Indestructible!

Every night before Compline, I read the martyrology, the list of saints whom we celebrate the following day. These saints bear witness to the promise of the Lord that the gates of hell will…

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Loving Our Enemy

Today we read at Morning Prayer of how David lamented for Saul (2 Samuel 1), Saul who had hounded and persecuted him, Saul who had sought his life (1 Samuel 21, 1). Is this…

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St Joachim

‘The church will declare his generosity’ (Sirach 31, 11). The liturgy takes these words and applies them to St Joachim, a man whose generosity none of us can ever match. For he has given…

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On Octaves

One of the features of our liturgy is the observance of octaves, an eight-day period during which we continue to celebrate certain major feasts, including the Assumption. The reason is that our joy cannot…

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Thought for Assumption Day

One of the biggest problems people from an Evangelical background have when they explore Orthodoxy is with Mary. We can argue with them intellectually, but really Mary is not an intellectual proposition to be…

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Love and Hate

In his Confessions, St Augustine speaks about being killed spiritually by certain scriptural passages which, when taken literally, seemed to teach perversity (5.24). Perhaps one such passage is 1 Samuel 15, which we read…

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Diakonia

Today we celebrate the feast of St Lawrence, deacon and martyr, put to death for his faith at Rome in 258, by being roasted on a grid-iron. Deacons remind us of two things. First,…

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