Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 4

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 4

On the Incarnation – Chapter 4 Text 1. You are wondering, perhaps, for what possible reason, having proposed to speak about the Incarnation of the Word, we are presently considering the origin of mankind. But this, too, properly belongs to the aim of our treatise. 2. For when we speak about the appearance of the […]

Hating sin is not enough

Hating sin is not enough

Where do we find the grace for repentance? It is not in hating sin, as if we could find within ourselves the strength to resist temptation. So much of our spiritual effort is wasted in prideful self-righteousness, and in the worldly despair which is rooted in self-centred shame that we are not as good as […]

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 3

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 3

On the Incarnation – Chapter 3 Text 1. This is the way they vainly speculate. But the godly teaching and the faith which is according to Christ shows that their foolish language is godlessness. For our teaching knows that the universe did not come about spontaneously, because there is intelligent planning present in it; nor […]

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 2

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 2

St Athanasius – On the Incarnation – Chapter 2 Text 1. Many people have taken different views about the making of the universe and the creation of all things, and each man has laid down the law just as he pleased. Some say that all things have come into being by themselves, and only through […]

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 1

Understanding “On the Incarnation” – Chapter 1

Over the next two months I intend to post a chapter each day, as far as is possible, from the important work by St Athanasius the Apostolic, the 20th Pope of Alexandria – On The Incarnation. This relatively short, but foundational text, describes with authority the Orthodox understanding of salvation in the incarnation of the […]

Translation – The History of the Egyptian Solitaries

Translation – The History of the Egyptian Solitaries

Summary This is a translation from French of a  Greek manuscript containing the History of the Egyptian Solitaries. This post contains the French translator’s introduction, and the first of the Apothegmata. Of course many or most of these are known to us. But I want to have a translation of these texts that I have […]

Translation – Homily 67 of St Severus of Antioch

Translation – Homily 67 of St Severus of Antioch

Text Concerning Mary, Holy Mother of God and Ever Virgin. When I want to focus my attention on the Virgin Mother of God and touch simply on the thoughts that concern her, at the beginning of my steps it seems to me that a voice comes to me from God, and sounds loudly in my […]

Translation – A Presanctified Liturgy of St Severus of Antioch

Translation – A Presanctified Liturgy of St Severus of Antioch

Summary This translation into English is of the introductory article and the text of the Presanctified Anaphora of St Severus of Antioch. It was publsihed in French in 1919, and I have translated it here into English. A Presanctified Liturgy is one in which a chalice of wine is consecrated by a portion of the […]

Translation – A Discourse by St Severus on the Virgin Mary

Translation – A Discourse by St Severus on the Virgin Mary

Notes This is a part of a discourse by St Severus of Antioch about the Virgin Mary. He especially describes the Virgin Mary as Prophet, Apostle and Martyr. This text has been translated from the French translation. I believe it may be the first English translation. The Translator from the Coptic, E. Porcher, says… The […]

Translation – The Apocalypse of Samuel, Abbot of Deir-el-Qalamoun

Translation – The Apocalypse of Samuel, Abbot of Deir-el-Qalamoun

Summary The translator of this text from a 17th century Arabic manuscript notes that it is in two parts, a homily and an apocalypse. He adds… The sermon aims to condemn all relations with others and especially the use of the Arabic language (21-23-25, 28). to give moral prescriptions (fol 25 – 26) which often […]

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