Great Lent – The First Sunday

Great Lent – The First Sunday

Matthew 6:19-30 The passage we have read from the Gospel of St Matthew seems to me to be full of opposites and full of choices. We are used to having to make choices in our lives. Where will we live? What job will we apply for? What subjects will we study at school or university? […]

Great Lent – Saturday of the First Week

Great Lent – Saturday of the First Week

In the passage from the Gospel today, we have heard our Lord Jesus Christ instruct us to pray for our enemies and put up with all manner of injustice and persecution. When there have been terrorist attacks in Egypt, and brothers and sisters in our Coptic Orthodox Church have lost their lives and been martyred, […]

Great Lent – Friday of the First Week

Great Lent – Friday of the First Week

There were many times that the Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ asked questions of him, or of each other. Usually they had completely misunderstood what he was saying, and he had to correct them, or even challenge their wrong attitudes, such as when they wanted to know who was the greatest Disciple. But on […]

Great Lent – Thursday of the First Week

Great Lent – Thursday of the First Week

Today we keep the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. We remember in the Gospel reading that the Holy Family are greeted by Simeon, who says those words which are repeated by the priest as he circles the altar, censing the Gospel, and are read in the Midnight Praises… […]

Great Lent – Wednesday of the First Week

Great Lent – Wednesday of the First Week

We have a beautiful passage set for us today in Luke 6:35-38. It is short enough to quote here completely. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful […]

Great Lent – Tuesday of the First Week

Great Lent – Tuesday of the First Week

In this reading from the Gospel, in Luke 12:41-50, we find the Disciples asking the Lord Jesus whether or not his teaching is for everyone, or only for them. The Lord Jesus speaks about the servant who is always ready for the return of his Master, and does not spare any effort in doing those […]

Great Lent – Monday of the First Week

Great Lent – Monday of the First Week

  In the Gospel reading for today our Lord Jesus speaks with the Disciples about what greatness in God’s eyes looks like. The Disciple probably used the sort of measures of importance that we often do. Who seemed to spend most time with the Lord? Who did he talk to most often? Or perhaps who […]

21st Century Issues: Suicide

21st Century Issues: Suicide

Very often, when Orthodox Christians discuss the devastating issue of suicide, they restrict themselves to the question of whether or not someone who takes their own life – which is what sui-cide means, should receive a Christian burial or not. I hardly want to consider that perspective at all. It seems to me to leave […]

Coptic influence in the Early British Church

Coptic influence in the Early British Church

In the 21st Century, the Coptic Orthodox Church, and other Orthodox Churches, are part of the Christian landscape, and have a full and active part to play in the life of our nation. It is no longer only a pleasant surprise to see an Orthodox bishop being interviewed by the national media, indeed one of […]

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