Articles in the Sermons category

Eternal suffering or eternal rewards

Won’t the Lord bring all suffering to an end, so that eventually everyone will be saved and enjoy eternal blessings? Not so, says the Church.

February 17, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

There is only one way to reach salvation and life eternal

The world would have us believe we’re assured of eternal life, but God’s ways are different. Here’s what to know about life eternal and how we get there.

February 17, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Repentance: the beginning and end of our spiritual journey

King Manasse, the wicked king of the Jews who repented after a 55 year reign, is just one figure the Church sets before us to show that change is possible.

April 12, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

How God’s power becomes effective

Without our faith God’s power remains ineffectual, impotent, unrealized. With faith, the Fountain of mercy opens and pours down in a deluge.

April 6, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The way of the Cross

What differentiates the Orthodox Christian from the world is the Cross. How many Christians realize that the foundation of the Orthodox life is the Cross?

March 30, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin”

From all eternity, even before creating the world and humans, God knew of Adam’s fall. He also knew when, and by who the redemption would be accomplished.

March 23, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Characteristics of a missionary church

“Bang.” The Church sprung out of the upper Room in Jerusalem and spread all over the world. What are the characteristics of this missionary Church?

March 8, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Characteristics of Orthodox Clergy

by Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes. The main characteristic of the bishop and the priest is a fighting spirit, boldness.

March 2, 2019 by Orthodox Witness

What is the correct mindset and attitude a Christian should have?

We reflect on a short hymn from the Triodion that admirably expresses the ethos and phronema, the correct mindset and attitude, a Christian should have.

March 1, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The one and the nine

What does it take for us to remember we are insignificant mortals before our Creator, and to give Him thanks for all the good things He bestows upon us?

January 19, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“I am with you. Don’t be afraid.”

The good Lord allows us to be tested. When all seems lost, all He wants from us is to ask for Ηis help, and He will.

July 28, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Are you working for the upbuilding of the Church?

Rather than bringing more people, building a bigger church or increasing philanthropy, improving one’s personal moral life is the greatest church upbuilding.

July 28, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Party spirit or unity?

Quarrels, divisions, heresies and dangerous factions existed even in Saint Paul’s churches. In this sermon, a priest pleas for unity among his parishioners.

July 21, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Holy Pentecost: OUR LIFE IN CHRIST

The timid, scared, ignorant, “earthly” disciples were transformed into the courageous, bold, all-wise holy Apostles. They transformed the world. We can too.

May 24, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

[Audio sermon] Sunday of the Holy Fathers

On the Sunday before Holy Pentecost, we honor the Holy Fathers, especially the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, who guide us inerrantly to Christ.

May 18, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The darkness of ignorance

The man blind from birth regains his eyesight and spiritual eyesight from the Lord; whereas the teachers of the law choose to remain in spiritual darkness.

May 10, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

A real Bethesda today

The water of Bethesda became healing water for the body once in a while. The water of Holy Baptism in the Church is healing for the soul always.

April 27, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Myrrh-bearing Women and us

On this Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, we pay homage to the woman as a human being and chiefly as a Christian.

April 21, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“Blessed are those who have not seen and believe”

Do you believe with an unshakable faith in the resurrection? Do you live His life? If so, you are among the “blessed”. Not sure? Read more in this post.

April 14, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“Judge not, that you be not judged”

If we don’t want to be condemned at the Great Judgment that will take place at the Second Coming of the Lord, we must not condemn others, but practice love.

February 10, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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