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A Voice from the Isles

A Voice From The Isles

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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Twin Trumpets

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn says if we wish to be saved to live forever with the Holy Trinity in heaven, we first need to learn how to grow our own personal integrity and morality here on earth.

The Epistle today from the tenth chapter of Romans is very encouraging: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and have faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For one has faith in the heart for uprightness and confesses with the mouth for salvation.” The dictionary defines “uprightness” as “having integrity and being morally correct.” Therefore, to “have faith in the heart” guides us to personal integrity…

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Choosing to Follow

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn reminds us that it is good that we should understand the choice before each of us. Will we continue to sin or will we seek to be holy?

The epistle today from the sixth chapter of the book of Romans is about whom we serve, about what purposes we seek to achieve in our lives. It is good that we should understand the choice before each of us. Will we continue to sin or will we seek to be holy?

In one sense, we all sin at different times in our lives, in different ways. However, it is important to distinguish between thoughts and actions. Just because we think of something sinful does not mean…

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Beams, Bells and Healing Balms

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn speaks about St Dunstan, a 10th century Archbishop of Canterbury.

The gospel reading today from the fifth chapter of the Gospel of St John tells how a man who had been paralysed for 38 years was healed by Jesus Christ. This gospel is important both for us and for the saint whose life we celebrate today, St Dunstan, a 10th century Archbishop of Canterbury. Let’s consider the saint first. He was born near Glastonbury about 909 and died in Canterbury in 988. The Synaxarion, The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church concludes…

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The Peace of God Unconstrained

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How could Jesus enter a room through a locked door and then show the disciples the wounds of the Crucifixion in His hands and His sides? Fr. Emmanuel Kahn explains how the Church Fathers interpret this Biblical passage.

The Gospel reading today from the 20th chapter of the Gospel of St John tells us that “the doors being shut where the disciples were … Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” So, how could this happen? How could Jesus enter a room through a locked door and then show the disciples the wounds of the Crucifixion…

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About To Pass Over

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During these three days between the crucifixion and the resurrection, when living human beings could not touch Christ, He descended into hell. There, St Peter tells us in First Peter, chapter 4, verse 6, Christ “preached the Good News to the dead.” Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon on Holy Saturday

On this Great and Holy Saturday, we are so close to Pascha, but we are not quite there. In a sense, we are in the same position as St Mary Magdalene when she saw Jesus Christ outside the tomb. Christ told her in the Gospel of St John, chapter 20, verse 17: “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” That is our situation too on this Great and Holy Saturday: we cannot yet touch Christ.

During these three days between the crucifixion and…

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Choose the Lord who calls you

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How did Jesus respond to these many people in first century Palestine who were saying that He is the Messiah, the Christ, who had come to save them? Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the Palm Sunday sermon.

Today on this Palm Sunday we celebrate together the Divine Liturgy; and then we walk in procession with our palms to greet Jesus Christ as King, just as the Jews of Palestine greeted Him. The Gospel of John, chapter 12,verse 12, states that: “A great crowd who had come to the feast [that is, the Jewish feast of Passover] took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying: ‘Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel.”…

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Waiting upon the Lord of Life

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The Gospel today from the 11th chapter of the Gospel of St John is about a close friend of Jesus Christ, Lazarus. Fr. Emmanuel Kahn is the preacher.

The Gospel today from the 11th chapter of the Gospel of St John is about a close friend of Jesus Christ, Lazarus. You will just have heard how Lazarus had become seriously ill. The sisters of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, sent a message to Jesus, informing him of the illness and asking Jesus to come immediately to Bethany, two miles from Jerusalem, where they lived. However, at that time, Jesus and His disciples were a day’s journey away from Jerusalem. Jesus then waited…

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The Thanksgiving Principle

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Fr. Emmanuel gives the sermon entitled The Thanksgiving Principle with an introduction by Fr Gregory on St Gregory Palamas.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. This Sunday of the Forefeast of the Annunciation is a rather special Sunday for us here at St Aidan’s. We celebrate both the announcement to Holy Mary that Jesus Christ would soon be coming into her womb, and into the world, as well as our very own Thanksgiving Sunday. After praying for the last few weeks, the time has now come to decide what part or percentage of our income…

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