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A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2022.

A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2022.

We live in an intellectual environment best described as a dismissive scepticism blended with a bizarre gullibility. It has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between factual media coverage of events and what is commonly called “fake news”. This is presently compounded by a general lack of personal or corporate responsibility in cyberspace...

A Pastoral Letter for the Great and Holy Lent, 2022

A Pastoral Letter for the Great and Holy Lent, 2022.

One of the greatest challenges we face in our spiritual life is apathy, what the Greek spiritual writers called Anchoracedia-ἀκηδία, a word which contains within itself the idea of negligence. In the West, this was often translated as sloth or laziness and listed amongst the seven deadly sins. Some have equated it with boredom; and in this it is well matched with the French word ennui.

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Blessed Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 2021 and for the Feast of the Glorious Theophany, 2022

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Blessed Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 2021 and for the Feast of the Glorious Theophany, 2022

In the year 55, St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was in Ephesus of Asia Minor which is now Turkey, and it was from there that he addressed a series of letters to the Church at Corinth in Central Greece.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy, Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy, Precious and Life-Giving Cross

“O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world.
And preserve your community by the power of your Cross.”

 

A Pastoral Letter for the Ecclesiastical New Year, 1st September 2021

A Pastoral Letter for the Ecclesiastical New Year, 1st September 2021.

“Maker of the Universe, O Lord who alone have power over seasons and times: bless the Crown of the present Year with Your bounty, preserve our Country in safety and keep Your Church in peace, through the prayers of the Mother of God, and save us.” (Troparion, tone 2)