The Arena
The Arena

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The Mystery of the Dormition of the Theotokos


The Arena Podcast is the flagship of Patristic Nectar Publications and contains the Sunday Sermons and other theological reflections by Father Josiah Trenham delivered from the ambon of St. Andrew Church in Riverside, California and begun in 2010. Currently there are more than 550 sermons and lectures covering ten years worth of preaching through the liturgical calendar.

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Now available at Patristic, Neter, Dodo,patristic nectar is pleased to offer a new nine part series entitled theMother of God in our lives. This offering is the fruit of a threeday conference, hosted by Patristic Nectar, publications, a collaborationof many clergy scholars, including the keynote speaker, His grace, bishopIrenee of London, as well as his Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita, Arcomage,Maximus, constans, father, Callinice, father, Chad, Hadfield and father JohnParker. The lectures are dedicated to anedifying examination of the great feasts of the Mother of God, as well asadditional lectures on particular aspects of the life of the most holyTheotocos, her role in the lives of Christian believers...

...for these and other available titles.Please visit our website at patristic, nectar, God or, and now the arena with Father Josiah Trenta, in the name of the father and of theson and of the Holy Spirit, a blessed feast to all of you on this,the glorious door mission of Our Lady, I've prepared a small reflection foryou this morning, brothers and sisters, but I emphasize small, because I I needto maintain your strength and your presence of mind to speak to you at theconclusion of the liturgy about some very significant developments in thelife of our church. So please I except my smaller than normal. Some ofyou say that still leads me a lot of...

...latitude, my smaller than normal sermon. I want you to think with me about thegreat mystery of the departure of the mother of God, particularly two things. First, I want you to think about the secrecy of her spiritual life, and then I want you to think about howunusual was her death. You know for most people the process as you get near death isone of going from clarity, tangible understanding to mystery and confusion for many of us when we lay our loved ones to rest.

For us, that's a loss of intimacy, it's a loss of knowledge. Of course wewish the best for all of our departed loved ones. We pray for them, but were uncertain, sometimes often wereuncertain, where they are, what they're doing before, whom are they standing the saints we know, but because of our reality because ofour mix, because, if we're honest, we are all tovarious degrees, two people. Unfortunately, instead ofone in Paul's language, the old man and the new man, he tells us to put the oldman to death, but sometimes we feed him. Instead, he tells us to murder the oldman and give him not not an inch of ground, but sometimes we can't livewithout him, and so we sometimes we...

...come to death less confident than forus we're hoping, but our hope is just thatit's not tangible. Yet, for that particular person for the mother of God, it is absolutelyopposite for her. The mystery was while she was alive. Her whole life was a mystery. Herrelationship with her son was a mystery. Her silence, her impenetrable silence at times when none of us could staysilent is a great mystery to us. Can you put yourself in her shoes whenJoseph was thinking those horrible but understandable, thoughts that sheperhaps had been misused or had been in someimproper relationship, and that was the cause of her pregnancy? Do you noticethat there's no account of the Virgin...

...saying anything even when it would have been a veryquick explanation, nothing, nothing! No! For us. I think themystery is seeing her secrecy. She in her language stored up her life withGod in her heart. She lived here when she heard her son say that whenyou pray or when you faff do it in secret for her. That was no problem for her. That was simply her life and when she came to the end, her end was also very different thanours. Is there any uncertainty? was there any wondering if she's going to make it onthe other side, I mean look at that...

...magnificent icon, dear ones, the entireWestern Wall is the door mission of the mother of God. There was no secrecy, there was no secrecy, and this is mysecond point. First, the beautiful example of living in yourheart and in quiet, and the second is the fruit of that. The fruit of that the fruit of that isthat majestic, confident, very certain end unknown by people. Did you even hear theaccount the Gospel when you heard that Gospel this morning?Didn't you think to yourself? Lord? Is it a little disrespectful to yourmother? Didn't you think that you should because many of the holyfathers who comment on that text say just that...

...that the mother of God, even now, whensomeone afk Jesus who his mother was, he said something that even tightenedher quiet, even heightened and and showed forth her humility, but could beinterpreted as being quite insensitive to her. In fact, he was contributing toher glory. Who is my mother? Excuse me. I mean mom really if someone said that someone came to me and said: Where isyour mother and you're right there and I say who's my mother, the person who does the will of God who hears the wordof God and keeps it this person is my mother and my brother and my sister.You know. Sometimes we look at that and we think the Lord is just being a little bit rude, but he's nothe's magnifying her silence, her humility and he's helping us tounderstand her greatness because cool...

...more than she receive the word of God and put it intopractice, no one, no one, so he wasn't saying she's, not my mother, she'ssaying yes, she is my mother, but if you really know who how she showsherself to be my mother is by her life in relationship to the word of God, and the result was that was she had acompletely deaf different death than we had instead of moving into a period ofuncertainty of question? No, she had that her, Lord and son came for her.The angels gave her a chorus. The Holy Apostles came from the ends of theEarth, all of the disciples and the murdering women watering her feet withtears, and thanks to Thomas her glorification as the first fruits of US sinners. Her body was taken by her son as theoffspring and fruit of his own resurrection life taken to heaven.

If you were wandering a few days agowhen we celebrated the Feast of the transfiguration dear ones, if you werewondering well, that's just for Jesus that glory that radiance, through hisdivinity through his humanity that showed forth his magnificence. Maybethat's just for him. You learn a different lesson to day it's not justfor him for his mother and for us, a son of a daughter of eve and for sonsof Adam too. This is the glory that awaits what a mysterious death, what amysterious death and what a mysterious life May. The Lord God help us to nourishsecrecy in our relation relationship with God to do the hour good things insecret and to be content in here and may he help us have the same end. If we live, this way will come to theend. I confident confident...

...the mystery of our life will be how welive now, not where we're going then may that be our future happy feasting. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar,publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at www, dot, patristic nectar, dot, Orgagain, that's www, dot, patristic nectar, God all.

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