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From the Amvon

From the Amvon
True and False Unity

Episode date: June 02, 2014
Transcript published: September 11, 2014

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In the Gospel reading which we’ve just heard, Christ prayed, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:11) What does it mean for Christians to be “one”, and what, exactly, was Christ praying for?

The Fathers tell us that this refers to the one-ness of mind and the union of purpose, and the bond of mutual love that we, as believers, are to have, and that includes a unity in communion. In other words, we share the same sacrament, we share the same faith, we share the same goals. Now, to the extent that we are truly part of the…

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Come and See

Come and See
Sainthood: The Endurance Test

Episode date: June 17, 2014
Transcript published: September 08, 2014

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one, Amen.

Today’s readings are all about being a saint. Now, being a saint is open to absolutely everybody. Not many of us, probably, will be painted in icons like the ones behind me here, but some of the people, possibly even some of those listening to this, will end up being painted in icons and celebrated on the walls of our Church. Now, if you go into church, and you look at the walls, and the walls are surrounding you with icons of the saints, and up in the dome you have the angels, and Christ Himself looking down upon you, and a magnificent choir over…

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The Law of the Spirit

The Law of the Spirit
What Is Love In The Spiritual Life

Episode date: August 26, 2014
Transcript published: August 29, 2014

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I would like to refer to Saint Philaret of Moscow, a well known 19th century hierarch and one of the greatest preachers of course, of the 19th century in the Russian empire.

He called Christ “love crucified,” “love crucified.”

Of course, he understood full well that we can’t understand what love is without Christ, so, which could explain why people don’t know what love is in our society because if you try to find out without Christ, you run up against a brick wall. Love can become preference, it can become feeling, it can become sexual attraction, it can become “I like this,” or…

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Faith and Philosophy

Faith and Philosophy
Understanding the Modern and Post Modern Mind, Part III

Episode date: February 03, 2014
Transcript published: August 01, 2014

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Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Hello, and welcome once again to Faith and Philosophy. This week’s topic is “Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind, Part III: Scientific Rationalism.” Last time I talked about the three prevailing attitudes of modernity: the autonomy and sovereignty of the individual, the autonomy of reason, and the sufficiency of reason to answer all of our…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
In Praise of Old Women

Episode date: July 15, 2013
Transcript published: July 21, 2014

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Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, the Church of England comes to the rescue.

This summer a couple was married in the church of St Mary and St Martin in the town of Blyth in Nottinghamshire. After the vicar, a lady named Kate Bottley, tied the matrimonial knot with the words, “Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder”, she then led the newly married bride and groom in a pre-arranged flash-mob inspired dance. Sounded a little bit like this (plays music excerpt). As you can tell, the vicar was enthusiastic. She threw her arms into the air as that music piped in and belted out that song Everybody Dance…

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