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Saint Basil the Great
Homily I: In the Beginning God made the Heaven and the Earth. It is right that any one beginning to narrate the formation of the world should begin with the good order which reigns in visible things.  I am about to speak of the creation of heaven and earth, which was...
But, they say, if the Son is the Same as the Father in respect of Essence, then if the Father is unbegotten, the Son must be so likewise.  Quite so—if the Essence of God consists in being unbegotten; and so He would be a strange mixture, begottenly unbegotten.  If, however, the difference is outside the Essence, how...
This then is what might be said to cut short our opponents’ readiness to argue and their hastiness with its consequent insecurity in all matters, but above all in those discussions which relate to God.  But since to rebuke others is a matter of no difficulty whatever, but a very easy thing, which any one who likes can...
I have taken some pains, in setting forth this view, to bring forward the reasoning on behalf of the adversaries, that our decision may be the more firmly fixed, being strengthened by the more elaborate contradictions. Let us now resume our argument. As we have to a certain extent shown by our statement that...
To Ablabius. Ye that are strong with all might in the inner man ought by rights to carry on the struggle against the enemies of the truth, and not to shrink from the task, that we fathers may be gladdened by the noble toil of our sons; for this is the prompting of the...
Saint Basil the Great
THE ASCETICAL LIFE has one aim, the soul's salvation and all that can contribute to this end must be observed with as much fear as a divine command. The commandments of God themselves, indeed, have no other end in view than the salvation of him who obeys them. It therefore behooves those undertaking the ascetical life to...
Saint Basil the Great
MAN WAS MADE after the Image and likeness of God; but sin marred the beauty of the image by dragging the soul down to passionate desires. Now, God, who made man, is the true life. Therefore, when man lost his likeness to God, he lost his participation in the true life; separated and estranged from God as...
Saint Basil the Great
"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour." – John 12:26 King James Version (KJV) Noble are the ordinances decreed by a king for his ordinary subjects, but nobler and more regal are...
This year, Lent with the Church Fathers will focus on the writings of the Cappadocian Fathers. LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thechurchfathers/ And feel free to invite friends - this Lenten study group is open to all Christian bodies. The Three Cappadocian Fathers:—St. Basil the Great (ca. 330–79); St. Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 329–ca. 389), also...
For the Feast of St. George - our parish is hosting an English Festival! Many of you know that the word Anglican means English or "of England. And our Festival will celebrate the English and the "Best of the Brits" - The Queen, The Beatles, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who - and so on.