The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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Majesty revealed

On 26 February Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 99Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9.

It’s tempting to believe that our world in the 21st Century and the world of the New Testament, which is the 1st Century, are very different indeed. In two thousand years many things have changed, obviously. There was no internet – can you imagine that? In the first century, communication technology had reached the level of pen and parchment. Transport was hazardous and slow. Health care was rudimentary. Life was cruel and short for many.

Yet there were many similarities to our world also. Culture and knowledge flourished: art, sculpture, drama, sport, architecture, law, geometry, astronomy, philosophy. The Romans provided administration, government and technology such as road building and aqueducts to provide fresh water to communities. The culture, however, was Hellenistic. Most people spoke Greek as one of their languages, much as English is widespread now, and this enabled trade to be conducted between countries. Continue reading

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Awakening our spiritual sense

On 15th February 2015, the Sunday next before Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and Mark 9:2-9.

God is a different order of being from ourselves. It is therefore very difficult for us to understand him. He is too glorious for us to be able to look at him, but he has helped people by appearing as light and fire, things we can understand. The supreme example of God sharing what he is like comes in the person of Jesus. By Jesus living our life, walking and talking with us, experiencing cold, heat, thirst, hunger, pain, but living life as it should be lived, we are able to see God as he is.  Continue reading


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Seeing the glory of God

We had a wonderful, large group of people attending the noon service in the Cathedral today. Several were there for the first time or second time and after the service we had a chance to get to know one another a little. Some who had come new last week, came again this week. It’s always so pleasant to begin to make new friends this way. If you have never attended a service in the Cathedral, I do hope you will find a time to do so soon.

I preached on the gospel passage, Mark 9:2-9, which is the story of the transfiguration. The New Testament reading was 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and the Psalm was Psalm 50:1-6. I took as my theme ‘Seeing the glory of God’. The text of the sermon is given here.

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