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     The author of this site is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, who served for more than half his priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersey; thus, the homilies recorded here may be based on the liturgical calendars of either Tradition.
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Homiles may be based on the Lectionaries of three different Liturgical Traditions, identified by the following legend:

[OF] = The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[EF] = The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[BR] = The Typicon of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite.

10:00 AM 3/27/2015 [OF] The Sixth Friday of Lent. [EF] Passion Friday; the Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and, the Commemoration of Saint John Danascene, Confessor & Doctor of the Church. [BR] The Sixth Saturday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Venerable Mother Matrona of Thessalonica. Old Habits Never Die: the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. 1:21 PM 3/26/2015 [EF] Passion Thursday. [OF] The Sixth Thursday of Lent. [BR] The Otdanije of the Annunciation; and, the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Having Reflected on What She Had Done, She Did Not Wish to Set Bounds on What She Should Do. 9:16 AM 3/25/2015 [OF] The Solemnity of the Annunication of the Lord. [EF] The First Class Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [BR] The Solemn Holy Day of the Annunciation of the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary. There is No Such Thing as "Impossible."
9:37 AM 3/24/2015 [OF] The Fifth Tuesday of Lent. [EF] Passion Tuesday; and, the Commemoration of the Archangel Gabriel. [BR] The Fifth Tuesday of the Great Fast; a Prefestive Day of the Annunication; the Feast of Our Venerable Father Zachary; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Artemon, Bishop of Seleucia of Pisidia. What Is the Point of Being Saved if There's Nothing to Be Saved From? 9:54 AM 3/22/2015 [OF] The Fifth Sunday of Lent. [EF] The First Sunday of the Passion. [BR] The Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast, known as the Sunday of Our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt. The Following Preview Has Been Approved for All Audiences. 10:31 AM 3/21/2015 [OF] The Fifth Saturday of Lent. [EF] The Fifth Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Benedict, Abbot. [BR] The Fifth Saturday of the Great Fast, known as Akathistos Saturday. In the Land of the Sighted, the Blind Man Is King. 8:39 AM 3/19/2015 [OF] The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [EF] The First Class Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor. [BR] The Thursday of the Great Canon of Our Holy Father Andrew of Crete. Saint Joseph Proves that the Italians are the Master Race.
10:16 AM 3/18/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Wednesday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church. [BR] The Fifth Wednesday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem. Our Obligation to the Virtue of Hope. 9:34 AM 3/17/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Fourth Tuesday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop & Confessor. [BR] The Fifth Tuesday of the Great Fast; the Feast of Our Venerable Father Alexis, Man of God; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland. 9:38 AM 3/15/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Lætáre Sunday. [BR] The Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast, known as the Sunday of Our Holy Father John Climacus. Are You a Closet Methodist? 10:25 AM 3/14/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Fourth Saturday of Lent. [BR] The Fourth Saturday of the Great Fast; and, the Fourth All Souls Saturday. The Rotten Fruit of Denial.
3:29 PM 3/12/2015 [OF] The Fourth Thursday of Lent. [EF] The Fourth Thursday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Gregory I, Pope, Confessor & Doctor of the Church. [BR] The Fourth Thursday of the Great Fast; the Feast of Our Venerable Father & Confessor Theophane of the Sygrian Mountain; the Feast of Our Holy Father Gregory, Pope of Rome; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Symeon the New Theologian. Silence Is Not Always Golden. 2:51 PM 3/8/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Third Sunday of Lent. [BR] The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. Our Lord Doesn't Accept Bribes. 9:38 AM 3/7/2015 [OF] The Third Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saints Perpetua & Felicity, Martyrs. [EF] The Third Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Confessor & Doctor of the Church. [BR] The Third Saturday of the Great Fast; the Third All Souls Saturday; the Feast of Our Venerable Father Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus; and, the Feast of Peter Verhun, Priest & Martyr. Can We Forgive Without Collecting Our "Pound of Flesh?" 9:16 AM 3/5/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Third Thursday of Lent. [BR] The Third Thursday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of the Holy Martyr Conon. The Holy Gospel Does Not Require a Secret Decoder Ring.
