LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to the masses, Christ always used practical...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Paralytic (Acts 9:32-42)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Paralytic (Acts 9:32-42)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles tell us of the great healing of Aeneas, the paralytic man from Lydda, and the resurrection of Tabitha, who was in nearby Joppa. The Apostle Peter used to go around the cities and villages from Jerusalem and...

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Sunday of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic

Excerpt from a Homily by Saint John Chrysostom If someone’s really knowledgeable about gold mines, they wouldn’t be able to bear not examining the smallest vein for the wealth it contained. So, in the Scriptures, it’s impossible without loss to pass over the merest jot. We must investigate everything since...

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The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Hieromonk Serapion of Simonopetra Monastery †   On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...

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Our intellect united with our heart

Our intellect united with our heart

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   The purpose of the Christian life is for our intellect to be united with our heart, because then we’re cured. We’re made whole and we can turn to God with our whole being, fulfilling His commandments in a manner well-pleasing to Him. Source: pemptousia.com...

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The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In 1902, he wrote and set to music a service for Saint Efraim the Syrian and supplied other missing material, such as services for Saints Neofytos and Ioannikos, after whom his own elders were named, Saint Sofronios, the 99 saints in Crete, Saint Ieronymos, and Saint...

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Who healed you?

Who healed you?

Do you ever make lists so you can remember to do something? Maybe you see your parents write lists—for groceries, for appointments, for bills, and so on. They do that so they will remember to do something important, right? Well, today when we hear the Gospel, we can really try...

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New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

Our father among the saints, Vukašin Mandrapa of Klepci, was a Serbian Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina who was martyred by fascists during World War II for refusing to acknowledge the local nazi leader Ante Pavelic. Little is known about the life of Saint Vukasin. What is known about him is...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers (Acts 6: 1-7)

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers (Acts 6: 1-7)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the philanthropy of the first Church of Jerusalem. With the election of the seven Deacons, the Holy Apostles demonstrated their care for the poor and the sick. Despite the daily persecution, they never lost sight of...

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From the Mouths of the Holy Women

From the Mouths of the Holy Women

Since the New Testament and throughout subsequent generations of believers, “Christ is Risen!” has been at the heart of the Christian proclamation (κ?ρυγμα). It is how Orthodox Christians greet one another during Paschal season. Of all the written testimony about Jesus’ life, in the four Holy Gospels, His death and...

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