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Orthodox Study Circle

St. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church

708 Hertford. Road,

Enfield, Middx.


Summer Holidays

July 14, 2010

The Enfield Study Circle has broken up for the summer, and will return in September, with a revised format.

In the meantime, I will continue updating the blog that I maintain for a monastery in Greece (basically reflecting their Greek content in English) – so you can get a few vitamins there.

All further updates and programs will be on the study circle weblog Where you can find powerpoint, video, articles and resources from previous sessions.

Have a good summer!


Practical Spirituality

June 4, 2010

Tonight’s talk:-

Some thoughts on Inner Stillness, Forgiveness and the ills of resentment.

Background Links:

Called to be Saints

Resentment and Forgiveness

Keep Inner Stillness

What is a saint and how do you become one?

May 28, 2010

Tonight’s Talk for All Saints
What is a saint and how can you become one?


  • What is a saint?
  • When I grow up I want to be … a saint!
  • From zero to hero…
  • If Jesus is our Mediator, why do we pray to saints?
  • What about the Panagia, the Mother of God?
  • How and why do we ‘big up’ the saints?
  • ‘Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones’
  • How do we get the saints’ official rubber stamp of approval?


What is a saint? Fr. Ian Graham (Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist)

What we believe about the saints? Fr. Anthony Coniaris

Complete list of Saints

Romiosini: Saint Constantine, Pentecost and our Orthodox Identity

May 22, 2010

We rolled a lot of topics into one this time

  1. Who was Emperor Constantine and why is he important?
  2. Roman Empire? Greek Speaking? Orthodox?
  3. Is Pentecost the Birthday of the Church?
    • (Christ in the Old Testament and the Ecumenical Councils)
  4. Sickness and Therapy of the Soul
  5. Pentecost and the Body of Christ
  6. Speaking in Tongues: Prophesy and Theology
  7. Conclusion

Read some more:

Straight History

Rome and Romania

Decadence, Rome and Romania, the Emperors Who Weren’t, and Other Reflections on Roman History

Further Reflections on Roman History

What, if anything, is a Byzantine?


Jesus Christ – The Life of the World


Orthodox Spirituality

An appeal for an Orthodox Christian Europe

Theosis in Saint Silouan and Elder Sophrony


Robin Hood – Orthodox Martyr

Saint Constantine

We’re off!

May 1, 2010

We started yesterday at 7.30pm with all the regulars

Ascension and Pentecost:

The Birthday of the Church


The Ascension

  • The Reign of the Messiah
  • A mission
  • Power from on High

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

  • The word ruah

The Holy Spirit in the Gospels

  • The Annunciation
  • The Baptism
  • The Samaritan woman
  • The Feast of The Tabernacles: Sukkot

Psalm 23 [24]:7-10

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

The Anti-Pentecost


Troparion of Pentecost

“Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!”

Kontakion of Pentecost

“When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, he divided the nations. But when he distributed the tongues of fire, he called all to unity. Therefore, with one voice, we glorify the All-Holy Spirit!

Next week: What is the Church?

Read more…

Blessed are the persecuted…

November 21, 2009

After a short break in our talks we start again on the 27th November at St. Raphael’s with a guest speaker.

Fr. Alexander Tefft comes to St. Raphael’s to speak on “Blessed are the Persecuted…”

On the back of a century with the highest number of Christian martyrs since the beginnings of the Church the dynamic, and always interesting speaker Father Alexander Tefft, comes to St. Raphael’s to explain the Beatitude: “Blessed are the persecuted…”

Everybody welcome.

The last time he came everybody complained … “Why didn’t we record that?” We won’t be recording … you’ll have to come along live.

Date: Friday 27th November

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St. Raphael’s Orthodox Church, within St. George’s,

708 Hertford Road,


EN3 6NR (map )

Nearest train: Turkey Street (Liverpool St. Line – change at Seven Sisters from tube). Bus: 279 stops outside.

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Tea/Coffee and refreshments provided.

Father Alexander is Chaplain for the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies , Cambridge University and serves at St. Botolph’s Church, in London


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Blessed are the meek..

October 18, 2009

Again … just the powerpoint… notes to be added soon

We raised £135 for Kenya with a very poor turnout, by the way!