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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Stability of Place and Personal Growth

Episode date: December 24, 2012
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An elder said, “Just as a tree cannot bear fruit if it is often transplanted, so neither can a monk bear fruit if he frequently changes his abode.” In an age when people change addresses as often as those of past generations changed their socks, stability of place is almost unheard of.

When I was a young man I moved from city to city quite often. One year alone I lived in New York City; Berkley, California; and Portland, Oregon. If I hated a job, I’d move. If my social life was on the rocks, I’d move. Reinventing myself in a new location became the norm. In my attempt to discovery my place in this world, I couldn’t…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Blessing on the Righteous

Episode date: December 28, 2012
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Christians (and others) all over the world will be celebrating over the next few days.
Christmas matters because Christ the Eternal Word of the Father is born of a woman. This is part of the sanctification of every stage of human life. In the Spring we celebrate the events of the Passion and Resurrection when Christ not only endured human death; death itself was defeated.

Today we commemorate the righteous before the Incarnation of our Lord. The Orthodox Church has always regarded the saints of the Old Testament as saints as much as any born after Christ.  Let us consider two of them briefly … Abraham and David.  It…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Gregory the Theologian on the Incarnation

Episode date: December 30, 2012
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The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, the fountain of life and immortality, the image of the archetype, the immovable seal, the perfect likeness, the definition and word of the Father: he it is who comes to his own image and takes our nature for the good of our nature, and unites himself to an intelligent soul for the good of my soul, to purify like by like. He takes to himself all that is human, except for sin. He was conceived by the Virgin Mary, who had been first prepared in soul and body by the Spirit; his coming to birth had to be…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
See, Listen, Act

Episode date: December 29, 2012
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Today at this Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil on Christmas Eve we are each invited to come to the birth of Christ. Just as the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, called Joseph to “his own city,” Bethlehem, so we are called to our own city, Manchester, to register our commitment to Christ, to declare what Christmas means to us. That angel who spoke to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem speaks to us too: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord…”

Those words in the second…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Zeal for the Lord

Episode date: January 04, 2013
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Religious zeal makes some people, perhaps most of us profoundly uncomfortable.  It smacks of fanaticism and we know where that can lead … violence, intolerance and the violation of human rights.  The readings from the Apostle and the Gospel deal with two very different kinds of zeal.  In the gospel we have the zeal of Herod … which was a zeal not for God but for Herod himself … his own political survival as he saw it.  He unleashed the terror of the Slaughter of the Innocents, killing all the baby boys under two in Bethlehem because he saw the advent of the Messiah as a threat to his own privileged position under Roman…

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