She’ll bring you joy

She’ll bring you joy

Abbess Makrina, Holy Monastery of Our Lady the Guide, Portaria   When you can’t sleep and various thoughts keep bothering you, say the prayer ‘Rejoice, Virgin Mother of God…’ continuously. Sleep will come and Our Lady will give you great joy. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK...

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Open the Windows of the Soul

Open the Windows of the Soul

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   This year, the Sunday after Theophany coincides with the handing-back of the feast. ‘The Saviour has appeared, Grace and Truth’. The Saviour has appeared, about Whom the prophets spoke in preparation for His coming. The greatest of the prophets, the Honourable Forerunner, who was granted the...

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Helping Teens Understand Love

Helping Teens Understand Love

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl021316wv.mp3 Listen Now.Love.  This gift of God is expressed in joy, patience, service…  But our modern society has also distorted it, devalued it to a feeling for objects or to be expressed inappropriately towards people.  Listen as Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, speaks...

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Christ’s Behaviour (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Christ’s Behaviour (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘When he heard that John had been delivered up, he withdrew to Galilee’. The way in which Christ behaved towards people wasn’t always the same. He expressed Himself in a variety of ways. Besides, Christ became incarnate and was made manifest...

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The Central Problem of the Lack of Change in the World is the Excess of Good Wishes and the Absence of Good Deeds

The Central Problem of the Lack of Change in the World is the Excess of Good Wishes and the Absence of Good Deeds

Protopresbyter Antonios Christou   Dear readers, by God’s grace, here we are at the start of a new year, only a few days after the last one ended. We’ve been here before and have shared thoughts and resolutions for a better year in all aspects of our life. In our...

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My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

I would love to be completely immersed in the Orthodox faith. The desire is there, but the distance (between the closest parish, other Orthodox Christians, and me) provides a very deep spiritual conundrum for me. It is not a matter of “do I continue on my journey to one day...

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Our Feasts

Our Feasts

Fotis Kondoglou   For many people, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany and other feasts aren’t feasts at all, nor days full of joy, but times that bring sorrow and hardship. Hard times for the souls of those who aren’t in a position to celebrate in the way that others are. Apart...

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Christ’s gifts to us

Christ’s gifts to us

Now that Christmas is all over, are you tired of thinking about presents? Today’s epistle reading tells us about a different kind of present— a gift that Christ gives to each of us. The epistle says that our Lord, Jesus Christ, gives each one of us a gift—not one that...

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Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Filotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond

Saint Theodosios, Abbot of Filotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond

Saint Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond, was born in the village of Koritsa, near the Kastorian hills. His elder brother was Saint Dionysios, the founder of the Monastery of Dionysiou on Mount Athos. At eighteen years of age, Theodosios became a monk at Constantinople. Later, he went to the Monastery of...

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Why Christianity mustn’t change (2)

Why Christianity mustn’t change (2)

Saint Theophan the Recluse   If the saving power of the teaching depended upon on our knowledge and our agreement with it, then it would make sense for people to come up with the idea of rebuilding Christianity according to human weaknesses or the demands of the time and to...

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