Female Saints – The History of the Virgin Potamiaena

Female Saints – The History of the Virgin Potamiaena

There was a certain young virgin [called Potamiaena] who was exceedingly beautiful and she was a Christian. She was the handmaiden of a certain worldly man who was given over to a life of pleasure, and she lived in very great luxury, and her master flattered her greatly, wishing to destroy her. And being unable […]

Thinking of a life partner

Thinking of a life partner

We can be attracted to lots of people. This is normal, and to some extent is the same as how the aroma of a bacon sandwich is attractive, especially if we are fasting. It seems to hint that it can satisfy all our needs and desires at once in one bacony indulgence. But the reason […]

Reflecting on Intimacy – 1

Reflecting on Intimacy – 1

We should not be surprised that for almost all of us the issue of intimacy becomes important and one point in our life or another. We are complex in our constitution. We are not easily explained. We are not merely animals, though we share some aspects of life in common with other creatures. But it […]

The True Meaning of Liturgy

The True Meaning of Liturgy

I must have prayed and participated in and celebrated in hundreds and even a thousand liturgies in the 30 years since I began investigating and learning about Orthodoxy, then became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and then became a priest. I have prayed in many different situations and circumstances. I have had the […]

Overcoming Anxiety 2

Overcoming Anxiety 2

There is no doubt that those who find themselves crippled by anxiety need to draw on a wide variety of therapies and psychological and medical intervention as appropriate. But we must not deny that there is always a spiritual component to our life as human persons, and every aspect of our life both affects our […]

Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

If our faith and hope in God is weak and failing, and we doubt that he will take care of every detail of our life, then there are things we should do. Our faith and hope in God is established in us by a personal relationship and experience of God. If God is remote and […]

Perspectives on Prayer

Perspectives on Prayer

This is a presentation I gave in prayer at Moorlands Bible College, the Evangelical Seminary where I studied for three years, when they recently invited me to speak about prayer. Good morning to you all. My name is Peter Farrington, and I am a graduate of Moorlands Bible College. I think I finished my three […]

No! We are not Monophysites!

No! We are not Monophysites!

I have been a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church for over 24 years, and I was seeking to learn about and become Orthodox for some years before that. I was active on the internet before it was the world wide web. It wasn’t always easy. I was becoming a member of the Coptic Orthodox […]

Becoming Orthodox

Becoming Orthodox

I was asked by an enquirer how to continue the journey towards membership of the Orthodox Church in our Coptic Orthodox community, and I responded in this way… God bless you in your continuing spiritual journey into union with him, by the indwelling Holy Spirit. I became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church in […]

Making children into disciples of Christ

Making children into disciples of Christ

The Scriptures only teach us to make disciples. The followers of Jesus are only described as disciples. The Lord Jesus commands us to go into the world and make disciples. Indeed, those who are not really disciples are condemned in one way or another, as being those who set off on the journey but keep […]