Posts by David Phillips

Christian Classics Study Group: St Basil on Fasting – THIS FRIDAY 14 June

Saint Basil the Great (also called Basil of Caesarea) lived from 330 to 379 AD.  He was born into a wealthy family and with four siblings, all of whom were later declared saints in the Orthodox Church.  He, his brother, Gregory of Nyssa, and his lifelong friend Gregory of Nazianzus, were declared 3 of the 4 “Doctors of the Church” by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Basil was influential in the development of the doctrine of the…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As I write this, we are preparing ourselves for the culmination of Lent with Holy Week, the pilgrimage with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the Cross, before we can celebrate with joy on Easter Eve and Easter Day Christ’s resurrection. I have been leading a series of classes for students preparing for confirmation and we are looking through the Catechism of the Anglican Church, found on p. 289 of…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In 2015 our Chaplaincy made the formal decision to establish a congregation in Amersfoort on the basis of the Vision Document prepared at the time. In 2017 our Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a roadmap to bring about that Vision. Over the last year the congregation of Amersfoort has demonstrated to the Bishop that it can be a viable independent chaplaincy. We are almost there! We are in…

Confirmation Preparation begins 27 February

Our next Confirmation will happen, God willing, in Holy Trinity Chaplaincy on Sunday 19 May AD 2019 with the visit of Rt Rev Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe. Please contact the Chaplain if you or your son or daughter are interested in being prepared for Confirmation. In Confirmation Preparation we look through the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. Preparation for 2019 will happen on the following topics on the following days…

Christian Classics Study Group: Learning the Gospel by Heart

  On Friday 7 December Anna van Laere has been invited to speak about the tradition of learning the bible by heart – in her case the Gospel According to Mark.  She will tell something about the group she is a part of that learns to memorize the texts together and to music. And she will sing a little part of Marc’s Gospel.  The evening will be in Dutch and English.   Anna will share with…

Chaplain’s Letter: With Angels and Archangels

“They overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” At this stage in Trinity season, we are being encouraged to lift our hearts and minds to the contemplation of God – that is, to a loving beholding of God. So it is most appropriate that we celebrate this Feast of St. Michael and All Angels on 29 September. Why?…

Chaplain’s Letter: The Word creates space….

The following article was written by David Phillips for the Zwolle ecumenical magazine Gaandeweg (april/mei/juni 2018 edition) on the subject above, which was the theme of this edition. They asked for 350-400 words. The Dutch translation, which follows, is what appears in the magazine.   Through the Word, God created heaven and earth. But we cannot see heaven until God opens our eyes by steps. The created order itself can begin to open our eyes to…

Christian Classics Study Group – The Epistle of Barnabas – Friday 13 April

Dear Friends in Christ: As mentioned at our last Christian Classics, this Friday the 13th of April we will be led, by the Rev Dr Jos Strengholt, through the very early anonymous Christian writing – The Epistle of Barnabas.  Though we don’t know for sure who wrote The Epistle of Barnabas, this work has been ascribed to Clement of Alexandria in Egypt.  It is generally thought to have been written sometime between 70 and 150 AD.  The Epistle reflects on the Old Testament practices…

Christian Classics Study Group: Gregory of Nyssa’s The Life of Moses

This Wednesday 21  of March we will be led through this classic spiritual work of Gregory of Nyssa by the Rev Jos Strengholt. The Evening begins at 8pm (no supper this time) at the Parsonage.  (There is a service of Holy Communion from 7-7:40pm beforehand at the Church.)  We will each receive a copy of the text, The Life of Moses, and a short workbook.  Fr Strengholt will give us a background on Gregory of…