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This week on Harmony of Thunder: The Eucharistic passage of St. Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians (11:23-26) is the starting point for St. Cyril of Jerusalem's fifth sermon in his series called Mystagogical Catechesis, teachings given to new converts to the Christian faith in Jerusalem in the middle of the fourth century. St. Cyril wants his hearers - and us - to remember that the Eucharist is indeed the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. You don't want to miss this important message, which is so central to our faith.
Last week on Harmony of Thunder does something a little different: Fr. David reads the entire sermon of St. Cyril of Jerusalem on the sacrament of chrismation, without comment. Listen to HOT this week to hear this powerful and beautiful description of the mystery of the coming of the Holy Spirit into every believer's life.
Last week on Harmony of Thunder, we looked at the first of the catechetical lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, in which he prepares converts for the sacrament of baptism. In the second sermon, the baptism is over, and St. Cyril tells the new believers about the renunciations they pronounced just before the baptism took place. Listen to this week's Harmony of Thunder to hear how St. Cyril of Jerusalem views this important part of the baptismal rite.
On Harmony of Thunder, we begin a new series on the catechetical lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. They were preached to catechumens, but they're valuable for everyone in the church! You won't want to miss this inspirational series.
This week on Harmony of Thunder Orthodox podcast, we take another look at the sermons of St. Dorotheos of Gaza. Today, we explore a sermon by this great desert saint in which he compares the acquiring of the virtues to the construction of a house. His comparison has many spiritually beneficial insights.
This week on Harmony of Thunder Orthodox podcast: St. Dorotheos begins his remarkable sermon on "The Fear of the Punishment to Come" by alluding to a time when he was less than at his best – this is something you have to love about St. Dorotheos. Yes, he uses himself as a good example at times, but he's just as likely to use himself as an example of what not to do. You won't want to miss exploring this very practical sermon on a very difficult topic.
On Harmony of Thunder Orthodox: In preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Fr. David Smith shares two of his favorite poems on the Theotokos: Rainer Maria Rilke's "Of the Death of Mary, Three Pieces," and Gerard Manley Hopkins' "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe." You won't want to miss this episode of Harmony of Thunder!
On Harmony of Thunder Orthodox: We start a three week series this week looking at one particular sermon, "An Encomium on the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, Mary, Mother of God and Ever Virgin by our Father the Holy Modestus, Archbishop of Jerusalem." This Orthodox podcast series will help Orthodox Christians as we prepare for the Theotokos fast, and the feast of the Dormition. In the first program, we'll explore the ways in which a sermon can address the Dormition of the Theotokos using the whole text of scripture. It takes a great preacher to do this, and Patriarch Modestus… well, was certainly a great preacher!
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith discusses the celebration of Pascha and the Sermon of St. John Chryssostom.
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith discusses Palm Sunday. It is critical to celebrate Palm Sunday because we identify ourselves with Jesus Christ. How? Tune it and listen.
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith talks about St. Mary of Egypt. Turn in to learn the rest of the story.