The Old Testament Readings in the Triodio

The Old Testament Readings in the Triodio

Georgios Zaravelas, Theologian   Great Lent is the most holy and the most conservative time in the liturgical year. Among the ancient ritual customs during this period is the particular arrangement of the readings of extracts from books of the Old Testament. In the 7th century, such readings formed the...

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Miracles of Saint Theosevios

Miracles of Saint Theosevios

Saint Neofytos Recluse   The deaf man and another who was blind Some time later, two people were walking along the road, one of whom was deaf and was holding the hand of the other, who was blind. The blind man heard wonderful hymn-singing and joyful, melodic voices and said...

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Pilgrimage on Holy Mountain

Pilgrimage on Holy Mountain

Watch now  At the third part of his interview to Pemptousia, Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina, Japanese karate fighter, shares his experience from his pilgrimage to Mount Athos. You can also view previous parts from the interviews here: Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina: “How I became Orthodox” – Orthodoxy in Japan Relationship between Orthodoxy and Karate...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (3)

Miracles of Saint Diomidis (3)

Saint Neofytos Recluse   Third miracle It was said of one man that his stomach gradually expanded on a daily basis, and if he ate and drank a lot he felt even more hungry and thirsty. His face was pallid and unpleasant to look at and he was in terrible...

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The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   What is the Precious Cross for Orthodox Christians? The Cross is the symbol of sacrifice, the ransom for the salvation of our soul, the guarantee of eternal life. However, apart from being a symbol of sacrifice, triumph and victory, it’s also a symbol of pain...

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Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Pavlos Mouktaroudis   In today’s Gospel, Christ wants to talk to us about the mystery of His passion and the cross. How, through the cross and death, He made human nature, which He had assumed, a sharer in eternal life. For this reason His death on the cross became a...

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Saint Justin Popović, the ‘Evangelist’ of the Mystery of the Annunciation

Saint Justin Popović, the ‘Evangelist’ of the Mystery of the Annunciation

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   Saint Justin (Popović) was born on March 25, 1894, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, in the town of Vranje in Southern Serbia, to devout parents, Father Spiridon and Tashe (Anastasia). At his baptism, in the church of the Annunciation, he was...

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Seek & practice virtue

Seek & practice virtue

Saint John of Damascus   They are truly blessed who seek virtue and practice it and examine carefully what it is. If you wish to be governed by God, don’t wish to sin. Because if you sin, how will you be governed by God? Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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Miracles of Saint Diomidis (2)

Miracles of Saint Diomidis (2)

Saint Neofytos Recluse   Second miracle At some point, late at night, Saint Diomidis appeared to the iconographer and said to him: ‘Look, painter, at the man you say you don’t know and, once you’ve been convinced by the monk who’s entreating you, record in colours him whom you see’....

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Relationship between Orthodoxy and Karate

Relationship between Orthodoxy and Karate

Watch now  Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina, Japanese karate fighter, at the second part of his interview to Pemptousia talks about the relationship between Orthodoxy and karate. You can follow along and watch the other parts here: Nobuyuki-Gheoghe Nukina: “How I became Orthodox” – Orthodoxy in Japan Pilgrimage on Holy Mountain Source: pemptousia.com...

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The Joy of the Annunciation

The Joy of the Annunciation

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The Feast of the Annunciation lends a pre-Paschal feeling to Great Lent, during which it always falls. The atmosphere of compunction recedes and gives way to the joy of the great feast. This is why we have a dispensation to eat fish. The hymns, the celebrations...

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Homily on the Annunciation

Homily on the Annunciation

Saint Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Bishop of New Caesarea (ca. 213-270)   Today Gabriel, who stands before God, came to the pure virgin, announcing the glad tidings: ‘Hail, you who are full of grace’. She tried to think what kind of salutation this might be. But the angel went straight on...

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