at the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Barbara the Great Martyr

We commence this evening – with a woman and a martyr. We often do not think of the leadership of women in the Church because of the all-male liturgical priesthood, but in fact, women were the first witnesses of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they announced it to the Disciples. Read More

December 3, 2020

Homily on the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Homily on the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On this, the Thronal Feast of the Mother Church of Constantinople, when we recall the Apostolic foundation upon which the entire Great Church of Christ is built, we rejoice to behold a most worthy successor upon the Throne of this Patriarchal See, one worthy of the ministry of Andrew himself: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read More

December 1, 2020

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