Sermons by Fr. Nicholas Alford

A Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

Triumph of Orthodoxy

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (II Cor. 6)." We are now in a time of preparation for Pascha, when the love of God destroyed the ultimate power of sin and death. The Church calls us to increased prayer and fasting, to increased almsgiving, to self-examination and confession. We are called to prepare our hearts … More...

The Lives of the Saints

St. John Climacus

St John of the Ladder

(Feast Day ~ March 30) According to the ways of the world, in order to have great influence, one must be a prominent statesmen, a talented actor or athlete, a wealthy merchant, or a technological genius. But according to the ways of God, it is often the quiet saint, the reclusive monk, who has the greatest influence for good. St. John Climacus … More...

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March Newsletter

icon Annunciation

We will celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy with Vespers at Ss Peter & Paul Church in Potomac, MD at 5PM on Sunday, March 1. All are invited to this annual pan-Orthodox service. Bishop ANTHONY of the Antiochioan Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest will be the speaker. Lenten suppers, classes, and Stations of the … More...

The Good News of Orthodoxy

From a Sermon by St. Melito of Sardis

Crucifixion from Missal

There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin's womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the … More...