Modeling Humility and Repentance: A Homily on Zacchaeus Sunday

Fr. Irineos uses the Gospel account of Zacchaeus to examine a model of humility and repentance that prepares us for Great Lent and ultimately Pascha. Listen to “Modeling Humility and Repentance: Homily for Zacchaeus Sunday” on Spreaker. It’s only fair to share…

Is the Bible All There Is?

The following article was written on spec for submission to the faith section of local newspapers.  It is aimed to an audience unfamiliar with Orthodox Christianity.  I am posting it as submitted. Citations appear below the article. IS THE BIBLE ALL THERE IS? By Fr. Irineos Placek   Among Christians, and certainly among those of the Read more about Is the Bible All There Is?[…]

Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols”

Sunday’s Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols” Fr. Irineos uses the story of the life of the martyr Polyeuchtus to reflect on idolatry in our modern age and how we can follow the example of the Holy Martyr! Listen to “Smashing Modern Idols – Homily for the 31st Sunday after Pentecost” on Spreaker. It’s only fair to Read more about Homily: “Smashing Modern Idols”[…]

Christ the Refugee – Homily for the Sunday after Nativity

I’ve seen this meme posted a lot this Christmas:   and I’ve seen a lot of people get really upset about it.  In my homily for the Sunday after Nativity, I talk about the Gospel reading appointed for the day, recounting Joseph’s flight into Egypt, and how we quite often let our politics inform our Read more about Christ the Refugee – Homily for the Sunday after Nativity[…]

Thy Nativity O Christ Our God! – Homily on Nativity

In this homily delivered on Nativity (Old Calendar), Fr. Irineos discusses the incredible condescension of our Lord to take on human flesh, and, using the Troparion of the Feast, expounds on the theology behind this Troparion. Listen to “Homily – Nativity of our Lord in the Flesh” on Spreaker. It’s only fair to share…