Category Archives: The Seven Sacraments

Families Saved By The Blood of the Lamb

In ancient Israel, God instituted the feast of Passover. Each household was to slaughter a lamb and spread its blood on the doorposts of the home. Lambs were sacrificed for the sake of entire families: “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves … Continue reading

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The Council of Orange Contradicts Calvinism

It is amazing how frequently Calvinists pretend friendship with the Council of Orange.  Well-known apologists such as John Calvin, John Hendryx, Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, Dr. R. Scott Clark, continue to sing the praises of this Council. I wonder how many Calvinists … Continue reading

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Heaven is where Jesus Feeds Us

This homily was preached on Wednesday evening, October 31, 2012, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Epistle Reading:  Revelation 7:2-12 Gospel Reading:  Matthew 5:1-12 “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord . … Continue reading

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Who Do You Really Love?

Many men say they love their wives. Yet . . . Instead of working hard, they burden their wives with supporting the family. Instead of diligently disciplining their children, they leave it all up to their wives. Instead of speaking … Continue reading

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Godly Husbands & Wives

The health of a church, and the health of a society, can be gauged by the health of its marriages. When husbands and wives are at odds with one another, the very fabric of society can break down. But when … Continue reading

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Christmas 2013

MP3 Audio:  WS330323_Dn-Joseph_Keep-the-Mass-in-Christmas.mp3 This homily was preached on Tuesday evening, December 24, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:1-14 The text of this homily was previously adapted as an article. It … Continue reading

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Sinning with Good Motives

“I had good intentions” “It was just a mistake.” “I didn’t mean anything by it.” “I thought I was doing the right thing.” When someone has hurt you, how many times have you heard these responses? How many times have … Continue reading

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God’s Purpose for Marriage

Michael and Alayna Alayna was the lovely daughter of a successful farmer. Very modest and just a little shy, she grew up in a small town, and went to the same school her entire life. When she was a senior … Continue reading

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Sexuality, Virginity, and Marriage

What does the Church teach about the origin of sex? What does the Church teach about the purposes of sex? What does the Church teach about contraception & birth control? What does the Church teach about sex at different stages … Continue reading

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Out of Sight

MP3 Audio:  WS330289_Dn-Joseph_Out-of-Sight.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, June 9, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading:  John 16:23-33 “I came forth from the Father and am come into the … Continue reading

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