The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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Individuals matter

On 16 April, Easter Day, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 118.14-24Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18.

After six and a half weeks of introspection and somewhat sombre readings in our services, after special services in which we retold the events of what had become the inevitable end of Jesus’ earthly life, today we celebrate.

Jesus died and rose again, defeating death. The tomb could not hold him, death was denied victory. Though for a while it seemed to have won, evil did not triumph. Today we say Alleluia! Today we rejoice in our freedom from condemnation as a result of sin. We are celebrating the wonderful action of God in Christ which has brought about our reconciliation to God. Today we recall what Peter told to those gathered in Cornelius’ house: “In every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to God.” And, “Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Continue reading


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Mary Magdalene

On 22 July we commemorated Mary Magdalene. As there are so many Mary’s in the Gospels and so many conjectures about this Mary, she can cause confusion. I began the reflection with a series of questions which illicited very varied answers.

The readings were Psalm 42, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 and John 20:1-2, 11-18.

Today we commemorate Mary Magdalene. I wonder how much you already know about her.

Let’s have a poll on some information we associate with her.

Mary was a prostitute. Yes or No?

It was Pope Gregory the Great in 591 who preached about Mary Magdalene and suggested she was the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume. That woman was forgiven many sins. Gregory drew the conclusion that Mary Magdalene had previously used such perfume on herself as an enticement to her customers. There is no evidence in the Bible that Mary is that woman. Luke has reference to that event and to Mary Magdalene close together in his Gospel but doesn’t link them.

Mary Magdalene was the sister of Martha and Lazarus. Yes or No?

I think we can blame Pope Gregory for this confusion also as he linked the anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary of Bethany with that in Luke, although we have no evidence that these anointings were performed by the same woman. So once again there is no biblical evidence for this.

Mary Magdalene was the ‘beloved disciple’, wrote the fourth gospel, married Jesus and had his child. Yes or No?

This theory came from The Gospel of Mary in which the disciples confirm that Jesus loved Mary more than he loved the rest of the disciples. In the Gospel of Philip she is described as his partner or companion. If you look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper the person thought to be John looks quite feminine. This was built on by Dan Brown in ‘The Da Vinci Code’. However, there is no biblical support for the theory. Continue reading