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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to End Isolation

Episode date: April 26, 2013
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Isolation and the Christian Life.

In an age when families no longer eat dinner together, children watch TV, play computer games, and text message their friends from their bedrooms; when adults can be seen walking in our cities talking on cell phones; at a time in history when people can be sitting in a cafe with friends, all the while talking to someone else on a mobile phone, we have become a people living together in isolation.

I remember from my youth visiting my elderly grandmother, always finding her radio and TV blasting away. You’d walk into her kitchen and hear a radio, while in the living room you’d find her…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Mother Maria of Paris

Episode date: April 29, 2013
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I want to talk a little about a very modern woman who lived through revolution and occupation by enemies. She showed Christ throughout.  Part of her attraction is that she is modern and lived in the West, but, apart from the fact she is a wonderful example, I cannot help thinking of her in a situation where our brothers and sisters are also facing danger in war, even if we call it an uprising. In difficulty and danger she followed Christ and did not give way to hate.

The basic back ground to the life of Mother Maria of Paris (St Mary as she is now) is as follows.

She was born in 1891 in Latvia - then Russian.  Her father…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Raising of Lazarus

Episode date: May 01, 2013
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Today we celebrate and wonder at the raising of Lazarus. We know from the Gospels that Lazarus was a close friend of Christ who had spent much time with him, Mary and Martha at their house in Bethany.

We need to recognise that even at this stage of Christ’s ministry there were still elements of doubt in the minds of our Lord’s friends. The full and shocking extent of what was happening was still not quite apparent. The women knew Christ to be the Messiah the Son of the Living God.  The dialogue with Martha is interesting to read.
“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Welcoming Christ into Jerusalem

Episode date: May 01, 2013
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Welcoming Christ into Jerusalem
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.

This icon is known as “The Entry into Jerusalem”; and Jesus is coming from the village at the Mount of Olives, down the hill, toward the city of Jerusalem, riding a young donkey. There are lots of adults crowding around to welcome Our Lord, but what is striking about this icon is how active the children are. In the front of the icon, lots of children are spreading palm leaves in front of Christ as a sign of victory, to welcome Him. Three more children have climbed high up the palm tree to gather more palm leaves.…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Communion with Christ

Episode date: May 10, 2013
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Today on Holy Thursday Christ shares His life with us. The Old Testament readings for Vespers begin with Exodus, Chapter 19, Verses 10 to 19 in which “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Make them wash their clothes and be read by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” Therefore, Moses “said to the people: prepare yourselves for the third day.” So it is for us: we prepare ourselves with Christ for the third day, the day of Pascha, the day of the Resurrection. How during the next three days do we prepare ourselves for the…

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