Was St Thomas a Doubter?

Was St Thomas a Doubter? When the Apostle Thomas was told that Christ had resurrected and had appeared to the other disciples, he responded that he would not believe unless he had palpable proof. So when Jesus appeared to him also, presenting him with that proof, He also stated, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). These words have led Thomas to be labelled as “doubting”. However, to what extent was the Apostle Thomas a doubter? When the Apostle Thomas saw the resurrected Christ himself, [...]

By |2019-06-13T19:30:37+10:00June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Was St Thomas a Doubter?

Is it necessary to prepare for Holy Communion?

Is it necessary to prepare for Holy Communion?   Holy Communion, also called the Eucharist, is not merely one of a number of sacred actions. It is at the very heart of the Church, without which the Church cannot be imagined. In this sacrament we receive the very Body and Blood of Christ. The fruits of worthy participation in Holy Communion are huge. Worthy participation is “for the forgiveness of our sins”. We receive a new life, the life of the Spirit, the life of sanctity. Jesus said: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink [...]

By |2019-03-16T12:20:16+10:00March 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Is it necessary to prepare for Holy Communion?

What do I do if there’s no Orthodox Church near me?

What do I do if there’s no Orthodox Church near me?   When our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was asked, “teach us to pray”, he started with the words “Our Father”. He did not say “my father”. In this way he was teaching us that it is not “God and me”, rather it is “God and us”. Common worship means coming together as a group and worshipping God, with prayer, doxology, song, with our hearts, our minds and our bodies, together in one space. This is a foundational aspect, not only of the Orthodox Church, but of the whole [...]

By |2019-01-29T19:40:18+10:00January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on What do I do if there’s no Orthodox Church near me?

How do we rejoice in the Lord always?

How do we rejoice in the Lord always?   In his 4th Chapter to the Philippians, St Paul advises: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:4-7). Many decades ago this author’s spiritual father said to the faithful, "If a Christian is not happy, [...]

By |2018-11-28T15:02:08+10:00November 28th, 2018|Comments Off on How do we rejoice in the Lord always?

What is meant by Christ’s words, “Heaven and earth will pass away” (Matt 24:35)?

What is meant by Christ’s words, “Heaven and earth will pass away” (Matt 24:35)?   In each of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), we read about Jesus’ account of the Great Tribulation. The passage was set during Holy Week. According to the Scriptural accounts, the Disciples, walking through the Temple, were amazed by the grandeur of the Temple buildings. Jesus, however, was less impressed, remarking, “Truly I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down” (Matt 24:2). He then warned them of the many signs that will [...]

By |2018-08-11T15:43:21+10:00August 11th, 2018|Comments Off on What is meant by Christ’s words, “Heaven and earth will pass away” (Matt 24:35)?