St. John Chrysostom’s “Generous God” Sermon

The sermon below is prayed each year during the Pascha service of Eastern Orthodox churches. Pascha comes form the word “Passover” and is the Orthodox equivalent of Easter. St. John Chrysostom, “golden throat”, wrote this over 1600 years ago and it’s worth a fresh hearing every year.

The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Let them now receive their due!

If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their reward.

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Advent #1: Words for the Week

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A Slow Advent

Advent is the season of anticipation. Beginning four weeks before Christmas the church gathers as Christ’s body to commemorate the anticipation of God’s people awaiting the Messiah. We also gather to anticipate the coming of Christ in our personal and corporate lives along with anticipating that time in the future when Christ comes again to…

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Ordinary #23: Readings for Nov 21

“there is a river whose streams, make glad the city of God” – Psalm 46 Psalm • Psalm 46 Old Testament • Jeremiah 23:1-6 Gospel • Luke 19:29-38 New Testament • Colossians 1:11-20 Believe it or not but New Years arrives early this year. At least it does for the Wheatland Mission. Our new year…

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Christmas Sunday – Words for the Week

This weekend we will celebrate Christmas. Just because Christmas day has passed the Christmas season has not. On the Christian calendar we get to celebrate Christmas for 12 days. After our overindulgence of food and material goods we can step back and enjoy the beauty and mystery of the Incarnation. Let these passages guide you.…

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Words for Advent Week 4

The color for this week is white as we explore the theme of God’s love.

Psalm    132

Old Testament    II Samuel 7:4-16

Epistle    Romans 16:25-27

Gospel    Luke 1:26-38

May God bless you as you read, today and everyday. Amen. 

Celtic Daily Prayer for the Advent Season

Advent marks the beginning of the Church Year. With this new beginning I want to encourage you to experiment with a new practice. The practice of praying the Daily Office. Different Christian groups have formulated different versions of the office. Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Orthodox Christians all have their versions based upon the Psalms and…

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