The second Sunday of every Great Lent we celebrate the memory of Saint Gregory Palamas, who lived in a distant 14thcentury. He is widely considered to be the patron saint of Christians who practice silence and stillness in their life.
By the late Father Alexander Schmemann
A Homily delivered to the community at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary on Forgiveness Sunday of 1983.
As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us – myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters – of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says: "Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy."
If there is one civil holiday that Christians can totally sign up for, it is the Thanksgiving Day. One of the most important things we do in our Christian life is give thanks to God for everything.
We do it first of all during the Liturgy. In fact, one of the names for Liturgy is Eucharist. Which comes from a Greek word – ευχαριστώ (eucharisto), which means – thanksgiving.
We don’t have to wait for one special day in the year to give thanks. We do it every day - in daily prayers, with every breath we take, with every Liturgy we participate in. But to have one day as a reminder that all things belong to God, and all things come from Him, isn’t a bad idea.
Below is a sermon that was delivered by the late Father Alexander Schmemann, who did a lot in terms of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on American soil.
He died in December 1983 from cancer. The last service he was able to serve was Thanksgiving Day that same year. During that Liturgy, Fr Alexander gave this sermon (slightly edited for our parish use), which is in the form of a prayer, a thanksgiving prayer of a man, who knew his journey on this earth was coming to an end.
Here are the words of Fr Alexander Schmemann:
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Brethren, I beseech you, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and one purpose. For I have been informed about you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are quarrels among you. Now this is what I mean: each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."
Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul's name? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Caius, lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name. I baptized also the household of Stephanas. I am not aware of having baptized anyone else. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News, not with the skill of eloquence, lest the Cross of Christ be made useless. For the message about the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
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In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
Today we heard one of the longest accounts of a healing or miracle in any of the Gospels - an involved story with many different parts and actors.
It is initiated by a disciple’s question, “Is this man’s blindness a result of his or his parents’ sin?” To which Christ answers, “Neither. It is rather that the work of God might be made manifest in him.”
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