12 09, 2021

Canon Don Binder preaches at St. George’s on the Anniversary of 9/11

2021-09-27T15:52:25+03:00September 12th, 2021|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

Sermon Preached at St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem September 12, 2021 Proper 19, Year B The Reverend Canon Donald D. Binder, PhD This morning I would like to take a point of personal privilege to reflect with you for a few moments on the commemoration of a tragic event that was not only significant for my family and nation, but indeed for the entire world. I am speaking, of course, about the cataclysmic events of September 11th, 2001, which took place exactly twenty years ago yesterday. My family and I had just moved to Northern Virginia, a mere 25 kilometers southwest [...]

30 10, 2015

Reflections on refugees in the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East

2020-04-17T11:49:41+03:00October 30th, 2015|Diocesan, Sermons and papers, Society|

The story of the good Samaritan is one that is a guide to Christians across the globe as to how we can be neighbours for those who need us, whoever she or he may be; and it is, I believe, relevant all the more so in our approach to how we as individuals and communities welcome and care for refugees. It is with this in mind that I write, aware of the extraordinary work that ordinary men and women in our Diocese are doing in caring for refugees from Syria and Iraq. The refugee crisis is serious – very serious – and demands that we respond with compassion and care to people who have faced untold horrors, and who have had to leave their martyrs behind.

4 10, 2015

Harvest/Thanksgiving Service, St George’s Cathedral, October 2015

2020-04-17T11:49:59+03:00October 4th, 2015|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

On Sunday (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) at St. George’s Cathedral, there was a service of thanksgiving for the ministry of the parishes and institutions of the Diocese, and for the harvest. The altar was laden with fruit and vegetables showing God’s bounty. The Archbishop preached on having a ‘grateful heart’ even in the midst of great difficulty (his sermon is set out below). The Dean welcomed all to the Cathedral, noting many had travelled from far away to be in Jerusalem. After the service, all retired to the Guest House for Harvest Lunch which had been kindly prepared by the Reverend Deacon Honey Becker and her staff.

3 09, 2015

Address at Bishop Samir Kafity’s Memorial Service

2016-09-24T18:54:53+03:00September 3rd, 2015|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of the Most Rev. Samir Hanna Kafity, the retired twelfth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and president bishop and primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and bishop-in-residence at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, who died on the afternoon of August 21 at home after a stroke.

5 10, 2014

Sermon: Bishop Suheil’s Thanksgiving Sermon, 5 October 2014

2020-04-17T11:50:00+03:00October 5th, 2014|Sermons and papers|

Thanksgiving is arriving this year differently from previous years. These last few months have been an unhappy period in the region. The military conflict in our area resulted in hundreds of innocent men, women, and children losing their lives, and many thousands of others seriously injured. Once again there has been enormous pain and suffering in a part of the world whose holy sages have shown man for millennia what is required of him – to love mercy, to do justly, and to walk humbly before God.

24 08, 2014

Sermon: Bishop Suheil’s Homily, Sunday August 24 2014

2020-04-17T11:50:01+03:00August 24th, 2014|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

The title of my sermon this morning is “The Dignity of Human Beings.” What we are witnessing in our region today is something scarcely to be believed, the brutal killing of innocent people in different parts of the Middle East, whether in Iraq or Gaza, Syria or elsewhere. In Syria and Iraq, ancient Christian communities, churches and clerics have all come under fire and persecution by radical Muslim groups and, unfortunately, by insurgents who slaughter human beings indiscriminately: be they Christian or non-Christian.

11 10, 2011

Sermon: The Rev Canon Hosam Naoum, Diocesan Conference, 11 October 2011

2016-09-14T07:38:29+03:00October 11th, 2011|Sermons and papers|

I bring you greetings from the Holy Land and the Diocese of Jerusalem. I would like also to extend greetings and peace to you from Bishop Suheil Dawani and the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem. I would like to express our deep and profound thanks and gratitude for your kind invitation to be part of this Conference and to share with you the word of God and the life of the Christian community, the Living Stones of the Holy Land, or as some of us would call it, the Land of the Holy One.

17 04, 2011

Sermon: Bishop Suheil, Palm Sunday, 17 April 2011

2016-09-14T07:56:18+03:00April 17th, 2011|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

From Bethany above the city of Jerusalem, Jesus looked out upon a scene which even today is one of the most interesting in the world. From the highest point on the Mount of Olives, Jesus could see the city walls extending much farther to north and south than we see today. He could see the temple with its white marble and limestone walls shining the sun. He could see the tower of the Roman fortress just to the north of the temple and all the soldiers on guard. Palaces and public buildings could be seen clearly. He could also see the roofs of the simple houses of the people of Jerusalem.

10 04, 2011

Sermon: Bishop Suheil, Lent 5, 10 April 2011

2020-04-17T11:50:02+03:00April 10th, 2011|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

I am very happy to welcome you all to this cathedral this morning. My hope is that you will find St George's to be your cathedral home while you are here in the Holy City. We have the great joy of welcoming thousands of pilgrims every year from all over the world to this cathedral which we see as the mother church for all Anglicans. You are most welcome and I pray that your pilgrimage strengthens and renews your faith in our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

11 03, 2011

Sermon: Rev Canon Robert Edmunds, Lent 1, 13 March 2011

2016-09-14T08:08:02+03:00March 11th, 2011|Sermons and papers|

The Spirit of God has led Jesus into the wilderness for a forty-day sojourn of soul-searching. Certainly the number forty and the location of Jesus’ temptations are not lost on us. Moses and the Israelites spent forty years wandering in the wilderness, and they too were tempted. When the words “forty” and “wilderness” are around the Bible, you can count on something important going on.

30 01, 2011

Sermon: Bishop Suheil, Christian Unity Week, 30 January 2011

2020-04-17T11:50:02+03:00January 30th, 2011|Diocesan, Sermons and papers|

On my day of installation as the fourteenth Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem four years ago, I announced the establishment of a new department for Peace and Reconciliation in the Diocese of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. This emerged from a conviction that we must be ministers for peace and reconciliation in this world.

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