Monastery Blog

Fire and Water

Sermon delivered January 19, 2020 by Archimandrite Maximos We have today in the Gospel, quite a vision. The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, comes to the River Jordan. The River Jordan is only impressive in theology; in reality it’s a small muddy river, in a then-obscure province of the Roman Empire. And John the Baptist … More »

Nativity of Christ Icon

Mirrors of Love

Sermon delivered January 7, 2020 by Archimandrite Maximos In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Christ is born! Glorify Him! When preparing for sermons, you look at the writing of the Holy Fathers and they always begin a sermon on a Great Feast with a protestation of how … More »

Make Ready

Sermon delivered December 29, 2019 by Archimandrite Maximos The king has called us to a great feast. He called out, he prepared a beautiful, overwhelming feast; imagine that scene: The finest banquet hall, decorated in the most beautiful possible way; every good and tasty thing, plates of gold, cups encrusted with jewels; this amazing, perfect … More »

Shepherding Our Thoughts

Sermon delivered December 22, 2019 by Archimandrite Maximos Joachim and Anna were old. They were married for fifty years. Joachim was a shepherd, a successful shepherd by all accounts; Anna was his loving, dutiful wife. She was dedicated to prayer, and work. Joachim, as a shepherd, we are told by John of Damascus, that as … More »

Painting by Rembrandt

Fruitless Harvest

Sermon delivered December 1, 2019 by Archimandrite Maximos This rich man had a problem, but it’s not the problem he thought he had. His land brought forth tremendous fruit, tremendous grain, riches. He had a difficulty: “What am I going to do with all of this extra grain, these extra riches? Where will I store … More »

Third Visit to Baylor University

Third Visit to Baylor

Starting on Wednesday, November 13, Abbot Maximos, together with Hierodeacons Parthenios and Vasilios, spoke at Baylor University Chapel to a combined total of about 4,000 freshmen. The Fathers discussed the life and writings of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite (Acts 17), the liturgical life of the New Covenant, and deification as the goal of the “Good … More »

Painting of the Widow's Son by Blake

Arise and Walk

Sermon delivered October 20, 2019 by Archimandrite Maximos The Lord encountered this sad scene of a young man being brought from the city for burial; a young man, we can assume, probably in his late teens. And the widow is deeply upset, obviously. The Lord takes compassion; He touches the bier, and He says to … More »

Painting of the Unforgiving Servant by Domenico Fetti

The Unforgiving Servant

Sermon delivered September 1, 2019 by Archimandrite Maximos This Gospel today, the parable of the ten thousand talents, on the surface is relatively simple. We see this man who owes this unfathomably large amount of money. Ten thousand talents is a vast treasure; you can say a million or a billion, you can substitute in … More »

The bier of the Mother of God decorated with flowers

Dormition 2019

On August 28, the Brotherhood celebrated the Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. The Brotherhood was joined by the lay faithful to celebrate the Divine Liturgy; Archimandrite Maximos gave the homily. Fr. Maximos preached on the significance of the icon of the falling asleep of the Mother of … More »

Father Cornelius in Church

Monk Cornelius Reposes

On Tuesday, October 30, Monk Cornelius (Mattei) of the Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite in Saint James, NY, reposed in the Lord. He was 68 years old. Fr. Cornelius was born Raúl Antonio Mattei, the oldest of six children, to the late Reverend Raúl Herminio and Antonia Castillo Mattei, in Ponce, PR, on October … More »

First Patronal Feast

First Annual Patronal Feast

The Monks are thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ and His Most-Holy Mother and Saint Dionysios the Areopagite… for allowing our Brotherhood to have a sense of belonging, permanence, and hope for the future here in this place. On Tuesday, October 3/16, 2018, we were all blessed to take part in the first feast day … More »

First Sunday at Monastery

First Sunday at New Monastery

Through the mercy of God, the Brotherhood of the Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite celebrated its first Sunday Divine Liturgy on March 18, 2018 — the fourth Sunday of Great Lent and the day on which the Church celebrates the memory of our Holy Father among the Saints John Climacos (of the Ladder). The celebration … More »