What About Icons?

By Fr. Peter Farrington – St. George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK. It would be impossible for someone to visit an Orthodox church building, or even the home of an Orthodox Christian, and not be aware of the presence of icons hanging on walls, set up in the middle of the church, and... Continue Reading →

Why do I need to be baptised?

By Fr. Peter Farrington – St. George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK. You are becoming attracted and even convinced by the teachings and practices of the Orthodox Church as far as you understand them. It seems as though the next step is to become a member of the Orthodox Church. But looming up... Continue Reading →

Developing a Prayer Rule

By Fr. Peter Farrington – St. George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK. Growing up as a committed evangelical Christian I always struggled to develop a regular spiritual life because I had no models to follow and received no instruction from my congregation. One of the great blessings in discovering aspects of traditional and... Continue Reading →

Only Orthodox!

By Fr. Peter Farrington - St. George Ministry - Coptic Mission Communities in the UK. When I was an evangelical it was customary for some who thought they were cool to respond to the question, What Church do you belong to? with the answer, I’m just a Christian! Sure, I knew what they meant. But... Continue Reading →

On Fasting

By H.H. Pope St. Cyril (Kyrillos) VI. Papal message to his children that had emigrated to other countries on the occasion of holy Lent. It was written shortly before his departure on 9th March 1971. Peace to you from the Lord and grace and blessing. Our Good and Compassionate God, Who preserves His children everywhere... Continue Reading →

The Meaning of the Great Lent

Great Lent is considered the holiest fast since our Lord Jesus Christ Himself had fasted it. Therefore, during Great Lent we follow the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who fasted on our behalf forty days and forty nights (Matt. 4: 2). Also during Holy Week, which comes after the 40 days, we live... Continue Reading →

The Nature of Prayer

By Fr. Matthew the Poor (Matta El-Meskeen). “Lord teach us to pray” — Lk 11:1 “You have said, ‘seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’” — Ps 27:8 Prayer that is spiritual and genuine is both a call and a response: a divine call and a human response.... Continue Reading →

The Consequences of Not Praying

By Fr. Matthew the Poor (Matta El-Meskeen). Let him who does not pray expect nothing whatsoever from God- neither salvation nor renewal no direction nor grace. Rather, he is consigned to the whims and fancy of his own mind, the will of his own ego, and the direction of his own thinking. He is like... Continue Reading →

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