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The Glory of the Isles

Fr Andrew Phillips

Bury St Edmunds, 2009. 38 pages. Price £ 4 / 5 euros / $6

Written from an Orthodox standpoint and intended primarily for older children and teenagers, this booklet can also be read by adults. In simple language, it explains the history of the first thousand years of Christianity in Great Britain and Ireland. Giving the lives of the main saints of Britain and Ireland, it is abundantly illustrated with a map, eleven line drawings and thirteen icons, all printed on glossy paper.

Its chapters explain the Glastonbury legend of St Joseph of Arimathea, the stories of St Alban and the Celtic saints, Patrick, David, Columba, Aidan, the Italian Archbishop of Canterbury St Augustine, the Greek Archbishop of Canterbury St Theodore, then St Bede and other English heroes like St Edmund, King Alfred and St Alphege. It considers the Norman Invasion with sadness and looks forward to a potential rebirth of native Orthodoxy under the spiritual guidance of St John the Wonderworker and St Elizabeth the New Martyr. It concludes:

‘For we have a spiritual secret weapon buried in our Isles, which can deliver us from the fury of the Northmen, from whom we have suffered for a thousand years. This secret weapon, which the world cannot see, understand or take from us, is the prayers of the saints of the Isles – our True Glory. The Glory of the Isles is not in the pride of the past and its crimes. It is in the humility of the Saints. And this is what makes sincere Orthodox Christians different from others’.

Printed on high quality paper, with Fr Mark’s icon of All the Saints of Britain and Ireland on the cover, this is an ideal resource for Orthodox church schools. The book is available for £4 (5 euros / $6), p and p included, from 12, Garfield Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7PU. A discount will be made for orders of more than ten copies. Payment from a British bank should be made by cheque to Fr Andrew Phillips. Payment from overseas can be sent in cash in firmly sealed envelopes.

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