In this sermon, Father Nicholas laments that when people do not actively attend services, particularly vigils, they miss out on reading, hearing or understanding what is said about God at church. Liturgical theology is imbued with beauty and insight. Theology can be one of two things – learning about God or actually getting to know God by communicating with Him. "The theologian is the one who prays," he says.
In the process of learning about Him, our hearts are filled with love - His indescribable beauty and love fill us?
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On the feast day of one of Russia's greatest icons, the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, Father Nicholas discusses the difference of those who call upon the name of the Lord and those who only talk about it. "Just talking about it is religion at the level of ideology," he says.
On the feast day of Saints Cosmas and Damian – two brothers and healers who were famous across the Roman Empire and who ultimately were stoned to death – Father Nicholas discusses the miracles of Christ which were mostly healings.
The Orthodox teaching is that sin is separation from God, a condition which causes spiritual and physical illness and ultimately leads to death. The entire life of the Church is filled with things that heal – the sacraments such as unction, confession and communion, prayers.
Sermons given by our parish priests, recorded by Jonathan Page.