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As Far as the East is from the West By Abba Seraphim
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Early in the twentieth century an Englishman, Ulric Vernon Herford (1866-1938) living in Oxford, received episcopal consecration from an Indian bishop of the Syro-Chaldean succession. Although the... More > ministry of ‘Mar Jacobus’, the religious name by which he was known, was relatively small, his impact on the local religious scene was significant. This study, subtitled “Sidelights on Assyrian Church History” attempts to explain the historical context in which these events took place as well as the dynamics of the ancient Assyrian Church of the East, from which Mar Jacobus derived his mission. On the death of his consecrator, he inherited the oversight of the communities in southern India, which others who came after him claimed to inherit.< Less
The Glastonbury Review No. 128 By Abba Seraphim (Editor)
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As the mouthpiece of the British Orthodox Church, the Glastonbury Review is committed to the history and progress of indigenous Orthodoxy. It includes articles and book reviews about the Orthodox... More > faith, Church History, Orthodox Spirituality, Celtic Christianity and various sympathetic figures and precursor movements in the West. It also chronicles and documents current events in the Oriental Orthodox churches, whilst endeavouring to be Pan-Orthodox and eirenic in its outlook as well as evangelistic and pastoral in outreach.< Less
Ex Oriente Lux By Abba Seraphim
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This chapter in the history of nineteenth century Christendom has been sadly neglected by writers and Church historians. During the middle of the 19th century Stephen Hatherly, an English church... More > musician and Dr. Joseph Overbeck, a Prussian Catholic scholar priest who had settled in England, both converted to Orthodoxy. Tragically, an early clash of personalities caused them to be life-long enemies. Hatherly believed the Byzantine Liturgy the very essence of Orthodoxy and told the Greek community in Manchester, “I glory in nothing more than that I stand before you as a Greek priest.” Dr. Overbeck's scheme for a Western-rite Orthodoxy was repugnant to Hatherly and he wrote to his rival that he would not stand by and see him “blend any figment of your old popery or any old Protestantism with our Orthodox ritual.”< Less
George & The Dragon By Abba Seraphim (Editor)
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Following the publication in 1947 of Henry Brandreth’s book on small autocephalous churches and their bishops, Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church; F.H. Amphlett Micklewright (1908-1992),... More > at that time an Anglican priest, wrote a series of controversial articles in Anglo-Catholic journals attacking the Episcopi. His main critic and opponent was Mar Georgius of Glastonbury (1905-1979), who responded to them robustly in his own journal, Hieratika. These exchanges during 1951-1954 - long since forgotten - have now been made available as a valuable insight into the attitude of Anglican controversialists of this period.< Less
Flesh of Our Brethren By Abba Seraphim
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In the 19th century the Syrian Orthodox Church provided bishops for discontented Anglo-Catholics in Britain, Portuguese Catholics in Ceylon and Old Catholics in America. In 1933 it responded to a... More > crisis among the Byzantine Orthodox in Hungary by consecrating a bishop for these congregations too. Abba Seraphim believes that there are certain parallels which may be construed to aid a more generous evaluation of these bishops and his detailed documentation, the fruit of 40 years research, provides the basis for such a re-assessment.< Less
Flesh of Our Brethren By Abba Seraphim
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In the 19th century the Syrian Orthodox Church provided bishops for discontented Anglo-Catholics in Britain, Portuguese Catholics in Ceylon and Old Catholics in America. In 1933 it responded to a... More > crisis among the Byzantine Orthodox in Hungary by consecrating a bishop for these congregations too. Abba Seraphim believes that there are certain parallels which may be construed to aid a more generous evaluation of these bishops and his detailed documentation, the fruit of 40 years research, provides the basis for such a re-assessment.< Less
Archbishop Mathew & the Old Roman Catholic Rite By Bernard Mary Williams
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The historic episcopal consecration in 1908 of the former Catholic priest, Dr Arnold Harris Mathew (1852-1919), marks the establishment of Old Roman Catholicism in England; but the active hostility... More > of the Holy See and the Established Church of England, as well as internal schisms, left only a poor remnant at Archbishop Matthew’s untimely death. His loyal successor, Archbishop Bernard Mary Williams (1889-1952) possessed an unique and intimate insight into Archbishop Matthew’s dealings with Archbishop Davidson of Canterbury; his union with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Antioch and Alexandria in 1912; and the circumstances leading to Archbishop Matthew’s failed submission to the Holy See in 1915-16, which he desired to record for posterity; as well as a vigorous rejoinder to the posthumous attacks made by the 1920 Lambeth Conference.< Less
The Glastonbury Review No. 127 By Abba Seraphim (Editor)
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As the mouthpiece of the British Orthodox Church, the Glastonbury Review is committed to the history and progress of indigenous Orthodoxy. It includes articles and book reviews about the Orthodox... More > faith, Church History, Orthodox Spirituality, Celtic Christianity and various sympathetic figures and precursor movements in the West. It also chronicles and documents current events in the Oriental Orthodox churches, whilst endeavouring to be Pan-Orthodox and eirenic in its outlook as well as evangelistic and pastoral in outreach. Regular articles include Here, There & Everywhere, with news of the British Orthodox Church, the Mother Church and Oriental Orthodox Church News. Its Book Reviews is an expanding section.< Less
The Divine Liturgy of Saint James (Hardback) By Abba Seraphim Editor
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In 1994 His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria, authorised the use of the ancient Liturgy of St. James, Brother of the Lord & First Bishop of Jerusalem, in The British Orthodox... More > Church. This fully rubricated edition contains an introductory essay of the Liturgy of St. James by Abba Seraphim, Metropolitan of Glastonbury.< Less
The Ecclesiastical Underworld By H.G. de Willmott Newman
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'The Ecclesiastical Underworld' is the first systematic attempt to chart the origins and progress of the smaller episcopal churches which appeared in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was... More > originally serialised in a north London newspaper, 'The Bowes Park Weekly News' in 1935, with a print run of just a few thousand. It is the progenitor of many later studies and therefore predates Brandreth’s 'Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church' (1947 & 1961) and Peter Anson’s 'Bishops at Large' (1964) by many years. Its author, Hugh George de Willmott Newman (1905-1979) was well known in and around Southgate, where he had been an active worker both in national and municipal politics and a regular lecturer & writer in the local press. He was himself ordained to the priesthood by one of Archbishop Mathew’s bishops and in 1944 consecrated to the episcopate as Mar Georgius, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Glastonbury.< Less