In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. How tragic today’s story of the life of Christ is. A man had been paralysed for years. He had lain at a short distance from healing, but he himself had no strength to merge into the waters of ablution. And no one – […]
The Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women, St. Joseph of Arimathea, and St. Nicodemus You’re in your car, driving along the motorway, when all of a sudden, you see something astonishingly beautiful up ahead in the distance. What do you do? You stare at it, you focus on it for a long time as you […]
– an extract from Praying with Icons by Jim Forest True stories become legends and legends are compressed via symbols into myths. The St. George of myth was a knight in armour who fought a dragon to save a princess. The real George never saw a dragon nor did he rescue a princess in distress. […]
If I were to mention the names of certain disciples to you and ask you to write down the first word that comes into your mind, it is unlikely you would all come up with the same words. If I were to mention the name of Judas many of you would write down the word […]
The solemn beauty of Great Friday, the tenderness with which the plazhinitsa is decorated and the bright mourning of the faithful is held tonight. As dusk falls, we enter the tomb with Christ, awaiting His Resurrection.
Celebrated with Fr Alexander Williams in the beautiful Church in Dunblane. Photo credit: Fr Basil.
But assuredly the greatest feast which falls during this period of the year is the feast that celebrates the Annunciation of her divine motherhood made by the Angel Gabriel to the Mother of God, the most holy Virgin Mary. One sentence from the chant at matins sums up the whole significance of this feast: ‘Today […]
PALM SUNDAY By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Today Christ enters the path not only of His sufferings but of that dreadful loneliness which enshrouds Him during all the days of Passion week. The loneliness begins with a misunderstanding; the people expect that the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem will be the triumphant procession of a political […]
Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona has been an informal association of Orthodox Christians who honour the name of Saint Columba and undertake week-pilgrimages to Iona and other places of importance in Celtic Christian history. By the grace of God, successful pilgrimages, each involving about 40 people from all over the world, were organised in 2009 […]