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Address for the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Farm Street, visiting the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family for Benediction, Latin Feast of Corpus Christi, 18th June, 2017
Today, before the Sacrament of the Eucharist, our gaze is held by the vision of the Universal Church: one, holy, Catholic and apostolic. Today we are all one, in the same anticipation of that moment immediately before Holy Communion, now repeated in this ce...

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Homily for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 4): Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, 9th July 2017
At university, we were amused by a much older student who wanted to be known not as a Christian of one kind or another but as “The Seeker”. No explanation of belief or experience, or even any demonstration of fact, was satisfactory to her. We liked her a lo...

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A final verse to Tydi a Roddaist?
The fine hymn by T. Rowland Hughes, with its haunting tune and dramatic Amen by Arwel Hughes, is one of the most moving and typical Welsh Hymns. The words, however, leaves their subject of song and salvation at the summit of Calvary, which is beautiful, but...

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The Coming God - Homily for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, 14th May 2017, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Mayfair, London
The encounter of Jesus with the woman at the well is very like the Prodigal Son, and the Good Shepherd and that lost sheep – a description of loss and disconnection, of hopeful restoration and return (John 4.5-42).   Blessed John Henry Newman captured the f...

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Homily at the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Palm Sunday, 8/9 April, 2017, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, London
When the Virgin Mary is told by the angel that she is to be Mother
to God Incarnate, she asks, “Who can His Father be?” When Joseph takes her with
Jesus to be presented in the Temple, they wondered that He was a called a
Light, uncovering the secret of ever...

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The Light that Lightens Everyone - Homily for the Second Sunday of Great Lent, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, London, 11 March 2017
Last week on the first Sunday of Lent, we observed the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This recalled the time when, after years of controversy during which the Byzantine Imperial authorities had banned representations of Christ and the Saints, a new Emperor restored t...

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The Prodigal Son, Homily at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, London,12th February, 2017
Every year,
as we make our journey towards Lent, just as we complete the last week in which
we are supposed to eat meat, we hear again of the Prodigal Son as his hunger
begins to bite (Luke 15.11-32), but also of his father who slew the fatted calf
for a fe...

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St Andrew Dung-Lac and Signs of the Light, Homily at the Ordinariate Mass, Church of the Most Precious Blood, The Borough, Southwark, 24 November 2016
The Emperor
Minh Mang, at whose behest St Andrew Dung-Lac was executed, ruled Vietnam in
strict accordance with Confucian philosophy. Its stress on the importance of
family and social harmony did not rely on a spiritual or supernatural worldview
for its val...

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Doctor Strange and the Miracle from Within: Homily for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family of London, 13th November 2016
Those who
have been to see the wonderful super-hero film Doctor Strange , will be aware of the tale of a virtuoso
neuro-surgeon, who is brought down in the midst of his pride, after crashing
his car. Losing the skill of his hands, he turns to the supposedly...

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Doctor Strange and the Miracle from within: Homily for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family of London, 13th November 2016
Those who
have been to see the wonderful super-hero film Doctor Strange , will be aware of the tale of a virtuoso
neuro-surgeon, who is brought down in the midst of his pride, after crashing
his car. Losing the skill of his hands, he turns to the supposedly...
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