Fr. Hopko explains that this feast marks the end of the Winter Pascha and the beginning of the season of repentance.
A brand new series! Each episode, Fr. Tom will address one of the names of Christ. He begins by examining "Jesus," which means "God saves."
Fr. Tom traces the history of America's secular religion, paying particular attention to that religion's cherished patriarchs and dogmas, in a special podcast dedicated to this week's President's Day.
Fr. Tom recorded this on Jan 21 - the day after the inauguration of President Barak Obama and the day before the March for Life in Washington DC. He draws on Scripture, Tradition and St. Maximus to help us know how to react to rampant abortions in our world.
There are radical differences in John's baptism, the baptism that Jesus' disciples were doing before Jesus was crucified, and the baptism that came afterward. Fr. Tom helps us understand how our baptism is a baptism with fire.
Fr. Tom came down sick just before Theophany this year so he offers this very helpful meditation a few days after the feast.
Enthroned on high with the Eternal Father and Your divine Spirit, O Jesus, You willed to be born on earth of the unwedded handmaid, your Mother. Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day old Child. Glory to Your most gracious counsel; glory to Your dispensation; glory to Your condescension, O o
The Angel told the Theotokos "You will call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin." Fr. Tom explores the significance of that Name as well as its origins.
Fr. Thomas Hopko presents a meditation on how the liturgical services of Christmas and Epiphany pattern those of the Christ’s Holy Pascha of Easter.
What is the significance of all of those "begats" in the Gospel lesson just before Nativity? Fr. Tom breaks it down for us in the current episode.