Sermons by Fr. Nicholas Alford

A Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent


I’m afraid that I have nearly reached the point of changing the radio station when I hear a Christmas Carol and cringing when I hear Christmas hymns while shopping at Home Depot. It seems that I have reached this point earlier than normal this year, but then the Christmas decorations have been in the stores for weeks already. In Greece some six … More...

The Lives of the Saints

St. Eusebius of Vercelli

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(Feast Day ~ December 16) Every four years, we Americans endure what always seems like an endless political campaign. And then the maneuvering and “wheeling and dealing” of the political arena begin in earnest as a new president-elect makes appointments and congressional leaders seek new alliances. This is normal life for those of us who live in … More...

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December Newsletter


There will be two events in Advent to help us prepare for celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The first is a time of reflecting for the women of the parish on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 3:30PM. Presbytera Catherine will lead a discussion of the book The One Thing Needful: Meditations for the Busy … More...

The Good News of Orthodoxy

The Nativity Sermon by Saint John Chrysostom

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"I behold a new and wondrous mystery! My ears resound to the shepherd's song, piping no soft melody, but loudly chanting a heavenly hymn! The angels sing! The archangels blend their voices in harmony! The cherubim resound their joyful praise! The Seraphim exalt His glory! All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead herein... on … More...