Monthly Archives: February 2014

Orthodox Lent: East & West

This chart offers an overview of how the Orthodox Church celebrates the season of Lent, according to both the Eastern Rite and the Western Rite: Preparation for Lent: Western Rite Eastern Rite Sunday of Zaccheus Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee … 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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One Whom You Know Not

MP3 Audio:  WS330322_Dn-Joseph_One-Among-You-Whom-Ye-Know-Not.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday Morning, December 22, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading:  John 1:19-28 “But there is one among you whom ye know not.” In … Continue reading

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John the Forerunner

MP3 Audio:  John-the-Forerunner.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, December 15, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Sdn. Ambrose. ~ Gospel Reading:  Matthew 11:2-10 The first chapter of John’s gospel recounts the baptism of Christ. So … Continue reading

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Saints and Icons – Common Protestant Objections

How to Identify Saints “What makes someone a saint? The Bible is very clear on this issue. When someone believes and follows God they are considered a saint.” I agree. “They do not need the approval of a Church to … Continue reading

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Those Lazy Pharisees

The Pharisees get a bad rap for being too scrupulous, overly careful, and nitpicky. Even the dictionary views them in this way. A quick trip to Dictionary.com highlights the Pharisees as a Jewish sect which was known for ”strict observance of religious ceremonies and … Continue reading

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Looking for Peace in all the Wrong Places

“You say we are living in sin. But we prayed about it, and God has just given us such a peace about our situation.” “People think my children should be part of the church. But church just isn’t for me. … Continue reading

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How to Reprove the Haughty

Words of wisdom from St. Gregory the Great: It is, however, to be observed that we often reprove the haughty to better effect, if with our reproofs we mingle a measure of conciliatory praise. We should introduce either some good … Continue reading

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Wealth is a Mask for the Poor

St. John Chrysostom discusses the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man lived his life in comfort, and Lazarus had been a poor beggar at the rich man’s gate. After death, Lazarus was comforted in paradise, while the rich man … Continue reading

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Celebrating Every Conception

MP3 Audio:  WS330319_Dn-Joseph_Conception-of-the-BVM-2013.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday Morning, December 8, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent, and the Conception of the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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