Excerpts from Sermons in St.Elisabeth Convent: "...Teach Us To Love…"

By Fr. Andrew Lemeshonok

We are tied to a wardrobe full of clothes, to the plate of borscht, to our wallet with the money that wither away, to the weather that cannot warm up our hearts. We are addicted to all those things. This is our weakness, a reason for our current woeful condition, because we are tied to wrong relationships with one another, to offences, to divisions and separations, too. Unfortunately, we cannot do without these relationships. This is why words about eternity and the absence of death may sound comforting to us, of course, but we do not feel them in the same way as the people who were free from all that vanity from the start. We need lots of props in order to really enter into the life where Christ is risen.


We are grateful to God for being in the Orthodox Church, for having the intercessors like the Theotokos and the saints who pray for us, and even though we have harsh hearts, we still can feel it sometimes. There comes a moment when we finally break through and the new life touches us. This is when we understand that we live not only on the earth: we have our share in Heavens, too. I would like this share to grow bigger and bigger. (Sermon after Vespers on April 24, 2017)

By Fr.  Alexander Pashkovsky

Every one of us has a cross to carry. For some, it is their family. For others, it is an illness, a sorrow of any kind, work-related problems, etc. We shouldn’t be seeking easier paths. What we should be looking for is God’s will. Most often, we already know it because we know the Ten Commandments and we know we must not trespass them because there is no justification for sins like these. (Sermon after the All-Night Vigil on June 24, 2017)


It is vital to learn to see godlike goodness in one’s neighbour. We must remember that goodness does not disappear. It is us who change: today we are kind and calm, and tomorrow we can change. (Sermon after the Divine Liturgy on June 25, 2017)


Sometimes we say Doubting Thomas, and mean it in the negative sense. However, a true believer must test everything. A believer must not trust himself. He must search for the truth, like St Thomas who did not believe initially but then looked for God and found the faith. (Sermon after the All-Night Vigil on April 22, 2017)

By Fr. Priest Valery Zakharov

If we pay attention during prayer, we will hear what the Lord wants to tell us. (Sermon after an Akathist in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on June 23, 2017)


We often think that it is something inside us — a proper mood, agility, or hard work — that makes miracles happen. We forget that miracles come from God, and we can only petition God for them. God grants us our petitions precisely when we realise whom we are asking and who we are. This repentance gives God the chance to act. (Sermon after the Divine Liturgy in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on July 1, 2017)


Teach us to love… I think this is what God wants to accomplish. If He rebukes us for some reason, it is not meant as a way to disparage or offend us. He does it to make us holy, no less. (Sermon Before the Confession in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on April 21, 2017)

By Fr. George Glinsky

We often try to substitute God with an idol that we model in our own image and likeness based not only on our own needs and requirements but even on political, social, or other interests. However, if we refuse to make the idol in our image and likeness; if we finally acknowledge that we are the image and likeness of the invisible God; if we recall what God calls us for, our lives will change. If we stop pleading with God to let us do what we want, if we stop perverting the Gospel every time we need it, we will discover the fulness of the Divine Revelation on the pages of the Holy Scripture. In spite of our total depravity, the abomination of our life, our spiritual deformity, Apostle Paul says that the Lord is always true to his promise: He came to save all people who turn to him with repentance, willing to transform their lives and redefine them in the light of the Gospel. (Sermon after the Divine Liturgy on June 27, 2017)


We must work hard every day to demonstrate that Christ did indeed rise for our sake; that we remain faithful to him, even as we have heard about him long long ago; that our lives do change if we try to remember him; that He really transformed our lives and this transformation is irreversible. It is only in this case that the Good News of the Gospel — the news of the Resurrection of Christ — will take roots in our hearts and bring the fruit of salvation not only for us but also for the people who are looking for the truth. (Sermon after the Vespers on April 26, 2017)

By Fr. Sergius Nezhbort

May the Lord help us to stay firm in what we are called to do: in our duties and the circumstances of our lives. May He teach us not to scuttle back and forth, not to panic, but make attempts at moving forward. (Sermon after the Divine Liturgy on June 26, 2017)

By Fr. Sergius Khrapitsky

Independence isn’t an Orthodox word because every human depends on God. It’s impossible to be independent of God. The devil’s poison spreads around the contemporary world and penetrates deep into human conscience. People can’t even comprehend that these are the actions of the foe of the human race.

Almost the entire world is under the devil’s rule nowadays. Only those people who pray, fast, and go to church, demonstrate that they are free from his cobwebs. (Sermon after the Divine Liturgy on July 3, 2017)

August 14, 2017

St. Elisabeth Convent