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A Voice from the Isles

A Voice From The Isles

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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The Righteous Judge of All

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn preaches on the Sunday of the Last Judgment, 2019.

Today is the Sunday of the Last Judgment, as well as the Sunday of Meatfare, when we stop eating meat in preparation for Great Lent which begins this year on Monday, March 11th. On the one hand, the Church is reminding us that the whole world will be judged by Christ Himself; and on the other hand, we are reminded not to eat meat during the next week. It’s an unusual combination—the whole world and our personal lives are both important.

The Gospel reading…

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The Great Filter

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn talks about two people who came into the Temple. Only one of them is to be admired.

On this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Church sets before us two rather different people and invites us to choose which person to respect and admire. Each of these people has come to The Temple in first-century Palestine to pray. They are standing before God and speaking to the Lord from their hearts. The first person, a Pharisee, is a devout Jew who fasts twice a week and gives 10 per cent of his income to the synagogue. He is very confident about his…

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The Golden Mouthed

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon in celebration of the Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom in 434.

We celebrate today the Translation of the Relics of St John Chrysostom in 434. The relics were taken from Cappadocia where St John had been exiled and died in 407 to Constantinople where he had served as Archbishop. Relics are the physical remains of saints after they have died, either incorruptible (that is, not decayed) or decayed. Clothes and other objects that have been in regular contact with the saint are considered secondary relics. This Christian respect for…

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Grace For All

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The Epistle today from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians begins with the firm statement that “grace has been given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

The Epistle today from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians begins with the firm statement that “grace has been given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Marius Victorinus, an African pagan philosopher who moved to Rome in the fourth century and became Christian, has explained this Biblical passage very well indeed. He wrote: “Grace has been given to each of us according to the measure in which Christ grants it.…

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New Life, New City

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We celebrate today the lives of two great fourth-century Church leaders, St Basil the Great and his close friend, St Gregory of Nazianzus. Let’s try to understand what they were teaching.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. We celebrate today the lives of two great fourth-century Church leaders, St Basil the Great and his close friend, St Gregory of Nazianzus. Let’s try to understand what they were teaching.                                                       …

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Into the Now

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2019 is nearly upon us and inevitably we become more conscious of the passage of time and with this, questions about time, being human and living a full life in our relationships with God and each other become more prominent. Fr. Gregory Hallam gives the sermon.

2019 is nearly upon us and inevitably we become more conscious of the passage of time and with this, questions about time, being human and living a full life in our relationships with God and each other become more prominent.  Three key questions arise: - 1. What is time and how is it measured? 2. Are there “special times”? 3. Is God “in time” or “outside time” or both? Let us start with St Augustine…

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To Be God Born

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So, let’s seek to understand what the birth of Christ means for our lives now and in the years to come. Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon for Christmas Day.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God is one. Amen. Welcome to Christmas Day. Welcome to St Aidan’s. Welcome to the presence of Jesus Christ and His Church in all of our lives. In the midst of all the presents—p-r-e-s-e-n-t-s—all the gifts that we share today, it is the presence—p-r-e-s-e-n-c-e—of Christ Himself that is the greatest gift that we can share.

The Gospel today from the second chapter of the Gospel…

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God’s Family Tree

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn helps us understand the genealogies in the Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel today from the opening chapter of the Gospel of St Matthew, as well as the epistle reading from the book of Hebrews, both tell a story that begins with one person—Abraham. The genealogy of Jesus Christ begins with Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, and ends with the Holy Spirit and Holy Mary, the Mother of Christians. A genealogy gives us a family tree, a diagram of the relationships within a family—a story about how families grow from generation…

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One Truth

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In this very important sermon, Fr. Gregory Hallam tells us that we do not believe in God to satisfy our ignorance about the world; in short to give us a nice and comforting alternative to science with its allegedly godless explanations and “theories.” If we are thinking like that then we do not truly believe in the God who is the source of ALL truth both religious and scientific, nor do we understand the world as it truly is.

Humans have always tried to understand the world around them, if only to survive, and to value their place in it in order to enjoy life as beings conscious of death.  In this context the theology of primitive spirit believing faiths can be seen as a certain science; an early attempt to explain how things are by virtue of their familiar or indwelling spirits.  By explaining natural processes, both predictable and unpredictable, within such a rational framework…

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