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500 Years After the Diet of Worms

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 19, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostIn hindsight, the concept of what is “right” and “wrong” usually seems obvious. But at the time, that is rarely ever the case. So it was for Martin Luther when he made his famous confession at the Diet of Worms. To us, it seems clear that what Luther did is exactly what…

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O Glorious Office!

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 14, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Postby C.F.W. Walther Woe to Christian Preachers if they have nothing ­preach but the Law! Their hearers will become hungry by it, but not satisfied. They will be startled out of their security, but they will never come to peace. They will learn to know their ­distress, but they will remain without…

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Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 9, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostChrist Jesus lay in death’s strong bandsFor our offenses given;But now at God’s right hand He standsAnd brings us life from heaven.Therefore let us joyful beAnd sing to God right thankfullyLoud songs of alleluia! Alleluia! No son of man could conquer death,Such ruin sin had wrought us.No innocence was found on earth,And…

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The Paschal Homily by St. John Chrysostom

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 4, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostChrist is Risen! If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.If anyone has labored from the…

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Holy Saturday Homily by An Unknown Church Father

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 3, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostSomething strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever…

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Again To Paradise

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 2, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostSaint Romanos the Melodist was a notable Greek hymnwriter who lived from 490-556 A.D. His liturgical poetry beautifully recalls specific events in scripture that connect the reader to the paschal mystery. The following is his work entitled On the Victory of the Cross. It causes us to contemplate on the Crucifixion of…

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Good Friday Homily by St. John Chrysostom

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 2, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostIf we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish,” commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors.” If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an…

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Maundy Thursday Homily by St. Melito of Sardis

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 1, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostThere was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born…

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Announcement: Zion’s New Vocalist

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 1, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostFor a while now, I have been trying very hard to hide the fact that my voice is fading. Having two services and projecting through a mask made me realize that I just can’t do it anymore and I’m sure some of you have noticed. I simply can no longer lead the…

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Holy Wednesday Homily by St. Augustine

By Pastor Voltattorni / March 31, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostDear brethren, the Lord has marked out for us the fullness of love that we ought to have for each other. He tells us: No one has greater love than the man who lays down his life for his friends. In these words, the Lord tells us what the perfect love we…

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