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2.8.23: Recipe for a Married Life

Proverbs 3:3-4: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Today we conclude our series sharing selections from Fr. Anthony Coniaris“A Recipe for Married Life.” To download the entire recipe, click here.

2.6.23: Monday Message

This past weekend, St. Mary’s hosted the Western Region Family Basketball Tournament, a longstanding event that brings together parishes within the Chicago Metropolis to participate in a weekend full of fellowship in faith. St. Mary’s welcomed several guest clergy members from the parishes that participated in the tournament. The Sunday sermon was delivered by the parish priest of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fr. Ciprian Sas.

Fr. Ciprian spoke on the Gospel reading about the Publican and the Pharisee and reflected on aspects of the tournament weekend including highlights from the Saturday Banquet’s keynote speech by Paul Karos. Watch the full video here.

2.3.23: Western Region Family Basketball Tournament

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20) In keeping with the tournament’s theme, “Fellowship in Faith,” we at St. Mary’s GOC would like to extend a warm welcome to all participating churches: St. Mary’s OCA, Annunciation GOC of Milwaukee, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Milwaukee, and St. George GOC of St. Paul. Good health, fellowship and blessings to all those participating! For this weekend’s schedule of events, click here.

1.30.23: Monday Message

Fr. Jason Houck uses the analogy of “cleaning house” to relate this past Sunday’s Epistle reading (II Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1) to today’s family life. He underscores the importance of preparing for “The Most Important Guest” and what that means in the context of liturgical life. Watch the video here.

1.23.23: Monday Message

Fr. Timothy Sas delivers a sermon on the Gospel reading about the tax collector Zacchaeus and his thirst and hunger to know Jesus Christ. Fr. Timothy draws an important connection between the person of Zacchaeus and all of us who desire Jesus Christ in our lives. Watch the video here.

1.16.23: Monday Message

Fr. Jason Houck delivers a sermon on the 12th Sunday of Luke that reflects on how we embrace those who are foreigners to our community and how we are called by Christ to treat them. Watch the full video here.

1.9.23: Monday Message

Fr. Timothy Sas presents a sermon on the balance of humility and confidence and ultimately addresses where the source of our confidence should come from. Watch the video here.

1.3.23: Monday Message

Happy New Year! This past Sunday we not only celebrated the first day of the new year, but we also celebrated the Divine Liturgy and commemorated the Circumcision of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as the Feast Day of St. Basil the Great. Fr. Timothy Sas gave a sermon on the covenant of circumcision and how this relates to us today. Watch the full video here.

12.28.22: We Share Wednesday: The Person of Christ, Episode 4 “The Stone the Builders Rejected: The Cornerstone”

Earlier this month, the Metropolis of Chicago launched a twelve-part video series, “The Person of Christ.” Today, we’re highlighting episode 4: “The Stone the Builders Rejected: The Cornerstone.” To learn more about Living Water and “The Person of Christ”, and to view additional study resources, click here.

12.12.22: Monday Message

On this Eleventh Sunday of Luke, Fr. Paul Kalina delivers a sermon that reflects on the excuses of those who were invited to the banquet in the Gospel reading (Luke 14:16-24) and our own excuses for not drawing closer to God. Watch the full video here.

12.7.22: We Share Wednesday: The Person of Christ, Episode 3: Jesus THE Christ

Earlier this month, the Metropolis of Chicago launched a twelve-part video series, “The Person of Christ.” Today, we’re highlighting episode 3: Jesus THE Christ. To learn more about Living Water and “The Person of Christ”, and to view additional study resources, click here.

12.6.22: A Lesson on St. Nicholas

Fr. Timothy Sas gives a sermon on St. Nicholas the Wonderworker whose Feast Day we celebrate on December 6. Watch the video here.

12.5.22: Monday Message

Fr. Jason Houck gives a sermon on how understanding the larger context, specifically when reading the Bible, allows for the proper interpretation of The Message. His example is illustrated by reading the paragraphs that precede the Gospel from Luke 13:10–17 on the Tenth Sunday of Luke (12/04/22). Watch the full video here.

