Category: Bishop Roald Nikolai

New meditation on the UK website: “The Church is One and Holy”

This meditation reflecting upon the meaning of the Creed’s word of the Church as “one” and “holy” – the fourth in the series launched by Frs Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant – has just been published and is available on the NCC UK website here: The Church is One and Holy. An overview with links …

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Bishop-Elect Jaroslaw Rafalko consecrated on September 14th at St. Stanislaus Cathedral

The consecration of Bishop Jaroslaw Rafalko, elected bishop of the Western Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church in October last year, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally set to September 14th, the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, at the St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Scranton. Consecrator was Prime Bishop …

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Olavus – Rex et Martyr

As we are approaching the Solemnity of St. Olaf on the 29th of July, it must be said that the memory of the patron saint of Norway is still very much alive. Olaf Haraldson is the king to whom the spread of Christianity through Scandinavia is attributed, at least in most of the later written …

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Meditations on the Images and Marks of the Church – Parts 1-5

Fathers Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant of the NCC UK Administration have launched a series of web meditations on the images and marks of the Church that have underpinned an orthodox vision, with the following main themes: The Church, the Creation and Gift of Christ The Church as Bride and Mother Church The Church Catholic …

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The Spirit and the Church

It is not always so easy to come to terms with the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as Christians. Sometimes our understanding seems to be «lofty», to the point of being vague. In the following little meditation I will try to elucidate the role of the Spirit through three questions: Who is …

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Bishop-Elect Ottar Mikael Myrseth installed as mitered archpriest

In October last year Fr. Ottar Mikael Myrseth was elected bishop of The Nordic Catholic Church to be consecrated bishop in Scranton this April. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the episcopal consecration has been postponed to September and may even be subject to further delays into next year. In order to keep the momentum …

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Ascensiontide Reflections

On the outskirts of Bexhill in East Sussex, near a former parish of mine, stands a grand mansion, now divided into flats, but once the home of an Indian prince. The prince’s wife died and he erected a shrine to her memory in the grounds; it is so positioned that, at certain seasons, the moon …

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Believing the Resurrection

The first public claim that Jesus is raised up from his tomb was made by St. Peter on the Day of Pentecost. The Apostle states before the assembled Jews that God by resurrecting the crucified Jesus has made him “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:24,36). Using a polished doctrinal formula some twenty years later St. …

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Catholic Affinity

On Saturday 22th February 2020 the third ecumenical meeting between The Nordic Catholic Church (NCC UK) and The Anglican Catholic Church (ACC UK) was hosted by the latter in the proCathedral, St. Augustine, near Canterbury. Since last March these meetings have mirrored the Union of Scranton convocation program for a renewed Catholicity in the United …

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A Meditation for Lent

I hate Lent – all those dreary hymns. Have you ever thought like that or heard others speak like that? If so, to be blunt, shame on you. Lent is not a time to be treated with weary resignation, not a time to be put up with on sufferance, Lent brings a special opportunity to …

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Notes from the Union of Scranton Conference in Mainz – February 2020

During the weekend of February 7-9th bishops, clergy, monks and laity from the churches taking part in the Union of Scranton dialogue on non-papal Catholicism met in Mainz, Germany, to discuss the question: ”How are we to survive the present crisis of the Christian faith?” Recognising that the present collapse of faith in Western culture …

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Meeting with Archpriest Chad Hatfield in Bergen, Norway

Last week, at the invitation of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary Parish, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President and Professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, visited Bergen with a rich program of divine services and meetings, opening on December 5th at the NLA University College with a conference on “Mission and …

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