A Sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family
St. Benedict Orthodox Church
Celebrating in the Western Rite
of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
The revelation of God as Man and the recapitulation of Christ as the second Adam begin in
the hallowing of the human family with the birth of the Christ Child.

Although Jesus, Mary, and Joseph comprised an unconventional family because of the
extraordinary events in which they lived, nonetheless, by this choice of God, He reiterates
and blesses the family as the basic unit of His creation.

Within this building block of the family, mankind joins God in holy procreation and the
extending of the creation of God throughout His world. This is an answer of obedience and a
yes to God to participate in one part of the Divine plan, the plan which includes a place for
everyone regardless of circumstances.

After failing and falling, Adam and Eve began their journey outside the barrier of Paradise
bearing children in obedience to God’s command to be fruitful and multiply.

As I said, the Holy Family was unconventional in its makeup, but a family, still.
Joseph was an older man and widower when he was called to be the guardian and protector
of the young maiden, Mary; then, she, a virgin, was with child. Of course Christ came, born
as a fully human babe, yet bodily holding the fullness of the Godhead.

Even in this fallen world, and creation affected by the fall of the crown of creation, the family
unit is blessed by God to be the building block of creation, and called to sanctification by the
Church to bless creation, furthering the Kingdom of God on this earth and the next.

We now live in a time where daily creation itself, and the Kingdom of God it reflects, are
under violent assault.

Laws are being passed. Travesties and tragedies are not only sanctioned, but actively
promoted and demanded, which target the very fabric of the human family.
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The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles
since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.
St. Benedict of Nursia Orthodox Church
St. Benedict of Nursia
St. Benedict of Nursia Orthodox Church