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 […]

The Visions of the Martyr Perpetua

The Visions of the Martyr Perpetua

One of the most interesting and moving documents from the early Church is the small diary kept by Perpetua, a catechumen of the Church of Carthage, in the days before her martyrdom with other Christians in about 203 A.D. When we read her own words we find ourselves brought into the life of the earliest […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part III

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part III

In this post I wish to consider one of the works of the early Father of the Church, St Irenaeus. This Irenaeus, one of the most important of the second century teachers of the Church was born in Smyrna in about 130 A.D., and had been taught by the equally famous bishop of Smyrna, St […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part II

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part II

In this further reflection in detail on the writings of the Fathers about the work of Christ on the Cross, I intend to consider some of the Letters of St Severus. He was a prolific correspondent both before his consecration as Patriarch of Antioch, during his years in Antioch, and then during his forced exile […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part I

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part I

When we consider what Christ achieved on the Cross, what his death and suffering means, we discover that there are a variety of analogies and mutually illuminating explanations which the Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church use to express this mystery of God experiencing death. Much of the controversy which sometimes surrounds this subject […]

What about truth?

What about truth?

I don’t want to write a long article about the modern day rejection of the idea of absolute and transcendent truth. I spoke about this in a lecture I gave at the SCOOCH youth conference in New York this year. The video of my lecture is here…. Video Lecture It is an important subject, because […]

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