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 nectar dot Org. patristic nectar is pleased to offer a new nine part series entitled the Mother of God in our lives. This offering is the fruit of a three day conference hosted by Patristic Nectar Publications, a collaboration of many clergy scholars, including the keynote speaker, His grace Bishop Irenae of London, as well as his Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita, Archimandrite Maximos Konstas, Father Kalinique Burgher, Father Chad Hatfield and father John Parker. The lectures are dedicated to an edifying examination of the great feasts of the Mother of God, as well as additional lectures on particular aspects of the life of the most holy Theotokos and her role in the lives of Christian believers. For these...

...and other available titles, please visit our website at patristic nectar. God Work and now the arena with Father Josiah Trenna, in the name of the father, other end of the son 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 for you this morning, brothers and sisters, but I emphasize small because I need to maintain your strength and your presence of mind to speak to you at the conclusion of the liturgy about some very significant developments in the life of our church. So please accept my smaller than normal some of you say that still needs me a lot of latitude. My smaller than normal...

...sermon. I want you to think with me about the great 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 how unusual was her death. You know, for most people the process as you get near death is one 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 we wish the best for all of our departed loved ones. We pray for them, but we're uncertain, sometimes often were uncertain, where they are, what they're doing before. Whom are they standing? The saints, we know, but because of our reality, because of our mix because, if we're honest, we are all to various degrees to people. Unfortunately, instead of one in Paul's language, the old man and the new man, he tells us to put the old man to death, but sometimes we feed him instead. He tells us to murder the old man and give him not, not an inch of ground, but sometimes we can't... without him, and so we sometimes we come to death less confident and for us we're hoping, but our hope is just that, it's not tangible yet for that particular person, for the mother of God, it is absolutely opposite. For her the mystery was while she was alive, her whole life was a mystery. Her relationship with her son was a mystery. Her silence, her impenetrable silence at times when none of us could stay silent, is a great mystery to us. Can you put yourself in her shoes when Joseph was thinking those horrible but understandable thoughts that she perhaps had been misused or had been in some improper relationship and that was the cause of her pregnancy? Do you notice that there's no account of the Virgin saying anything, even when it...

...would have been a very quick explanation. Nothing, nothing, no. For us, I think the mystery is seeing her secrecy. She, in her language, stored up her life with God in her heart. She lived here when she heard her son say that when you 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 than ours. Is there any uncertainty? was there any wondering if she's going to make it on the other side? I mean,...

...look at that magnificent icon, dear ones, the entire Western Wall is the dormission of the mother of God. There was no secrecy, there was no secrecy, and this is my second point. First the beautiful example of living in your heart and in quiet, and the second is the fruit of that. The fruit of that, the fruit of that is that majestic confidante, very certain end, unknown by people. Did you even hear the Account The Gospel? When you heard that Gospel this morning, didn't you think to yourself, Lord, is that a little disrespeckful to your mother? Didn't you think that you should, because many of the holy fathers who comment on that text say just that that the mother of God. Even he that. Now,...

...when someone asked Jesus who his mother was, he said something that even heightened her quiet, even heightened and and showed forth her humility, but could be interpreted as being quite insensitive to her. In fact, he was contributing to her glory. Who is my mother? Who? Excuse me, I mean mom. Really if someone said that, someone came to me and said where's your mother, and you're right there and I say who's my mother? The person who does the will of God, who hears the word in 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 not. He's magnifying her silence, her humility, and he's helping us to understand her greatness, because who more...

...than she received the word of God and put it into practice? No one. No one. So he wasn't saying she's not my mother. She's saying yes, she is my mother, but if you really know well how she shows herself to be my mother, it's by her life in relationship to the word of God. And the result was that was she had a completely death, different death than we had. Instead of moving into a period of uncertainty, 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 the earth, all of the disciples and murdering women watered her feet with tears and, thanks to Thomas, her glorification as the first fruits of US sinners, her body was taken by her son, as the offspring and fruit of his own resurrection life, taken to heaven. If you were wondering,...

...a few days ago, when we celebrated the Feast of the transfiguration, dear ones, if you were wondering, well, that's just for Jesus, that glory, that radiance, through his divinity, through his humanity that showed forth his magnificence. Maybe that's just for him. You learn a different lesson today. It's not just for him, it's for his mother and for us, a son of a daughter of eve and for sons of Adam to this is the glory that awaits. What a mysterious death, what a mysterious death and what a mysterious life. May The Lord God help us to Nourish Secrecy in our related your relationship with God, to do our good things in secret and to be content in here. and May he help us have the same end. If we live this way, will come to the end. Confidante,...

...confidante, the mystery of our life will be how we live now, not where we're going then. May that be our future, happy, feastly. We hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in other available titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. Again, that's W W W dot patristic nectar dot org.

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