An early Nativity Homily

An early Nativity Homily

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.` The prophet Isaiah, speaking in advance of the birth of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, writes, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and […]

Step outside…

Step outside…

I wrote this a little while ago and posted it on my old blog. It still represents my views. I have been very glad to spend time over the last couple of days in the Community Hub in Stoke, that our Coptic Orthodox Community of St Chad is supporting as best we are able. Being […]

Everything is Liturgy

Everything is Liturgy

The priest turns to the congregation and hearing the words, Depart in peace, the people are released into the world after the service of another Liturgy. But was that the Liturgy, and had it ended as the agape meal began? The word liturgy comes from the Greek leitourgia, which had the sense of a public […]

What about spiritual growth?

What about spiritual growth?

In this process of losing weight and becoming more healthy, so that I can be of use in these last years of my life, I noticed that I am very concerned with the details of this project. I am making a note of everything I eat and drink, and doing all that I can to […]

More of the beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

More of the beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

Does it need repeating again? Theosis is not the changing of our human essence into the divine essence. No creature can become essentially divine. There can never be any addition to the Holy and Consubstantial Trinity. Our God, who remains beyond all knowing in essence, reveals himself to us by his uncreated energies. As the […]

Being or Having?

Being or Having?

I was watching a TV advert the other day. It was promoting a new smart TV that could display even more colors than its competitors. It made me sad to imagine that people would be throwing away their perfectly useful and functional televisions so that they could be sure that they were watching as many […]

The beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

The beauty of Orthodox Spirituality – Theosis

I do believe that the concept of theosis, or whatever word we want to use to describe what it stands for, is part of the foundation of all Orthodox spirituality and it belongs to all those, whatever the Orthodox community to which they belong, as part of a common inheritance. Of course that is not […]

The beauty of the Orthodox Spiritual Tradition

The beauty of the Orthodox Spiritual Tradition

I became Orthodox over 21 years ago in great part because the beauty of the Orthodox spiritual Tradition spoke to my heart and filled me with a desire for the transcendent realities it described. It offered the possibility of an interior union with God which might renew and transfigure our weak humanity and make it […]