British Saints for Coptic Christians

British Saints for Coptic Christians

I have spent a week in the little village of Giggleswick in the Yorkshire Dales, close to Settle, and about 60 miles by road from the Coptic Orthodox Church of St Mary and St Mina in Stockport.The Church is named for St Alkelda, almost entirely unknown outside these mountain valleys. She was from a noble […]

Homily for Tute 1

Homily for Tute 1

For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. Luke 7:28 Some of the disciples of John the Baptist had come to ask if he was indeed the one that […]

St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

On this day, August 4th, we commemorate and celebrate the life and witness of St Mary Magdalene. It was she from whom the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons according to the Gospels, which each speak of her. In Luke 8, we read… Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city […]

Choosing the best in life

Choosing the best in life

We can think of the Christian Faith in a negative way, as if it was about things which are forbidden to us, and things which will limit our freedom. We can imagine that all our effort must be given without any clear idea that it will ever be rewarded. It can seem that everyone else […]

Homily for the Feast of Pentecost

Homily for the Feast of Pentecost

Today is the joyful feast of Pentecost. It is the day in the year when we especially commemorate with thanksgiving the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Christ who had remained faithful, and continued to gather together both through the despair of the cross, the joy of the resurrection […]

Apostolic Succession – What it is and what it is not!

Apostolic Succession – What it is and what it is not!

For most members of the Orthodox Churches the doctrine, or teaching, about the Apostolic Succession is not often discussed, even though it represents an essential foundation of every Apostolic and Orthodox community. Orthodox Christians might be aware of the consecration of their particular Patriarch or Catholicos. Perhaps the might have seen video or photographs of […]

The Diophysite Christology of the Oriental Orthodox

The Diophysite Christology of the Oriental Orthodox

Very often our adherence to particular phrases becomes no more than sloganeering and we lose any great interest in actually communicating what we believe or understanding what others might be saying. St Paul warns us against this in his first letter to St Timothy, when he writes, “Remind people of these things, solemnly urging them […]

The Spiritual Character of the Preacher

The Spiritual Character of the Preacher

I was blessed indeed to be invited to speak briefly at the European Clergy Conference in 2015. This is the short message I presented to the bishops and priests gathered there. The spirituality of the preacher, the topic on which I have been asked to speak, is not concerned with the techniques we might use […]

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