The Sunday of All Saints of Russia

Dear brothers and sisters, greetings to you, as we celebrate the Sunday of All Saints who have shone forth in the Lands of Rus’: not the modern state, but the ‘four Russias’ – the spiritual patrimony of St Vladimir: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Carpatho-Russia. Beyond these God-preserved lands, we also celebrate the saints of the Russian Orthodox diaspora.Continue reading

PREPARING FOR PRAYER

Continuing discussion on prayer, drawing on materials from the talk I gave to the Orthodox youth at last weekend’s festival for the altar-feast of the Romanian parish, I should like to share some thoughts on preparing to pray, and as we celebrate the feast of St Theophan the Recluse, we may profit from his guidance on prayer.Continue reading

The inner experience of prayer.

Dear brothers and sisters,

As we begin the Apostles’ Fast, I thought I would post some thoughts on prayer that I shared at the Romanian youth meeting which I and some of our young parishioners attended on Saturday evening.

For that occasion, I decided to talk about prayer, knowing that we often have a rather two-dimensional understanding of what prayer actually is. We think of prayer as something that we do, or say, but the whole challenge of Orthodox Christian living is to make our whole life into prayer… so prayer is something that we become.Continue reading

Pentecost-Trinity

Dear brothers and sisters,

This is a reminder that the service at tea-time today will be vespers, rather than compline. Confessions will be heard after the service, and I must thank all who visited the chaplaincy for confessions, yesterday. Confessing so many parishioners throughout the day was extremely helpful, given the busyness of this festal weekend.

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