Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on April 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Penance Service
One day a shepherd was out looking for one of his lost sheep. He found the sheep, but he was sad, because while looking for it, he lost the Bible that he always carried with him. A few weeks later, another sheep walked up to him carrying his beloved Bible in its mouth. The shepherd couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the sheep’s mouth, looked up to heaven and said, “It’s a miracle!”
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 14, 2016 at 7:00PM Penance Service
Happy first day of Lent! Today actually is the first day of Lent… for Orthodox Christians, who celebrate Easter on a different day than we do, this year May 1. They do not have Ash Wednesday, they start their Lent with what is known as Clean Monday, and it is a national holiday in Greece. This first day of Lent, this Clean Monday, is reserved for two things: 1) Clean your home, to clean your castle so to speak. The idea of spring cleaning can be traced back to this Orthodox tradition of Clean Monday. 2) Go to confession, to clean your interior castle so to speak. In this way the faithful begin their Lent renewed in Christian love, mercy, and forgiveness.