Daily Meditations

God Is Doing New Things

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, July 25, 2021. …. So, I want to…say a few words about one verse in particular, “You are the light of the world.” Ilia Delio is a brilliant theologian and scientist in the mold of Fr. De Chardin, creative and most provocative. Let me begin with a Delio quote: “God is doing new things, Jesus proclaimed, but only those with new minds and hearts can see a

Light and Lights

Published by Pemptousia Partnership on January 26, 2022 Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis ‘Because the Lord has prepared it to be his throne and dwelling-place, the soul which has been granted spiritual union with the light of Christ and has been illumined by the moral beauty of his inexpressible glory completely becomes light, completely becomes a persona*, completely becomes an eye. There is no part of such a soul that is not filled with the spiritual eyes of the light;

He Went Up the Mountain to Pray

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, August 29, 2021. In our changing times when many are questioning the relevance of the Church, I was reminded of a quote by Carl Jung that sparked this meditation. “It is high time that we realize it is pointless to praise the light and preach it if nobody can see it. It is more needful to teach people the art of seeing.” How, then, do we teach

That Thing You Do – Right Worship

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, March 13, 2017  In my Anglican years I watched the introduction of a new prayer book. Among its most notable features was variety. In a certain manner, it brought under one roof that most obvious feature of modern Christianity: options. Our culture has an understanding that ideas, thoughts and sentiments are what matters; how they are embodied is largely a matter of private choice – perhaps a lifestyle preference. Confronted with radical

Great-Martyr Theodore the Tyro

February 17, 2020 The Greek Tyron means “conscript.” This holy Martyr of Christ came from Pontus and was a Roman legionary during Maximian’s persecution (~303). Though he had been a Christian since childhood, he kept his faith secret while in the army. While his cohort was stationed near a town called Euchaita, he learned that the people there were being terrorized by a dragon which lived in the neighboring forest. He set off to face

Remembering God

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, September 5, 2021. I have been re-reading a little book I first read a long, long time ago in high school. It is called THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD by a Catholic monk by the name of Brother Lawrence. The practice he recommends is simply this: to keep one’s heart and mind on God at all times. As simple and obvious as that may be, Brother

Beware of Habit

Published by Pemptousia Partnership on January 28, 2022 Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis ‘Do not become accustomed to being defeated in the spiritual war, because habit becomes second nature’ (Saint Efraim the Syrian). The great Saint Efraim the Syrian makes a profound psychological and also spiritual observation, the truth of which we can all confirm from our daily experience. Who doubts the power of habit? If we do something once and then repeat it, it becomes difficult to stop. So


St. Valentine was a priest who lived in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius Flavius. At that time, it was forbidden to be a Christian and therefore Christians had to perform their sacraments in secret, include marriage ceremonies. So St. Valentine would take Christian couple down into the catacombs in the middle of the night and marry them without anyone knowing. In the year 269 A.D. the emperor ordered General Asterius to persuade Valentine

Put Your Money to Work – It’s for Your Salvation

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, March 5, 2017  And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. (Luk 16:9) I recall a conversation long ago with a young, up-and-coming entrepreneur. He was a new member of the parish I was serving (Anglican). We had been speaking about stewardship – money. His comment to me was straightforward: “You make it sound like

Hieromartyr Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia (February 10th)

Saint Haralambos , Bishop of Magnesia (Asia Minor), successfully spread faith in Christ the Savior, guiding people on the way to salvation. News of his preaching reached Lucian, the governor of the district, and the military commander Lucius. The saint was arrested and brought to trial, where he confessed his faith in Christ and refused to offer sacrifice to idols. Despite the bishop’s advanced age (he was 113 years old), he was subjected to monstrous tortures.