There is Nothing on Earth More Powerful than the Divine Liturgy: A Sermon by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski)

Below the reader will find my translation from the Russian of sermon number 15 by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski), On the Divine Liturgy. The preceding sermons may be found by clicking here. These sermons by St. Seraphim are of the uttermost importance for Orthodox Christians today. He tells us clearly that there is no greater gift …

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How to Stand with Diligent Attention at the Divine Liturgy: A Sermon by St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski)

Below the reader will find my translation from Russian of Sermon Fourteen on the Div. Liturgy by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). This sermon is part of a continuing series of sermons by St. Seraphim (twenty-two in all) that I am in the process of translating. The preceding sermons may be found here. The sermon title is …

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The Lord, Who has Revealed Himself to Us

Below the reader will find my translation from the Russian of sermons 12 and 13 "On the Divine Liturgy," by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). The preceding sermons may be found here. All titles and footnotes are my own. Sermon 12 The earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ up until the point of His being revealed …

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The Antiphons: Hymns of Holy Delight

Below the reader will find my translation of sermon 11 in the series of sermons by St. Seraphim on the Div. Liturgy. May his inspired words of explanation on the Div. Liturgy continue to stir up in us a deeper love for God and a greater zeal to worship Him. (All titles are my own …

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Sacred Fear of the Holy Things

Below the reader will find a beautiful excerpt from a sermon by St. Sebastian (Dabovich) For Holy Communion. The excerpt is from an old Orthodox Word. In our times, and I would suspect in any times too, it is of great benefit to remind ourselves of the manner in which the Saints speak about the …

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Joyful Light: A Sermon by St. Sebastian Dabovich

Below the reader will find a sermon by one of the few American-born Orthodox saints, Sebastian Dabovich (1863-1940). The sermon was originally printed in the 1966 September – October issue of the Orthodox Word, pp. 129-132. All end notes are from the original article. May we, through the prayers of St. Sebastian, be illumined with …

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The Kingdom Proclaimed by the Angels and Prophets

Below the reader will find my translation of sermon 10 on the Divine Liturgy by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). All titles and endnotes are my own. Previous sermons may be found here. I pray that you find great encouragement in the wise and profound sermons by St. Seraphim and that your love of worshipping God in …

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Proskomedia: The Liturgy of Preparation

My dear readers, below you will find my translation of Sermon nine on the Divine Liturgy by St. Seraphim (Zvezdenski). All endnotes are my own. Also, within the sermon itself, I provide what I consider a few clarifications contained within brackets [ ]. The preceding sermons may be found here. May the rich words of …

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The Priestly Preparation of the Divine Liturgy

Below is my translation from the Russian of the eighth sermon by New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy. The preceding sermons may be found here. This is a continuing series. Sermon 8 The Lord says, “I am the bread which came down from heaven” (Jn. 6:41). The bread is His Divine Body and …

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The Purity of the Mother of God and the Theotokos Prayer Rule

In this post, my dear reader, you will find sermon seven on the Divine Liturgy, by St. Seraphim (Zvezdinsky). Translating is very instructive. A number of times I've encountered references to certain things or practices that I am unfamiliar with. This provides the opportunity for me to study out that aspect a little more. In …

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