Enough can not be said concerning the two greatest Apostles that the Church and the world has ever known. And yet, they both had been exceedingly humbled by circumstances in their lives and thereby also became two great examples of repentance.
In this new video, Schema-Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Waymart, PA, America's oldest Orthodox monastery, speaks about the great mysteries of the Liturgy in which we meet the Incarnate and Risen Lord. "The eternal and living God became flesh and through this same flesh we know God, we touch God, we handle God, we experience God, and the Liturgy is actually the place that this incarnatioanal view of the Church plays out in a magnificent symphony of sound, sight, smell, taste, of encountering the Incarnate God."
What the Cross offers us is an image and icon of what God’s life is like, what His love is like, and ultimately what He calls us to. This life of God for man is a cross, which ultimately leads us to our resurrection—not only personally, but corporately on the last day.
This great feast of Pentecost is an inseparable continuation of the Lord’s Cross and Resurrection and Ascension to the right hand of the Father, in which the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the Church, recalling to mind the words of our Savior, and guiding our steps towards perfection in Christ. On this great feast we offer the words of two inspiring voices from St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary in South Canaan, PA—those of Archimandrite Sergius, the abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, and of Abp. Michael (Dahulich) of New York and New Jersey, rector and professor at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
In this talk Fr. Sergius speaks on several important themes, including the benefits of pilgrimage for helping us to encounter God, the power of the saints, moving away from an inner monologue towards a dialogue with God beginning with a consistent prayer rule, and having an attitude of blessing and thanksgiving.
We, as members of Christ’s body, can and must support the building and growth of monasteries and monastic vocations. By so doing, we invest in the well-being and preservation of the Church as well as in the “churching” of America. Through the monasteries, organic Orthodox life will grow and flourish, and acting like a catalyst, it will empower and inspire local parishioners to give more of their own hearts and lives to God and to prayer. The power that emanates from a monastery is not only real and tangible, it is intensely powerful, life-creating and life-changing.