Homily for Thomas Sunday (St. John 20:19-31)

A sermon preached at St. Silouan of Athos Chapel at St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery on April 27, 2014, by Hierodeacon Moses, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Sergios of Portland, Igoumenos of the Monastery.

In today’s Gospel reading we have two appearances of Christ to his apostles. In the first appearance Thomas is not present; the  apostles then tell Thomas about their visitation of Christ, and Thomas expresses doubt, saying that he must see Christ for himself. Then eight days later we have the second appearance of Christ, with Thomas present. Christ invites Thomas to touch him, he does so, and expresses belief.  Also note this other curious little fact: in both cases it says that Christ appeared to the apostles while the doors were shut.

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Homily: Sunday of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25: 31-46)

A Sermon Preached at St Silouan of Athos Chapel at St Gregory of Sinai Monastery on Feb. 23, 2014, by Hierodeacon Moses (Fredricks) with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Sergios of Portland, Igoumenos of the Monastery.

Today is the fourth of the Prelenten Sundays.  It is commonly called Meatfare Sunday, because it is the last day before Great Lent begins that the Church allows for the eating of meat. More specifically though, it is called the Sunday of the Last Judgment because the liturgical focus of the Church is on the Last Judgment of Christ and centers around the Gospel which we have just read from Saint Matthew.

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