The Fast of the Virgin – Day 15

The Fast of the Virgin – Day 15

Yesterday [back in 2016 now] I was blessed indeed to celebrate for the first time the Coptic Orthodox Liturgy of St Basil at the Abbey of St Mary in Glastonbury. I had arrived in Glastonbury for the Feast of the Transfiguration, and in our Liturgy we already looked forward to the Feast of the Virgin […]

The Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration

In the account today from the Gospel we heard the well-known passage in which our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God incarnate, took some of his disciples up onto a mountain, and there he was transfigured before them. We believe and confess that the humanity of our Lord Jesus was of the same substance […]

Support the St George Orthodox Ministry

Support the St George Orthodox Ministry

The St George Orthodox Ministry is one among many in the different Orthodox Churches which is sharing the Orthodox Faith with British people. This ministry serves within the Patriarchal Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and is under the care of His Grace Bishop Angaelos. We have only this ambition, to be able to share […]

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 11

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 11

It is undoubtedly the case that the Virgin Mary remains a great obstacle to people from an evangelical background considering the claims of the Orthodox Faith to be the one Church which is the Body of Christ, established by the ministry of the Apostles in the power of the Holy Spirit. This would hardly have […]

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 10

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 10

In this 10th reflection during the Fast of the Virgin Mary I would like to return to the account found in the Proto-evangelium of St James. The infant Virgin Mary was received into the Temple precincts where she spent her childhood in the company of angels, and in the care of the consecrated Widows and […]

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 9

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 9

It is significant that the Virgin Mary is present and active at the first miracle which our Lord Jesus Christ performed. We may remember the account of the Wedding at Cana. Jesus and his disciples were guests, and at some point in the event it was discovered that the host was running out of wine. […]

An Introduction to the First Council of Ephesus

An Introduction to the First Council of Ephesus

The first ecumenical council which took place at Nicaea in 325 AD, was particularly concerned with the Arian controversy. This heresy had denied that the Word of God was properly God, and considered him some lesser and created divine being. Later, the second ecumenical council took place at Constantinople in 381 AD, in the context […]

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 8

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 8

Luke 1:26-38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” The verse I would like us to think about for a few minutes in this reflection during the Fast of the Virgin occurs at the end of the well known account of the Annuciation, and […]

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 6

The Fast of the Virgin Mary – Day 6

It has often been suggested that veneration of the Virgin St Mary, which is the respect and honour due to a human, and not worship which is due only to God, developed very late, after many pagans had joined the Church for convenience, and represents only the introduction of the worship of a semi-divine female […]

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