Dear Reader, The whole keeping my first name after Baptism was a huge problem for me. While I was born with a Christian name, I wasn't given it for Christian reasons, but for political reasons, and nor was I baptised with that Christian name anyway. I didn't ever particular identify with the name, and especially … Continue reading Why I chose the Baptismal name Jonah.
Dear Reader, We just got back from our first Pilgrimage. We went to Saint Winefride's Well in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales. She was an early Saint who was executed for rejecting a local prince's advances, she was beheaded as a virgin, and a well was miraculously sprung where her head landed, she was then later resurrected … Continue reading Orthodox Pilgrimage to Saint Winefride’s Well. (05/10/2019)
Dear Reader, 'On marriage and family life' is a small book which is a collection of Saint John Chrysostom's (349-407AD) Homilies on marriage. It contains a basic introduction to John's life and the Theology and Ethics behind Christian marriage. The first homily is homily 19, which is on 1 Corinthians 7. John talks about Paul's … Continue reading On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom.
Dear Reader, Of Water & the Spirit: A Liturgical study of Baptism by Alexander Schmemann is a Christian book which seeks to bring back the traditional meaning of Baptism by explaining it and its liturgical elements. He traces its origins as a Christian ceremony of re-creation which would be primarily performed and celebrated on Pascha … Continue reading Of Water & the Spirit by Alexander Schmemann.
Dear Reader, 'The Holy Scriptures: The first place we give to the Holy Scriptures: the Bible, Old and New Testaments. The Bible is understood by Orthodox Christians to be the principal written record of the experience by God's people of God's revealing Himself to them. It is understood that the Church, therefore, wrote the Bible. The Bible is the … Continue reading The Bible and Orthodox Tradition.