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Sermons at St. Nicholas

Each week, we hear the current Sunday sermon from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mckees Rocks, PA by Fr. Tom Soroka. Fr. Tom is also heard on The Path, available Monday through Friday.

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    Why We Have “Closed Communion”

    Often the Orthodox Church is criticized for practicing what is ...

    Often the Orthodox Church is criticized for practicing what is sometimes called "closed communion," which means only Orthodox Christians are permitted to receive the Eucharist. Using the story of the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Fr Thomas reminds

    Jul 27, 2015 Read more
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    The Authority of Caesar and the Authority of God

    In light of recent events regarding the racist slaying of ...

    In light of recent events regarding the racist slaying of African-American Christians and the Supreme Court ruling on so-called "same-sex marriage," Fr Thomas delivers a stirring and challenging message from the scriptures asking, "Who is your authority?"

    Jun 28, 2015 Read more
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    Saints and the Rise of the “Dones” (Mt 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30)

    On the Sunday of All Saints, the gospel reading reminds ...

    On the Sunday of All Saints, the gospel reading reminds us of the narrow way of being a disciple of Christ. Fr Thomas powerfully contrasts the imperatives in Christ's teaching on discipleship with the contemporary rise of the "Dones," those who illogicall

    Jun 7, 2015 Read more
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    Evangelism 101 (John 4:5-42)

    In Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, ...

    In Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we find the Master Teacher deftly bringing her to faith in Him. Fr Thomas relates this gospel message to the imperative of sharing our own story of faith in Christ with those who are thirsting fo

    May 10, 2015 Read more
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    How to Turn Unbelief into Belief (John 20:19-31)

    On the Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Lord's appearance ...

    On the Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Lord's appearance to His disciples and St Thomas's proclamation, "My Lord and My God!" In this practical and helpful message, Fr Thomas teaches us three important points from this story to help us turn unbeli

    Apr 21, 2015 Read more
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    Preparing for Holy Week (John 12:1-18)

    The celebration of Palm Sunday is juxtaposed against the dark ...

    The celebration of Palm Sunday is juxtaposed against the dark events that we experience in the life of Christ during Holy Week. Fr Thomas reminds us that our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem is an example of having the "peace from above" even if you'

    Apr 7, 2015 Read more
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    A Ransom for Many (Mark 10:32-45)

    With the words, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem," ...

    With the words, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem," the Lord Jesus Christ invites all of us to journey with Him to His Passion. Fr Thomas teaches us that the ransom that Christ freely pays on our behalf saves us from sin and death, but also allows us

    Apr 2, 2015 Read more
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    Is it Easier to be Healed or to be Forgiven? (Mark 2:1-12)

    In a powerful message on the value of faith, Fr ...

    In a powerful message on the value of faith, Fr Thomas reminds us that forgiveness is the most important healing we'll ever receive.

    Mar 10, 2015 Read more
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    Preparing for Judgment, Preparing for Pascha (Mt 25:31-46)

    On Meatfare Sunday we commemorate the Last Judgment, when Christ ...

    On Meatfare Sunday we commemorate the Last Judgment, when Christ returns to His creation to judge the world and redeem His people. Fr Thomas reminds us that our fasting is related to the Judgment. As we fast to prepare for Pascha, the Lord's resurrection

    Feb 19, 2015 Read more
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    The Light which Overcomes Darkness (Eph 4:7-13)

    The feast of Theophany heralds the light which overcomes all ...

    The feast of Theophany heralds the light which overcomes all darkness. Fr. Thomas reminds us that this darkness, which is present in many places in our life, is destroyed by the truth and life of Christ himself.

    Jan 11, 2015 Read more
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