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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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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Song of Salvation

Episode date: January 15, 2013
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Shams here has been baptised today and has taken the name Photios the Patriarch of Constantinople in the 9th century. Photios comes from the Greek word for light so it means to be enlightened and is interesting that the early Church Fathers referred to baptism as a ‘bath of enlightenment’.

There are three stages in our conversion: we are purified, we are illumined and then we are united to God. We are purified as we hear the gospel and as we repent of our sins.  We are illumined as we gain understanding of the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church and of the Teaching of God through millennia. We thereby advance in our…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Guarding the Heart

Episode date: January 16, 2013
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The lifeless things of this world offer no spiritual satisfaction, yet we often sell ourselves off to things or people by giving them power over our hearts. It is easy to feel abandoned or hurt by those to whom we’ve given power. If we need affirmation from others, we take the chance that we empower demons who would use our personal needs to keep us from focusing on that which is of eternal importance.

Ownership of my heart should be reserved for God alone. Evil spirits use whatever means they can to make you feel abandoned, discounted, or unloved by others, and by doing so you allow demons to own your heart.

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