On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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By St. Philaret (Gumilevsky) of Chernigov
Translated from the Russian and edited by the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood
Publication Data: Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2015
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 456
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.8 cm × 15.3 cm × 2.9 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 978‒1‒887904‒53‒7

By St. Philaret (Gumilevsky) of Chernigov
Translated from the Russian and edited by the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ consists of sixty homilies on events found in the Gospels, beginning with Christ’s betrayal by Judas and ending with His burial in the tomb. The homilies go into great detail in discussing the Scriptural accounts of Christ’s final hours, death and burial. [...]In writing on the all-important subject of Christ’s Passion, Archbishop Philaret relied not on human imagination and fancy, but on the Scriptures and on the Scriptural interpretations and theological formulations of the Holy Fathers. In his homilies he sought to harmonize the four Gospels, comparing the texts in order to set forth in the most complete manner the meaning of the Gospel narratives. He also turned to the Old Testament in order to shed further light on New Testament passages. Nearly a hundred and fifty years after it first appeared in Russia, On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ was reprinted in Moscow in the year 2000. It is now being made available in its entirety for the first time to English-speaking readers. Like all spiritual classics, it is just as useful today as when it was first written. [...]To this English edition, we have added explanatory footnotes, many of them consisting of Patristic passages that further elucidate the theological meaning of the subjects at hand. Also, following On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we have included a homily by St. Philaret on Christ’s Resurrection, which was published in Russian a year after the homilies on the Passion.”


HOMILY 1: The Savior’s final foretelling of His death and Judas’ departure to betray Him (Wednesday)
HOMILY 2: The preparation for the Passover (Thursday)
HOMILY 3: The washing of the feet
HOMILY 4: The eating of the Paschal lamb; the first indication of the betrayer
HOMILY 5: The establishing of the Mystery of the Eucharist
HOMILY 6: The final indication of the betrayer and the meaning of the death of Christ
HOMILY 7: The foretelling of Peter’s fall
HOMILY 8: “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in Me”
HOMILY 9: “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’”
HOMILY 10: “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us”
HOMILY 11: “If ye love Me, keep My commandments”
HOMILY 12: “Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world?”
HOMILY 13: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you“
HOMILY 14: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman”
HOMILY 15: “Abide in Me, and I in you”
HOMILY 16: “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit”
HOMILY 17: “This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you”
HOMILY 18: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you”
HOMILY 19: “But when the Comforter is come, He shall testify of Me”
HOMILY 20: “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you
HOMILY 21: “When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth”
HOMILY 22: “A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father”
HOMILY 23: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you”
HOMILY 24: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said...”
HOMILY 25: “I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world”
HOMILY 26: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee”
HOMILY 27: “I have given them Thy word”
HOMILY 28: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word”
HOMILY 29: “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am
HOMILY 30: The final prophecy about Peter
HOMILY 31: The Savior’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane
HOMILY 32: Admonitions to the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane
HOMILY 33: Jesus before His enemies, who are ready to seize Him
HOMILY 34: Christ’s admonition about the sword, and His surrender to His enemies
HOMILY 35: The Savior before Annas
HOMILY 36: The first interrogation of the Savior by the Sanhedrin
HOMILY 37: The fall and repentance of Peter
HOMILY 38: The Sanhedrin’s second trial ofJesus
HOMILY 39: Pilate’s first interrogation of Jesus
HOMILY 40: The Savior before Herod
HOMILY 41: Pilate frees Barabbas
HOMILY 42: The beating and mockery of Jesus, and Pilate’s useless new appeal to the Jews
HOMILY 43: Pilate’s last conversation with Jesus and Jesus’ condemnation to death
HOMILY 44: The walk to Golgotha
HOMILY 45: The teaching to the weeping women
HOMILY 46: The Crucifixion of the Savior
HOMILY 47: The crucifixion of the thieves, the inscription on the Cross, and the parting of the garments
HOMILY 48: The Lord’s prayer for His crucifiers
HOMILY 49: The mockery of Jesus, and the darkness
HOMILY 50: The promise to the repentant thief
HOMILY 51: Jesus entrusts His Mother to John
HOMILY 52: The cry of sorrow to God
HOMILY 53: “I thirst”
HOMILY 54: “It is finished”
HOMILY 55: Commending His spirit
HOMILY 56: The tearing of the veil, the earthquake, and the raising of the dead
HOMILY 57: The confession of the centurion and the grief of the people
HOMILY 58: The piercing of His side
HOMILY 59: The taking down of the Savior from the Cross
HOMILY 60: The burial of the Savior
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