11.30.22: We Share Wednesday: The Person of Christ, Episode 2: The Power of the Name: Jesus

Earlier this month, the Metropolis of Chicago launched a twelve-part video series, “The Person of Christ.” Today, we’re highlighting episode 2: The Power of the Name: Jesus. To learn more about Living Water and “The Person of Christ”, and to view additional study resources, click here.

11.28.22 Monday Message: The Impossible is Possible with God

On this Thirteenth Sunday of Luke, Fr. John Kostas shared a relevant and timely message on the Gospel reading (Luke 18:18-27) and how the difficult and seemingly impossible things become possible through God. Watch the full video here.

11.23.22 Happy Thanksgiving From St. Mary’s! Harvest Pack Dec. 4th.

We at St. Mary’s pray that the Lord will bless you with warmth, love and a full table this Thanksgiving.   And what better way to give thanks this holiday season than to offer your time to help put food on the table for others in our community. This year, St. Mary’s Missions and Outreach Ministry is hosting a meal pack event for Harvest Pack on Sunday, December 4 after Liturgy. To sign up, click here.

11.21.22: Monday Message: Ownership

Engagement, Generosity, and Ownership are the key principal topics that are part of our stewardship theme for 2023. Last week, Fr. Paul Kalina shared his thoughts on “generosity and the Church”. The week prior, Fr. Jason Houck spoke about engagement. This week, Fr. Timothy Sas spoke about “Ownership in Christian Life” in his sermon on the Ninth Sunday of Luke.
Watch the full video here.

11.18.22: The Symbolism of Color in the Orthodox Church and Advent

The Orthodox Church is rich with symbolism, and one of the times this is most evident is: Advent.  For a deeper dive into the symbolism of color in the Orthodox Church and the Liturgy, we recommend starting here.

11.16.22: We Share Wednesday: Living Water 12-Part Series: The Person of Christ

This week, the Metropolis of Chicago launched the inaugural production of Living Water Productions called “The Person of Christ”. The 12-episode video series explores the question, Who is Jesus Christ? The video series is intended for Orthodox Christian faithful, as well as faith seekers, to deepen knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ. To learn more about Living Water and “The Person of Christ”, and to view additional study resources, click here.

11.14.22: Monday Message: Generosity

Engagement, generosity, and ownership are the three key principal topics that are part of our stewardship theme. Last week Fr. Jason Houck spoke about engagement. This week, Fr. Paul Kalina shared his thoughts on generosity and the Church in his sermon given on the Eighth Sunday of Luke. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

11.7.22: Monday Message: Engagement

In our Monday Message, we replay the sermon by Fr. Jason Houck on the Seventh Sunday of Luke. Fr. Jason references “jargon” commonly found in the workplace. One such reference is “Say, Stay, and Strive”—a term used in human resource departments to describe how engaged employees are. Fr. Jason applies this thinking to ways we can live an engaged life in the Church. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

11.2.22: We Share Wednesday: Sts. Kosmas and Damianos

Yesterday the Orthodox Church commemorated the Feast of Saints Kosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries and Patron Saints of the Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, Minnesota. These Saints were physicians of all kinds of illnesses and maladies. They did their work freely, not accepting payment for attending to the sick. In the spirit of We Share Wednesday, we want to give a special shout-out to our sister parish in Rochester. For more information about Sts. Kosmos and Damianos, click here. .

10.31.22: Monday Message

This week on the Fifth Sunday of Luke, October 30, 2022, Fr. Timothy Sas delivered the sermon on the Gospel reading from Luke 16:19–31. For our Monday Message, we replay this sermon on how “being awake” and “being present” allows us to be more like Lazaros instead of the rich man. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

10.19.22: We Share Wednesday: Patristix | Making the Sign of the Cross

Making the sign of the cross with our right hand across our bodies is a short prayer and statement of faith, which beautifully affirms the victory of Christ. While we don’t know exactly where the ritual first came into being, historical references do suggest it likely goes back to the very earliest days of the church. You can watch the full video from Patristix here.

10.12.22: We Share Wednesday: Hesychasm & St. Symeon the New Theologian

Today we commemorate St. Symeon the New Theologian. A “hesychast,” he was dedicated to the practice of acquiring inner stillness and divine quietness. He personally experienced a series of visions of divine radiance while alone in prayer. His life and example remind us that, in stillness, we may worship the incomprehensible. One way to pray in such a way is to repeat the Jesus prayer in solitude: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

View a short video depicting Orthodox Hesychasm by clicking here.

