What Have You Done With The Talents?

What Have You Done With The Talents?

Metropolitan Georgios (Pavlidis) of Nikaia, Athens († 1990)   1. What are the talents?  ‘Talents’ are the various qualities, gifts and endowments which we have received from God. All kinds of things. Different in quality and in quantity. One person receives a lot, another receives less. One spiritually and intellectually,...

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For Atheists

For Atheists

Fr. Dimitri Dudko † (1922-2004)   Atheists Today I’m addressing you. Don’t your realize that you’re being fed garbage? Have you ever looked to see what atheist literature consists of? *** It’s not the last word in science. It’s a distortion of the facts. An aberration of thought. A perversion...

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Archimandrite Zacharias: “My Acquintance with Elder Sophrony”

Archimandrite Zacharias: “My Acquintance with Elder Sophrony”

Watch now  Archimandrite Zacharias, from Holy Monastery of Honourable Forerunner, Essex, England, speaks about his spiritual father Elder Sophrony. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is...

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The Presentation and the Crucifixion

The Presentation and the Crucifixion

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh   (Extract from a sermon preached at the University Church of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, on 19 May 1985) And then, lastly, two events which I would like to bring together. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Crucifixion. Every male child first-born...

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The Feast of Candlemas. The Reception of the Lord

The Feast of Candlemas. The Reception of the Lord

Archimandrite Theodosios Martzoukhos   Already we’re in the second month of the New Year. And we begin with the feast of the Reception of Christ, on February 2. It’s a very great feast. Christ is received by a man for whom the expectation of this moment governed his life. He...

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The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

The Holy Martyr Tryphon of Apamea

Saint Tryphon was born in Lampsakos, in Phrygia during the reign of the Emperor Gordian. From a young age, his task was to be a goose-herd. The ignominy of his work, however, did not deprive him of, but actually increased his spiritual knowledge through his exalting humility and his overwhelming...

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Like the starving

Like the starving

Saint Justin Popovich   In the first place, church attendance is a need of the soul. Just as the hungry have need of food and the thirsty require water, so, too, do Christians have need of their ‘daily bread, which is the word of God and the spotless sacraments, the...

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The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

The Three Hierarchs and Modern Atheism

Bishop Efthymios of Aheloos   ‘The Impudence of the Heresies is Defeated’ The phenomenon of atheism arose in the West and became a world-wide movement for which Western civilization paid dearly in the 20th century. Atheism began within the Western Church as a reaction on the part of learned men...

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Killing the passions

Killing the passions

Elder Moses the Athonite   Christians who are striving aren’t feather-brained dupes, nor are they naïve, simplistic, superficial, shallow, gloomy, weird or abstracted. If they are, they’re not real Christians. Striving Christians are hopeful, joyful, sincere, honourable, whole and humble. The starting-point for self-improvement isn’t at all self-centred. The sense...

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Our Co-operation is Required (Luke 19, 1-10)

Our Co-operation is Required (Luke 19, 1-10)

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Lazarus didn’t play a part in his resurrection. How could he have done, since he was already in the grave? Christ raised Him because that is what He Himself wished. Zacchaeus, however, worked hard for his resurrection. It started with an intense desire to encounter...

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What is Prayer of the Intellect and of the Heart?

What is Prayer of the Intellect and of the Heart?

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   Remembrance of God demonstrates communion with Him and is therefore like prayer. Striving to invoke the holy Name of Christ continuously, through the prayer ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me’, is a constant renewal within us of...

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Saints Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia, and Symeon, his father

Saints Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia, and Symeon, his father

Georgios Martzelos   St Sabbas, the first Archbishop of Serbia, and his father, St Symeon the ‘Myrrhobletes’, are two of the greatest saints of the Serbian Church. They lived in the second half of the 12th and the first half of the 13th centuries. St Sabbas was the youngest son...

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