Bishop's Messages

Pascha Letter

"For thus the power of death was overcome, and the dominion of corruption, which had gained sway over us, was destroyed."  (St Cyril of Alexandria)

In his 1882 book, The Joyful Wisdom, and in others, the Prussian born, philosopher, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) declared "God is dead."  Whatever he may have meant in what we would call theological terms, he seemingly was saying that western civilisation based on Christianity, with its ...

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Blessed Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 2018

In our prayerful conversation with God, and in our conversation about Him, we become conscious of two dimensions which are seemingly contradictory, apparently at odds with each other - that the God who is absolutely beyond, unlike anything we can imagine, is also closer to us than the air we breathe with every breath.

A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2018

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In a recent radio programme, the commentator, who is also an Anglican minister, read out a list of the graves or tombs of famous historical individuals. As each burial place was noted, the comment was “occupied.” When he came to the tomb of Jesus Christ, the response was simply “empty.”

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Blessed Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 2017

Christ is born! Glorify Him! Χριστός γεννάται! Δοξάσατε! المسـيحُ وُلِد، فَمَـجِّدُوه

This Nativity night has bestowed peace on the whole world;
So let no one threaten;
This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel;
This is the night of the Humble One – Let no one be proud.
Now is the day of joy – Let there be no revenge;
Now is the day of Good Will – Let us not be mean.
In this Day of Peace – Let us not be conquered by anger.

A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2017

Even a casual survey of our society suggests that there has been a blurring of seasonal time and of place. We no longer buy foodstuffs when they are in season because occasional goods are in the supermarkets all year. Modern transport means that roses picked in South America can be given to someone special here in Australia within twenty-four hours. The seven-day working week does not allow for a Sabbath together. There is no longer a common day of rest for individuals or families.