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A Voice from the Isles

A Voice From The Isles

Foolish Wisdom Wise Foolishness

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Fr Gregory explores true wisdom from the life of St. Xenia.

Half a pound of tupenny rice, Half a pound of treacle. That’s the way the money goes, Pop! goes the weasel.

Well that must be a first, children! A nonsense rhyme in a sermon! Perhaps I really have lost it now. What silliness is this? Well actually, I was not being foolish at all. I have a very serious point to make by singing that song which will become more clear as I tell you the stories of two great saints of…

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Seek Now the Peace of God

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn says whatever illness or problem you may be experiencing, give thanks to God. He has not brought that illness or problem upon you, even if He has permitted it to happen

Both the Gospel and the Epistle for today have the same message: Give thanks to God. However, in the Gospel from Luke 17:10, lepers have been healed, whereas in the Epistle to the Colossians 3, we are urged to thank God whatever our situation, happy or difficult.

Children, lepers are people with serious skin diseases. In the first century at the time of Jesus Christ there was no cure. The disease was quite contagious, so lepers were sent away from their homes…

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Entombed, Enlivened, Embedded

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Fr. Gregory Hallam says that Theophany is a good time to look afresh at our own baptism and what this means for all Orthodox Christians.

In this feast of the Theophany we celebrate the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ in the River Jordan at the hands of the Forerunner and Baptist John. Typically, at this time, the waters of the font are blessed for both drinking and sprinkling at home. On the feast itself the Thrice Holy Hymn or Trisagion is replaced by the song: “As Many As Have Been Baptised.” The feast of Theophany is, therefore, a good time to baptise new members of the Church and it has been…

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Receive the Holy Spirit

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon on the Feast of Theophany.

Today we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of His ministry as the Messiah—the Christ, the Anointed One. Whether we identify Jesus by the Hebrew word for “Messiah” or the Greek word for “Christ” He is the Second Person of the Trinity who manifests Himself, who presents Himself, both to Jews and to Non-Jews, in first century Palestine and in all the ages to come. St John the Baptist was quite surprised when Jesus Christ came…

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On Fire

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The Forerunner and Baptist John says this to his followers concerning our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ: I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.

From today’s Gospel we heard the Forerunner and Baptist John say this to his followers concerning our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ: I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:8)

Baptism, therefore, is never simply baptism in and by water.  Christian baptism is always and additionally a baptism in the Holy Spirit. Of course we receive the Holy Spirit when we chrismated within the Baptism service,…

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Light For All

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Christ was born to save us, but what does that actually mean?

In the prologue to St John’s Gospel, chapter 1, St John the Theologian refers to Christ the Logos as the “Light that enlightens everyone (coming into the world)” [John 1:9]. It is highly significant that St John chooses to begin his Gospel not with the birth and infancy narratives as found in the Gospels of St Matthew and St Luke but rather with the cosmic frame or context to that human birth. He is concerned to show how the coming of Christ in the world has…

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Enrolled in Christ

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On this eve of Nativity 2015, Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon.

The Gospel for today from the second chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke begins with the words: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.” Caesar Augustus was the Roman Emperor; and he was ordering a census of the people of the Roman Empire that could then be used for purposes of taxation and military service. For that census to take place, as the third verse of today’s gospel says, “And all went to be enrolled,…

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God’s Wheat

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Fr. Gregory speaks about the life and martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch.

Without doubt Jesus had a special affection for little children. He would often take them up into his arms and bless them, rebuking sometimes adults who did not have the humility to understand that the kingdom of God belongs to those who have the joy and the trust of a child.  In confirmation of this he once said: - “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)  On one of these occasions…

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Listening to Our Ancestors

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This Sunday, December 13, is the Sunday of the Forefathers. This is the day on which in all Orthodox churches throughout the world that we honour those men and women in the Old Testament who prepared the way for Christ and for us, because of their search for God. The preacher is Fr. Emmanuel Kahn.

This Sunday, December 13, is the Sunday of the Forefathers. This is the day on which in all Orthodox churches throughout the world that we honour those men and women in the Old Testament who prepared the way for Christ and for us, because of their search for God. The dictionary defines a forefather as an ancestor, a particular kind of ancestor—“a person who is from an earlier time and has originated or contributed to a common tradition shared by a particular group.”…

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The Man in Red

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St Nicholas stands, by his own example, for a holistic understanding of Christian truth, a truth that saves because it is immersed in and expressed by self-giving love.

Our beloved holy Father Nicholas is, along with St George (and second to the All-holy Mother of God), probably the best-loved Saint of the Orthodox Church. His numberless miracles through the ages, on behalf of the countless Christians who have called on him, cannot be told.

    He was born in Lycia (in Asia Minor) around the end of the third century, to pious Christian parents. His love of virtue, and his zeal for observing the canons of the Church,…

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