Homily on Forgiveness Sunday

I present to you a homily given on Forgiveness Sunday 2010 by Fr. Maxim Kozlov at St. Tatiana's Orthodox Church in Moscow, Russia. Entering into Great Lent, let us be faithful when we get down to business In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Today, dear brothers and sisters,… Continue reading Homily on Forgiveness Sunday

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Homily on Great Saturday – Christ’s Descent into Hell

There is a homily for the current day which no one on the earth heard or will hear, that no on on the earth read or will read, which, however, is worthy of the reverence of the earth as well as the very heavens. What is this homily? It is the one about which the… Continue reading Homily on Great Saturday – Christ’s Descent into Hell

The Light of Christ Enlightens All! – Homily on Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Special thanks to Felix Culpa for his superb scrutiny of this translation! The light of Christ enlightens all! One of the most significant liturgical actions of the Great Fast takes place when, between the Old Testament readings, the Royal Doors are suddenly opened, the serving clergyman appears with a candle and censer and, making the… Continue reading The Light of Christ Enlightens All! – Homily on Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Homily on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (Luke 23:42) The Holy Church treats us like mothers treat children when teaching them to speak. To do this, they make children repeat after them the names of people and things which are most necessary for conversation. The Church does the same. In as much as… Continue reading Homily on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Homily before Confession – Friday the Second Week of Lent

It is good to give praise*[confess] unto the Lord (Psalms 91:2 LXX in Holy Transfiguration Monastery translation) *Translator's note: The Slavonic text reads "confess." Other examples of use of the same verb in the Slavonic are Ps. 96:12, 6:6, 29:10, 117:1, 78:13, and 75:11. The Slavonic verb can mean both to praise and to confess.… Continue reading Homily before Confession – Friday the Second Week of Lent

Homily One on the Prayer of St. Ephrem

I picked up a new book the other day-homilies of St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetskii), Archbishop of Simferopol, on the prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian. As I've seen very little of St. Luke's work in English I've added this book to the translations for lent list so hopefully I'll get in one or two a week.… Continue reading Homily One on the Prayer of St. Ephrem

Homily on the Kontakion of St. Andrew of Crete’s Canon

This is a homily from the second week of the fast on a kontakion from the first week but it's appropriate for any time your soul needs a wake up call. Homily on Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and… Continue reading Homily on the Kontakion of St. Andrew of Crete’s Canon

Talk on the Sunday of the Last Judgment

A little late (due to difficulties in translation and a business trip) but always a good reminder. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ...He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. Who says this? Every Christian does. If that is true then, without a doubt, both I and every one… Continue reading Talk on the Sunday of the Last Judgment