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Fr Aleksander Men (1935-1990)

Fr Aleksander Men

Fr. Aleksander Men was a Russian Orthodox priest, a biblical scholar and a very prolific writer, –  writes Bisop Peter in Church and Life. He was born in Moscow to a Jewish family. He was, however, baptised six months later ...

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History and facts about Holodomor

28 June 1953, Sydney, Australia:

On November 26, 1998, the president of Ukraine issued a decree that designated a National Day in Memory of the Victims of the Famine of 1932-33, that is to be marked annually on the fourth Saturday of November. On October ...

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Let the little children come to me!

Solemn Holy Communion

On Sunday, 1 st October 2017, 18 children made their First Confession and Solemn Holy Communion in ss Peter and Paul’s Cathedral in North Melbourne. The church was very crowded with both levels of seating filled to almost capacity. Preparations ...

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Church and Life. Noonday Demons

Noonday Demons

Just in case you are feeling restless, excitable and cannot pay attention to your work about midday, I have an explanation to you. It’s the “noonday demon”. You probably may not have heard about this particular demon, but he exits. ...

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The Mystery of Crowning

The Mystery of Crowning /©The Mystery of Crowning / ©shandrophoto.com

Byzantine Christianity with its elaborate liturgical life uses an array of majestic symbols in order to elevate the human Spirit and Mind to a place beyond the daily living of life, and all the routines and cares of this world. ...

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How would you describe your God?

If our God is a magician then we would expect Him to do magic tricks for us

Is your God a father, magician, friend, judge, public man, saviour, minister of justice? Someone who is irrelevant or does not exist? We all have an opinion about God but we may not think about it too often. However our ...

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Eyes Wide Shut (cf. 1 Samuel 16: 7)

Christ teaches us how a person's heart may become blinded by pride, arrogance, and even education

A tale is told set in nineteenth century France of two men, strangers to one another, traveling on a train from Lille to Paris. The first man, a university student, had seated himself beside a peasant of seemingly good means. ...

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