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Development of the Lenten Fast

Fasting, in preparation for Pascha was universal in the Early Church, both in the East and in the West, as evidenced by various second and third century references to the practice. Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical History makes reference to St Irenaeus who had written on the debate regarding the date for Pascha and on the nature of the period of ... Read More »

THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON

  By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia   Sisters and Brothers, In accordance with the order of Feast Days for the Ecclesiastical Year as designated by the Church Fathers (who decreed wisely on all matters!), the Sunday of the Prodigal Son has come upon us once again, with its two ‘Readings’ which are so characteristic, so educational and so necessary for ... Read More »

Revolution of the Mind Series: Cycle of Insanity and Bloodshed

For a brief moment the Christmas spirit brings out the best in humanity but also reminds us of a growing inequality swept under the carpet. Festive family-gatherings represent one side of the story but there is another side to it; the grim reality of homelessness but also of millions of people living in a nightmare being trapped at the centre ... Read More »

New Year begins with four Egyptian Christians murdered in three separate attacks

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 Youssef Lamei, a 45-year-old Christian, was sitting outside his shop in Alexandria in the early hours of 3 January when a man crept up behind him and slit his throat whilst reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” [God is great]. The murder was recorded on CCTV. A suspect, 48-year-old Adel Suleiman, has been arrested. Youssef Lamei had run the ... Read More »

Barnabas Fund: Freedom to report the persecution of Christians threatened

Editorial – 26/01/2017 The freedom to report both incidents of anti-Christian persecution and the ideology motivating such attacks is central to what Barnabas Fund and other organisations have done for many years. Yet those freedoms are now under threat, particularly in the UK, but also in other Western countries. This is a three-pronged attack. First, although the press has been ... Read More »

Islamists admit pressuring police to register “blasphemy” case against Indonesian Christian governor

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 One of the prosecution’s witnesses in the “blasphemy” trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has admitted to threatening to potentially incite mob violence to get police to press charges. The secretary of an Islamic organisation, who reported Ahok to police for “blasphemy” in September for an alleged anti-Islamic comment made online, has admitted ... Read More »

Gambia’s new president signals era of positive relations with Christian minority

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 There are encouraging signs that Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, may ease the pressure on Christians in the West African country, following years of creeping Islamisation. Gambia’s previous president and de facto dictator, Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a coup in 1994, had increasingly promoted an Islamist agenda. In 2015, Jammeh declared that Gambia was an ... Read More »

On Tithing

All for money?!

As much as we might groan and grumble about it, we know that paying taxes is part of our responsibility as citizens of this country. Just as we should know that as parishioners we have a responsibility to contribute to the financial support of our parish. It is evident, however, from the strained and meagre budgets on which so many ... Read More »

How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

      St Macarius Notaras, Bishop of Corinth To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer ... Read More »

Attacks on churches in the West – Patterns emerge from the Christmas and New Year period

Barnabas Fund – 19/01/2017 For many years now Barnabas Fund has warned that Islamist attacks on churches happen particularly at Easter, Christmas and New Year – with Islamists tending to assume that the latter is a specifically Christian holiday. More recently we have begun to warn that the current spate of attacks on churches in the Middle East and other ... Read More »