Translation – Writings Against Julian – p133-p153

Translation – Writings Against Julian – p133-p153

Summary In this very interesting passage from the work of St Severus, he wants to express several important points. These are: The human nature does not become mixed with sin as a natural element and we are to avoid saying that the human nature is “in sin”. It is necessary to understand that the Scriptures […]

Call no man father!

Call no man father!

One of the questions which are often asked about Orthodoxy by those who are investigating our ancient and Apostolic faith, is why it is that we call our pastors and priests, Father, or Abouna, or some other word in another language that has the same meaning, when it seems that the Lord Jesus Christ forbids […]

Unceasing Prayer of the Heart – I

Unceasing Prayer of the Heart – I

We should not imagine that the practice of unceasing prayer and the unfailing awareness of the presence of God is to be reserved only for a very few of the great monastic pioneers. That would be like saying that there is no point in trying to get physically fit unless we can compete at an […]

The Indwelling Holy Spirit

The Indwelling Holy Spirit

In the Gospel reading for today, the 25th day of the Egyptian month of Babah, we read the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, recorded in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of St John… 23, 24 And in that day you shall ask Me nothing. Truly, truly, I say unto you, If you shall ask […]

Losing our way

Losing our way

I was asked today… Abouna, why is it that some people have a deep connection with God for some time and then fall into sin, while they are very aware that they are breaking God’s heart? How does God see these people? I mean maybe before they experienced Him, they didn’t know Him at all […]

Raised a Spiritual Body

Raised a Spiritual Body

Some have imagined that in the resurrection our human bodies will be spiritual, like the angels, and even that the body of our Lord Jesus was of this nature, and was no longer physical after his resurrection. The passage of Scripture which is used to justify this opinion is 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, in which St […]

Translation – Writings Against Julian – p131

Translation – Writings Against Julian – p131

Translation from the work of St Severus of Antioch by Father Peter Farrington Why then, when the Doctors call the most holy body of our Lord, God and Saviour, Christ, corruptible before the resurrection, in that it is mortal and suffers like us and is subject to the irreproachable passions, does your Holiness turn the […]

Translation – The Writings against Julian – p128

Translation – The Writings against Julian – p128

Translation of St Severus of Antioch by Father Peter Farrington It is not, indeed, to challenge the consubstantiality with passions like ours, that Christ God and our Saviour was born according to the flesh of the Holy Spirit and of Mary, ever Virgin. Nor is it condemning as a corruption and a stain resulting from […]

Translation – The Writings against Julian – p24

Translation – The Writings against Julian – p24

Translation from the work of St Severus by Father Peter Farrington It depended on his own free will, to sin, I say, and not to sin. It was in this way that he was deprived of the grace of immortality, by disturbing with the shadow of sin the image of the divine likeness, by virtue […]

Translation – The Writings against Julian – Vol 1 p23

Translation – The Writings against Julian – Vol 1 p23

Translation from the work of St Severus by Father Peter Farrington Who does not know that all of these eminent Teachers have said, following the Divine Scriptures, that the Son and Word of God, who is before the ages, at the end of time, was incarnated and made man of the Holy Spirit and of […]