The Rev Andrew Malakhovsky: Humans cannot get out of the seething flow of sinful filth, so they often die because they are maladapted to living in this sinful scum. Anyone who does not have a point of support or a helper to get out of this sea, needs an island or a ship or someone else's hand to pull him out. Likewise, a human being cannot get out of the sea of sin independently because there is no island in this sea. Many souls get drowned in this sea. Only God's hand, only the ship of the Church where we all stay now, can help us. This is why the Lord has granted us this ship — this Church. The Lord pulls us out of this sea and helps us to get rid of this sinful abyss. Every ship has certain rules in place, and the entire crew has to follow them; similarly, there are certain rules in the Church, which allow us to keep going and eventually reach the haven (the much-desired Kingdom of God) together. May the Lord help us to stay on this ship and obey Him.
Sermon after a Liturgy in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on August 5, 2016
Sermon before the Confession in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on July 8, 2016
The Lord teaches us the laws of His Kingdom. «Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy». We perceive these words as if they refer to someone else. Nevertheless, these words pertain to us. It is we who must become like this. We have to move towards this goal. By reminding us of it, the Lord does not intend to admonish us for our inability to live in accordance with His commandments: He helps us to find a seed of righteousness inside our hearts and grow it on the field where it can bring forth fruit.
Sermon after a Liturgy in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on July 16, 2016
We try to talk with God in prayer, and sometimes we succeed. At the same time, we attempt to hear His replies, and this is how we begin to have a conversation. Someone talks loud and clear, someone whispers to the Lord, someone sings — and the Lord responds to all their requests. If we can't see or understand it, it doesn't mean that the Lord turns a deaf ear to our requests. More often than not, it is us who cannot hear His replies. When we begin to talk with God, we should not only say something to Him without getting distracted, but also hear what the Lord tells us. People who haven't experienced it may consider it impossible and weird; those who have experienced it stop talking and keep silent because when you talk, you can't hear clearly. One cannot talk and listen at the same time. We need to be attentive both when we pray and when we try to hear what the Lord wants to tell us. This effort initiates God's mercy. He gives us what we ask Him for when He sees that we really need it. We get what we ask for to the extent of how much we yearn for it and believe in God. It does not depend on our age or education or the years we spend in church. Everything depends on how ready we are to open our hearts to God. Let us ask for God's help.
Sermon after an Akathist in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on August 5, 2016
Communion helps us to push sin aside. God intervenes to instil silence and peacefulness of eternity, the eternal life, into our hearts.
Sermon after a Liturgy in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs on August 6, 2016
Sermon after the Liturgy on August 7, 2016
One has to unlearn judging others in order to be saved.
Sermon after the Liturgy on August 3, 2016
Sermon after the Liturgy on August 4, 2016
Faith implies trust in God, openness towards other people, and the understanding that it is not just your own salvation but also the salvation of other people that is valuable and important for God, and that God loves all people equally and they all are precious to Him.
The Lord gives us life. We should not breed certain feelings artificially and go with the flow of our moods. Just like the tree from one of the Lord's parables, we should develop love towards all people who could then hide in the shade of our love.
Sermon after the Liturgy on August 2, 2016
God is always looking at us. He always waits for our desire, our motivation, and our love. He does not need it but being a loving Father, He accepts it. The only thing that we need to bridge the gap between us and God is determination.
Sermon after the All-Night Vigil on August 1, 2016
September 16, 2016