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Fr. Philip LeMasters
Orthodox Priest and Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics
Orthodox Priest and Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics
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A Challenge that Reveals the Truth: Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent and the Leavetaking of the Annunciation
Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:16-30 We
have all fantasized about what we would say or do in certain situations, and we
probably all know that we often respond differently in real life than we do in
our imaginations.  In fact, we never
really know how we will act ...

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Killing the Fear of Death: Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent (Adoration of the Cross) in the Orthodox Church
Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark
8:34-9:1 Today we do something that goes
against the strongest inclinations of fallen humanity:  We adore and celebrate the Cross.  Absolutely no one rejoiced about crosses in
the first century, for crucifixion was the most horrible f...

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Overcoming Paralysis Through Humility: Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church
Mark
2:1-12 If we
were not aware already that we have much in common with the paralyzed man in
today’s gospel reading, the first two weeks of Lent have surely opened our eyes
a bit to that truth.  The struggle to
embrace spiritual disciplines quickly shows ...

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Restoration, Not Escape: Homily for the First Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40; John 1:43-51 We are all
tempted at times to think how nice it would be to run away from all our
problems.  We would like to leave behind
our jobs, annoying people, or difficult circumstances of whatever kind.  We would like to escap...

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