10.7.22: Feast Day of St. Sergius and St. Bacchus of Syria

Today we commemorate the Feast Day of St. Sergius and Bacchus of Syria, Romans of high rank who were martyred after refusing to honor the pagan gods and confessing their Christian Faith. The two friends were inseparable, “one in the love of Christ,” and serve as a reminder of the importance of friendship for Orthodox Christians today. We are called by St. Paul in Thessalonians 5:11 to “encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Build up a friend today! Learn more about St. Sergius and Bacchus here.

10.5.22: We Share Wednesday: Be the Bee Podcast #32: Faith and Doubt

On October 6, we commemorate the Feast Day of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas- known to many as “Doubting Thomas,” Episode 32 of the Orthodox Series “Be the Bee” explores this and other instances of doubt referenced in the New Testament. The episode calls the term “Doubting Thomas” into question, and it reminds us: “Doubt isn’t a problem. In fact, it’s the very thing that allows us to have faith.” 

10.5.22: We Share Wednesday: Person to Person Podcast

The Person to Person Podcast, hosted by St. Mary’s own Paul Karos and Dr. Harry Boosalis, recently wrapped up a four-part series on love, during which the hosts took a deep dive into these questions and more. Find the full series here or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

9.14.22: The Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

On this day we commemorate the Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read more about the story of the cross here.
 Wishing all those named Stavroula, Stavros, Steven, and others a wonderful and happy name’s day.

9.13.22: Monday Message

This past weekend St. Mary’s celebrated its Greek Festival and took some time on Sunday to reflect on the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In tribute to this tragic event, Fr. Timothy Sas delivers a sermon on the importance of embracing life without fear and with faith in the resurrection. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

9.7.22: We Share Wednesday: Taste of Greece is Back!

The event returns after a two-year hiatus, and plans to bring people together to experience Greek culture and the Orthodox Christian faith while supporting philanthropy. For more information on the Minneapolis Taste of Greece Festival, food menu, and activities, please visit MPLSGreekFest.org, or follow us on socials: Facebook @MPLSGreekFest or Instagram @MPLSGreekFestival

9.7.22: We Share Wednesday: Intro to Orthodox Christianity

Join MEOCCA for a 12-week Intro to Orthodox Christianity Catechism Course. The course is free and is open to anyone interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. For more info, please visit www.meocca.org. Classes will take place in person and on Zoom.

Register here.

9.1.22: Ecclesiastical New Year

Happy New Year! 

September 1 marks the beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year for Orthodox Christians worldwide. Today we also commemorate Jesus’s entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He read from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me…” (Luke 4:16-30). Read more about the Ecclesiastical New Year, Here

8.29.22: Monday Message

St. Mary’s was blessed to have Fr. George Dokos in town to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us on the Eleventh Sunday of Matthew, August 28, 2022. In this week’s Monday Message, we replay Fr. George’s sermon from yesterday on how “Meekness is not weakness.“ 
Watch the full video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ByqaLNPeU08

8.29.22: :The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Today we commemorate The Beheading of the Prophet and Forerunner of the Lord, St. John the Baptist. It is the celebration of his martyrdom at the orders of Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee, the son of Herod the Great. Although an established Feast day by the church, it is observed as a day of strict fast day because of the violent death of the saint. The martyrdom of John the Baptist is accounted in Matthew 14:1-12 and Mark 6:14-29 in the New Testament. Read more on the history of the feast day here

8.22.22: Monday Message

To continue the joy of the Sunday liturgy into the week, we present the Monday Message—a replay of the Sunday Sermon. This week on the Tenth Sunday of Matthew, August 21, 2022, Fr. Timothy Sas delivers the sermon “Christ Can Move Mountains Through Us”

8.15.22: The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, The Theotokos

Each year on August 15, we commemorate the Dormition or “Kimisis” (Greek: “falling asleep”) of the Mother of Jesus Christ, Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos (Greek: “One who gave birth to God”), and Ever-Virgin Mary. Additionally, we celebrate the assumption of her body and soul into God’s heavenly kingdom.