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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Let My Prayer Arise and Incense

Episode date: June 08, 2012
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From Old Testament times believers have burned incense as an offering when worshiping God. The ancient Temple in Jerusalem even had priests whose sole duty was to keep the censer burning 24 hours a day. Ancient pagan kings were often escorted with large fans of peacock feathers and burning incense when entering their palaces. Early Christians took both these symbols for their worship in recognition of Christ as their sovereign King and Lord.

To this day the Orthodox Church uses incense in most of her services, and large circular fans, reminiscent of the peacock fans of ancient times, are held over the Gospel book during the proclamation…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
All Is Transitory

Episode date: June 22, 2012
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I volunteer my services on Vashon Island to the King County Police and Fire Departments. I responded to a house fire on Vashon Island late Monday afternoon. The home was in a remote location, and the firefighters were hard-pressed to get to the house in time to save it. They arrived to find a locked gate with a high fence, delaying even further their arrival. One corner of the house was already fully engulfed.

I’d been working on correspondence in my study when I heard the first siren, and the moment I heard the fire truck I also smelled smoke. Stepping out on the porch, I could see a large plume of smoke southeast of the monastery.…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Situation Ethics

Episode date: September 07, 2012
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Situation ethics has become the norm for our times, having replaced the biblical ethics of past generations. In situation ethics as long as no one is hurt one can do as one pleases. Taking drugs, watching pornography, and aborting the unborn child all can come under the flag of situation ethics.

Taking drugs is seen as morally neutral by increasing numbers of Americans. We believe no one is hurt by our drug use, while refusing to see the obvious connection between our drug purchases and the mass-killings in Mexico by drug cartels that are in the business because of the demand for drugs by American users.

Nothing wrong with watching…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Therefore Be Merciful

Episode date: October 07, 2012
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Over and over again in the Divine Liturgy and the other liturgical services of the Church we implore the divine mercy … Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison.  These petitions are made with confidence not with fear.  We are not slaves before a tyrant, we are sons and daughters of God before our Heavenly Father who is merciful and calls forth mercy from His children.  This is our confidence:-  God loves us and his will for us is entirely beneficial. 

In Christ He has proven this in the flesh by returning only goodness for our evil.  Christ died voluntarily upon the Cross at our hands … He died…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Giving to Live

Episode date: October 15, 2012
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I was talking to a fellow Chaplain at Manchester University this week and one of the things we were discussing was his teasing of a lady who helps there about her nostalgia for wonderful summers when she was a girl.  Of course it is sunny days we tend to recall, not the ones trapping us indoors by rain.  I also remember the past as being different.  In some parts of the south Manchester suburbs I can really remember when it was all fields. When I started teaching we had to explain the internet to students; now we just use it. Meeting friends for a quiet drink used to require a day or two’s notice; now I can get a text message…

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