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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The King Of Love

Episode date: April 16, 2014
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People had gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover and were looking for Jesus, both because of His great works and teaching and because they had heard of the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus. When they heard that Christ was entering the city, they went out to meet Him with palm branches, laying their garments on the ground before Him, and shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”
At the outset of His public ministry Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God and announced that the powers of the age to come were already active in the present age (Luke 7:18-22). His words and mighty works…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Dying to Live

Episode date: April 28, 2014
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This church service that we are now celebrating is one of the most beautiful of the entire year. It is the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil in which we move from a painful awareness of the crucifixion of Christ to a joyful participation in the resurrection of Christ. As human beings we often separate sadness from happiness, grief from joy. Yet our sadness can often grow into happiness; our grief can often grow into joy. In fact, to find the deepest happiness we often need to have known great sadness; and to find the greatest joy we often need to have experienced immense grief. So it was with the life of Jesus Christ on earth that is part of the…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
When The Dragon Slew St. George

Episode date: May 02, 2014
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Today is the feast of the Great Martyr St. George the second patron of England (more of that soon).  Albeit dearly beloved by the English, we know precious little about him. That first historian of the Church after St. Luke, Eusebius of Caesarea, tells us in 322 AD that St. George was a soldier of noble birth, put to death by Diocletian at Nicomedia on 23 April, 303.  However there are few details in his account and although understood to be St. George, Eusebius does not give us his name.

This martyr saint was a tribune in the Roman army and beheaded by that great persecutor of the Christian Church, Emperor Diocletian. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Believing Thomas

Episode date: May 05, 2014
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In the opening verses from Chapter 20 of the Gospel of St. John, Mary Magdalene has come to the tomb of Jesus Christ and found the tomb empty, so she went to Peter and John and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” I find that what was true for Mary Magdalene is sometimes true for me: I know that Jesus Christ has died and is no longer buried, but where is He? Where is He now in the life of Mary Magdalene, and in my life and in your life?

That was precisely the question that was puzzling St. Thomas in the gospel today from the closing verses of that same Chapter 20.…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
He Is Not Here

Episode date: May 06, 2014
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When the Myrrh-bearing Women came to the tomb on the morning of Pascha with spices to complete the embalming process they had no reason to expect anything unusual.  They were simply conforming to the burial customs of the time.  Jesus whilst alive had taught that the fall of the Temple in Jerusalem would be followed by a raising up 3 days hence but at that time Christ’s followers had not really understood that he was referring to the temple of his own body. 

Imagine therefore the shock when the women got to the tomb and found it empty.  They might have concluded that someone had stolen or simply removed the body;…

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