Bishop's Messages

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.

Pastoral Letter Year of Grace 2017

Many thousands of years ago, our remote ancestors looked skyward and there began an enduring fascination with the movement of the heavens. We could say that once we looked above the horizon, Humankind became Astronomical Man, homo astronomicus, star-gazing man. And, of course, it was soon obvious that the apparent movement of the heavens was related to events here on earth.

Christmas Pastoral Letter

We live in a visual age. That which is seen has become more important than what is heard. The message often becomes lost in a plethora of images and vision snippets. We have but to think of the election campaigns of both candidates in the recent United States presidential elections. During the lead up to the ballot there was a merging of image and message into a constant bombardment of slogans repeated day and night as media mantra. And this is hardly confined to the United States.