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‘…and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead… ’

‘...and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead… ’     ‘...Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’. (Acts 1:11) It is no coincidence that the icon of the Ascension portrays Christ in a manner which suggests He is both ascending and descending, in line with the above words spoken by the Angels to the Disciples at the Ascension. Christ Himself proclaimed that He would ‘come again [...]

2022-05-02T13:41:01+10:00May 2nd, 2022|

Epistles by Saint Paisios

Epistles by Saint Paisios This book contains a collection of six letters written by Elder Paisois (now St Paisios) to the Sisters at the Monastery of St John the Evangelist in Souroti. The letters were written between 1971 and 1975 to assist the Sisters in their spiritual struggle. However, they also have a more universal relevance and application to our lives. The writing is in St Paisios’ classic simple and engagingly direct style, whose gems can be seen in these three extracts. Firstly, in speaking about the danger of being indifferent because we have not committed any ‘major’ sins, the [...]

2022-05-02T13:38:38+10:00May 2nd, 2022|

Habakkuk and Easter

Habakkuk and Easter In the festive Paschal service, during which the congregation is captivated in the joy of Christ’s resurrection, we hear an interesting reference to the Old Testament. The fourth ode in the paschal canon of St John of Damascus tells us that the Prophet Habakkuk foretold of the Incarnation and the triumph of the Son of God. This arises in the third chapter of his Old Testament book, being the Hymn of Habakkuk. Habakkuk wrote that God ‘will be revealed when the time comes’, being in Christ’s incarnation where he took on flesh and sanctified humanity. We then [...]

2022-05-02T13:30:06+10:00May 2nd, 2022|

Doxastikon of Saint George

Doxastikon of Saint George                           This Doxastikon is chanted at the Matins service for St George, the Great-martyr, victory-bearer and wonderworker. Although the Saint’s feast day is normally celebrated on April 23, this date is moved to Bright Monday (the day after Easter) if it falls before Easter. In this way, the Church always celebrates St George’s memory after Holy Pascha, which is why the chant commences with calling the faithful to ‘be merry’ given that ‘Christ’s resurrection has shone brightly’. In a similar manner to how Christ [...]

2022-05-02T13:27:04+10:00May 2nd, 2022|
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