9:45 AM 3/4/2015 [OF] The Third Wednesday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of King Saint Casimir. [EF] The Third Wednesday of Lent; the Commemoration of Saint Casimir, Confessor; and, the Commemoration of Saint Lucius I, Pope & Martyr. [BR] The Third Wednesday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Venerable Father Gerasimus of the Jordan. Learning the Language of the Cross. 9:50 AM 3/1/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Lent. [BR] The Second Sunday of the Great Fast; the Feast of the Venerable Martyr Eudoxia; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father David, Enlightener of Wales. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fairest One of All? 10:49 AM 2/27/2015 [EF] Ember Friday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. [OF] The Second Friday of Lent. [BR] The Second Friday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Venerable Father & Confessor Procopius the Decapolite. The Mathematics of Lent: 40-2=38. 1:53 PM 2/26/2015 [OF] & [EF] The Second Thursday of Lent. [BR] The Second Thursday of the Great Fast; the Feast of Our Holy Father Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza; and, the Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Photina the Samaritan. Not "Be Careful What You Ask For" but "Be Careful How You Ask."
9:30 AM 2/25/2015 [OF] The Second Wednesday of Lent. [EF] Ember Wednesday of Lent. [BR] The Second Wednesday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople. The Patron Saint of the Bitter and Angry. 10:17 AM 2/22/2015 [BR] The First Sunday of the Great Fast; the Sunday of the Memory of the Holy Prophets; the Sunday of Orthodoxy; and, the Feast of the Finding of the Venerable Relics of the Martyrs at Eugenia. [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Lent. Ask Not "Who Is Jesus to Me?" but "Who Am I to Jesus?" 10:30 AM 2/21/2015 [OF] The First Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The First Saturday of Lent. [BR] The First Saturday of the Great Fast, a Commemoration of the Miracle of St. Theodore; the Feast of Our Venerable Father Timothy of Symbola; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Eustathius, Archbishop of Great Antioch. Is It a Sin to Hate the IRS? 11:25 PM 2/19/2015 A Note on the Designation of Days During Lent in the Roman Rite.
9:22 AM 2/19/2015 [OF] & [EF] The First Thursday of Lent. [BR] The First Thursday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of the Holy Apostle Archippus. Nulla Dies Sine Cruce! 2:07 PM 2/18/2015 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. [BR] The First Wednesday of the Great Fast; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Leo, Pope of Rome. Nobody Likes a Tattletale. 10:44 AM 2/15/2015 [OF] The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Quinquagesima Sunday. [BR] Cheesefare Sunday; and, the Feast of the Holy Apostle Onesimus. 2:05 PM 2/13/2015 [OF] The Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Friday after Sexagesima. [BR] Cheesefare Friday; and, the Feast of Our Venerable Father Martinian. Septuagesima: It's Not Just for Traditionalists Anymore.
9:13 AM 2/12/2015 [OF] The Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time. [OF] The Third Class Feast of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Confessors. [BR] Cheesefare Thursday; and, the Feast of Our Holy Father Melitius, Archbishop of Antioch. We Can't Follow the Lord on Our Own Terms. 10:26 AM 2/11/2015 [OF] The Fifth Wednesday of Ordinary Time; or, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. [EF] The Third Class Feast of the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. [BR] Cheesefare Wednesday. A Good Day to Come Home. 2:09 PM 1/16/2015 [OF] The First Friday of Ordinary Time. Grace Is Not Payment for Services Rendered. 10:02 AM 1/15/2015 [OF] The First Thursday of Ordinary Time. Is It a Sin to Be Bald?
9:19 AM 1/14/2015 [OF] The First Wednesday of Ordinary Time. Thou Hast Made Us for Thyself, O Lord, and Our Hearts Are Restless until They Rest in Thee. 9:32 AM 1/11/2015 [OF] The Sunday after the Epiphany: the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. [EF] The First Sunday after the Epiphany: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Family. [BR] The Sunday after the Theophany; and, Our Venerable Father Theodosius, Founder of the Common Life. "The Love of God Is that We Keep His Commandments": an Epilogue to Christmas & Epiphany. 1:52 PM 1/9/2015 [OF] The Friday after the Epiphany. The Epiphany vs. the "Social Gospel." 9:42 AM 1/8/2015 [OF] The Thursday after the Epiphany. Jesus Christ, Liturgist.
