We Glory in Your Cross

We Glory in Your Cross

MANY OF THE FEASTS we celebrate each year have a special rite connected with them. The Great Sanctification of Water on the Theophany, the hajme service on Pascha and the veneration of icons on the Sunday of Orthodoxy are perhaps the best-known examples of these...

Boasting in the Holy Cross

BOASTING IS NOT SOMETHING we expect to find promoted in religious writing. We see it s very definitely something of this world, of egos and the very worldly habit of stroking them. Yet in both Old and New Testaments, believers are encouraged to specific kinds of...

The Brazen Serpent High on a Pole (Sunday Before the Cross)

When people think of snakes and the Bible, the first thing they may recall is the serpent in the Book of Genesis. There this creature is described as “more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Genesis 3:1). It personifies the Tempter who...

“Depart from Me, O Lord.”

ST. LUKE’S GOSPEL an interesting insight into the character of St Peter. We read there that, meeting the disciples – who had spent a fruitless night fishing – the Lord Jesus encouraged them to throw their nets in again. “Simon answered,...

Taking a Stand

WE KNOW FROM SEVERAL of his epistles how adamant St. Paul was against keeping the prescriptions of the Torah – circumcision, the dietary rules and the like. In the Epistle to the Galatians we see one reason why some new Christians proposed keeping them: they wanted to...