Easter Sermon

EASTER SERMON: Meeting Christ in the Liturgy, by Fr. Cusick

May 7, 2017

The Easter mystery is completed in Christ’s glorious ascension to the Father’s right hand: “a little while and you will not see me.” But he will come again to judge the living and the dead: “and again a little while and you will see me.” The Christian who lives in expectation of Christ’s second coming will experience the hardships of being set apart from the world, of living a life of detachment from the world: “you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will sorrow but your sorrow will turn into joy.” The discipline of the Christian life is not a punishment but a safeguard, that the eternal joys of life with the Triune God may not be lost for the sake of sin and its [...]

EASTER SERMON: The Wounds Of Jesus, by C. C. Lovelace

April 30, 2017

From The Sanctified Church, by Zora Neale Hurston Our theme this morning is the wounds of Jesus. When the Father shall ask, What are these wounds in thine hand? He shall answer, Those are they with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. (Zachariah 8:6) We read in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah where He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities; and the apostle Peter affirms that His blood was spilt from before the foundation of the world. I have seen gamblers wounded. I have seen desperadoes wounded; thieves and robbers and every other kind of characters, law breakers, and each one had a reason for this wounds. Some of them were unthoughtful, and some for being overbearing, some by the doctor’s knife. [...]

SERMON: Created For Glory, by L. R. Tarsitano

April 23, 2017

The First Sunday after Easter “I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the Earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:6-7) God addressed these words through his Prophet Isaiah to Jacob, to the head and personification of his Chosen People Israel. Jacob, you will recall, was given the name “Israel” by God, and he was the father of the twelve sons who became the patriarchs of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. These words of God are specifically a promise, first and foremost, in the historical time of Isaiah, when the Chosen People were about to [...]

EASTER: Easter Sermon, by John Chrysostom

April 9, 2015

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour, let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay. For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the [...]

EASTER SERMON: Easter — Not Magic But Mystery, by J. R. Burkholder

April 5, 2015

We are standing in the darkness before the dawn – facing the tomb.  It is empty.  Where is the light of Christ? From the very first, men and women have been baffled by the claim that Jesus was risen from the dead.  He is not here, for he is risen. Thus the Gospels tell of mixed and contradictory emotions – fear and great joy, – and diverse responses: when the eleven came to Galilee, we are told that some worshiped and some doubted. Luke’s account puts it even more bluntly; the words of the women witnesses “seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” In John’s Gospel we walk through the struggle of doubting Thomas  – and who doesn’t at some point identify with Thomas?  Why should [...]