Community of Tampa | St. Pete | Florida

Sermons by Fr. Hovnan Demerjian

Trimming Back to You

Great Lent begins tomorrow, and before getting into everything else Lent has come to mean, it is important to remember that the word Lent simply means Spring (from old English). This makes intuitive sense because the 40-day season of Lent does in fact always coincide with the first half of Spring, the season where everything…

Temper Tantrum

O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ Jonah 4:3-5 Have you ever witnessed a child throwing a temper-tantrum in the middle of a grocery store (hopefully it was not your own). The child may do…

Miracle of Presence

‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ –John 6:20 Today’s Gospel reading is about Jesus appearing to his disciples in the night, in a storm, when they were terrified.  To understand the full impact of the passage, however, you have to go back a few hours to the events of that day, when Jesus multiplied a…

God Is Leading You Out of Here

Shake yourself from the dust, arise, O captive Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus says the LORD: ‘You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.’ Is 52:2-3 The Message translation of today’s Bible reading from the Prophet Isaiah is titled “God Is Leading You Out of Here,”…