Lenten Evangelism #9: The Journey of Mary of Egypt to the Cross

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, March 29, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. We are now almost done with our ten week series on evangelism during this holy season of the Triodion! Just today and next week left to go. Today is the Sunday of…

Lenten Evangelism #8: Renunciation of the World and Evangelism

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder, March 22, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. What does a sixth century monk living on Mount Sinai have to teach us about evangelism? That is the question I asked as I pondered the continuation of our series on…

Lenten Evangelism #6: St. Gregory Palamas and the Paralytic

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, March 8, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. On this second Sunday of the Great Fast, we celebrate St. Gregory Palamas, that 14th century ascetic and archbishop whose contributions to Orthodox theology and life were so profound that he not only…

Lenten Evangelism #5: “Come and See” (The Sunday of Orthodoxy)

Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 1, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. “Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” This phrase, which we hear in today’s Gospel, has come to be something of an evangelistic watchword among English-speaking Orthodox Christians. “Come and see.” It is used especially…

Is Orthodoxy “Christianity, Only Tougher”?

Particularly during this season of Great Lent with all its fasting and services and so forth, Orthodox Christians who live in a multi-religious society may be tempted to think or say something like what you see in this image here: “Orthodoxy: Christianity. Only Tougher.” On its face, there is of course a lot of truth to that characterization. Being a faithful Orthodox Christian is…

Lenten Evangelism #4: Forgiveness and the Expulsion from Paradise

Sunday of Forgiveness, February 22, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Today we complete the pre-Lenten period of the Triodion with the Sunday of Forgiveness. That is the general name for this Sunday, but we also commemorate another theme this Sunday, and that is the expulsion…