9:17 AM 1/7/2015 [OF] The Wednesday after the Epiphany; or, the Memorial of Saint Raymond of Panyafort, Priest. Christ is Passing By. 3:22 PM 1/4/2015 [OF] The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. [EF] The Sunday after the Octave Day of the Nativity: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. [BR] The Sunday before the Theophany. A Sign Is Given to Unbelievers, Not to the Faithful. 9:23 AM 1/3/2015 [OF] The Second Day after the Octave of the Nativity; or, the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. [EF] The Second Day after the Circumcision. At the Name of Jesus, Every Knee Should Bend. 9:49 AM 1/1/2015 [OF] The Octave Day of the Nativity: the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. [EF] The Octave Day of the Nativity. [BR] The Circumcision of Our Lord, God & Savior, Jesus Christ; and, our Holy Father Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia. Schlepping Along to the Manger.
9:55 AM 12/31/2014 [OF] The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Natitivy. He Pitched His Tent Among Us. 9:25 AM 12/28/2014 [OF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity: the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. [EF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity. Because It Is Required! 10:57 AM 12/27/2014 [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist. [OF] The Feast of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist. If You Did Nothing More, It Would Suffice. 9:04 AM 12/26/2014 [OF] The Feast of the Archdeacon & Protomartyr, Stephen. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint Stephen, Protomartyr. The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of New Christians.
9:33 AM 12/25/2014 [OF] [EF] [BR] The Nativity of Our Lord, God & Savior, Jesus Christ. The Manger & the Cross. 9:53 AM 12/21/2014 [OF] The Fourth Sunday of Advent. "Be Not Afraid," Sunday Edition. 9:20 AM 12/20/2014 [OF] The Fifth Day before the Nativity. Be Not Afraid. 10:37 AM 12/19/2014 [EF] Ember Friday of Advent. The Grace of the Holy Spirit Knoweth No Slow Working.
9:51 AM 12/18/2014 [OF] The Seventh Day before the Nativity. Time to "Man-Up!" 9:50 AM 12/17/2014 [OF] The Eighth Day before the Nativity. You're Not the Only One Embarrassed by Your Family During the Holidays. 3:44 PM 12/11/2014 [OF] The Second Thursday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Damasus I, Pope. Hand-Wringing is Never an Appropriate Posture for Prayer. 9:46 AM 12/10/2014 [OF] The Second Wednesday of Advent. Are You Putting Diesel Fuel in a Regular Engine?
9:31 AM 12/7/2014 [OF] The Second Sunday of Advent. Not in the Heavens and not on the Earth, but in the Desert of Your Heart, in the Wasteland of Your Soul. 9:45 AM 12/6/2014 [OF] The First Saturday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor. [BR] The Solemn Holy Day of Our Holy Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker. The Difference Between Truth & Fact. 2:04 PM 12/3/2014 [OF] The First Wednesday of Advent; or, Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest. That Pesky Dogma of Sufficient Grace ... Again. 2:40 PM 11/30/2014 [OF] The First Sunday of Advent. That the Light that Shows Like a Will-o'-the-Wisp on the Horizon May Brighten into the Perfect Day.

Archive of homilies from the Sunday before the Theophany, 2014, according to the typicon of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite, through the Thirty-Third Saturday of Ordinary Time, 2014, according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite. Archive of homilies from the Theophany of Our Lord, 2013, through the Sunday after the Nativity, 2013, according to the typicon of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite. Archive of homilies from the Sunday before the Theophany, 2012, through the Nativity of Our Lord, 2012, according to the typicon of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite. Archive of homilies from from the Feast of the Circumcision, 2011, to the Nativity of our Lord, 2011, according to the typicon of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite.


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