Seven Secrets of a Successful Lent – 3

We have seen that Lent is not all about us, it is meant to be a time in which we concentrate on God in prayer and service. We have also seen that we are not as strong as we think we are and must begin and end our observance of this season by seeking the […]

Seven Secrets of a Successful Lent – 2

As I posted yesterday, the first secret is that it is not all about you, but is all about God. Stop thinking about yourself and ask for the grace to be occupied heart and mind with God. If we are occupied with ourselves during the season of Lent then we have entirely missed the point. […]

Seven Secrets of a Successful Lent – 1

Great Lent i now upon us. It began for those of us in the Coptic Orthodox Church on Monday, 7th March this year. Over the next weeks I hope to produce a series of reflections based on the Scripture readings set for each day. But I also want to consider the meaning and practice of […]

On the Practice of Fasting

On the Practice of Fasting

It would be hard to consider developing an Orthodox spirituality rooted in the practice of the Church throughout the ages without introducing the practice of fasting. It was Jesus Christ Himself who said, ‘When you fast…’, not ‘If you fast…’. In the West the concept of self-denial sits ill at ease with the dominant philosophy […]

Becoming a spiritual person

Becoming a spiritual person

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. In this second session today I would like us to think about what it practically means to become those spiritual men and women who offer worship in spirit and truth. St Cyril says, Through the Gospel teaching […]

Living Community in Christ

Living Community in Christ

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. I received many interesting and thoughtful questions from the members of this group even before I arrived in Canada, and I have tried to make time for us to consider many of them in the various meetings […]

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. This morning I would like us to consider together the passage from the Gospel of St John, found in the account of the meeting of our Lord Jesus Christ with the woman of Samaria. In these verses […]

Why it matters how we worship?

Why it matters how we worship?

This ancient Latin phrase, lex orandi, lex credendi, translates into English as the law of prayer is the law of belief. It simply means that the way in which we pray and worship forms and determines what we believe. The development of the liturgical forms of the worship of the Church are not accidental, nor […]

Father Peter to visit Canada

Father Peter to visit Canada

I am very happy indeed to announce that thanks to the blessing of His Holiness Pope Tawadros, Anba Mina and Anba Angaelos, I have received permission to visit Canada and serve with Abouna Athanasius Iskander at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St Mary, Kitchener. I have been in contact with Abouna Athanasius since I became […]

The Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. It was with very great pleasure that I received the kind invitation of your vicar, and my brother in Christ, Simon Stevenette, to speak this morning at your celebration of the Eucharist. My name is Peter Farrington, and I […]