Myths About Worship

Myths About Worship

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In this blog post we will be considering worship, the Language of Heaven, especially having in mind the corporate, liturgical worship of the Church as we gather at the Liturgy and when we offer hymns, praises and spiritual songs. […]

Can we trust the Gospels?

Can we trust the Gospels?

Why am I an Orthodox Christian? Well there are a great many reasons, and perhaps as I reflect on them in a series of blogs it will help others to realise why it makes sense to be an Orthodox Christian, and why it is an entirely reasonable and rational choice. In this blog I would […]

St Severus and the Ascension

St Severus and the Ascension

Here are several hymns of St Severus of Antioch on the Feast of the Ascension. Each one is a jewel, a precious gem, filled with an accurate and Orthodox Christology describing our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God incarnate, as perfect God and perfect man, without confusion, mixture, division or separation. May the prayers […]

Building the Church – Part I

Building the Church – Part I

Almost all of my adult life has been spent in preparation for and in the service of the Kingdom of God. Not that I have achieved anything in my own strength or barely begun to be that person I know that God desires me to be. I am far from perfect and I am a […]

The Church is One!

The Church is One!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I am Father Peter Farrington, a priest of the Patriarchal Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church, living and serving in the UK. In this video I want to begin to speak about the characteristics of the Church which are […]

Exciting Developments

Exciting Developments

Over the weekend some exciting developments have taken place in the St George Orthodox Ministry of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Father Peter Farrington had been instructed to begin his ministry within the Patriarchal Diocese under the name of the St George Orthodox Ministry, and now HG Bishop Angaelos has blessed Father Simon Smyth and Deacon […]

Prepare for Persecution

Prepare for Persecution

How will persecution come upon us? At the hands of grey men in suits and carrying clipboards. In the name of health and safety they will prevent us offering incense to God. In the name of equality they will require us to ordain women, and those who follow a lifestyle incompatible with our faith. When […]

Successful Barnes Close Retreat

Successful Barnes Close Retreat

Over the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May, Father Peter Farrington organised an Orthodox spiritual retreat at Barnes Close, a residential centre in the countryside outside Bromsgrove, England as part of the activity of the St George Orthodox Ministry of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Barnes Close is set in a rural landscape, with […]

Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit

Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit

I would like to speak briefly about Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit. I grew up in an evangelical community as I have described a little in my talk this morning. And during the late 70s and early 80s, in my late teens and early adulthood, the effects of the charismatic renewal reached even into our […]

Become a Saint

Become a Saint

Unto the church of God …, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, … who … call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:2 Those who have been made holy in Christ Jesus, are now called to be holy. Do we imagine that we ourselves are […]

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