Advent

The Holy Season of Advent is upon us again. Dusting off the purple sanctuary banners, altar falls, pulpit falls, and all the other bits we use. I hear talk of Advent being like a mini-lent and the trend to do special Advent studies, join Advent study groups, give up something for Advent, and I am…

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,¬†creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he…

The Edict of Milan

The Edict of Milan did not make Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine, having seen a vision of the Chi Rho in the sky and been successful in battle, did not immediately abandon the old Gods of Rome. Constantine was born in February 272 AD, the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius who was…

Single or Double Procession?

I must quickly add this is not a new liturgical innovation at Christ Church St Laurence, but a consideration of the theology of the procession of the Holy Spirit be it ‘from the father’ as witnessed by the Church at three ecumenical councils or ‘from the Father and the Son’ as contended by Augustine, the…

The Holy Trinity

In writing on the subject of the Filioque Clause I realised how little thought was given to the theology that is at stake here, so rather than continue to expand the article on the Filioque Clause I decided it would be better to write an article on the subject of the Holy Trinity, and with…