Translation – Severus of Antioch in Coptic Literature

Translation – Severus of Antioch in Coptic Literature

Summary This text is a translation I have produced of an article by the scholar E. Porcher from the French, published in the Revue de L’Orient Chretien in 1907. I believe this is the first translation into English. Text Patrologia Orientale, edited by Mgr. Graffin and M. Nau, published two Lives of Severus in Syriac, […]

Translation – The Prayer of Saint Langinos

Translation – The Prayer of Saint Langinos

Summary This is an interesting text, preserved in an Ethiopic manuscript. It describes something of the affairs in Egypt at time of the council of Chalcedon when violence was threatened against those who rejected the Tome of Leo. It describes a miracle performed at the prayer of St Langinos. I have translated it into English […]

Translation – The Plerophories – 1-9

Translation – The Plerophories – 1-9

Text The Plerophories That is, the testimonies and revelations that God made to the Saints, concerning the heresy of the two natures and the prevarication that took place in Chalcedon; they were written by one of the disciples of St. Peter the Iberian, namely the priest John of Beth-Rufin, of Antioch, bishop of Maiouma of […]

Translation – The Plerophories – Introduction

Translation – The Plerophories – Introduction

Summary F. Nau, the great French schola, translated the Plerophories into French, which I am translating into English in this series of posts. This is his own introduction. The word Plerophories has the sense of a collection of materials which provide and produce an assurance and certainty in what is believed. In this case, it […]

Translation – Writings Against Julian – p155-p158

Translation – Writings Against Julian – p155-p158

Summary This is the last passage from the first lengthy response which St Severus sent to Julian of Halicarnassus. The main problem with Julian was that he considered only one way of speaking of the human corruption which came about after the sin of Adam. He thought that when the Fathers spoke of such corruption […]

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 […]