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The Cross Stands, While the World Turns: Homilies for the Cycles of the Year

The homilies collected here were delivered, and worked over, during the last decade at the Three Hierarchs’ Chapel of St Vladimir’s Seminary. These homilies follow the three main liturgical cycles of the year: the Paschal cycle, the Nativity–Theophany cycle, and the Theotokos cycle. Following these cycles has meant, inevitably, that some feasts (such as Transfiguration and the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross) are not touched, nor are those Sundays that belong to “ordinary time,” non-festal periods. Nevertheless, these cycles not only map out our year, but also our lives as we learn to grow in conformity to Christ.

 "The collection of homilies by Fr John Behr appeals to a wide audience. Covering the feasts and fasts of the liturgical year of the Church, this book can be read throughout the year. Succinct and limited in length, these homilies are nonetheless rich in substance and impart invaluable insight to the attentive reader. Clearly, the author’s deep theological knowledge and liturgical expertise are discernable and duly appreciated throughout the book." ~Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Very Rev. Dr John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor of Patristics, and the Editor of the Popular Patristics Series. He is also the author of The Way to Nicaea, The Nicene Faith , The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death, and Becoming Human,  all available from SVS Press.


  • The Sunday of Publican and Pharisee
  • The Sunday of Prodigal Son
  • The Sunday of the Last Judgment
  • Forgiveness Vespers
  • The Sunday of Orthodoxy
  • The Sunday of St Gregory Palamas
  • The Sunday of The Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
  • The Sunday of St John Climacus
  • The Sunday of St Mary of Egypt
  • Lazarus Saturday
  • The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
  • Great and Holy Thursday
  • Great and Holy Friday
  • Antipascha: St Thomas Sunday
  • The Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearing Women
  • The Sunday of the Paralytic
  • The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
  • The Sunday of the Blind Man
  • The Ascension of our Lord
  • The Sunday of Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
  • The Sunday of Pentecost
  • The Sunday of All Saints


  • The Sunday of the Forefathers
  • The Sunday Before the Nativity
  • December 25 – The Nativity according to the Flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
  • The Sunday after the Nativity
  • The Sunday before Theophany
  • January 6 – The Holy Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • The Sunday after Theophany
  • February 2 – The Meeting of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Temple
  • The Sunday of Zacchaeus


  • September 8 – The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-Virgin Mary
  • November 21 – The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple
  • March 25 – The Annunciation of our Most-Holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-Virgin Mary
  • August 15 – The Dormition of our Most-Holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-Virgin Mary



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