Category Archives: Acts 2

Cut to the Heart

MP3 Audio: Cut_to_the_Heart.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, December 27, 2015, at St. John of Damascus Orthodox Mission in Carbondale, Illinois, by Fr. Joseph Gleason. Transcription by Janelle Sipes. ~ Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60 Gospel: Matthew … Continue reading

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Pentecost Fulfills Sinai

MP3 Audio: WS330357_Dn-Joseph_Pentecost-Fulfills-Sinai.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, June 8, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, our God … Continue reading

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Transforming the Tower of Babel

Jesus defeated death by death. As the song goes, He was “trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.” He embraced the cross, which was the very symbol of wickedness, evil, shame, and death, and He turned it … 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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Monasticism in Scripture

When Martin Luther set off the Protestant Reformation, he unfortunately birthed a tradition of badmouthing monasticism. On many occasions he openly rejected monasticism, and even claimed that monasticism is unsupported by Scripture: “I would suggest to those in high places in … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Corinthians 11:1-12, 1 Corinthians 7:7-8, 1 Kings 17, 40 Days of Blogging, Acts 2, Hebrews 13:17, Matthew 3, Numbers 6 | 1 Comment

Saved by Jesus and His Friends

This sermon was preached on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason.  ~ Gospel Reading: Luke 2:15-21 A little over 2,000 years ago, the salvation of the world hung … Continue reading

Posted in Acts 2, Circumcision, Deuteronomy 10:16, Deuteronomy 17, Deuteronomy 30:6, Fr. Joseph Gleason, Galatians 5:16-25, Jeremiah 4:4, Luke 2:15-21, Mary the Mother of God, Orthodox Homilies, The Circumcision of Jesus | 3 Comments