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Priest Seraphim Holland
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Orthodox Christian,priest,prison chaplain,father,grandfather,writer,resisterd nurse
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The Purpose of Great Lent revealed in the Epistle reading for Saint John of the Ladder.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/gl-sun-04_2017+john-climacus+purpose-of-great-lent-holiness_eph5-9-19.mp3

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The epistle for St John Climacus, from Ephesians 5:9-19, is intended to describe the things the holy do and the attainments they accomplish, and in the context of the Great Fast, it is also a superb summation of the purpose of Great Lent, and the difference between a Saint and a regular person. Since all Saints have common features, somehow, stories about St Nectarios of Aegina get worked into the exegesis of the selection, and also advice about how to live circumspectly, in our modern world, which is very hostile to quietness and reflection.

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Do the Saints heal people? An answer to a comment made (that is true), that some people would be offended by language like this: "St Panteleimon healed a woman of cancer". An attempt to make our language more precise.
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What should we do when God's grace visits us? This happens every day! Why do we not always feel this grace?
http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2017+when-grace-visits-us-we-must-react+why-do-we-not-feel-this-grace.mp3
SYNOPSIS:Just over 3 minutes, explaining what we MUST do when grace visits us, and why we sometimes do not feel God. Excerpt from a longer homily on the paralytic 2017-03-12
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http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/redeemingtime/lessons_from_the_healing_of_the_paralytic

Life is a continual struggle over obstacles, most of which are from ourselves. We must react to the grace God gives us. Most of this reaction is apparently mundane things. We must know what is most important in our life. Reacting to the grace of God is just doing the next right thing. Mark 2:1-12
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“Why icons?” and “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/redeemingtime/why_icons

The encounter between Nathaniel and Jesus is read on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Why? To know this we must describe a little bit about this Sunday and why icons are important and theologically correct, and the various "senses" of scripture - the theological, allegorical, instructional, practical and, especially the moral sense. If we do not know the moral sense of scripture, we have no profit. We explore the "moral sense" of the question "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" and the encouraging answer: "Come and see." Great Lent is the time when we struggle to obey this command, with great expectation. John 1:43-51
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Four articles of teaching, in text or audio, about icons.
http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/catechism-icons.html
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Sunday of Orthodoxy. Why Icons? Why Iconoclasm? How do they differ from Western Religious Pictures? Why does it matter? (mp3 format)

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/gl-sun-01_2017+sunday-of-orthodoxy-explained+christological-theology-of-the-icon.mp3

SYNOPSIS: The Sunday of Orthodoxy explained. What is iconoclasm? Where did it come from and why? A description of the reasons for the iconoclasm of Islam. What does the depiction of Jesus Christ on an icon teach? Since we are spiritual and immaterial, the fact that we can depict the God-Man, Jesus Christ has enormous implications for our salvation. Also, a discussion of the critical artistic and theological difference between Western religious pictures and Orthodox icons. This homily is part of a catechetical series for inquirers.
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Letter to a prisoner
What do you do when someone will not forgive you?
What do you do when you still feel bad about past sins?
St John of Karpathos

http://www.orthodox.net/prison-ministry/prison-ministry-letters_2017-01-26+when-people-do-not-forgive-you+when-you-stillfeel-bad-about-your-sins-and-john-of-karpathos.html

This letter tries to answer a question most of us have. It includes a discourse on two passeges form St John Karpathos and Numbers 12:1-15
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http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/redeemingtime/becoming_human._we_are_able_because_of_baptism

Exegesis of the Epistle Reading for the Sunday after Theophany (Ephesians 4:7-13), with emphasis on our only task in life, made possible because of baptism - becoming human. According to the words of the apostle "the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (begun at baptism) leads us to the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." This is the process of becoming fully human. In the perfect man, Jesus Christ, there is no sin or dark passions, and we will get there because we are able.
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