The Parable of the Great Banquet
The Very Reverend Father Alban West December 11, 2016
Father reflects on several meanings of this parable: the universal, the liturgical, and the very personal.
Would You Like to Live Forever?
The Very Reverend Father Alban West November 27, 2016
The story behind the rich young man who wanted to live forever.
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple November 20, 2016
Even though it is one of the 12 major feasts of the Orthodox Church this feast is little known in the west. It is a beautiful and edifying allegory for those who meditate upon its meaning.
The Preacher With the Golden Mouth
The Very Reverend Father Alban West November 14, 2016
The importance of Saint John Chrysostom in the history of the Orthodox Christian Church..
The Ghost of a Rich Man
The Very Reverend Father Alban West October 30, 2016
The fascinating story of the rich man and Lazarus. A parable of how our decisions shape our spiritual being.
Saint James, the Brother of God
The Very Reverend Father Alban West October 23, 2016
A very interesting sermon untangling the confusion arising from various translations of the name James, and the different people bearing the name. Father Alban differentiates Saint James the brother, or more correctly, the half-brother of the Jesus Christ (after the flesh) from others with the name. This sermon shows the kind of deep, and detailed traditions that have been carried down in the Orthodox Church that illumine the bare texts of holy scripture.
What Kind of Soil Are You?
The Very Reverend Father Alban West October 16, 2016
A sermon on tending the soil in the garden of the soul.
The Love Your Enemies Challenge
The Very Reverend Father Alban West October 2, 2016
Herein Father Alban suggests an experiment that is guaranteed to give you a heavenly perspective on the world.
The Turning Point
The Very Reverend Father Alban West September 11, 2016
The moment in time that changed everything.
Saint Moses the Ethiopian
The Reverend Father Edward Hillhouse August 28, 2016
A sermon describing the fierce leader of bandits whose repentance led him to become one of the great ascetics called the" desert fathers."
The Repose of the Blessed Theotokos
The Very Reverend Father Alban West August 14, 2016
This sermon describes the important place of this feast in Orthodox worship as the first among the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary.