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Lectionary Sermons and Homilies

These sermons and talks include some from Non-Catholic sources. The general themes are in accord with Catholic thought and should be edifying to Christians of all stripes. Keep in mind that the Protestant sermons are contextually preached outside of the Catholic or Eastern Churches.

Catholic/Orthodox Sermons

Advent
December Fast (Advent) Sermon by Pope St. Leo

December Fast Sermon I by Pope St. Leo

December Fast Sermon VI by Pope St. Leo

December Fast Sermon VIII by Pope St. Leo

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)
Christmas Sermon by St. Isaac the Syrian
This brief sermon calls us to not only celebrate Christmas/Nativity, but to remember the ethical implications of the feast. This is a classic.

Nativity Sermon I by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon II by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon III by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon IV by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon VI by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon VII by Pope St. Leo

Nativity Sermon VIII by Pope St. Leo

A Christmas Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Epiphany (Theophany)
Epiphany Sermon I by Pope St. Leo

Epiphany Sermon III by Pope St. Leo

Epiphany Sermon IV by Pope St. Leo

Epiphany Sermon VI by Pope St. Leo

Lent
Lent Sermon I by Pope St. Leo

Lent Sermon II by Pope St. Leo

Lent Sermon IV by Pope St. Leo

Lent Sermon VIII by Pope St. Leo

Lent Sermon XI by Pope St. Leo

Holy Week
On the Passion III by Pope St. Leo

Easter (Pascha)
Paschal Sermon by St. John Chrysostom

On the Resurrection I by Pope St. Leo

Pentecost
Pentecost Sermon I by Pope St. Leo

Sermons From Other Christian Communities

The personal views of the non-Catholic preachers listed below do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Ancient-Future.Net. Per our site policy, the sermons themselves are compatible with Catholic Teaching.

Second Lent
The Way of the Cross by Wesley Smith
While we would love to always be in an Easter mentality, i.e. full of happiness and praise, the truth is that Jesus says our lives will not always be rose gardens. Wes preaches on the importance of Lent, denying oneself, and the eventual resurrection of Easter, that only comes after times of suffering.

Third Lent
God Wants All The Hopeless Cases by David Bennett
Even though the fig tree was past its prime, a hopeless case, the gardener gives it one more year to bear fruit. God gives us time to repent as well, never giving up on even the most hopeless case. As we go through Lent we must remember to share our hope in Christ with those who have no hope. This sermon covers these topics.

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Fourth Lent
The Prodigal Son by David Bennett and Jonathan Bennett
Most Christians are more like the good son than the reckless prodigal son. We are called to accept those who repent and make amends, and even restore them to their former positions! Why? Because God does the same thing for us when we repent. A modern day sermon illustration of this story helps us to see the radical nature of Jesus' parable.

Fifth Lent
Straining Forward to What Lies Ahead by Jonathan Bennett
All things are rubbish compared to what we have in Christ. While Lent does seem gloomy, what is really gloomy is denying sin, and denying any way for the burdens of our wrongdoings to be lifted. Our sins, and their burdens, may be relieved through the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Easter (Pascha)
We Gather to Proclaim a Festival by Derek Olsen
Delivered for a Paschal Vespers service, this sermon examines, light, darkness, and God's action in Jesus Christ.

Third Easter
Called in our Weakness by Derek Olsen
Derek tells us why we are all called in our weakness and imperfection, and why we Christians (like St. Peter) are all wet.

Six Easter
The Struggle of the Early Church by David Bennett
The nascent Church, built upon the power of Christ's bodily Resurrection, went through many struggles that we go through today.

Seven Easter
Full Participation in the Life of God by Derek Olson
The gospel reading appointed for Seven Easter Year C is quite amazing, and calls us to participate in the refining and transforming love of God.

Pentecost
Come Upon Us Mighty Wind! by David Bennett
Had we been the Apostles in the Book of Acts we probably would have resisted the miracles on the day of Pentecost. Had a flame rested on us, we would have blown it out! Bennett's sermon focuses on the need for renewal in the Holy Spirit, both individually and collectively, which is especially desperately needed in the mainline churches. Using the Swiss watchmakers as an illustration, this sermon shows how once great institutions can become sterile and obsolete in just a few years.

Transfiguration Day
The Glory of God by David Bennett
Delivered in 2000, this sermon talks about God's glory revealed to the common men known as Jesus' apostles. God's glory is available to us as well, only in more subtle form.

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
Creation Cries Out, "The Birth Pangs are Drawing Nigh" by Derek Olsen
As businesses get into the Christmas season, creation bids us to prepare for something greater than tinsel and garland: the coming of Christ the King.

Miscellaneous & Sermon Helps

Lectionary Sermon Illustrations and Resources

Basic Catholic Prayers

Advent Prayers and Collects

Immaculate Conception Prayers

Christmas Prayers and Collects

Feast of the Holy Family Prayers and Collects

Epiphany Prayers and Collects

Ash Wednesday Prayers and Collects

Prayers for Lent

Annunciation Prayers and Collects

Easter (Pascha) Prayers

Prayers for the Feast of the Ascension

Pentecost Prayers and Collects

Prayers and Devotions for Ordinary Time

Prayers to the Trinity and for Trinity Sunday

Communion Prayers and Prayers for Corpus Christi

Prayers for the Feast of the Assumption / Dormition of Mary

Prayer for All Hallows Eve (Halloween)

Prayers for All Saints Day

Prayers for All Souls Day

Prayers for the Feast of Christ the King

Prayers for Teachers, Students, and Schools

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