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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Christmas Nonsense and Christmas Truth

Episode date: December 27, 2013
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I love Christmas although some of the run up is less enjoyable; such as the frantic writing of Christmas cards and the rush to buy presents. Lots of people travel long distances because this is the time of the year we are expected to spend time with assorted family members. Beyond this there are calls on our charity. Someone who lives alone should not be like this on the big day. All this happens over a few days of too much eating for many of us and the January sales to look forward to. There is more to Christmas than this of course, something so awe-inspiring it provokes a reaction.

One recent aspect of pre-Christmas activity is the…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Glory to God in the Highest

Episode date: December 30, 2013
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Tomorrow is a holiday. After much work, preparing for the holiday we can celebrate. But what are we celebrating? Are we celebrating the birth of baby Jesus? Not really, there would be little reason for us to celebrate tomorrow the birth of a little baby born some two thousand years ago whose mother lived in Nazareth in Palestine,  and who was born in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem, also in Palestine—a small province in the powerful Roman Empire.

We are not celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. We are celebrating the birth of Christ—the birth of “the Anointed One,” the Messiah. We are celebrating what is known in theology as…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Massacre of the Innocents

Episode date: January 03, 2014
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St John Chrysostom comments on the horrible massacre of the innocent children by King Herod in this way:-
“The Evangelist by this history of so bloody a massacre, having filled the reader with horror, now again sooths his feelings, shewing that these things were not done because God could not hinder, or knew not of them; but as the Prophet had foretold.”

Doubtless some people will be satisfied with this account of these terrible events on the basis that once a matter has been foretold in prophecy, and therefore being part of God’s plan, even the most horrendous actions of men can all serve God’s ultimate purpose. Whereas…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Support Your Priest

Episode date: January 08, 2014
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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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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary

Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary
Ecclesiology and Nationalism in the Postmodern Era

Episode date: January 16, 2014
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Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Voices from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. I’m Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager of Ancient Faith Radio, and today I will be your host. Joining me is Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology and the editor of the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly journal. The most recent edition of St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly features papers presented at a conference called “Ecclesiology and Nationalism in the Postmodern Era,” and this took place in May of 2012 at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies in…

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