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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A Heavenly Outline

Below the reader will find my continued work in translating the sermons of New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy. May these sermons deepen in us a love and awe for the holy and divinely revealed worship of the Church. The preceding sermons may be found here. 5th Sermon Today I will only speak …

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The Unbreakable Divine Liturgy

I'm pleased to present more of the sermons of St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy, which I have been working to translate from Russian. They speak for themselves, I pray your zeal for the worship of God in the Divine Liturgy will increase through the words of this beautiful New Martyr. 3rd Sermon Today, …

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Purifying Fire: Sermon of St. Seraphim (Zvezdinski) on the Divine Liturgy

“You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you” Deut. 6:14. Since the time of Seth, the Lord has set apart unto Himself those who will abide in the true worship of Him. The guarding of true worship is an inextricable vocation of those who worship …

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The Temple of the Living God

My dear readers, below you will find a translation of a sermon by the New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinski). It is the first of twenty two sermons specifically on the subject of the Divine Liturgy. It is, as far as I know, the first time it appears in English. As with all the holy newmartyrs of …

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The Science of sciences

“'My counsels are not as your counsels, neither are your ways My ways,' says the Lord. 'But as heaven is distant from earth, so is My way distant from your ways, and your thoughts from My mind” (Is. 55:8-9). The ways, counsels, and thoughts of fallen man are as distant from the way of the …

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Right Theology Without Right Praxis is Dead

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). True faith is both in word - theology, faith – and in deed - work, practice, application. Thus, there is no right faith devoid of right practice. St. Paul also echos this spiritual reality when he teaches “Not …

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