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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Support Your Priest

Episode date: May 26, 2013
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You can better help your priest and bishop by understanding this one thing: parish priests feel pressures that are found in no other profession. The type of man that generally is drawn into the holy priesthood is one who has a heart for serving others. Bishops and priests are often expected to do far more than is humanly possible. Bishops, as fathers to their people, are expected to be superhuman, judged if they are not.

Over the years I’ve heard terrible stories of parish priests having to cancel vacations at the last minute because of sudden deaths in their parishes, requiring them to cancel airline tickets, leaving both they…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Open Questions

Episode date: May 27, 2013
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On this Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women we commemorate those women who were the first to encounter the Empty Tomb and the proclamation of the Risen Christ by the angel, namely: Mary Magdalene; Mary, the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary); Joanna; Salome (the mother of James and John); Mary the wife of Cleopas (or Alphaeus); and according to tradition three others—Susanna, Mary of Bethany and Martha of Bethany. We have here many women, who later became many witnesses for Christ.  The gospel appointed for today tells the story in St Mark’s account.

Now St Mark’s Gospel is largely the compilation of St Peter’s own witness to…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Augustine and Friends

Episode date: May 28, 2013
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During the Paschal season we read the Acts of the Apostles for the Epistle, starting from our recent reading of the book in its entirety on the night of Holy Pascha.  This decision by our Church to read the Acts of the Apostles is because we are now entering liturgically the Age of the Church.  Over the next two Sundays we shall learn much from the acts of two particular Apostles or Enlighteners of England, so that we may have a clearer and deeper appreciation of the enduring characteristics of Orthodox Christian mission for our own day.  Two Orthodox saints have been chosen: this week, St. Augustine of Canterbury; and next week,…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Spirit of Antioch

Episode date: June 15, 2013
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The Spirit of Antioch
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.

The epistle reading for today is from the Book of Acts, Chapter 11, Verses 19 to 30. This is the story, written by the apostle and evangelist, St Luke, of how “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” What happened was that after the stoning of St Stephen in Jerusalem, many followers of Christ “scattered because of the persecution.” Initially, as the epistle explains, these Jews from Jerusalem “began speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone;” however, in Antioch, a large city, some 300 miles north…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
A Voice from the Isles

Episode date: June 16, 2013
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Today we remember St Columba, founder of Iona Monastery.  He is a saint native to the British Isles, yet spent a lot of his life in exile abroad, although still within these islands.  St Columba is a great saint, he has been called an apostle to Scotland.  We are fortunate indeed to have a detailed account of him of him written by St Adamnan - a later abbot of Iona - from records of the monastery.  There are of course other references to him, not least in St Bede’s History.
 
Iona is a small beautiful Island in Western Scotland. I have been there several times.  It is also curious place, much…

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