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Canonization of Elder Amfilohios Makris by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Canonization of Elder Amfilohios Makris by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate met at Fanari on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 under the chairmanship of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and, on the recommendation of the Canonical Committee, decided to include the late Archimandrite Elder Amfilohios Makris in the list of saints of the Orthodox Church....
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Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Saint Athanasios the Athonite

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   According to his biography, St Athanasios hailed from the east, from Trapezounta. After concluding his education- as a teacher of literature- while still very young he was touched by the Divine Grace. He forsaken the world and espoused monasticism under the guidance of his uncle...
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On Forgiveness and School Shooters

On Forgiveness and School Shooters

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18 quoting the Prophet Jeremiah) The anger and tears are real. The one word on the lips of so many is “Why?” Greek Orthodox...
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God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

Dimitris Ioannou   The whole of the thought of the Athonite Elder (Aimilianos Simonopetritis) can be summed up in the teaching that ‘we reach God via our neighbour’. This is the central theme of his work. But what is it that gives our communication with other people authenticity and validity?...
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I Condemn Hypocrisy

I Condemn Hypocrisy

Sermon preached by Elder Meliton (Hatzi), Metropolitan of Chalcedon (1913-1989) in the Cathedral Church of Athens Cheese-fare Sunday, 8 March, 1970   My friends, There was nothing the Lord castigated so much as hypocrisy. And rightly so, since He saw in it the greatest deceptive danger, which is the satanic...
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Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 1

Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 1

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   Saint Basil the Great was the founder and organizer of coenobitic monasticism. His rules, and the reforms introduced by Saint Theodore the Studite, are still in place to this day. Of course, Saint Basil was not involved with monasticism in an amateur fashion. He was...
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Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91. Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery...
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Saint George the Elder, a contemporary Saint

Saint George the Elder, a contemporary Saint

The blessed Elder George came from the Black Sea and was orphaned and left on his own very early in life. After being persecuted and imprisoned by the atheist regime in Georgia, he came to Greece where the humble man lived with such asceticism and zealous faith that he was...
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The Attitude of the Saints towards the Maladies of their Era

The Attitude of the Saints towards the Maladies of their Era

Elder Christodoulos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousi   We feel sad, worried, exposed and afraid not only because of external events, but also because we ourselves have lost the centre of our lives. We’ve become subject to the temptations which Christ rejected in the desert: gluttony, vainglory and...
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Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Abbot Damascene: Holy Mountain

Watch Now “Athos is the motherland of orthodox monasticism in the world!”: In this part of his interview to Pemptousia, Archimandrite Damascene talks about his experience of his visits to Athos, the Holy Mountain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency...
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Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Recently I had a fascinating conversation with a childhood friend of mine who is an atheist. He asked me, “What is the core essence of Orthodox Christianity?” and “Why do you live and pray the way you do? Why does this stuff matter to you?” Here is my reflection after...
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The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

Words are wonderful. One June 29 we celebrated the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. But what does that celebration mean? What is a Synaxis? Interestingly, synaxis is a Greek word directly related to synagogue, which both mean “gathering.  On June 28, we celebrate the memory of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul, martyred at Rome,...
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