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 […]

Homily for the Wedding of Cana

Homily for the Wedding of Cana

On this happy day, our Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Wedding of Cana. It was the occasion of the first miracle that our Lord Jesus Christ performed. We sometimes think that being a serious Christian must be a miserable thing, but we see that our Lord Jesus, our God and our Saviour, shared […]

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 […]