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A Voice from the Isles

A Voice From The Isles

The Great Haul of Grace and Work

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The Great Haul of Grace and Work

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. The Gospel for today from the fifth chapter of the Gospel of St Luke is about how Jesus Christ called Simon and his fellow fishermen to follow Him. When Jesus was in Galilee, on the shore of Lake Gennesaret the land beside the lake was so full of people that Jesus asked Simon “to put out [his boat] a little from the land;” and Jesus…

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Mary’s Secret

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon on the Feast of the Birth of the Theotokos.

Mary’s Secret In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. Today we celebrate the Birth of The Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary. This birth of Holy Mary was an important step in preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were quite old when Holy Mary was conceived. However, as The Synaxarion: The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church explains, Holy Mary “was…

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Aidan’s Wisdom

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This morning we celebrate the feast of our patron, St Aidan of Lindisfarne.

Aidan’s Wisdom In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. This morning we celebrate the feast of our patron, St Aidan of Lindisfarne. He was an Irish monk in the 7th century, living and working and praying on the Scottish island of Iona. He was happy and peaceful there, seeking to be at one with the Lord, not seeking advancement, not seeking fame. An important trait of his personality and his prayer life was discernment—that…

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The Holy Mother of the North

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Father Emmanuel Kahn speaks about the translation of the relics of St Hilda of Whitby.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen.

We remember today the translation of the relics of St Hilda of Whitby. In the 7th century she came to the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 13 and was baptised by St Paulinus of York. Hilda was a close relative, probably a niece, of King Edwin of Northumbria; and her decision to become a Christian was a remarkable decision. A life of privilege and luxury stretched before her, but…

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Christ with Mary, Never Without

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In the Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, we reflect as Orthodox Christians on the role of Our Lady in our salvation

Christ with Mary, never without In the Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, we reflect as Orthodox Christians on the role of Our Lady in our salvation.  This is natural as the air we breathe for us Orthodox, but to many non-Orthodox Christians, this is scandalous and just plain wrong.  They think that our devotion to the Mother of God, and our teaching concerning her saving work, places her on a level footing with her Son who, as St Paul…

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The Compassionate Mother

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When we seek the intervention of the Mother of God in our lives, our request to Her for help and intervention needs to be joined to how we are living our lives

The Mother’s Compassion In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, God is one. Amen. In the Vesperal Liturgy this evening we remember the Dormition of The Theotokos. I would like to share with you parts of the sermon on the Dormition preached by St. John Kronstadt, one of the great saints of late 19th century Russia [For the full sermon online see ]https://oca.org/fs/sermons/semon-on-the-dormition-of-the-most-holy-theotokos].…

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Interaction and Solitude

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Interaction and Solitude The Gospel for today from the 14th chapter of St Matthew is about the feeding of the 5,000. To understand this Gospel, it is good to consider first the verse before this Gospel that tells what happened when Jesus Christ heard from His disciples about the death of His close friend, St John the Baptist. That verse reads “Now, hearing this [that is, the death of St John the Baptist], Jesus withdrew … in a boat to a lonely place apart.”…

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Consider the Lilies

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Fr. Gregory Hallam reminds us that placing our ultimate hope in net gains through life is an exercise in futility, because, in the end, all that we have accomplished, all the disasters we have avoided, will not endure death, and within a century or so will most probably not even be remembered by our descendants.

What is our lot in life?  What are our expectations?  Happiness or Suffering?  Pleasure or Pain? Gain or Loss?  Success or Failure?  All these things we shall have in different measures and at different times.  However, we like to think that we can, by ourselves, steer our lives towards happiness, pleasure, gain, success; but we know, more often than not, that eventually we shall have to deal with those things that we do not choose and…

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Into the Likeness

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Two sermons today - first Fr. Gregory Hallam followed by Fr. Emmanuel Kahn helping us prepare for the Dormition of the Mother of God.

On Thursday, we begin the experience of the Dormition Fast. During this fast for the next two weeks we remember “the falling asleep” or death of the Mother of God, the Theotokos, and Her translation into heaven. The word “dormition” is from the Greek word Koimisis that means “falling asleep in death” [See ]https://orthodoxwiki.org/Dormition]. It is important to understand that Holy Mary was born and died…

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Not Dimly but Face to Face

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon for the Sunday of All Saints, 2019.

On this Sunday of All Saints we celebrate all the saints throughout the ages—the holy people of the Old Testament and of the New Testament, of earlier centuries and of today. The Epistle, from chapter 11 and the opening verses of chapter 12 of the book of Hebrews, sets before us “a great cloud of witnesses” of holy people who “surround us” and have put off all obstacles and sins so that we can “run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” St…

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