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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Pascal Letter from the Patriarch

Episode date: May 12, 2013
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To all our beloved in the Lord
the children of the Antiochian See, clergy and laypersons,

On the great day of Resurrection, on which Christ rose and raised us with Him, it pleases me to remember with you the meanings of Resurrection and to explain some of its aspects.

The resurrection of the Lord is the resurrection of each one of us. In the resurrection the power of the devil, our enemy, was brought to naught. Although death terrifies human beings, yet the Lord Jesus has defeated it with his life-giving resurrection. He descended in His death to the abode of death, that is, to Hades, and exploded it from within, abolishing…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Trampling Down Death By Death

Episode date: May 13, 2013
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When an icon painter, or rather writer, makes an icon he follows Church Tradition. The icon is a vehicle for truth. In Tradition there can be no depiction of something which has not been seen or recorded. Any attempt to show something that never happened would be a fiction.

No one witnessed the Resurrection, and no account of the actual moment exists. What we have is knowledge of the empty tomb and the appearances of Christ afterwards.  The Orthodox Church has, therefore, not set much store on attempts to depict the Resurrection itself. There are icons of the myrrh bearing women, and of appearances of the risen Christ.

The…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Ghost Busting

Episode date: May 13, 2013
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A phrase common in English is “Doubting Thomas” and this has come to colour our understanding of the encounter between this Apostle and the Risen Lord.  Of course, doubt is part of the story.  St. Thomas must see to believe … he must have evidence.  Jesus readily agrees to his request but then comments that there is blessedness in believing without the need for such evidence. 

There is, however, I believe another dimension to St. Thomas’ response and this has nothing to do with doubt.  Not unreasonably St. Thomas needs to know that this really is Jesus whom he is seeing and no ghost.  The handling…

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All Saints Homilies

All Saints Homilies
The Transcendentals

Episode date: May 13, 2013
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St. Thomas Sunday 2013

It has for decades been my custom, as you know, to pace the Sunday sermon along a series of three points. Normally this is effected by a simple process of sequence, one-two-and-three.

This morning, however, the substance of the three points requires that I somewhat abandon this sequential pattern and speak of all three points in a circular motion, as it were. Today’s three points form, in fact, a kind of circumincession, where each subject is essential to the other two. Some of you may recognize that the very word, circumincession, derives from traditional and standard Triadology.

I want to consider…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Other Christians

Episode date: May 15, 2013
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What about non-Orthodox Christians?

Saint Silouan the Athonite was once traveling by train with an archimandrite who was a zealot and who was quick to correct others about the True Faith. Coming upon a group of traveling Roman Catholics, St. Silouan’s traveling companion proceeded to tell them that they must become Orthodox because their faith was without grace.

The saint asked him if it were indeed a fact that the Roman Catholics believed that Christ was true God, and that he was present in the Eucharist. The saint asked was it not true that these Catholics believed in the Trinity, and venerated the Holy Virgin and the…

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