Harmony of Thunder
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith shares thoughts on St. Mary of Egypt.
On Harmony of Thunder, for the Sunday of St. John Climacus, we hear a reflection from Fr. David Smith on the Ladder of Divine Ascent. Why would you work to assure your salvation?
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith speaks on the Sunday of the Holy Cross, the mid-way point of Lent that reminds us that if anyone wishes to follow Christ, let them deny themselves, pick up their cross, follow Him.
On Harmony of Thunder, we explore the importance of St. Gregory Palamas, the theme for the second Sunday of Lent, in “The Sermons of St. Gregory Palamas.”
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith tells us about the true meaning of Icons and the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
The Prodigal Son discovered a new beginning through unexpected forgiveness. On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David Smith describes the way St. Gregory Palamas interpreted this important parable.
Join Fr. David Smith this week on Harmony of Thunder. In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear of God, and faith, and love, draw ye near.” Does it seem odd to you that the first thing mentioned is fear? In his sermon “On the Fear of God,” St. Dorotheos of Gaza explores the need of all Christians to fear God. This great desert saint wanted to impart to the monks under his care the supreme importance of understanding what it meant to fear God as a part of the spiritual life. This week's Harmony of Thunder listens in as he preaches his "On the Fear of God" sermon. Don't miss it!"
On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David tells the story of two Christians who have stood up in the public sphere for what they believed - one in the courts and one in the media. Would St. Basil the Great have done the same thing? Would he approve of Christians demanding respect in the public sphere? By all means! Listen to Harmony of Thunder to hear how similar our struggles today are with those of Christians in the fourth century.
On Harmony of Thunder: In honor of 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 podcast: "Orthodox Christians know that great spiritual benefits come to us when we celebrate the feasts of the church, especially the Dormition, the feast that we precede with a 14 day fast and celebrate with truly splendid reverence. But what, exactly, are the spiritual benefits that the celebration of the Dormition offers us? On Harmony of Thunder we'll continue our exploration of the Dormition sermon of Patriarch Modestus of Jerusalem in order to uncover his wise and inspiring answers to this question. You don't want to miss it!"
On Harmony of Thunder: This week starts a three-week series 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!