Category Archives: Holy Communion

The Death of God

MP3 Audio: WS330346_Dn-Joseph_The-Death-of-God.mp3 This homily was preached on Friday evening, April 18, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ What sort of a eulogy could be given for such a man? What sort of obituary … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Eucharist as the Great Thanksgiving

Psalm 95 contains two distinct sections . . . The first section involves praise and thanksgiving: 1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before … Continue reading

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Turkey on Thanksgiving?

In 1863, President Lincoln issued the “Proclamation of Thanksgiving”, in which he suggested that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the … Continue reading

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Fasting and Spiritual Benefit

Holy Scripture reveals many spiritual benefits of fasting. But why does fasting bring about all these benefits? Why is abstinence from food so important? I believe one of the answers is a simple one. In the Garden of Eden, we … Continue reading

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When Rome had Forsaken the Orthodox Church

In the earliest centuries of the Church, there was no “Greek East” and “Latin West”, nor was there anyone who could have conceived of a “Byzantine Empire” in opposition to the “Roman Empire”. In the first century, the Apostle Paul’s … Continue reading

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What is Theosis?

Theosis is man’s union with God, wherein we participate in the uncreated energies of the Trinity.  We do not become what God is in his essence, but we are invited to participate in his energies. This is the purpose and goal … Continue reading

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Brain Surgery for our 7-year-old Daughter

Our precious little 7-year-old daughter, Andrea, just had surgery on 1/6/2012, to remove a large tangerine-sized brain tumor. The previous day, an Orthodox priest had given Andrea the Eucharist and Holy Unction. We were not allowed into the operating room … Continue reading

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